« on: January 13, 2012, 10:26:47 AM »
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Check out Jungle Jims on Dixie Hwy in Fairfield (northwest of Cincinnati) for a nice selection also.I think I met Linda tonight at the local homebrewers' circle meeting. (I met a "Linda" in town who brews, in any case...) Seems like a good group.
Another homebrewer/science type person active in BJCP and in W. L. is Linda Swihart, but I'm not sure how to contact her. She posted here a couple times in the past. Maybe she's listening?
FYI - the reply header might have changed to 2012 but the main one still reads 2011. Might want to just re-post the whole enchilada with the correct dates to avoid confusion. We all drink a lot of beer, are easily confused, and are in dire need of good direction (a lot of us are men).
Speak for yourself! I'm not easily confused! I'm constantly confused, easily distracted but not eas... Hey! look at that!
Usually people like that have no balls and have to resort to saying things behind your back or under their breath. One of the ways to deal with people like this is to call this guy out in front of all your co-workers and be clear with him in the most straight forward way (please stop, If I am doing something wrong or something that bothers you please talk to me instead of telling every one else) when you catch him in his weasel ways.
This sounds like a good way to do it.
It's highly recommended to measure your mash pH at R.T.As a matter of fact you can watch the pH increase as the sample cools just 10 degrees, say from 80 to 70F it may move from 5.0 to 5.2. Plus it's not so good for the life of the probe if you are using a meter (and not paper strips) to plunge it into hot liquid.
Also, comments on how to crush the crystal malt would be helpful. It says a rolling pin or heavy bottle, I presume on a cutting board? Sanitization of the cutting board an issue?
Another method I read about in one of my two books which said to crush up the malt in a plastic bag
There's a product called Ferm-Cap that comes in little 1 oz. dropper bottles. One drop in a 2L flask has kept my starters of that size from foaming out/boiling over. Works well for preventing wort boil overs as well. Some folks have concerns about using it as it is silicone based. I've decided to only use it only as needed which for me ends up being only occasionally in starters boiled in the flask. If I boil in a pot and monitor closely there's no need.