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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Newbie Kegging Kwestions
« on: March 10, 2011, 05:21:32 AM »
I don't put the CO2 bottle in the fridge either.  As a matter of fact I don't even connect it or turn the valve on unless I want to force carb a keg or add some pressure to a keg for serving.  A keg with 10psi of pressure will pour a few pints of beer without "recharging" it with more gas.  (This is dependant on the amount of head space though - more head space volume will push more beer, so you don't need to charge the keg with more gas as much as it empties.)
Lots of folks on this forum force carbonate by leaving the CO2 attached to the keg for a week at cold temps.  I prefer to get the keg cold and force carbonate at higher pressure (30+ psi), shaking the keg for about a minute.  With practice I've gotten consistent results this way.  I'm afraid of leaks since I have so many kegs so I don't like to leave the gas turned on.  Besides I'm not patient enough to wait a week.
A picnic tap is just a thumb operated valve on the end of a hose. 
You are regulating the amount of pressure going to the keg.  There's a screw on the reg that controls the amount of pressure up or down.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison yeast substitution tips
« on: March 10, 2011, 05:04:06 AM »
If you have to use a dry yeast, the only one remotely close would be T-58. But it's not nearly as attenuative as 3711. I recently made some beer with very similar gravities and grists, with 3711 and T-58. 3711 finished at 1.004, T-58 at 1.014. But, "saison" is sort of a catch-all category, and it can mean whatever you want, really.
I had a similar high finishing gravity using T-58 in a Tripel.  The half I fermented with 1388 finished at 1.010, but the T-58 stopped at 1.018, which is no longer a Tripel.
I really think that Saisons are pretty identifiable by the yeast and that if you don't use Saison yeast, you won't be making a Saison.  What you make may be really good no matter what, but you may want to call it something else.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam from the boil
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:28:20 AM »
If you're prone to getting easily distracted by shiny objects, then skimming gives you something to do.

LOOK! a chicken!

Nah, its not a chicken or even the kids that provide the distraction.  Its usually "Now where did I put those damn hops I weighed out 10 minutes ago ???
Actually the biggest distraction for me is this forum.  What starts out to be a couple minutes sometimes turns into 20, then why did the flame go out, and what's that propane smell, or dang boil-over...

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« on: March 09, 2011, 06:02:55 AM »
The dead freezer has been field dressed (compressor removed) and is in the hearse heading for the recycling station. The live one is hooked up tot the two stage controller.
Damn, that fast?  it still could have been useful . . .

Space is at a premium. I have a lot, but I also have a lot of stuff. Thought about putting it in the front yard with geraniums in it this summer, but the wife gave me "the look".  ;D

Sounds like a "you may be a redneck" joke.
Which reminds me of another regional yard display from southern Louisiana, where some ethnic folks bury used bathtubs half way in the ground to make a virgin mary backdrop.
What were we talking about again?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam from the boil
« on: March 09, 2011, 05:58:39 AM »
I skim when I don't first wort hop, but I tend to FWH a lot.

Ingredients / Re: Centennial delivery
« on: March 09, 2011, 05:14:11 AM »
That's weird, i live in Nor Cal and i can't find Bell's beer out here.

I think that's what he said.  It is available in Florida, but not Nor Cal.

The Pub / Re: Swamp Head Rocks!!
« on: March 08, 2011, 06:47:37 PM »

Also congrats to this Forum's own Jeffy (aka Jeff Gladish) for his assist on the 2nd place best of show beer.

Remember last year when I posted that I was gonna smoke 150 pounds of malt?  That went into this 10 bbl batch.
Craig Birkmaier is yet another homebrewer gone pro.

Wow, Janis.  I see you have five gold stars now.  You must be famous!
Uhh . . . have you looked below your own name Jeff? :)

Tom...He already knows he's famous.  ;D
Good point!  My bad. ;)

Hey!  Leave the forum to work a little bit and come back to this? 
Her stars are darker than mine.......

Wow, Janis.  I see you have five gold stars now.  You must be famous!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rye Pale Ale clarity
« on: March 08, 2011, 05:35:22 AM »
My 20% Rye IPA clears well in the keg, but it also has a lot to do with the yeast.  Thames Valley took forever to clear, but I've got a Belgian version using 1388 that has nice clarity.  If you were making a true Roggenbier, I'd think it would be very hazy.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: AHA and Cups
« on: March 08, 2011, 05:31:24 AM »
I'll try to remember to mention it on our GC call tomorrow.

If you don't mind, let us know what everyone has to say.

I also think this would be a good idea.

We used the corn starch cups at a couple of recent sessions and found them to work well, plus they are recyclable.  I know that I'd heard of a problem with head retention before, but we had no issues with that. 
Perhaps if the order is big enough they would become less expensive.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The batch from hell!
« on: March 07, 2011, 06:22:48 PM »
My beer brewing career is having a rough day.  I did a Belgian Triple yesterday and everything went fine, except for overshooting my OG due to some miscalculations on my part, but really not a big deal at all. The real trouble started this morning. When I checked on it this morning it was at a good temp (62 degrees) and was bubbling away. But I noticed a few chunks in the stem of my airlock so I decided to clean it out so it won't get clogged.  So I take it out, clean it and sanitize it and as I am putting it back into the fermenter, the rubber gromet breaks through and falls in the wort.   >:( I don't have a spare at home so I rig up the hole to get a tight seal. Seems to work as my airlock is bubbling away again when I leave for work.  I pick up a spare gromet on my lunch break and come home to replace it only to find my lid 4 feet from the fermenter and my basement walls covered in a nice slime.  :'(  When I saw it all I really couldn't do anything but laugh.

To top it all off, this is the first batch that I haven't used hop bags so the slime is filled with fine chunks of hop particles. On the bright side I had the door closed so at least my dog wasn't down there drinking away! 

And I'm willing to bet it will be your best beer ever!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: overshot my OG
« on: March 07, 2011, 07:47:18 AM »
  When you mash, you get less than the theoretical maximum (unless you're Dave Miller, but that's a joke from the '90s).

Do you remember the ":WANTED :Unibrewer, for impossible mash efficiency"  posters from the New Orleans NHC?

The Pub / Re: So ya got this Car
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:30:31 AM »
I also have a 2002 Forester, which has 165K on it and never needs any repairs, only regular maintenance. 
I also drive a 1989 Mazda B2200 with 225K, but the engine exploded right at 200K, so all that stuff is fairly new.  It still looks old and has none of the features of a more modern vehicle.
There's something to be said for increasing your self esteem by owning a new car, but the monthly expense always scares me away.  You must also remember that new cars do not have immunity from repairs or maintenance, which is additional to the monthly payment and increased insurance.
One thing you could do is take your car to a trusted mechanic (I'd try to avoid the national chains.  They tend to want to upsell everything) and have him/her give it a complete inspection. Although he won't be able to predict failures, he will be able to tell what is going to be an expense in the near future.  Usually this will cost less than an hour's labor and will give you an itemized list in order of importance of upcoming costs.

WooHoo!  I won a $100 gift certificate at my LHBS for best homebrew keg yesterday at the Brewers' Ball!

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