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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxyclean...I'm doing something wrong...
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:30:55 PM »
Sure.  But in my case I don't think I want to put lye into my septic system.  Plus PBW worked great.  Plus, I don't have lye around like you do!  ;)

umm, I am going to be on a septic system soon.  so you're telling me I can't use lye any more?  good to know, now.  doh.

Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:28:13 PM »
take the Alligator Alley over to Palm Beach County and you can have beer at my house, then we'll head up to Tequesta Brewing Co.  ;D

I don't think Cigar City, Swamphead or Tequesta are in Naples yet, so you'll have to settle for Total Wine.  

They should have a great selection - Avery, Bells, Stone, etc. just nothing local unfortunately.

Sometime on Saturday, 12gal of Dean Larson's Celebration, starter made yesterday and its stirring away as we speak.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxyclean...I'm doing something wrong...
« on: March 28, 2011, 12:31:15 PM »
and very hot water.

but not too hot - if you go over 150df, it will cause a white film to form even if only soaking for 1-2 min.

Ingredients / Re: IPA - need hops suggestion
« on: March 02, 2011, 11:18:41 AM »
I hate half used packages of hops.

sounds like someone needs to invest in a vacuum sealer  ;)

Ingredients / Re: IPA - need hops suggestion
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:58:29 AM »
I was really impressed.  I've got a lb. on order.
From where?  Did you have to order 16x1 oz or can you get a pound somewhere?


haven't seen them in full pound offerings, but you can order them here at a 1oz clip, but $20 for a pound of individually wrapped ounces isn't too terrible IMO.

Ingredients / Re: IPA - need hops suggestion
« on: February 28, 2011, 03:16:59 PM »
as much as I love Amarillo and Simcoe, perhaps this will be good for the brewing community in the sense that they are becoming almost ubiquitous in the AIPA and APA offerings.  Now brewers will be forced to be creative once again.  Seeing this thread has made me realize how much I have crutched on these two hops in almost all of my american ales over the past 2 years - I'm kinda looking forward to the change.

HD has some new ones on their site (Calypso, Rainier IIRC).

Perhaps experiment with some oldies but goodies as late hops - Chinook comes to mind. SSoS is a pretty good recipe and its EKG and Chinook IIRC. Celebration doesn't suck either.

Keith - IIRC, isn't your standard IPA Magnum, Columbus and Centennial anyways?  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing lager yeast
« on: February 25, 2011, 08:10:56 AM »
could it be that the yeast sat dormant for too long?


I go back and forth on this a lot - recently, I pitched a helles with yeast that sat in a jar for 3 weeks since racking pils off the top and collecting.  I pitched about 50% more than recommended and although it took about 36-48 hours to show airlock activity, it fell from 1.050 to 1.012 in less than 2 weeks.  I did not have a chance to do FFT on this one.

point is, sometimes it seems extended dormancy is a major factor, other times its irrelevant.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Acetaldehyde Question
« on: February 18, 2011, 03:24:20 PM »
Hey!  I was just reading that acetaldehyde has a boiling point of 70 F.  Then I went to Wikipedia which confirms that it boils at about 68 F!  In other words, if you warm up your beer to about 75 F for a few days, similar to a diacetyl rest, I would imagine that at least some of the acetaldehyde will bubble out.  So the trick here might be to WARM up the beer, NOT COLD CONDITION.  I don't see why this wouldn't work.  It might not be 100% effective, but should be at least partially helpful.  It can't hurt to try!

thanks Dave - I pulled the kegs last night and will leave them at room temp through the weekend, pulling the relief valve periodically to see if that does anything.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lazy Monk Brewing LLC
« on: February 14, 2011, 09:44:24 AM »
Hmmmm, Identity crisis?  Are you Lazy or are you Thirsty (guess you could be both, huh?).

he is both, just that another company already has his forum handle  ;)

The Pub / Re: The other "pork soda"
« on: February 13, 2011, 10:03:11 AM »
after this thread, I got the itch to make my Friday night helles brew an all Primus session.

It rocked.

Primus sucks!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Acetaldehyde Question
« on: February 13, 2011, 09:54:16 AM »
Did you taste it after the D rest?

can't remember if I did on this one -  doh!

update - seems like it is fading even more - I tasted a few ounces last night and it was just a hint of green.  maybe in 3-4 weeks when I am up to tapping it, it will be gone.  then again if I keep testing it, there might not be any left!  better leave it for 2 weeks before re-trying.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
« on: February 12, 2011, 10:08:03 AM »
Love the 60. Like the 90. Cant stand the 120! Just too much going on there for me. Their fall seasonal, Punk'd is pretty damn good if you like pumpkin beers and I really like their India Brown Ale. I've tried quite a few other DFH beers and cant seem to get into them. It's as though they are just into making big, crazy beers for the sake of making big, crazy beers. I like the spirit, but the beer doesnt always hit home. I wish they were just as passionate about making great, easy drinking, tasty beer as they are about making the crazy stuff.

precisely my sentiments!  I like the 60, Brown, and Pun'kin a lot as well, but the rest of the lineup is yeck!

Equipment and Software / Re: Malt Mill
« on: February 12, 2011, 09:51:49 AM »
I have a Barley Crusher that I've used for the past 5 years - put about 1.5-2 tons of grain through it in that time.  Its finicky and aggravating at times, but right now it works fine for me (hope it doesn't hear me type that :-) ).

If I could do it all over again, I'd buy a Monster Mill - bigger rollers (diameter and length), more solid construction, and it looks like deeper knurling (sp?).

Every time I have issues with the BC, I swear at it and tell it I'm buying a MM tomorrow and for some reason it starts cooperating for the remainder of the grist.

This is my case as well. I love the dang dang thing and it has served me very well for years. It is simply worn out at this point. The knurling is very worn, and it works kinda ok one time, and on the other hand it can take me fidgeting for hours to get it to mill one batch. You can flop the idle roller, that will help just a bit, it I've about worn out that method too...

I have a MM on the way from Fred, with hopper and five gallon bucket base...

update:  I finally got fed up last month and plunked down to buy a MM2.0.  First use last night: oh. my. gawd.  :o I kept asking myself "Why didn't I make the switch sooner?"  This makes the BC seem like a rickety child's toy.  Very, very happy with the upgrade.

woot!  used my new recirc arm on my WIC and dropped from boiling to 140 in <5min, and to 43df in 45 total. 1.050 on the nose, pitched before i went to bed, and as of this moment, activity is commencing.

also used my new Monster Mill for the first time.  wow.  :o  My old Barley Crusher is child's play in comparison.

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