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The Pub / Re: Forum Members Pics
« on: March 04, 2010, 08:47:25 AM »
What's with all the well-composed and well-lit photos? Jeez, guys...I feel like a troll with a polaroid here.

if you were referring to Pinnah, its hard not to take an awesome pic with that backdrop.  geez, that is beautiful country.

Thanks, Blatz!  What ratio seems to work best for you?

50:50 ratio is what I use - I learned this from Jim (Geronimo on NB) and IME, it works quicker than PBW for some reason.  Be sure to get the TSP Substitute PF (green box) and not the regular TSP (red box)

I don't have any links or literature, only hearsay, but purportedly the folks at Five Star admit that chemically the combo above is virtually the same.

PBW works like magic, no work at all.  Oxyclean (I use Oxyclean Free) has been effective, too, and is cheaper than PBW.  I think PBW does work more effectively, however, and also cleans my kettle valve with less contact time.

add some TSP substitute and it will work as good or better  ;)

All Things Food / Re: Whats for dinner?
« on: March 03, 2010, 07:24:40 PM »
I must admit I've fired it up a few times over the winter but the snow has been a deterrent. Bring Spring!  ;)

I've used the grill on a regular basis, but I usually smoke in the yard and dragging it out there in 3 foot of snow ain't happenin'.

nuff said.  ;)

there's two houses on my street for sale.  we need more good beer in the neighborhood anyways (specially some that's better than yours truly) - come on down, water's fine... :P ;D :D

The Pub / Re: Forum Members Pics
« on: March 02, 2010, 08:44:26 PM »
me and my best buds:

All Grain Brewing / Re: figuring out grain bill %'s
« on: February 24, 2010, 05:35:54 PM »
Go ahead and put the numbers up if you want but then you really ought to look into some homebrew software.  Beersmith has a downloadable free trial version and it'll let you scale recipes to your hearts content.

+1 - its like 25 clams - well spent, IMO.

The Pub / Re: Snowpeople
« on: February 24, 2010, 03:56:32 PM »
nope, no snowpeople on my block.

just kiddin.

kids are LAZY today...

The Pub / Re: Petsmart now offering 3 Guinea Pigs for the Price of ONE!
« on: February 24, 2010, 03:23:22 PM »
kin ya eat um? 

andrew zimmern does...

Questions about the forum? / Re: did the board go wonky?
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:55:06 AM »
Wow, that's a blast from the past!

brought back from the archives by the one and only Peter Griffin.

beergunning some 2 year old RIS into bottles for competition on Sat.

brewing my Dortmunder Gold on Sunday.  Might give malt conditioning a whirl. 

Can't wait.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kraeusen removal, what difference does it make
« on: February 24, 2010, 07:57:57 AM »
thanks jeff for the very detailed explanation.

Am I the only one who feels that a majority of the braunhefe remains stuck to the sides of my fermentor?  I certainly don't have a way to measure that, but eyeballing it, it seems that way:  I ferment about 11gal after kettle losses in a 14.5gal SS conical - with a hoppy beer there is a 2-3in ring of dark brown krausen stuck to the wall of the fermentor when I go to clean it.  Obviously, as Jeff pointed out, there is much less with say, my vienna.


Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Magazine?
« on: February 24, 2010, 07:29:23 AM »
I received the March/April issue yesterday-Feb 23rd.


Questions about the forum? / Re: did the board go wonky?
« on: February 24, 2010, 07:08:47 AM »
that's funny, bluesman.

But have you heard, the bird is the word, b-b-b-bird-bird-bird bird is the word...

BTW - it works fine on Explorer this morning.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kraeusen removal, what difference does it make
« on: February 23, 2010, 08:09:08 PM »
kai - I'm going to ask my pro buddy if he removes the braun hefe - I've never been around during fermentation so i'm not sure.  Would be interesting to note what his thoughts are.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long to age an Imperial IPA?
« on: February 23, 2010, 08:03:23 PM »
I guess I didn't read all the posts before rattling that off.  ;D

I've been known to drink IIPA warm, flat and right out of the fermenter  ;)

I don't think any IPA should be aged, but to each his own...even if they're wrong.  ;D

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