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The Pub / Re: OK homebrewers, where should I live?
« on: April 08, 2010, 06:58:22 AM »
If I were single, I'd be all over La Jolla/San Diego.  Course you need a good job or a decent amount of coin (okay actually both) to enjoy it, but you could surf, hike and ski all the same weekend if you lived there, which is pretty awesome in my book. 

Weather is fantastic, the female scenery is exceptional, and of course its a beer mecca.

Course you could move to Jupiter - my wife's in real estate and could help you out.  I think you work in biology?  If so, Scripps is opening a big facility down the road from us.

12gal of helles (keith y.'s "Solace" recipe)

trying out some variances on chilling methods so this should be interesting.

so, JP says don't worry, and 5Star says what I did wasn't good, but there probably isn't enough in the residue to worry about, but they can't say 100% certain.  he also says he doesn't advise wasting good beer.

I drank another bottle the other day and am still alive  :D

I have a friend who works in a chem lab who offered to run a sample testing for zinc, so I'll be doing that just in case.

Ingredients / Re: German Hops
« on: April 06, 2010, 10:39:26 AM »
i think its mostly a matter of freshness.  I used to think brewhobby was crazy when he said he preferred US tett to GR, especially since he was such an ardent traditionalist with regard to lager brewing, but in the past 2 years, I've brewed a lot of lagers (these days i'm about 60/40 lager/ale split) and I have to say, I'm starting to agree with him.

I've not tried USHall before though.

I'm still debating about reloading my lager hops with GR when they become available or just getting domestic (US Tett/Hood/Liberty/Crystal).

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 05, 2010, 08:30:57 AM »
Here's my water (PBG/Jupiter, FL):

Ca 23
Mg 4
HCO3 37
Na 21
Cl 70
SO4 12
pH 7.9

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What are your house styles?
« on: April 04, 2010, 09:46:32 AM »


I would have no idea either, but Ray Daniels refers to those beers in that way in Designing Great Beers.


only said that because sometimes I make vienna, sometimes marzen, but they're both pretty close. ;)

I'm hoping so. Now, if someone with specific knowledge says don't drink 'em, I would heed that advice. Good luck!

I emailed JP and Five Star Chemicals - we'll see what those two have to say - if they say dump it, then so be it.

I'm assuming the tubing and bucket I used that were soaked in PBW afterward and then rinsed well would be okay regardless, right?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What are your house styles?
« on: April 03, 2010, 10:11:00 AM »
I tend to brew somewhat seasonally, but I seem to almost always have:

Dortmunder or Pils

If one of those isn't on tap, then surely there are two kegs in the conditioning fridge waiting for an open slot!

First give a six-pack or so to some "friends", wait a week or so and then ask them how they're feeling.  :D

haha - well, i just drank a bottle, so we'll see soon enough - I think its fine...

I'll go out on a limb; your ethyl alcohol consumption far outweighs a probably not detectable level of zinc consumption... ;D


I'm thinking I'm fine.  Lesson learned.

It might take the "metallic off flavor" to a new level ;D

well, I just took one of the bottles I CPFed against a sample right off the keg.

Tastes/Smells identical.

I think i'm worrying about nothing, though I won't ever use that tub again.

Galvanized = Zinc
Zinc is dissolved by acid and excessive Zinc is toxic. I wouldn't risk it.
Wikipedia has a pretty good write up. The toxicity part is about 2/3 of the way down.

agreed, but were talking about stuff I rinsed with, not drinking the stuff.

granted, the bottles weren't bone dry (some foam bubbles were still present) but they were pretty dry.

For Star San you actually want the pH to be under 3. I'd rinse and re-sanitize - it seems like minimal effort for the peace of mind.

i don't think you understood - already bottled... :'(

i taste tested one of the CPF bottles I filled and it seems fine.

I can't imagine that the reaction would be all that significant in 1-2 hours time.  plus the bottles and equipment was let dry beforehand - not like I'm drinking the star san solution.

General Homebrew Discussion / Star San - Galvanized Steel - Oops...
« on: April 02, 2010, 04:02:30 PM »
had to sanitize some bottles for a batch today (god I forgot how much I hate bottling).

Not thinking, I used one of those steel tubs you get at Walmart/Home Depot for icing down beers.  

Anyway, I used that as my star san dunk bucket - did I just ruin everything?

Towards the end, the star san was a bit hazy.

no brewing till next weekend. :(

bottling a batch of old ale (god I haven't bottle an entire batch in 2 years, dreading it...)

bottling a bunch of comp entries.

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