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Ingredients / Re: Citrus zest and dry hopping
« on: Today at 04:48:05 PM »
I believe the one vomit "beer" I tasted started as 100% OJ. Some think it was a combo of low nutrients and high acidity. Mercaptan bomb for sure. Tasted like college.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 08:48:18 PM »
A brewer in the SF east bay fell into a kettle of boiling wort in 1901. Apparently, his system was gravity fed and he somehow fell in while cleaning the tun.

The Pub / Re: Super Troopers Sequel
« on: March 27, 2015, 05:07:32 PM »

I am highly skeptical that it will measure up. I'm not sure I could get high/drunk enough anymore to enjoy another one anyway. I don't have that kind of energy anymore.
Like Anchorman 2... terrible!
Yeah it was. The best part was in the trailer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegs on sale
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:15:27 PM »

I can see the bottom falling out of the used keg market if suppliers keep offering the AMCYL kegs at discounted prices.
Yeah, I don't understand the >$50 used keg market.

The Pub / Re: Oscar Blues Buys Perrin Brewing in MI
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:44:30 PM »
The Oscar Blues strategy reminds me of a show on CNBC where a guy invests into struggling businesses and straightens them out.

I wonder what their winner:loser ratio will be.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: do I need to use campden tablets?
« on: March 27, 2015, 10:10:36 AM »
I am all RO, but I would certainly user Campden if I used tap water. Our water has strong chlorine odor to it.

The Pub / Re: The Craft Beer Quiz
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:55:16 AM »
See how well you know your stuff with the 2015 Craft Beer Quiz: 

I know we've got a few (maybe more than a few) beer gurus on this board who will ace this quiz blindfolded.
Missed a couple of slogans.
Maybe they should have included "bottling innovation"

Beer Recipes / Re: Stone releases official Levitation Ale recipe
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:29:12 PM »
Maybe the extra comes from the late additions steeping along with the flame out. I'm sure they measure there bitterness.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Another eventful shopping spree
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:27:44 PM »
That is awesome. Can't wait to get to SoCal so I can enjoy some Firestone cans on the beach.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:02:57 PM »

I guess there could be worse ways to die.
A vat of Evan Williams?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flame Out vs Steeping
« on: March 26, 2015, 05:14:40 PM »

Did you propagate from a can or use the Gigaeast Vermont IPA?
Used a gigayeast pack from MoreBeer. Not sure what it brought to the table as it was a new hop bill. May need to do a side by side when I have time. Guess I'll need to order another dry hopper from Zach.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« on: March 26, 2015, 05:07:25 PM »

I live in So Cal also. In addition to my wort chiller I use a pre-chiller.  Williams brewing used to have em, but could only find them on rebel brewer now.
Thanks. I just ordered a little sub-pump and some hose to hook up a recirc system with my immersion chiller. I'm gonna use ground water through it until I fill up an ice chest then hook up the pump hose and run that as a recirculating system. My biggest thing is water conservation. I use the run off on my veggies and citrus trees but anymore than 10-15 gallons and I feel supremely wasteful.
My routine for the past three years has been to fill buckets with chilling water. I stop chilling when I run out of buckets. I use the hotter buckets for cleaning and the later buckets for laundry. This only works with top load machines. Someday I will use it to water a garden, but first I need a garden.

I've brewed at a buddies house where I dropped my sump pump into his pool. That worked very well and I could let it run for as long as I wanted.

I also use a prechiller during the summer. I add the ice after filling three buckets. I use that bucket as extra thermalmass in my ferm freezer.

The drought is so crazy. I remember when it was dangerous to float the rivers down stream from the dams due to being at capacity.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flame Out vs Steeping
« on: March 26, 2015, 04:50:03 PM »
Correction - 73% aa. Not terrible. The beer is good. I used a heavy hand with some columbus in the flame out and dry hop and it was super danky for two weeks. Pretty good right now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flame Out vs Steeping
« on: March 26, 2015, 04:39:08 PM »
I have an ipa on now with Conan yeast. Fermented quick, but only to 70% aa. I hear second pitchers are better.

All Grain Brewing / Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:51:12 PM »
Sticking your face in the fermenting bucket isn't a good idea either, a good wiff of co2 will knock you on your a$$, literally takes your breath away:)
I've considered using a snorkel when lifting carboys out of my ferm freezer.

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