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Equipment and Software / Re: Chiller Suggestions
« on: February 12, 2010, 11:02:39 AM »
Sorry you mean a hopback which is a sealed chamber that is inserted in between the brewing kettle and counter-flow wort chiller. Hops are added to the chamber, the hot wort from the kettle is run through it, and then immediately cooled in the wort chiller before entering the fermentation chamber.

I don't use a hopback but I'm sure others could chime in and offer advice.

Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: February 12, 2010, 10:58:21 AM »
And my friends say I'm crazy.
Excellent job, wait one minute...
you're missing something:
A floor drain!

Sorry Mate ,.......I gots 2 floor drains ....the best idea in the whole shed !

A must have for any brewery shed.  ;D

The Pub / Re: Best Days To Brew?
« on: February 12, 2010, 10:56:04 AM »
For me, the best DAYS to brew are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Oh, and Wednesdays are good too. :)



General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping ?
« on: February 12, 2010, 10:52:02 AM »
Perhaps the lupulin gland oils that are dissolved at 150F vs boiled at 212F react to form different compounds that affect the perceived bitterness in various ways. There have been studies on the effects of temperature on alpha acids in the lupulin glands of hops. I would be interested to understand the findings, but it's $30.00 per study.  

This is what I've always heard and gone on.  It seems to be backed up by this...

Yes. It appears the effects of oxidation on first wort hops are less therefore lending a rounder hop flavor and aroma. I'm sur Kai will chime in on this if he has time.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chiller Suggestions
« on: February 11, 2010, 06:48:46 PM »
Check out this thread.

I use an immersion chiller for my 15 gallon keggle. It can be used for 5 or 10 gallon batches. I used 60 feet of 1/2" soft copper that I wrapped around a corny keg. It can be set-up for whirlpool as well. I can chill 11 gallons of wort down from 212F to 60F in about 20 minutes. It will vary depending on your water temp.

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: February 11, 2010, 06:42:08 PM »
George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. Known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many other guitarists, Guy is considered an important exponent of Chicago blues and a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

My band opened up for Buddy Guy in 1996 at The Stone Balloon in Newark, Delaware.

An iconic blues guitar player and singer.

Without further ado.

Mr Buddy Guy!

Buddy doing "Sweet Home Chicago"

Here's Buddy with John Mayer on "Damn Right I Got The Blues"

Here's BB King/Eric Clapton/Buddy Guy/Jim Vaughn doing Rock Me Baby. Four great blues artists together on stage.

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:57:41 PM »
Does anyone find good results using MO in American APA/IPA's?

that's what I use as my basemalt for everything, so yes, it produces great results.

I knew you did. I definitely counted on your response, but are you the only one?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Chris Colby on malt conditioning
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:56:10 PM »

Maybe this isn't the proper place to ask, but could you post a procedure for the FFT and iodine tests. Maybe you could start a new subject.  :-\

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:52:11 PM »
Does anyone find good results using MO in American APA/IPA's?

Ingredients / Re: Domestic Hop Help (Hallertauer Cultivars)
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:44:58 PM »
I'm going to guess that ain't happening ... this isn't Cosco.  ;)

I wasn't suggesting free samples. For the quantity of beer that you are making it makes sense to put select ingredients into it and the only way to do that is for you to select them. They may be willing to send you some samples for a nominal fee. Just sayin'  ;)

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:46:32 AM »
Forget it, even if he got there I wasnt there. Tried to get there today, stupid. That neighborhood is impassable. I finally got there to find out the streets are not even plowed, and people are inadvertently building giant walls of ice and snow as they shovel their cars out. Ya got crash through them. I got stuck twice before I got to the shop and there is about ten feet of snow up against my door and parking lot not yet plowed. I dont even know why I tried, I guess it is because I feel challenged and can brave through it. .

That stinks.  >:(

Are you clearing the snow away from the door to get in or using the side door?

I would have turned around and went home.


Ingredients / Re: Domestic Hop Help (Hallertauer Cultivars)
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:45:33 AM »
I would ask if they would send you samples to test drive. That way you can compare all of them first hand.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: clubs in md, de
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:02:31 PM »
Thanks for the update. Keep me posted.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Visual cues to fermentation progress
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:32:14 PM »
Brewing without a hydrometer is like driving blind. Three weeks in the primary should be enough.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:29:04 PM »
Pinch me...I think I'm dreaming.

No wait it's still snowing.

and I'm not dreaming.

Is it ever gonna end.  :(

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