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Homebrew Clubs / Re: clubs in md, de
« on: February 11, 2010, 03:02:31 AM »
Thanks for the update. Keep me posted.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Visual cues to fermentation progress
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:32:14 AM »
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 11, 2010, 12:29:04 AM »
Pinch me...I think I'm dreaming.

No wait it's still snowing.

and I'm not dreaming.

Is it ever gonna end.  :(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/12
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:12:00 PM »
No brewing this week, but I'll keg my Wee Heavy.

All Things Food / Re: Marmite
« on: February 10, 2010, 03:53:00 PM »
They say you learn something new everyday. I'll keep a lookout for this product. I'd like to try it.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 10, 2010, 03:49:10 PM »
White out conditions as I type. I cleared the driveway an hour ago and there is three more inches on it now. I will clear it with the snowblower on the next round. The snow is fluffy but yet on the heavy side.  The dogs are loving this especially my Lab.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 10, 2010, 01:56:34 PM »
The State of Delaware has declared a State of Emergency. There is a blizzard warning in effect until midnight.

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: February 10, 2010, 02:27:42 AM »
AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Although the band are commonly classified as hard rock and are considered a pioneer of heavy metal, they have always classified their music as rock and roll.

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. The band recorded their highly successful album Highway to Hell in 1979. Lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but soon ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released their best-selling album, Back in Black.

I really like the licks of Angus Young.

One of my favorite hard rock bands!

AC/DC - Back in Black

Whole Lotta Rosie (Live) - AC/DC [1977]
Have A Drink On Me

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 10, 2010, 02:09:28 AM »
The snow started coming down at 7pm... there is about 2 inches right now. It is suppose to continue through the night while two low pressure systems coming up the coast from the Carolina's will combine to form a nor'easter.  :o

Blizzard conditions are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening as winds increase.

Operation: SNWBLR will become effective tomorrow am.

Ingredients / Favorite APA/IPA Hop Schedule
« on: February 09, 2010, 08:30:02 PM »
What's your favorite house, clone, east coast, west coast, midwest, anywhere  American APA and/or IPA hop schedule.

Assume a volume of 5 gallons.

I'll add one I want to try. This is the infamous Pliny the Elder hop bill.

3.50 oz CTZ 13.90% A.A. 90 min.
.75 oz CTZ 13.90% A.A. 45 min.
1.00 oz Simcoe 12.30% A.A. 30 min.
1.00 oz Centennial 8.00% A.A. 0 min.
2.50 oz Simcoe 12.30% A.A. 0 min.
1.00 oz CTZ 13.90% A.A. Dry Hop (12 to 14 Days Total)
1.00 oz Centennial 9.10% A.A. Dry Hop (12 to 14 Days Total)
1.00 oz Simcoe 12.30% A.A. Dry Hop (12 to 14 Days Total)
.25 oz CTZ 13.90% A.A. Dry Hop (5 days to go in dry hop)
.25 oz Centennial 9.10% A.A. Dry Hop (5 days to go in dry hop)
.25 oz Simcoe 12.30% A.A. Dry Hop (5 days to go in dry hop)
(adjust your hop addition quantities accordingly with your exact alpha acid‛s)

Personally I really like Centennial/Cascade combos. I use this combo often in my IPA's.  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brix to plato conversion
« on: February 09, 2010, 07:34:28 PM »
Degrees Brix (symbol °Bx) is a measurement of the dissolved sugar-to-water mass ratio of a liquid. It is measured with a saccharimeter that measures specific gravity of a liquid or more easily with a refractometer. A 25 °Bx solution is 25% (s/w), with 25 grams of sugar per 100 grams of solution. Or, to put it another way, there are 25 grams of sucrose sugar and 75 grams of water in the 100 grams of solution.

Degrees Plato are used in the brewing industry to express the concentration of extract (dissolved solids, mostly sugars) in a wort or beer as a percentage by weight. Thus 100 grams of a 12 degree Plato (abbreviated 12 °P) wort contains 12 grams of extract.

I usually have several batches of beer in the lineup and since I'm in no hurry I use the "set it and forget it" method. This also allows for some cold conditioning/aging and clarification.

As was said, set the pressure to the recommended level based on the prescribed style volume and temperature of the beer, wait three weeks and voila!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping ?
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:49:28 PM »
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.  

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:34:49 PM »
One benefit of snow.  ;D

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 09, 2010, 03:43:00 PM »

The latest update shows this storm having more energy than the last one.  :o

So it will move faster......................................... ;D

That's my hope.

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