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The Pub / Re: Thanks Joe Bonamassa
« on: March 21, 2013, 10:43:17 AM »
I saw it on PBS, it was fantastic!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation taking "hold"
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:01:18 AM »
I prefer to be as simple as possible when force carbing.  I try to keep plenty of beers on tap at any one time so I am not overly anxious to pour a perfect beer in 24 hours.  Simply, keep your cooler so it dispenses at 38 to 45 degrees, or what you like.  Set keg pressure at 12 pounds or whatever your style wants.  Start with about 10 feet of line, 3/16 ID.  This will give you a nice slow, not overly foamy pour.  If it is too slow for you, cut a foot off and try again.  Most importantly, let the keg carb without fuss for a solid week and there you are.  There are tons of other ways to carb.  Shaking, kicking, rolling, bouncing. high pressure then low pressure then no pressure.  Big headache unless you know where you are going and how to get there.  Cheers!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: racking to limit attenuation
« on: March 09, 2013, 01:25:57 PM »
It may be finished with fermentation!  What has been the gravity over the last 2 or three days.  Is it stable?  I am betting it is finished.  However, I would let it sit another two weeks just to clean up after itself then rack and lager.  I don't risk the sulfur taste.

Ingredients / Re: dry hopping
« on: March 04, 2013, 12:55:51 PM »
I just can't wait that long.  I have to keep things as simple as possible.  My ales spend three weeks in the primary.  Then transfered to keg with suspended dry hop bag.  It sits at room temp for a week and then into the kegerator and carbed.  I never have a problem with it.  Some of the wheat or rye ales take a little longer to clear.  So what!

Equipment and Software / Re: Kegerator Thermostat Help (Adjustment Screw)
« on: February 18, 2013, 03:30:04 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I know the box might get tricky, will have to pull out the plyers. I wish i would be able to just pull off the top except there is another screw that there that doesnt screw in or out. It just adjusts another spring i think. Hopefully il be able to figure out a way without digging myself deeper into this mess.

If it is in the high or coldest position, it could be left as such and a Johnson A419 added.  I think that is the way it works anyway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping in Primary...why not?
« on: January 10, 2013, 03:30:16 PM »
Anyone experienced dry hopping a lager in the primary at 4 weeks, for an additional week.  Maybe let the temp increase from 50 on its own.  Then rack to a keg and lager cold as usual.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering Question
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:53:53 PM »
I have a lager in the primary that will soon be four weeks old.  I usually leave it for four weeks and then rack to a keg and lager.  This beer I want to dry hop.  Has anyone just tossed in a couple of ounces of pellets in the primary for a additional week?  Then rack to keg and lager?

All Things Food / Re: Weinerschnitzle
« on: December 26, 2012, 04:40:00 PM »
Go with Spaetzle, sauerkraut, kolsch, and a nice light cabbage and carrot salad with vinegrette

The Pub / Re: Gas station growler fills
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:40:31 PM »
I actually filled up a growler in Bend about a month ago or so, on my way to visit my daughter in Eugene.  It was delightful.  There must have been 30 or 40 craft beers on tap to choose from.  Being from Utah, I knew I was in brew heaven. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometers
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:12:38 AM »

Check this out.  I own a splash proof and use it for mash and food.  Perfect for both.  I use the hand held with a four foot waterproof probe for my internal carboy temp.  Measures precisely the wort temp after chilling.  I adjust my chiller flow accordingly so I am exactly at pitching temp when finished.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to brewing
« on: November 27, 2012, 04:20:55 PM »
Oh ya, you have done well.  Got yeast in the bottom of the bottle as should be.  Crack one and give it a try and let us know.  Congrats!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lager question
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:12:52 PM »
Thanks, that was an interesting article.  I guess I will try it by racking to a secondary before it completely falls and let it sit for the remainder of the four weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lager question
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:00:05 PM »
I have had the most remarkable luck with my lagers by pitching yeast at 44 degrees and letting it ramp up for a couple of days to between 50 and 52 degrees.  It then sits in the primary at that temp for 28 days.  I then rack to a keg, carbonate and lager at 33 or so degrees for at least a couple of months or until I am read to drink it.  Each week in the primary a different odor occurs, sulphur etc.  It cleans up nicely by the end of four weeks.  One thing I have experienced is a slightly bitter finish on the most light lagers.  It is not alcohol but more like bittering hops.  Anyone know what that might be?

All Things Food / Re: Knife sharpener
« on: June 17, 2012, 04:49:14 PM »
Important in maintaining a sharp knife for a prolonged period of time, the use of a sharpening steel is critical.  You are not sharpening, or buffing any spots out, but aligning steel sheathes on the cutting edge vertical to the cutting surface of the blade.  Two or so strokes are sufficient.  The same principle is with the leather razor strop.  This whole process keeps us from grinding precious metal from the blade. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Jet bottle washer and hose-cleaning
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:52:22 PM »

I have been playing with a submersible pond pump such as this.  I picked it up at Home Depot for 25 bucks.  It has an automatic shutoff when taken out of water.  This has been a real time saver for hose and chiller cleaning, rinsing, and sanitizing.  I would use with GFI circuit only.

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