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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beginner questions. . .
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:28:23 PM »
+1  And if that bogs you down a bit, get Papazian's  The Complete Joy of Homebrewing.  Less technical and a little dated, but more entertaining and an easier read.

Beer Recipes / Re: RIS recipe check!
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:11:30 PM »
I set mine for 65% for big >1.090 beers as well although my DIPA is ususally around 72-75%.  I attribute that to the cane sugar addition.

Beer Recipes / Re: RIS recipe check!
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:40:32 AM »
His is similar, but a bit stronger.  I did not use any brown malt and I used crystal 80 instead of 120 and of course, quick oats. And no Victory either.  Actually it's nothing like mine. ;)  I only had two hop additions as well.  One bittering and one flavor.

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:35:57 AM »
LOL, I like a lot of 70s rock but I'm with cap on this one!  But then again, I like disco, so don't mind me...    ;D


The Bee Gee's. Absolutely golden harmonies!

How can you deny them that.

I almost puked in my mouth.  Most pop music from any era makes my skin crawl.

Beer Recipes / Re: RIS recipe check!
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:15:41 AM »
the roasted barley, black patent, and chocolate in mine total around 9% (off the top of my head).

also, don't forget as it ages those will mellow, so keep that in mind.

Valid point taken. I definitely want to age this properly.

So far, I think mine's been aging a little over 3 months.  I plan on letting it go until next fall.  It will be next winters big beer.  I tried to model it after Old Rasputin.  Only time will tell.

Equipment and Software / Re: teflon tape.
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:07:45 AM »
Metal on metal especially the same metal is bad my old engineer dad told me. The tape can handle the heat but you might have to redo fittings on sanitary critical fittings if sloppily wrapped.

Metal on metal causes galling which basically cold welds the pieces together (bad).  The teflon acts both as a lubricant and a sealant and will work fine in this application.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanitation
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:02:00 AM »
I'm guessing that the effect of entrapped O2 in the foam is minmal.  FWIW, the foam stays on top of the beer and most of it is removed during the racking process and then you pressurize with the more dense CO2 and that forces the foam and air to the top of the keg.  You purge, and voila, no air or O2.  I wouldn't and don't worry about it.

All Things Food / Re: Pesto Pork Chops
« on: March 16, 2010, 09:36:34 AM »
They are the same.  One thing I didn't realize that the white button mushrooms are just immature baby portabellas (crimini).

All Things Food / Re: Pesto Pork Chops
« on: March 16, 2010, 08:36:12 AM »
Keith,  What about all that healthy eating? JK.  It sounds real good.  What kind of mushrooms did you use?  I'm thinking Crimini would be good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your Favorite Style of Beer?
« on: March 15, 2010, 05:31:26 PM »
I think you could give me an ESB any given day of the week and I'd be happy. Happier still if it was every day.


I just tapped a keg of ESB this past Friday night and it is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  :)

Edit: I've always wanted to use that word for something. So ESB it is! ;D

I suppose I'll have to beg for a sample ;)  See ya Friday.

Brewed the hefeweizen, Used the shirron chiller.  It worked pretty well, but I have to play with the cold water flow to get the right heat transfer.  I underpitched, on purpose and will ferment at 62-65F.  I will not be home to monitor the progress, which is worrisome, but what the hey RDWHAHB, right?

Beer Recipes / Re: Lawnmower Beer
« on: March 11, 2010, 08:55:00 PM »
This thread is just what I needed...time to get brewing again, that lager yeast in the fridge isn't going to pitch itself!

For me a good pils is the best summer beer.  Nothing but pilsner malt, some very light noble hopping, and a good, controlled ferment.  Years of brewing and drinking heavy, thick, or overly hopped beers made me fairly recently rediscover the simple joy of a good pils.

Nic,  I'm with ya on this one, although I have to keep an IPA around just in case. ;)

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Crust?
« on: March 10, 2010, 07:45:31 PM »
John's is da bomb!  Best in Manhattan!

Guys, I don't know when this hefeweizen is going to get done.  I'm in Miami now and most likely will be next week too.  Way too much going on right now for brewing. :(

hey man - I am going to be judging a beer comp down in Miami this weekend - let me know if you want to meet up.

Crap, I'll be back on the Chesapeake for the weekend, back down on Monday, that would be cool though, damn. 

Beer Recipes / Re: London Pride Clone Beer
« on: March 10, 2010, 07:25:42 PM »
I taste a touch of dark crystal in there as well.

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