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Other Fermentables / Re: What to do with some chokecherry syrup.
« on: November 03, 2011, 04:49:22 AM »
They are called 'choke' cherry's for a reason. Do you know if it is chokecherry honey, chokecherry syrup, or chokecherry syrup with honey, or something else?

It's a mix of a chokecherry syrup and honey.

It already is incredibly sweet so the tart character is pretty well overwhelmed.  As for the flavour making for a bad mead, I guess I oversimplified.  It's not something I want to eat on my pancakes/waffles but its flavour could be good in the right application such as a mead or (thanks for the idea) a lightly hopped stout.

Other Fermentables / What to do with some chokecherry syrup.
« on: October 31, 2011, 10:27:17 PM »
I was recently given some homemade chokecherry honey syrup and frankly it's just not very good.  The taste is just a bit weird for me. There is about 56 oz of the stuff and I thought it might make a good mead.  Any thoughts about how to approach this since I have very little mead-making experience? 


Equipment and Software / Re: Fridge breaking/broken
« on: October 31, 2011, 10:16:55 PM »
Cooled down and holding 37-38*  Thanks for the great advice and info about where to start.  You saved me a couple hundred dollars.


Equipment and Software / Re: Fridge breaking/broken
« on: October 29, 2011, 11:00:05 PM »
I just pulled off the inside back cover and looked.  No ice but the fan was not working.  When I flicked the fan housing it started up and I was getting cold air in the fridge.  I'll update on whether that continues working. 

Thanks for all the advice.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fridge breaking/broken
« on: October 28, 2011, 04:52:35 AM »
Thanks for the replies.

I took it off the temp controller about a week ago and set it to the middle setting on the fridge.  I even tried lowering it to the coldest setting with the temp control off.  It was at the coldest setting while fermenting.  I just  checked for ice and couldn't find anything but I did notice that the freezer is at the right temp.  As for how it worked before, it was down to about 36* without the controller.  It's a Kenmore model 70282991 over/under that I got from a friend in exchange for some guitar lessons.  Not sure if it short-cycling but that could have happened with my analogue control. 

Another thing I thought might help is cleaning off the coils this weekend.

Thanks again,

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: When to add honey.
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:27:00 PM »
Wyeast 1214 is Chimay yeast if you want to go that route.  I'd recommend making a starter if you use it.  If you want to retain honey flavor and aroma, I'd add it to the fermenter, not the kettle.
+1 for both the starter and when to add the honey

Equipment and Software / Fridge breaking/broken
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:17:18 PM »
So, my fridge was working great, then I put a basic Johnson Controls temp controller on it, set it to 60*, put some fermenting beer in it, and left it.  Beer fermented, attenuated well, no major flaws.  Then I set it to cool down so I could convert it to a keg fridge.  That's when I ran into trouble since it won't go below 54* no matter what.

So, am I hosed and need a new fridge or do you have any idea what I can do?


This too, go the the bottom one on the page.

I've been out of the forum/hobby for a while so I missed that whole page.  It reminds me that I need to renew my membership.  Thanks for posting it.


Beer Travel / Re: Vienna, Austria late Nov. 2011
« on: October 26, 2011, 10:48:05 PM »
This guide has been good for cities I have not been to before.  Never been to Vienna, so here you go.
Thanks for the link.  It also links to a page with some more Vienna info.  Looks like the breweries will be a bit harder to find than in some cities but hopefully it's worth it.
So jealous, you wouldn't believe it.

Sometimes it sucks but this is why I drive cheap, old cars and live in a cheap, old house.  I have to suffer with a crappy ride and finicky house but I get to travel more.

Just got a quote from a welding shop for $22.

Beer Travel / Vienna, Austria late Nov. 2011
« on: October 12, 2011, 10:47:32 PM »
Yay, I'm going! So what are some good Viennese/Austrian beers I should try? I will hit Schloss Eggenburg and eat/drink at some random brewpubs but any info would be appreciated.


Yeah, it sucks.  I'm calling around tomorrow to see if I can get a more reasonable price somewhere else in town.

Classifieds / Re: WTTrade: new/unused 5# Al CO2 tank for stuff
« on: October 12, 2011, 10:22:03 PM »
Yeah, they said no exchange because you had to buy one of their branded/marked tanks to exchange there.

On the bright side, I went in yesterday to airgas to start an exchange account and the new manager said he would take mine for exchange and just do a cash account.  On the bad side, a 5# exchange is $30 at my airgas not including hazmat fee.


Hi all,  

Backstory: I have a 5# aluminum Co2 tank from Midwest Homebrewing that came with a kegging setup.  Bad part about that is the gas suppliers here only do exchange, no fill up, and recommend against leaving a shiny new tank for an exchange. I have had it for about 6 months and it's just taking up space

So, I was wondering if anybody would want to do a trade.  I am thinking along the lines of kegs, a keggle/kettle with valve, grain mill (long shot I know) or something I haven't thought of.  The price of the tank is $84.95 from Midwest but I'm not to worried about getting exact value, just something that I'll actually be able to use.

I'm happy to ship anywhere in the US but if you live in Wyoming, Salt Lake City area, or northern Colorado I might be able to meet with you for drop-off/pickup. Please PM/Email me if interested.


The Pub / OOOH Space beer.
« on: September 30, 2010, 04:07:20 AM »
Make sure you know where your towel is and don't panic while you read this.


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