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The Pub / A bomber is rarely a good deal
« on: May 09, 2013, 09:03:10 AM »
Some small breweries (like mine) can only afford to fill bombers. I have a 4 head manual filler. There's no way it would be cost effective for me to fill 12 oz bottles until I get a real bottling machine.

My IPA sells for $7 on store shelves. Some of our higher gravity beers sell for 10 or more. I can tell you right now that even at those prices we have a hard time making ends meet.

The Pub / Best TV theme song
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:37:17 AM »

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:38:32 AM »
I just realized, it's not Windows I hate. It's non mac computers in general. My laptop died yesterday. I hated that thing, but I needed it too. Now I'm screwed. Computer guy said the hard drive won't spin up. I will never buy an HP again. Screw you HP!

Here my old Mac I bought used in 2005 still chugs along....

I'm really hoping you guys can finally make it into the 18th, err, 19th, errrrr, (as slowbrew said), the 20th century.  ::)

This is a really weird state. Some parts, like Hunstville, are as modern as any city in the nation. Others are as backwoods and inbred as you can get. Driving from Huntsville to the Gulf is a weird 6 hours ride for sure. At least the beach is waiting at the end.

The really strange part of it all is after 20 years I'm starting to fit it. :o

Yeast and Fermentation / yeast re-use
« on: May 08, 2013, 12:18:21 PM »
No problem.  I don't know where the idea that you always have to go up in gravity came from.

I think it is simply a practice to go up in gravity and may have gotten misconstrued as a rule?

General Homebrew Discussion / Drinking while brewing
« on: May 08, 2013, 11:29:04 AM »
seems like a few of you are not very well functioning drunks. Just sayin'.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Storage
« on: May 08, 2013, 04:26:22 AM »
Plastic is fine as long as it seals tightly. I use large plastic collapsible jugs at brewery. Mason jars for homebrew. Make sure the lid it not tight on glass jars containing brewers years.

One less thing to be embarrassed about living in AL! Assuming the gubner doesn't do anything stoopids.

General Homebrew Discussion / Drinking while brewing
« on: May 07, 2013, 08:01:00 AM »
+1. How does it taste? If it sucks, just dump it. No need in kegging up a beer you can't drinks. And IME bakers yeast makes crummy beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Drinking while brewing
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:06:27 AM »
It all boils down to the individual in question. Obviously it's a stupid idea to get rip roaring drunk (just about anytime for that matter) but I don't personally have any issues knocking down a pint or three while brewing. Just doesn't have any negative impact on me, personally. In fact, if it's been a long day a couple of pints can help me push through.

Ingredients / Ginger and Belgian Style Yeast
« on: May 06, 2013, 03:31:59 PM »
I make a Belgian white with ginger and lime leaves and use the "chimay" strain @ 64 degrees. It's pretty nice beer if I may say so myself.

Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation chamber too cold?
« on: May 05, 2013, 07:21:56 PM »
66 is a good temp for the wort/beer. I'd be afraid that it will cool down too much too. Maybe change the water or just pull carboy out for now. Unless your house is warmer than 70 degrees it should be fine at 66 overnight and probably won't change much die to thermal mass

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Help!
« on: May 05, 2013, 04:13:14 PM »
Sit down in front of TV and just shake it off and on for 30-45 min. You can come back every so often and shake it until fermentation starts if you like. Yeast need the o2 to help build their cell walls so they can divide.

Don't introduce air after fermentation starts, however.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Help!
« on: May 05, 2013, 03:26:00 PM »
This is going to freak you out a bit (maybe) but you really don't need the airlock. Aluminum foil over the top will be sanitary. Otherwise, yeah, use the lid.

And don't forget to shake the hell out of the wort, though with dry yeast it isn't quite as necessary.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Help!
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:43:16 PM »
Snake carboy off and on for half hour to aerate. Yeast need oxygen.

You can use star San or even plain water. Just fill so  it covers base of floating piece of airlock on 3 piece or half way in one piece

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