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All Grain Brewing / Re: tobacco smell
« on: July 07, 2013, 02:28:53 PM »
Point I'm making; if you focus on the title of the thread you are missing his point, me thinks (even assumes). He says it smelled like holding up a dirty sweatshirt in which you had smoked a cigar the previous night. That's not "tobacco" aroma, which can be very pleasing if you are talking about the smell of an un-smoked cigar. His description in his post sounds smoky as in phenols.

All Grain Brewing / Re: tobacco smell
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:24:36 PM »
Well, the thread has tobacco in the name but reading OPs post he says "smelled like it smoked a cigar the night before" which doesn't say "herbal" like tobacco leaf. Says smoky, like old ashtray.

All Grain Brewing / Re: tobacco smell
« on: July 06, 2013, 08:21:17 AM »
The other possibility, if you mean more "ashtray" than tobacco, is scorching. I built an electric kettle once where the element was too close to the bottom of the kettle and the reflection cause scorching that tasted like licking an ashtray (or, that's what I assume licking an ashtray would taste like). Oddly enough you couldn't detect it as obviously via aroma.

All Grain Brewing / Re: tobacco smell
« on: July 06, 2013, 01:04:54 AM »
Maybe I misunderstand but smoke like aroma could be indicative of pedio infection.

Going Pro / Re: Pro opinion on Nanobrewery proposition
« on: July 04, 2013, 10:27:54 PM »
Haven't read the entire thread, but all I can say is this (having done it): If you don't mind working on a nano level for 1-2 years (and I'm talking about ~3bbl or less) for a year or two for free, and not make any money, and fund the gig out of your own pocket, even lose money, and you do this to prove a concept to attract loans or investors to grow to the next stage (and don't mind working long hard hours at that next stage for a fraction of what your 9-5 job paid), then go for it. Otherwise, don't try it. Find some investors and open a real brewery (and make damn sure you know how to run one or find someone who does!)

RDWHAHB has become a taunt for me. I am still new to the hobby, haven't done 20 batches yet. I need to accept the fact that I am still learning. It would have been so easy to just set up an ice bath, five extra minutes at the end. Oh well, next time.

I removed the blow off bucket and put on the fermentation cap last night. It's going up and down, so my yeast is still alive. I'll brew this same recipe next time, a lil more cautiously, and compare the two to see what differences happen with a high fermentation temp.
Dude, don't "accept" that there's a lot to learn, EMBRACE it!

+1 - mastering a craft is just that. Mastering. Which takes a lifetime. Luckily, once you manage to get a handle on fermentation temps and yeast pitching your beer will taste like you are a master! Not too difficult to figure out. Keep the temp of most ale fermentations in the low to mid 60's and pitch the proper amount if yeast - see yeast pitching calc at www. Be sure that you manage the temp of the fermentation, which will be 4-6+ degrees over ambient at high krausen (a stick on "fermometer" will give you a close indication of the actual temp of fern ration). Be sure to cool your wort down to pitching tomes FIRST before aerating and pitching your yeast. Never pitch over 72, and preferably pitch a few degrees below intended ferm temp. You get those part nailed and you'll be maki g some incredible beers.

All Grain Brewing / MOVED: Racer 5 anyone
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:02:54 PM »

STILL bloody sick! Had to make Dr. appt. Low grade fever. Razor blades in my throat and lungs full of butter. F#@& you, glass washing station!

This is the first time I have been sick in 3 years, and the worse one in probably 10. And I have 2 kids that, anyone with kids knows, are walking bio terrorists during school months. Must me some weird yankee bird flu or something.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 03, 2013, 01:26:11 PM »
I had it cold crash accidentally down to 45 and it was still working, this was after several days (I was on a trip). Managed to raise temp back up to 60s and had no problems with attenuation or off flavors.

I keep going back to that glass washing station in Hospitality Room. Used it 2 or 3 times and then started having doubts about its sanitation.

I started to use it once, didn't get a good feeling about the sanitation, and went and rinsed my glass out with regular water.

My first reaction was "ewwww" then I saw everyone else using and figured "they" wouldn't put a wash station out that wasn't perfectly sanitary. Should have gone with my instincts. OTOH a guy I met named "Bobby" came up, drunk, and shook my hand and only after he shook my hand I realized he was sick. Went to wash my hands immediately but who knows.

Man, I haven't been this sick in years. Soar throat. Major lung congestion. High fever. Still haven't gotten better. Started feeling feverish before I left PA. Anyone else get sick? I keep going back to that glass washing station in Hospitality Room. Used it 2 or 3 times and then started having doubts about its sanitation.

If anyone still has any of the RGB Pilsner from the conference lying around you might want to get it out of the house:

I drank mine at the conference but a couple of club members had theirs explode on the way home.  The cans are way overcarbed.

We drank one right before the grand banquet. It was WAY overcarbed, and extremely yeasty. The other can was left at the after-party.

I would have bought it was an American Wheat Beer - but not Pils. Some action still happening in the cans, obviously.

No matter how many times I washed my hands I still picked up a cold! Dangit!!!

Me too....  Thanks again for the shirt!


I saw a Yellowhammer shirt at the John Mallet talk about malts, was that you or Keith? Dude try to volunteer to hand out beer. He was denied cause they knew he was going to take a pitcher and run.  ;)

I don't think I wore a shirt up there but have given several away last year and this year to forum members, plus a couple guys from Huntsville came and wore their shirts.

No matter how many times I washed my hands I still picked up a cold! Dangit!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 30, 2013, 04:32:22 PM »
Saw David before the banquet and couldn't believe how many beers he had in Final round. Congrats!

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