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« on: January 10, 2013, 10:56:09 AM »
I was in a pool once.  In Hawaii.

Yeah, you seem like the kinda guy who would be in the pool rather than at the beach.

General Homebrew Discussion / Soapy off flavor
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:22:17 AM »
They were from two different pitches - in fact, I switched yeast strains on the last one. Definitely not a contamination flavor I am picking up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Soapy off flavor
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:08:59 AM »
My last 2 IPAs have both had a soapy off flavor. I realize that this can be caused by autolysis but I don't think this is the case. The only thing different I did in these last 2 recipes was swap our cascades for centennial since I was out. The cascades weren't super fresh but they smelled fine.

Anyone have any ideas?

« on: January 10, 2013, 07:11:14 AM »
So, I am in a pool where you have to pick one team each week to win but can't pick the same team twice. Thinking about taking San Fran this weekend. What do you guys think?

« on: January 10, 2013, 07:09:43 AM »
I have not had much to bullsh!t about this year. Except we did manage to beat the Steelers. But that was a long time ago. I was at the beach, IIRC.

Hell, it's January 9th and I went surfing today.  No big ting bruddah (sept da waves,  BIG!)

I'm going to start deleting every post you make about Hawaii. :P

The Pub / BCS Championship
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:08:20 AM »
I really didn't think it was that bad and would have thought almost nothing of it if the media hadn't made such a big deal out of it. She is extremely attractive. What did he say, really?

Going Pro / vendors / manufacturers
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:48:30 AM »
As Leos said, it depends how much money you have. We started with very little and decided to invest our money first into fermentors and refrigeration (glycol). You probably will find a better deal if you shop vendors rather than going to a single vendor for everything.

We had out brew house built from dairy tanks by a guy Wisconsin. It ain't perfect, but it works and was under 15K for a 15 bbl brewhouse.

Our first batch of fermentors came from a company in Fla who I'd prefer not to recommend. Second batch were used, and now we have three 30 bbl tanks from GW Kent that are close to flawless.

Our first glycol unit came from afore mentioned company in Fla, but the second is coming from pro-refrigeration (this week, as a matter of fact).

Our next brewhouse will come from Premier. I can tell you the cheap stuff works but with lots of headaches. When you go with the high end you really do get what you pay for. That said, it can be difficult to start out without cutting some corners unless you have serious $$$.

« on: January 09, 2013, 09:58:17 AM »
I disagree that it is a big problem. I think that as long as it is stored cool and sealed it can last for a couple months crushed with minimal loss of flavor. Probably even longer.

The Pub / OUCH!!
« on: January 08, 2013, 02:33:37 PM »
Yeah, that sucks. He is a fun player to watch. But it looks like the game has gotten too rough to have running QBs anymore. You need to sit in the pocket and throw darts to have any type of longevity. That said, I think he could be a pocket QB.

The Pub / BCS Championship
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:29:54 AM »
I thought it was going to be a "slug fest" like all the "analysts" predicted.

The Pub / BCS Championship
« on: January 08, 2013, 07:36:51 AM »
Wow, what a great (yawn) game last night. Notre Dame really showed us what all the legend was about .... I was asleep by the third quarter.....

All Grain Brewing / What exactly is...
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:32:45 AM »
Definitely looks like an infection to me. Ring around the inside of a bottle is a tell tale sign.

General Homebrew Discussion / Lagering Question
« on: January 06, 2013, 02:50:55 PM »
I like to "lager" mine for a few (2-4) weeks at 32-28 degrees. Helps clear the beer, mellow out the alcohol character. You can do it in the bottle or in a bright tank/secondary. One thing I would recommend is to purge any secondary/bright tank with Co2 before racking. Or at least purge the head space.

Yeast and Fermentation / Secondary Fermention
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:21:18 AM »
All bubbles in the airlock mean is that Co2 is coming out of solution, which is not necessarily an indication of fermentation. Rely on your hydrometer reading. When you get a constant reading separated by 3 or more days and a reasonable attenuation for that strain of yeast you are done!

All Grain Brewing / Base malt recommendation for Belgian brews
« on: January 04, 2013, 03:02:24 PM »
So my new grain mill is en route, and now I obviously need to buy a sack of grain to go with it :)

I plan on brewing a lot of Belgian styles this year, so I was thinking of getting a sack of Castle Pils. Anyone have any differing suggestions?

Castle is good.  I've tried it, MFB, Weyermann, Durst, and Best (maybe another one or 2).  For my tastes, best beat everything else.

Best is what I use for everything - even my IPA!

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