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The Pub / Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:22:10 AM »
Yeah, you can charge all you want but if you serve them in your pub they are going to disappear  regardless I know a lot of pubs that sell glasses, but don't serve you beer in those glasses. ;).

General Homebrew Discussion / Lagering question
« on: January 22, 2013, 01:32:03 AM »
The term "lager" literally means to store (and in brewing it means to store close to freezing). You will be better off aging this beer at 32 degrees (or as close as you can come to that) for a month or so in the primary or secondary or in the bottle if that is your only option.

Ingredients / Gambrinus Pale Ale Malt?
« on: January 21, 2013, 06:20:01 PM »
Looking at the recipe they have Victory in there so I'm thinking about making a judgement call and just going with Thomas Fawcett MO.

Ingredients / Gambrinus Pale Ale Malt?
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:47:44 PM »
Seems like I have used it before but can't recall wether I cared for it or not. We are contract brewing for a local group and they want to use a basic 2 row. Thinking about going with Rahr pale ale malt now.

Ingredients / Gambrinus Pale Ale Malt?
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:33:16 PM »
Anyone ever used this before?

General Homebrew Discussion / Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 21, 2013, 03:19:43 PM »
It matters where you live, I agree. If you live in the South East I recommend - that said, I've been very happy with Northern Brewer and More Beer is great when they actually have the item you want IN STOCK (and good luck with that!).

« on: January 21, 2013, 02:08:52 PM »
Yeah, I think Ray Lewis may have been a thug, but he definitely turned his life around and has been a very positive dude since then.

Bellicheat's still a cheater though! :)

I lost my pool to  the stinkin' Falcons. Knew I would but I was out of picks. :(  But at least the Pats lost! :D

Other Fermentables / Copper does remove sulfur!
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:43:07 PM »
i have mine in the BK - but have run through copper tubing when sulphur has been a problem with good results.
I originally thought I'd just run the cider through the copper tube as I was racking into the bottling bucket, but I was worried that wouldn't be enough contact time. Do you think that would have worked?

I worked for me once before. Ran it through a few feet, don't remember how much now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:58:26 AM »
If you are having a two hour lag you are pitching far, far too warm. 12 - 24 hour lag is standard and what you want. Super short lag time does not = good beer.

And vodka would be sanitary. No worries there. And certainly won't kill yeast unless you dosed the actual slurry in vodka.

Equipment and Software / Thermopens on sale
« on: January 19, 2013, 06:32:22 PM »
OK, now even I'm going to buy one! :D

All Grain Brewing / Adjusting gravity with DME
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:43:09 PM »
I don't see any reason why it is cheating. It's just a tool to use. Some times on higher gravity brews I will add a couple pounds light DME just for convenience sake.

Going Pro / German commercial breweries batch sparging?
« on: January 18, 2013, 05:30:54 PM »
I remember another brewer who went pro telling us a few years ago that he was touring Miller and they were filling and draining the MT as fast as they could and that he said it looked like batch sparging.

Going Pro / German commercial breweries batch sparging?
« on: January 18, 2013, 04:05:07 PM »
I don't think there is a huge efficiency hit. I think that is a myth. The only limitation is the size of the MT. My MT has a motorized paddle so stirring would not be an issue. On lower gravity beers it would be possible for us to batch sparge and I have thought about it to save time but haven't.

Going Pro / German commercial breweries batch sparging?
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:13:14 PM »
That does sound an awful lot like batch sparging.  IIRC, Keith @ Yellowhammer is batch sparging.  Do you know of other commercial breweries in the U.S. who do?

Not on the 15 bbl system I'm not.

Going Pro / 1st BrewFest
« on: January 17, 2013, 12:57:15 AM »
Everytime I show up a brew fest I realize I have forgotten something. Make sure you have tape, sharpie, scissors, paper, and of course signs/posters and good, quick descriptions of what beers you have on tap. A stand alone chalk board or white board works. People at fests like gimmicks and swag. Make sure you have extra Co2 and extra gaskets and all the fitting for your jockey box. Make sure you have a jockey box! ;)

One of the things we have done is to do a special beer tapping at a specific time (ie: Dark Hammer Tapping @ 7:30). It's an awesome ego boost to see the line swell. ;)

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