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The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 27, 2010, 09:24:30 AM »
It's snowing here in Delaware as I type. There's about 2" on the ground so far with another 10 to they say.
It's nice to have some snow around the holidays. Watching the Bears beat the Jets. Really can't wait to watch the Eagles play Minnesota tonight. Have the day off the IPA will be flowing.  8)

Snowing in Jersey, too. Watching people in their SUVs drive 40mph down our residental street.

Rocks fit nicely into the center of snowballs.

Gee wonder why nobody wants to live in Jersey.

Of all the reasons, I don't know that this one would be first on my list.

It's just icing on the cake...

What the longest string of quotes here?

Don't change the subject. We're talking about how swell Jersey is.

Sorry. I'm sure Jersey IS swell.

Which exit?
This one here, on the right:,-74.056606&spn=0.04907,0.132093&z=14&layer=c&cbll=40.779031,-74.056728&panoid=K8nQOiraC7QpmqMoOkSyeA&cbp=12,51.68,,0,-5.88

I went left on my last trip.  :-\

I drove south from New York on the Joisey turnpike once on a Friday through rush hour traffic.

Don't even try it.  >:(

Did it way too many times, in a semi. Cured me of doing that for a living...

FTR I've been to Jersey.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: young brewer needs expert guidance
« on: December 27, 2010, 09:22:10 AM »
I don't personally feel you need to wash the yeast as long as you are only using it 3-4 gens. All you have to do is recover the yeast in a measurable container, such as a Mason Jar with ml markings on the side. Then use the yeast pitching calc. at to get an idea how much yeast you need to pitch.

While you are there, note what size starter you will need for a vial or smack pack. Even though WL and WY sell their vials/packs as "pitchable", if you are not making a starter you are underpitching and not making the best beer possible.

The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 26, 2010, 08:25:21 AM »
Well its all most over now.

The best part about Christmas for me is when it is over.  No more sucky Christmas songs that I have been hearing since September. No more gaudy Christmas decorations. No more Radio and TV adverts telling me what I should buy. No more visiting. No more having to eat crappy food that others have badly messed up. No more crowded malls. No more planning of gifts. (Man my wife is hard to buy for) No more giving someone well thought out gifts when they re-gift you a box of stale cigars. I dont smoke cigars?

Bah Hum Bug.....I miss Thanks Giving.

Yeah. Thats sounds crappy. I'm glad I don't do Christmas that way. I'd hate it too. Hint #1: Turn off the TV. Hint #2: Stay the hell away from malls. What the hell is wrong with you?  ;)

As far as Christmas songs go, I love Christmas music but I won't listen to it until after Thanksgiving.

Been snowing here since yesterday early AM. Beautiful white Chrsitmas for us in the cove. Even  built a snow man.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking back
« on: December 24, 2010, 01:34:37 PM »
Really cool montage. 8)

The Pub / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 24, 2010, 07:03:33 AM »
Hope everyone has a safe and joyful holiday! Be on your best behavior, Santa comes tonight.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« on: December 23, 2010, 09:10:51 AM »
Check out a barrel from Vadai World Trade Enterprises, just about the cheapest (around $200 shipped) and a decent quality.  Get a silicone bung to go with it, no fun to fight with wooden bungs.  A new barrel would produce a lot of oak flavor on the first batch, but be diluted as you pull and refill.  I had my zin in it for five months and thought it was adequately oaked, after a year of mellowing it could have used another months or two.

I'd have to do it with a couple 60 gal bbls. Been looking at some wine bbls for the brewery and I am really thinking about starting this up as a project. Would be fun as hell! ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« on: December 23, 2010, 07:21:32 AM »
I had thought about doing mine in an old plastic 12 gallon conical I never really used. That way you could dump the yeast. But the bbl idea is intriguing. Seems like you would wand to start over again every couple of 3 years or so to take care of dead yeast, etc. Also, if I did do something like this I would start experimenting with heavy blending.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Xmas Weizen advice
« on: December 23, 2010, 06:38:06 AM »
Definitly a weizenbock. Won't be ready by Christmas though. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« on: December 23, 2010, 06:35:25 AM »
Very cool. I've been wanting to do something like this for years.

Thanks, I started a 3787 starter going last night.  Currently I have a dubbel going with some 550 which is smelling pretty promising so far :D

I love the Westmalle Strain in my tripel (WLP530 on the White Labs side)- Westmalle was the first tripel after all, but I also really the WLP550 Achouffe strain as well. Don't know that I have a hands down favorite for that. The 550 is a little more bubble gum/banana, the 530 is cleaner. But I definitely prefer the WLP530 in my dubbels for the same reason.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Maris-Otter IPA input needed
« on: December 22, 2010, 11:29:03 AM »
I use 50/50 basmalt ration of MO and German pilsner malt for my IPA. I know it sounds crazy but it works beautifully together. For my tastes 100% MO doesn't work as well in an AIPA - but for British IPAs its essential.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation turned brass into different color
« on: December 22, 2010, 01:24:29 AM »
Perfectly normal and nothing to worry about - H2CO3 is a very weak acid.

Yeah, all my equipment looks like that. I don't remember what shiny Co2 equipment looks like any more. ;)

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First attempt.....
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:11:06 PM »
As you can see this is my first post and you won't be an asshole if you assume that I'm new to brewing.

No need to assume that. We are a friendly group (and not a bunch of teenagers, neither.  ;) ). Welcome to the forum.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My first major screwup.......
« on: December 21, 2010, 05:51:13 PM »
Maybe. Depends how fast you can chill. While there is certainly a visible lag, yeast start working almost immediately (given they are not dormant). And it takes me over night to get my wort down from 80 degrees to the proper pitching temps in a chest freezer set to around 38-45 degrees. Set out at room temp it probably won't reach 70 degrees before the yeast start working to actually raise the temp.

Best to always chill your wort to at least below 70 degrees before aerating and pitching. Not much good can come out of pitching warm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My first major screwup.......
« on: December 21, 2010, 05:12:18 PM »
84 degrees won't kill the yeast. In fact they love that temperature. Make some terrible tasting beer at that temp though. Look for some extra head ache inducing fusels, more than the usual amount of esters and minimal if any head retention. Oh, and learn to make a yeast starter.  ;)

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