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Ingredients / Re: Elderberries
« on: May 24, 2010, 02:01:10 PM »
Hey! You bums get your own thread!!  ::) :P ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing and children bad??
« on: May 24, 2010, 01:54:46 PM »
In Alabama there are several homebrew shops, yet homebrewing is illegal in Al. It is not illegal to sell any of the ingredients to make beer so there is not really a way for the authorities to close homebrew shops.

Ingredients / Re: Oak Chips
« on: May 24, 2010, 09:18:15 AM »
If you plan on aging the beer I recommend cubes over chips. Chips are great for beers that you only intend to age for 1-2 weeks in the secondary. But you really don't want to leave the beer on the chips for longer than this. With cubes you need to age the beer longer, 1-3 or more months depending on how much you use or how much oak you want. The oak comes through slower and, IMO, is a little more "polished" than the chips.

From the BJCP Style Guidelines:
American Pale Ale Vital Statistics: OG: 1.045 – 1.060, IBUs: 30 – 45, FG: 1.010 – 1.015, SRM: 5 – 14, ABV: 4.5 – 6.2%.
American Wheat Beer Vital Statistics: OG: 1.040 – 1.055, IBUs: 15 – 30, FG: 1.008 – 1.013, SRM: 3 – 6, ABV: 4 – 5.5%

Your Pale Wheat Ale estimates: OG:  1.069, IBUs: 51.

You're already a little higher than the pale ale style guidelines for both OG and IBU's but the ratio seems the same.  
It's almost an Imperial Pale Wheat Ale.  ( ;)you've made a new style, perhaps?)

I'd stay closer to what you already have (i.e., I would not bump up to 70 IBUs).  It looks like a delicious recipe.

I think its pretty silly to throw in the style guidelines on a 1.070 "wheat beer" with American, German and English hops.  ;) 51 BUs is probably a good balance between what you had and what I was suggesting. I make a hoppy wheat beer that is more like a pale ale with an equally matched OG to BU ratio, which is what I was thinking. Then again - I don't think a 1.070 beer with 70 BUs is very bitter. To me thats balanced. YMMV.  8)

What you have now looks about perfect to me. When's the party?  ;D

Doh! went to check the wort fill level in the conical as I was wrapping things up and dropped the lid gasket in the wort.

tried to fish it out with a santized hanger, but gave up after a couple of tries and just slapped a new gasket on and called it good.

Rookie! 8)

I brewed a 1.070 "psuedo-bock" yesterday with WLP029 and am brewing a tripel right now. Planning a kolsch in the next couple of days as well.

I think it looks pretty tasty, myself. Personally, I'd rather get the OG/BU ratio closer (get the BUs up around 70) but that's just me.

As the others have said, you shouldn't have to add yeast. You may try moving them to a warmer location for a few more days, even another week or two. But, you may speed things up a little by picking a pack of dry yeast and clipping the corner and adding a few grains of yeast to each bottle and recapping, if all else fails. If that doesn;t work then my guess is you somehow forgot the priming sugar, and in that case you will need carb  drops.

Beer Recipes / Re: Apricot Wheat - My First Recipe on my own
« on: May 22, 2010, 03:13:35 PM »
I would recommend skipping the cara pils. There is no reason why this beer shouldn't have plenty of body, especially considering extract is usually less fermentable than all grain. You want the beer to be leaning towards the dry side, not the sweet side.

Otherwise it looks good!

Equipment and Software / Re: Finally building a brewstand
« on: May 22, 2010, 05:48:48 AM »
There was someone in either zymurgy or byo recently that made a brew stand out of that inexpensive metal shelving lengths that have holes drilled every inch or so to insert bolts. Looked very inexpesnive and easy to construct. Can;t find the issue though.


You know I was going to let this slide but after thinking about it and reading your results with the DuPont yeast decided to bring it back.

Good grief :-X

I might could agree that I was a little "touchy" ... but don't deny you weren't being drmatic.  ;) I guess I just don;t like being coughed at.

The Pub / Re: Stereo - specifically turntable - help
« on: May 20, 2010, 01:57:04 PM »
You can always "homebrew", too!

Thanks. I appreciate that. But I would understand Mandarin Chinese before I could figure that out.

Beer Recipes / Re: Check out my IIPA recipe.
« on: May 20, 2010, 04:29:36 AM »
I think you may have nailed it in that recipe. Course you could always add more hops!  ;D

The Pub / Re: Stereo - specifically turntable - help
« on: May 19, 2010, 10:49:02 AM »
Thanks guys. I just picked one up.

The Pub / Stereo - specifically turntable - help
« on: May 19, 2010, 10:18:58 AM »
I have an old Techniques system that I got when I was 16. Still have everything except the receiver, which blew about 10 years back. I hooked up an old surround sound receiver to the CD player, via the EQ, and - man - it jams! Haven't listen to those 200 watt speaker in years. Don;t know exactly what wattage the receiver puts out, but on CD the thing gets plenty loud (though, understandable, not as loud as my old receiver).

Problem is, hooking up the turntable into the same audio outlet, it's only about 1/4 as loud. I've tried by passing the EQ, fiddling with the connectors - when I get feedback it's ear shattering - but when everything is connected properly it is just not loud enough, especially compared to the CD.

What gives? Is there something I could jump the turntable into to amp up the volume (besides another receiver). Why is the CD player loud, but the turntable just audible?

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