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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What can I do with T58 yeast?
« on: June 30, 2012, 02:01:13 AM »
T58 is really, really spicy.  I used it once and was really surprised.  As was previously stated, if you ferment cool you could probably supress some of these flavors. 

Going to try to brew a Red IPA tomorrow morning.  Looking up and researching recipes tonight. 

All Things Food / Re: Knife sharpener
« on: June 16, 2012, 06:10:52 PM »
America's test kitchen gave this their best buy, the one they liked $100 job.

Brewed a saison using WLP530.  I suppose it really doesn't make it a saison but I hope it's tasty.

Here is a pic of the hydro sample.

Equipment and Software / Re: Tubing and autosiphons
« on: May 19, 2012, 07:28:37 PM »

What you might also want to try is cutting the end that connects to the autoSiphon at a 45degree angle.  That will create a lip that allows you to more easily slip the tubing off.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On my Brown Malt experience
« on: May 04, 2012, 02:23:40 AM »
It is fascinating.  I used S-05 and I think the neutral Chico yeast makes for a sharper, burnt (almost acrid) taste.  I am speculating that the fruitier English yeast rounds out the Brown Malt flavor.  I am going to cellar the keg and let the hop bitterness mellow out. 

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: May 02, 2012, 04:00:05 AM »
I wonder if you could use hopshot instead?

General Homebrew Discussion / On my Brown Malt experience
« on: May 01, 2012, 02:58:44 AM »
I came a across a sack of Simpson's Brown Malt (it was free).  I decided to add 12oz to my "west coast red" recipe (5 gallon batch) and much to my chagrin the result is a very hoppy brown ale.  It adds a burnt toast character to the beer and I learned my lesson - only use Brown Malt in English Browns and Bitters and in smaller quantities.   

Equipment and Software / Re: how big of burner
« on: April 26, 2012, 02:48:10 AM »
I use the natural gas from my house.  I bought a burner from these guys:

My batch size is 6 gallons, so not knowing a whole lot about these burners I bought the 9 inch burner.  If I could do it again, I'd go with a smaller burner with less jets. 

I am brewing a clean out the freezer IPA; 3 oz of Simcoe and 3 oz of Cascades into a 5.5 gallon batch.  That might be a record for me.

Awesome score.  Can you report back what that thing does to your electric bill?  I have always been curious.  (Cue Debbie Downer music). 

Brewing an 'Merican Black Ale, using about 5 ounces of "C" hops in this one.

Brewing up 5 gallons of a British Mild. First time in a while since I've brewed something British. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Legalization Bill in Alabama
« on: February 17, 2012, 03:46:03 AM »
Just got this note from the Homebrew legalization group. If you have any family in Alabama please forward them the note below. Wish us luck.

We are excited to report that House bill HB354 was filed today to legalize Homebrewing in Alabama. With your help, it will pass into law, and cause Alabama to finally join the 48 other states that have already legalized homebrewing. The bill has taken its first step by being assigned to the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, where it now waits for its turn.

It is not too early to call and write your Alabama House representative to ask for his or her support for HB354, the Homebrewing Legalization Bill. We were defeated last year because not enough people voiced their support to their legislators to convince them to vote YES. We must do better this year!

More information will be sent when we receive it. Be sure to keep an eye on for news and updates. Pass this to any of your friends who may be interested. Thank you for your support!

Why are you soaking over night in starsan?

When I forget I'm doing it.  :P


I totally forgot that I had left them in the StarSan bucket.

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