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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ice in secondary!
« on: December 22, 2010, 04:15:47 PM »
From what I understand, California Common (steam) was brewed due to a lack of refrigeration ability...
Lager brewed at ale temps.

What kind of yeast did you use, for this?
50 degrees seems a bit cool to me, for fermenting a steam beer.
But, maybe I'm wrong.

At any rate, I think you should end up with a nice, crisp lager, if you bring it back to a 50 degree room & bottle.

The Pub / Re: beer bike
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:36:46 PM »
It's better to bring friends...

Another Minnesotan?  

Pedal pub is cool if you don't mind going 3 mph between bars, but you can hop on a bike and get there a lot faster (and cheaper too!)

Except there's a bar attached...No need to rush.
But, yes...Not a cheap alternative to traditional transportation.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Technical brewing education in brewing clubs
« on: December 21, 2010, 07:05:18 PM »
The club I belong to (River City Brewers in Monticello, MN) are fairly organized.
We are lucky enough to meet at River City Extreme Bowling, the first Monday of every month.
They don't charge us for the use of a conference room, but we all order food & beverages from them, throughout our meetings.
From 6:00-6:30 is social/eating/drinking time...Then, we call the meeting to order...Discuss business...Have an assigned presentation or 2 by members...Discuss more business & future plans...Then, we have a tasting session of beer &/or wine.
Meetings typically go until 9:00 or 10:00.
We just started up, less than a year ago & I think we have aquired 25+ members.

The Pub / Re: beer bike
« on: December 21, 2010, 04:05:33 PM »
It's better to bring friends...

Beer Recipes / Re: Paulaner Salvator
« on: December 21, 2010, 04:02:23 PM »
Aha...Controlled by counter-productive, government retards.
OK...I get it...The powers that be just don't know what they're talking about.
That makes sense, because the label on my Guinness Foreign Export I was drinking last night said "MALT LIQUOR".

Another case of SNAFU.

Beer Recipes / Paulaner Salvator
« on: December 21, 2010, 03:40:57 PM »
OK...This isn't a recipe for Salvator, nor is it a request for one...
I just wasn't sure where this topic actually belongs.

I recently bought a sixer of Salvator (yummmmmm) & decided it had been a few years since I actually read the label.
Looks pretty much like I remember, aside from one small, almost forgetable item.

On the back label, in fairly large, bold lettering...
It states "ALE".

Can anyone explain this?
I had never noticed it, before this particular six-pack.
Has it always said that?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: December 15, 2010, 08:02:18 PM »
Way up...I just wish they'd settle on a reliable schedule.
First episode was on a Sunday...
They moved to Mondays...
Now, it looks like they're currently airing on Thursdays...

Hard to be a devoted viewer, when they keep changing.
That's been known to get shows cancelled, in the past.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer label...stuck!
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:28:36 PM »

R.I.P. Billy Mayes. I miss you.


All Things Food / Re: Help me clone Hillshire Farms
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:16:19 PM »
Geez...I can't see quite how you'd make that particular mistake, but I can see that he almost coulda been from Mill-Waaaauhkee.

Beer Recipes / Re: Please don't hate me: Heileman's Old Style clone recipe?
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:31:15 PM »
You're a brave, brave soul, for posting that.
I don't have a recipe for you, but I respect the balls you have just exhibited.

I hope someone has a serious recipe, rather than the usual answer...
"Drink a 12-er of ____ & pee in a bottle."

I'm an Old Style fan, if for no other reason than my gramps used to deliver it.
I discovered a taste for it at an early age.

Oh...And, Rolling Rock isn't even close.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bung hole plug. Which would you choose?
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:18:35 PM »
I though everyone knew about super balls.

Hours of fun, made from the simplicity of a solid rubber sphere.

The Pub / Re: Getting a dog
« on: December 06, 2010, 09:49:30 PM »
A couple years ago, I rescued a 1 year old pointer mix from a shelter.
She had severe behavior problems due to a life of roaming the Kentucky countryside, but my wife & I were against giving her back to the shelter.
We went to several obedience classes & found that she just couldn't be around most other dogs, without a total meltdown.
I don't know what it is, but she just dislikes most other dogs.
Since we were having such a hard time with her, I decided to get a DNA test done by a reputable lab.
Well...My pointer mix turned out to be an American Foxhound/Neopolitan Mastiff/Shar Pei mix.
Now, I see that her listening problems come from being an independent foxhound, her aggression comes from the shar pei & her sleep habits/laziness come from the mastiff.
This is the long way around to answering, but my dog has turned out great.
She's now over 3 years old & has matured, drastically.
I have a 8 month-old son & she loves him, dearly...I couldn't ask for a better buddy, for him.
If you have children, a shelter dog may not be the right fit...Just choose wisely & think very, very hard on it, before you decide what dog to get & where to adopt from.

I'll be brewing a batch of my Centennial IPA...

5 gallons:
9# Pale malt
1# Vienna
1# Caramel 60L
1oz Centennial (60 min)
1oz Centennial (30 min)
1oz Centennial (10 min)
1oz Centennial (5 min)
1oz Centennial (@ flame out)

California ale - WLP001 yeast

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Arm Ideas?
« on: November 24, 2010, 08:03:44 PM »
So after 40 some AG batches I have decided to give fly sparging a shot.  I've always been a batch sparger (Thanks Denny) and get around 65-68% eff.  I'm on a "Big-ger Beer" kick so I want to get as much as I can out of my grainbed the next go 'round.  I hoping to get into that 75-80% range.  I use a 10 gal Gott mashtun and wondering what some of you guys are using for sparging.  I like the cool "whirly" gig thing but I don't know how hard that would be to build.  I've also thought about just going with some simple coiled copper tubing.  Any thoughts are appreciated.

Why do you want to take a step backwards in the evolution of your brewing?
Try malt conditioning, coupled with a double batch sparge...
You might not hit 80%, but some guys regularly do it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: batch sparge water, how much will fit
« on: November 24, 2010, 08:00:05 PM »
I'd recommend a double batch sparge, regardless of your tun-size situation.

But...What size is your tun?
I use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid & have found large grain bills are not a problem with the DBS.

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