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The Pub / Re: Has anyone noticed
« on: June 24, 2013, 04:57:42 PM »
Yeah - exactly why a swim-up bar has no appeal to me.  Same goes for indoor water parks.

The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 04:46:16 PM »
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Denny.

- Jim

Yeast and Fermentation / Help with Berliner Weisse
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:06:18 PM »
I have a Berliner Weisse fermenting and am new to the style so I need some help deciding when to rack it.  It's been in primary for about 10 days.  I pitched a pack of Wyeast 5335 Lactobacillus on brew day (6/8/13), let that run soloat 72F to get some souring going, then gradually cooled to 66F and pitched a smack-pack of Wyeast 1007 German Ale six days later (6/14/13).  The lacto fermentation was VERY active and when I added the 1007 it really took off, too.  As of last night (6/18/13) fermentation activity has subsided without any activity in the airlock for a couple days - still at 66F.

I know the lacto will keep working a while and continue souring, but I think that the 1007 is probably done.  There is still a little krausen and some gooey lacto stuff on the top of the beer and it hasn't dropped very clear yet.  I'm planning to keg the beer and force carbonate.  Should I wait for the krausen and lacto goo to drop before I rack?  Is it better to rack sooner to carry over some lacto and maybe a little 1007 to keep working?  I can let the beer drop clear in the keg then push to another keg for serving later.

The OG was 1.031.  I'd expect that the 1007 alone would take it to around 1.010, and that the lacto will take the gravity below that as it eats up the remaining dextrines.  If it's held at around 1.010 for a couple days is that a good enough indicator that it's okay to rack?

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:55:13 PM »
People have been calling Microsoft "idiots" and saying they're doomed for years. What's different about this time? I remember people saying all the same stuff about Vista and 7 too.

I don't think they are idiots nor do I think Windows is going away. But egads Windows 8 is a nightmare.

Since Windows 8 was released, I've been buying laptop PCs for our company through Toshiba Direct and pay a little extra to "downgrade" to Windows 7 Pro.  We've had really good results.

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:48:15 PM »

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:58:51 PM »
Come on, come over - Jaco Pastorius

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:18:09 PM »
No Not Now - Frank Zappa

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: March 11, 2013, 05:02:31 PM »
She's Only 18 - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: March 08, 2013, 02:45:20 PM »
Life During Wartime - Talking Heads

All Grain Brewing / Re: hochkurz mash
« on: March 08, 2013, 02:15:39 PM »
I've only done decoctions when I missed my mash temperature, so when are you pulling the decoctions to add them back to the main mash for the full rest times?  Or do you ignore the time it takes to get the decoctions up to temp?

Check Kai's discussion of decoction mashing here and watch the videos, too.  I've played around with a few different decoction schedules through the years, and use different schedules for different styles.  I've always seen a little bump in efficiency except when using only a single decoction to reach mashout temp.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: prefered fining agent
« on: March 08, 2013, 01:56:34 PM »
Whirlfloc in the boil, then most beers clear very well with a little time in the keg.  Like others, I'll transfer to another keg if the beer is going to travel.

It varies a lot, but most often it's the local classic rock radio station - the more Led Zeppelin, the better.  I also sometimes tune-in to a ball game during football or baseball season.

I'm running a little behind schedule this year, but I'll be brewing my annual Maibock.  I guess we'll tap it a little later in May instead of on the 1st weekend like we usually do.  Tapping the Maibock is part of our annual Fruhjarhsfest and the raising of the Maibaum - so that will just have to be a couple weeks late this year.

I'll also be racking a German Pilsner to a lagering keg, and kegging a batch of AIPA.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: March 05, 2013, 07:32:37 PM »
My Sharona - The Knack

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:02:13 PM »
Redemption Song - Bob Marley

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