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Messages - Joe Sr.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Spunding Trappist Ales
« on: Today at 07:24:16 AM »
I think the biggest concern is new or inexperienced Brewers doing this and not having the base of knowledge to do it safely.

You've obviously given it a lot of thought and have considered the risks.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Spunding Trappist Ales
« on: December 02, 2016, 07:58:42 PM »
What would you brew for a "Big Monk" recipe? A quad?

Good luck with the bottle spunding. I've only had one bottle crack in some 20+ years of brewing but I still worry. I had a couple batches of saison that kept going after bottling some years ago but those were all in corked champagne bottles and they held a massive amount of carbonation. Maybe that's the way to go.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Spunding Trappist Ales
« on: December 02, 2016, 04:06:24 PM »
I'd be concerned about 1) potential infections taking the gravity even lower than the FFT and 2) reusing bottles, regardless of what kind, can result in potentially compromised bottles.

Exploding bottles are a scary thought.

If you're that concerned about 02 ingress/damage maybe it's time to invest in kegs?

I assume the problem with regular bottle conditioning is the initial exposure to 02 upon bottling, since the beer isn't actively fermenting.  Is that it?  Sorry, I don't really have the time to get into the weeds of all the posts on 02.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Silica Gel
« on: November 29, 2016, 07:39:13 PM »
I think if you heat the water without gelatin to boiling and let it cool, no worries.  Something happens if you boil the gelatin, though.  Likely it clumps into nasty glops of goo that you don't want in your beer.  It's been years since I boiled it though.

I agree that given time and cold temps you can get clear beer without gelatin.

Does chill haze eventually drop?  I don't know.  Seems likely.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Silica Gel
« on: November 29, 2016, 02:58:11 PM »
Gelatin will work for chill haze, which I believe is caused by suspended proteins.  However, you need to have cold beer with chill haze present when you add the gelatin in order for it to work.

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The Pub / Re: Bitters
« on: November 21, 2016, 08:00:42 PM »
I'm ok with peychauds. Haven't gotten into the fancy craft bitters.


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The Pub / Re: Cocktails
« on: November 20, 2016, 06:01:43 PM »
I'll take a rye Manhattan.  OR two.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FedEx or UPS??
« on: November 17, 2016, 02:06:06 PM »
Hey all!
 (I typically just put "This side up" with large arrows pointing to the top on each side).

Ha!  That only gives them reason to put the box upside down.

Anyone remember Jim K's post from last swap with that picture on there of his delivery?

I've had no problem with UPS.  Other than the upside down box left on my front steps.  The contents were just fine though.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Question on aging stouts
« on: November 16, 2016, 06:52:08 PM »
Sheeet.  I think I've got 20 kegs.  And no time to brew.

Really.  No time at all.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Question on aging stouts
« on: November 16, 2016, 12:09:51 PM »
Average strength I'd say no.  Imperial, yes.  But I cracked a 2013 Bell's Expedition Stout the other day and felt that aging did not benefit it, so it depends...
Should have waited one more year!  2012 Expedition just took gold at GABF for aged stout.


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I've still got a few bottles in the cellar.  Along with some Third Coast Old Ale.  Again, didn't age as well as I had hoped when I had one in the last month or so. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Card benefits
« on: November 15, 2016, 07:28:32 PM »
I think I've had NB honor my member number on orders.  Pretty sure it was NB, but you had to put the number in the notes.

As far as local brew pubs, Goose Island has always been great to me.  I haven't been there in ages though.

And as far as crappy bartenders go, I've seen my share.  One dude tried to tell me a pour of Guinness that was half foam was OK because "the foam is as good as the beer."  I told him to keep the foam.  Didn't go over well, but I got my full pint.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another newbie...
« on: November 15, 2016, 07:22:50 PM »
Just don't sneeze or flick a booger in there.

I thought that was the recommended way to start a wild fermentation...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Question on aging stouts
« on: November 15, 2016, 07:21:36 PM »
Average strength I'd say no.  Imperial, yes.  But I cracked a 2013 Bell's Expedition Stout the other day and felt that aging did not benefit it, so it depends...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin Ale
« on: November 15, 2016, 07:20:28 PM »
I've quit the pumpkin beers and the holiday spice beers.

I don't need 5 gallons of either and when I have time to brew I want something I'll enjoy much more.

But there were years when the pumpkin ale was quite good. 

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 11, 2016, 06:33:55 PM »
Get. Out.  Old Grandad? 

I must confess that I have Old Overholt in the cabinet.

Is Old Crow next?

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