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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation temps after 7 days
« on: December 07, 2016, 07:29:13 PM »
I think it really depends on the yeast and the gravity of the beer.  3 degrees is not much, but with something like 1968 or 3724 you could get a stall or have the yeast drop out early.  A normal gravity beer should be done in the first seven days, but a high gravity beer could take a bit longer.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 07, 2016, 08:27:21 AM »
Just to be clear, that's not to say it's not good rye.  Just that the vast majority of rye is distilled in Indiana as well as a ton of the smaller label bourbons.

Whistle Pig is outstanding rye.  Noah's Mill is outstanding bourbon.  They're both distilled in Indiana.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 06, 2016, 09:03:17 AM »
He might own Sagamore, but most rye is distilled in Indiana.  Maybe aged near Baltimore.

Bushmills vs. Jameson is a loaded topic.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2016, 06:08:25 PM »
Won't touch the Bushmills, but that starts treading into politics.  Albeit furrin politics.

As I've aged, I've found Irish whiskey to be too sweet.  Green Spot hits the spot.  Redbreast, too.  Jameson's is just too sweet for a regular drink.

I'll meet you at rye.  Whistle Pig is outstanding.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Online Home Brew Stores
« on: December 05, 2016, 03:49:40 PM »
And AFAIC, I don't know why anyone would buy used kegs any more. You can get new ones on sale for within 5 bucks of what you'd pay for used ones. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

The last time I bought used kegs (maybe 12 months ago) I got them for $40 each and I think it was free shipping.  AiH has some nice sales on a regular basis.  That's a lot more than $5 less and when I finally got around to cleaning them up they were in great condition.  I love the smaller kegs, but I just can't justify spending more money on them.  Plus I don't need any kegs.  I have way too many.

For small kegs, I've also bought used pin-locks from AiH.  Again I want to say it was something like $40 per keg, delivered.  I thought about changing out the posts to ball lock, but it was cheaper just to buy some pin-lock fittings.  All my lines have flare fittings, so changing them is simple.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2016, 02:32:56 PM »
I came across a bottle of Weller Antique and they wanted something north of $30.  The first Special Reserve I picked up had to be less than $20 and maybe six years ago.  I think the prices have gone up because of the link to Pappy, even though there is no longer a Weller distillery.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2016, 12:21:19 PM »
$26.99 when I can get it on sale.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2016, 10:42:31 AM »
The issue I have with the more inexpensive Scotches is that for the money, I think a cheap bourbon is the better buy. A $25 is only so-so, but spend that on bourbon and you get a nice range of quality choices.

I'm not finding much in the $25 range these days.  Maker's and Bulliet when it's on sale.  Other than that you're into the Jim and Jack selection.  Or dropping down into the Very Old Barton budget shelf.

$32 seems to be the bottom end for anything decent.  Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig, etc. is all at the range around here.  Move up to Wathen's (if you can find it) or Four Roses Single Barrel and your talking $40 or more.

The Pub / Re: Cigars
« on: December 03, 2016, 02:26:06 PM »
Just smoked a St. Louis Rey Toro Maduro while raking the leaves.  No good bourbon, but I had a Pipeworks Citra Session IPA to wash it down.  Nice fall day in December.

Smoke was super fresh.  Good draw, but hard to keep it lit while working.  Eventually, I just had to clench it in my teeth Hannibal Smith style.

Picked up a box of 15 from JR Specials for about $40.  Nice deal for a good smoke. Love them on-line stores.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Spunding Trappist Ales
« on: December 03, 2016, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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