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Equipment and Software / Cleaning keg exteriors
« on: May 24, 2013, 12:32:19 PM »
I picked up some more kegs and hope to recondition them this weekend.  All in all they seem to be in pretty good shape (holding pressure, etc.).  A minor complaint here and there, but the price was pretty good for today's market.

Anyway, they have a fair amount of stickers on the outside and I was thinking of trying to get those off and polishing them up. 

I've never actually tried to make the outsides look spiffy before.  I figured Bar Keepers Friend should be good for this.

Any one have suggestions? 

All Things Food / Pizza stones
« on: April 29, 2013, 04:53:18 PM »
It's time to get one.  Round or square?

Who can tell me about pizza stones.  I know nothing!

All Things Food / Rabbits
« on: March 22, 2013, 07:47:23 AM »
Who's got a good recipe?

I'm thinking grilled or roasted, not stewed, but I'm open to the possibilities.

It being close to Easter, I've got rabbits on the mind.  And in the freezer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Weinheinstephan yeast
« on: February 21, 2013, 06:18:18 PM »
Never used this yeast before (that I can recall).  It took off like a rocket and was blowing out of the carboy within 12 hours.  I put the air lock back on after blow off stopped.  After about 72 hours the beer (weizebock) was sitting at 61 degrees, so I moved the carboy to a warmer spot.  It took off again and blew the air lock.  Now sitting at 68 with no more blow off but a solid kraesun.

Is this typical for this yeast?  I was surprised it took off again like that.  I have a Belgian going right next to it (3787) and it's just been chugging along without the violence.

Kegging and Bottling / Corny converted to Sanke
« on: January 22, 2013, 03:51:15 PM »
This is just about the strangest thing I've ever seen.

Someone who knows how to weld obviously put some effort in to this, but I can't figure out why.

Questions about the forum? / Notifications
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:59:16 PM »
For some reason, I'm not receiving notifications of new posts for topics to which I am subscribed.

It looks like this is maybe since yesterday.  I checked my account settings, and I should be getting notifications.

They are not going to junk e-mail.

Anyone else having this problem?

Ingredients / Rum Ball Bock?
« on: January 11, 2013, 10:40:07 AM »
I brewed what should have been a doppelbock quite awhile ago.  Unfortunately, I badly missed my gravity and have a super malty bock with not nearly the alcohol I was anticipating.  It's not bad, just way too malty for me.

So, I added some rum that had been soaking with oak chips.  The bock is much improved, but could still use something.  I was thinking maybe chocolate or coffee.

Any thoughts on adding chocolate in the keg?  Process, amounts, etc.

Or other recommendations for flavors to add.  I've also thought about just adding more rum...

Equipment and Software / Philmill
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:48:16 AM »
Anyone using a Philmill?

I've been thinking of getting a mill and came across one that's not too bad pricewise.

My other thought is to go with a cheap corona mill and see if I can get it dialed in.

I've always been happy with the Listermann products I've had and this makes me lean towards the Philmill.

Kegging and Bottling / Corking Belgian Bottles
« on: January 04, 2013, 08:29:56 AM »
Does anyone know if you can make it work with a standard corker?

Or do you really need a floor corker or colonna capper?

I've always used the plastic corks, but have been considering moving a bit more upscale.  And, of course, I inherited a floor corker years ago (didn't know what it was at the time) that likely got tossed in a move.  Haven't seen it since 2000 or so.

The Pub / Erlenmeyer flask wine decanter - $60
« on: November 28, 2012, 05:57:36 PM »
Just saw this in a catalog that came in the mail:

I like wine as much or more than the next guy, but I'm not sure I could drink enough to pay $60 for an erlenmeyer flask.  I'm definitely in the wrong business...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Budweiser Project 12
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:43:53 AM »
I picked up a twelver of this on Friday, mostly because I have fond memories of the Brewmaster's Private Reserve I had some 6 or so years ago.  That beer was outstanding.  These beers are not.

Skip this one, as you probably would have anyway.

Not surprisingly, they all taste like Budweiser.  None of them were very good.  I'd rather have a Schlitz.

What to do with the 9 remaining beers?  I'll probably just leave them in the basement for a few years. Maybe use them for beer brats.

Ingredients / Chamomile
« on: October 19, 2012, 09:01:43 AM »
I'm considering trying chamomile in a tripel or strong golden and am curious as to other people's experiences.

From what I've read so far I have found no consensus on the amount to use (some say very little, others have used several ounces).  I enjoy chamomile tea and don't find it to be an overpowering flavor, so I would think that in 5 gallons of beer you would need a significant amount but I could be wrong.

I figure I would add it into the boil at some point, probably very late as maybe a 10 minute addition or so.

I would also plan to use bulk chamomile (whole flowers) rather than pre-packaged tea bags.

If you've used chamomile, please let me know how you used it and how it turned out.


The Pub / Beer Pipeline
« on: October 19, 2012, 06:44:23 AM »

The Pub / Returning Commercial Kegs
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:08:48 AM »
A friend just called me because a caterer left a bunch of empty sankey kegs behind after an event and he wants to know what do with them.

Will any old liquor store take these things back?  The caterer apparently is not returning.

Obviously, they're usable and should be returned.  Just not sure the easiest way to do it.

I figured someone here would know...

All Things Food / Looming bacon shortage
« on: September 24, 2012, 01:21:44 PM »
Stock up.  The end is nigh.  This is the worst news I've seen all day.,0,6240960.story

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