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Equipment and Software / Re: how to bond rubber and plastic
« on: September 09, 2015, 03:24:49 PM »
I mashed in my tun over the weekend with no leaks.

I had previously de-converted it for a party (needed a water cooler) so I had to re-convert it on Monday morning.  Changing it back took minutes.

If it doesn't leak, you don't need the sealant.  If it leaks, that's a different story.

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Equipment and Software / Re: how to bond rubber and plastic
« on: September 09, 2015, 02:58:31 PM »
Why do you need to bond the bung to the cooler?

On mine, I just stuffed it into the hole where the spigot was and it fit perfectly.  No leaks, no fuss.  Less than a five minute conversion.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Happy and sad at the same time
« on: September 08, 2015, 02:27:57 PM »
No doubt.  Everything seemed like it had gone well...

And then the hot water heater crapped out, too.  Cold shower this morning.

Anyway, I'll just let it ferment out and see how it tastes.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Happy and sad at the same time
« on: September 08, 2015, 03:12:40 AM »
Just wrapping up my brew day (10 gallons of RIS) and I realized two things.

Firstly, I was not happy with my OG thinking it was too low.  Then I realized that I only added DME for a 5 gallon batch, so my mash efficiency has actually increased significantly since the last brew.  Nice.  Glad for that.

Then I realized, I had only added hops for a 5 gallon batch.  Not so nice.

I know this is a tough one to fix and I probably need to re-brew and blend.

I have extra wort in the freezer and could probably boil that with the missing hops and add it the to fermenters.  Not sure if that's a good idea or not.  I probably have 1 gallon or so.

The lesson for the day is, adjust the recipe in advance for 10 gallons rather than trying to work it out on brew day.

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It will make beer, but as said above plan on something darker.

I'd throw some fresh hops and yeast at it, but what the heck.

It might not be the best, but if you do it right you should have something decent.

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The Pub / Re: Ten Drinks a Week
« on: September 07, 2015, 03:08:49 PM »
I'm sticking with the ten drinks a day rule.

Except for holidays.  You've got to be allowed to indulge on holidays.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Stout Recipe
« on: September 07, 2015, 12:12:22 AM »
I use C-80 in my imperial stout.  A mix of 40 and 80 could be just fine.  I think your amounts are fine.

I'd ditch some of the MO and replace it with sugar.  You could go with brown sugar if you like.  I use some in mine.  Honey tends to get lost in a beer like this.

As far as flaked, I use some oats and flaked wheat.

I target 1.099 with mine and it finishes in the teens.  Quite good and can stand up to oak, bourbon, chocolate, etc.

I think you have plenty of dark grains, but personally I go with chocolate, roast barley, and black.

I've got 10 gallons on the docket for tomorrow.  Looking forward to it.  5 will get coffee beans.

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Ingredients / Re: Belgian Chocolate
« on: September 03, 2015, 09:39:07 PM »
I used to use Ghirardelli in my stout just cuz I could tell people it had Ghirardelli chocolate.

I've gone to using simple baking chocolate.  Whatever they have at the store.  It's been years since I used powder. 

I add it in the last 5-10 minutes of the boil.  Never tried the whirlpool, but the baking bars are thick and I'm not certain they would fully melt in the whirlpool.  Powder wouldn't give you that issue.

I think that just saying "Belgian" chocolate is sufficient.  There aren't too many people who would know Coat da Oar from Callebaut, IMO.

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Equipment and Software / Re: corny keg noob question
« on: September 03, 2015, 06:37:27 PM »
Are we taking about a chest freezer?  How big?

I'm pretty sure I've seen mods where someone has partitioned off one end of a large chest freezer with rigid insulation and added a heater to be able to have two different temperature zones in one freezer.

It won't be the most efficient, as both sides would be fighting each other, but I do believe it is possible.

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Hop Growing / Re: oast vs dehydrator
« on: August 30, 2015, 10:15:32 PM »

I picked a bunch of hops over the last couple days from plants growing at my sister in laws place. I'm drying them on screens.

The first batch dried smells vegetal and not so much like hops unless you break open a cone.

Am I doing something wrong?


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Yes, you're drying them too slowly.  Hops will start to compost themselves within an hour of being picked.  That's why it's important to dry them quickly.

Darn. I guess we'll see how they turn out anyway. No way to dry them quicker unless I stuck them in the oven and that doesn't seem like a good plan.

The hop plants here are growing like mad an I could pick pounds of hops if I had the time and the space in my luggage to take them home.


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Hop Growing / Re: oast vs dehydrator
« on: August 29, 2015, 03:50:10 PM »

I picked a bunch of hops over the last couple days from plants growing at my sister in laws place. I'm drying them on screens.

The first batch dried smells vegetal and not so much like hops unless you break open a cone.

Am I doing something wrong?


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Did you pick them too early?  What do they look and feel like?

I can't upload a photo since I haven't updated tap a talk.

They look good to me. I'm picking the ones that are largest and papery. Yellow lupuli not at the stem. Dried and crushed they smell pretty nice.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: British Ale Yeasts
« on: August 28, 2015, 08:40:32 PM »
1968 is the bomb. My favorite yeast for a few years now.

I don't find it finnicky or have any attenuation issues with it.

For dry yeasts I've used Nottingham and Windsor.  I am not a fan of Nottingham but the two yeasts used in combination are outstanding.


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Hop Growing / Re: oast vs dehydrator
« on: August 28, 2015, 08:34:26 PM »
I picked a bunch of hops over the last couple days from plants growing at my sister in laws place. I'm drying them on screens.

The first batch dried smells vegetal and not so much like hops unless you break open a cone.

Am I doing something wrong?


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The Pub / Re: Fire season
« on: August 24, 2015, 07:51:22 PM »
I'm flying into Spokane in the morning with the family and driving to Missoula.

Looks like it could be a smoky vacation.  Quite different than what we experience here in Chicago.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stater without a stir plate
« on: August 24, 2015, 07:09:08 PM »
I obviously wasn't clear...again!  For many years I did the shaken starter.  I was referring to pitching at high krausen not being a good idea with 1450 unless you make a very small starter.  And it would likely be too small to do much good.  I find that 1450 needs at least 4, more like 5, days to finish in a 2-3 qt. starter.  If people have had good luck using it with Mark's method, I'd love to hear about it.

Got it.  Can't speak to the shake and bake method.  I'm sticking with my stir plate.

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