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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adding java to a stout
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:01:53 PM »
Apparently, my reading comprehension is poor today.

I've done it "dry-beaned" in the keg.  Not in the secondary.

I hang the bag of coarse cracked beans from a length of floss and close the lid with the floss sticking out.

I take a sample every so often and pull the beans when I like the flavor.  I've also done it with espresso into the keg, but the coarse cracked beans gave a smoooother flavor.

The Pub / Re: PC wifi wiped out
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:22:36 PM »
A key point may also be to download Malwarebytes and Spybot from a different computer.  Install via a flash drive.  You may need to boot to safe mode to install.

A lot of times, the newer viruses will disable your ability to download and install removal software.

Worst case, pull your hard drive and scan it from a different computer via a usb enclosure.

Removal is possible.  Reinstallation can be easier and faster if you can get your data off or have it backed up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adding java to a stout
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:03:01 PM »
I add cracked coffee beans to a nylon bag and add them to secondary, until the coffee flavor is where I want and then pull it.  I've done the same thing @ kegging and liked the results too - it's a cold steep , except in beer.

I've gotten the best coffee flavor this way.  I think I used about 3 oz. for 2.5 gallons.

The Pub / Re: PC wifi wiped out
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:01:22 PM »
On a more helpful note, I'd download and run Malwarebytes to clean your system.

Your wifi should be able to be enabled via your internet settings.  I know in Windows 7 they made it more complicated.  If 8 is anything like it, you should be able to diagnose the connections from an icon in the lower right.

If the hardware is not recognized, you'll need to go to your device manager and try to reinstall the hardware.  Deleting it from device manager and rebooting typically takes care of it.  I assume 8 still uses device manager.

The Pub / Re: PC wifi wiped out
« on: January 10, 2014, 01:57:38 PM »
It's a "why the hell did you install that software" issue, not a Windows issue.

You beat me to it, Denny. 

Around these parts, we call it "operator error."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opening waxed bottles
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:50:45 AM »
Give it a whack with something.  It should crack the wax, particularly if the wax is hard.

Don't whack it hard enough to break the bottle, of course.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for siphoning to keg?
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:20:06 AM »
it's not incorrect. carboys are not rated for pressure at all. However there are a lot of folks doing it without shattering carboys. A slightly safer way, although forgoing the benefit of only pushing with co2, is to use a sterile filter and blow into the other nipple to produce the positive pressure in the carboy. You probably don't even need the filter.

I typically use a aquarium pump set up to pressurize the carboy (better bottle) to start the siphon.  When I used glass, this was my process, too.

I've done what Beersk does, too.  But I'm not sure I ever did it with glass.

I think the glass would have to be substantially weakened already to explode from low pressure.  But since glass spooks me out, I've moved to plastic.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Single Infusion Mash Time
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:59:29 AM »
It's always been my understanding that a longer mash can produce a more fermentable wort.  Not necessarily better efficiency but better fermentability.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Where to order Pliny
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:51:37 AM »
That being said if you have a friend int he Ca area or in Philly(the only place not on the west coast that gets RRBC beers) then coerce them to ship them, it will be tons cheaper

This is good advice.  I know you can get it in Denver, too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for siphoning to keg?
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:50:18 AM »
Once you hook up the disconnect to the keg, you're going to blow CO2 into your fermenter.  Like Major said, the pressure is going to blow out both ends of that set up.

You'd need to have your fermenter pressurized in order to push into the keg or at least to have a stable environment until you pull the pressure relief valve.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling off a keg
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:23:24 PM »
I also have had more infected bottles when using the tap lines vs having a dedicated bottler.  That would only effect storing the bottled beers.

You bring up a good point.  If I'm bottling something I plan to store, I hook up a clean tap line with preferably a new faucet.  If not new, it's cleaned and sanitized so that I'm not bottling from the icky sticky tap that's been hanging in my fridge.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling off a keg
« on: January 08, 2014, 11:10:36 AM »
Half-way up the neck sounds about right, so I'd say there's no real impact.  That's about what I get, too, on average.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  Sometimes I'll get almost no foaming at all, but that's uncommon.  When that happens, I stop and then give it a final shot of beer and up comes the foam.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Disappointing carbonation
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:53:03 AM »
Another thought I had on the cause was a bad capper. My capper will sometimes leave one crimp a little up from the rest. I have taken to turning the capper a quarter turn and re-crimping.

Back in the day when I bottled everything, every bottle got a double-crimp.  I would even use two different cappers to be sure.

Not so paranoid anymore and haven't had any problems with flat beer.  But I don't bottle so much since I keg most of it. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling off a keg
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:47:58 AM »
hopefully you can see how the short piece of tubing is forced over the end of the cobra tap. this way the thing won't suddenly come apart when you have a 22 oz bottle mostly full of beer at ~8 PSI.

Mort - does the change in ID of the tubing (smaller to larger to smaller) seem to cause any additional foaming?

I just cram the racking cane into the tap and, while it has come apart on me once or twice, I haven't had any major mishaps.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling off a keg
« on: January 07, 2014, 03:42:47 PM »
I use pretty much what Denny uses.  A piece of an old racking tube fits perfectly inside the cobra tap.  Phils Philler fits, too.

I recommend bottling with the bottles in some sort of tub.  I always have some overflow and it helps contain the mess.

I've used pretty much every type of carbonation tablet manufactured.  I have not been particularly happy with any of them.

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