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Equipment and Software / Re: Floating Keg Dip Tube
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:18:17 PM »
Looks like one more thing to clean.  Brew more, be patient, and your beer will be clear when you tap your kegs.  Or cold crash and hit it with gelatin.  Either way, much cheaper.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Secret ingredient in dry stout?
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:11:37 AM »
I'm fermenting it again right now, this time with WY1056.

I've used that, too, as well as US05.  But, like you, I tend to default to what I have at hand.

I think you can make a good stout with a wide variety of yeasts.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Secret ingredient in dry stout?
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:00:01 AM »
Interesting choice of yeast.  Any reason you went that direction? 

I typically use 1084 or 1968.  Sometimes a dry English yeast like Windsor or Nottingham.

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According to UPS, my entries are in Kansas but delayed by "adverse weather conditions."

Hope they get there by Friday.  If Ol' Man Winter craps all over my first competition entry I'll be the crazy guy in the street shaking my fist at the sky.

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Ingredients / Re: Using Biofine Clear
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:36:00 PM »
After that, as long as you do not heat it back up and cool it back down, beer is clear!   Every time you raise and lower the temp, new haze chains will form.

That is interesting and good to know.

I can't say I've ever noticed that happening.  I wonder if it's one of those things that's more theoretical than actual.

I was just thinking the same thing as I read through the thread.  But I do recall reading this recently perhaps in an old BYO article.  I've been studying up on haze as I, too, have a MO base beer that doesn't want to clear although I attribute the haze to the yeast and not the malt.

It's funny, because I made 10 gallons and split five on to oak (2.5) and dry hops (2.5).  The "control" is hazy even after gelatin, the oaked is better but not clear, the dry hopped is clear.

I've been thinking of picking up some Biofine, but I may just give gelatin a second go at it.  I've got enough gelatin to last a life-time I think.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:21:37 PM »
Just checking back in on this thread.  I've heard lots of recommendations for Four Roses yellow label so I picked up a bottle.  Not so impressed.  Kind of thin on flavor and what flavor exists is a bit... harsh is not the right word, but close.

I think the Double Barrel Preston's will blow you away. The nose is just is a thing to behold.

Wondering if you meant Pritchard's.  I found some of that, but it's $70 a bottle.  I skipped it and picked up the Four Roses yellow plus a bottle of their Single Barrel.  The single barrel is one of my favorites.

Snow and cold tonight, so I'll be tippling a glass or two.  Probably go with the Single Barrel or with Noah's Mill.  No cheap stuff tonight.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:49:27 AM »
Nice!
I quote a line from Mac.... every time I send the dog out to pee

If you were here with all the snow it would be something more like "once more unto the breach" each time the dog goes out.

It. won't. stop. snowing.  Sheesh.

Going out to shovel again. Getting hard to throw the snow over the banks that are 5 ft+ high.

We're not quite there yet, but getting close.  Last week I came across some photos from 79 and shared them with my neighbors to make everyone feel better.  Even if it keeps snowing, I doubt we will catch up.  But I believe we are firmly in second place this year for overall snowfall in January.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:32:01 AM »
Nice!
I quote a line from Mac.... every time I send the dog out to pee

If you were here with all the snow it would be something more like "once more unto the breach" each time the dog goes out.

It. won't. stop. snowing.  Sheesh.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:31:54 AM »
I missed the veiled reference to SN Celebration on the first post.

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The Pub / Re: Perfect for the 'pub'
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:30:12 AM »
I spent way too much time in the corner bar from before I shoulda been until around when I got married.  Those were some good times, but I can't say I miss it.  They did not have craft beer (at least not back in the day), but they had plenty of Old Style. Beck's if you were feeling rich.  This was a true neighborhood bar with a clannish crowd.  If you didn't know people it could be uncomfortable.  I understand that it's changed a bit, depending on the time of day you go (happy hour crowd is probably still the exact same people) as the local university moves slowly southward.  I have not been in years.  Hit the winning square on the Super Bowl there one year, back around 1995 or so.  That was fun.

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I've seen the neighborhood cats horking down my spent grain after dumping it on the compost-pile. They are still around. Mostly.

Please be careful if you mash hop. I have read that hops are as bad for cats as they are for dogs. If it is anything like chocolate, could be worse.

Hmm, I might have to pull some old hops out of the freezer for my cat

Or pull some old cats out of the freezer for your hops...

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Ingredients / Re: corn or rice
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:37:47 AM »
One point: Corn has a better flavor to me than rice.

I agree.  Though it may be more that the rice addition doesn't add much flavor at all.

It's been years, but I did side by side batches with the only variation being rice or corn.  The corn batch tasted better hands down.

FWIW, I've never done the cereal mash route.  I've always used flaked maize or minute rice.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:31:23 AM »
My Chimay is Shewill.  I stole that from someone else, though.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First kegging attempt, Explosion
« on: February 03, 2014, 03:09:25 PM »
Gaskets are cheap.  You can buy them by the 100 from McMaster Carr (lid gaskets come in packs of 10).

If you need to replace posts, it gets a bit pricier and you'd want to consider if it's cost effective at that point to pay whatever they are charging.  Poppets are not too bad, but I think posts are about $15 each.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First kegging attempt, Explosion
« on: February 03, 2014, 02:37:21 PM »
No worries. 

If you want to try force carbing them, there is a long thread on another forum regarding building taps.  IIRC a 1/2 inch hose barb fits perfectly in the rubber bung and you can attach a schraeder valve or even a cornie QD if you get the correct parts.  I made up a bunch of carbonators with schraeder valves.  They work pretty well, but you can get some leaks.  At the end of the day, you don't save much over moving to cornies, though.  Of course, cornies are not getting any cheaper.


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