Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Joe Sr.

Pages: 1 ... 89 90 [91] 92 93 ... 281
1351
I've been using Oxyclean on my better bottles for years with no problems (and some soaks have been weeks) but I don't use any of the accessories.

Competitor to BB?  Just about everyone offers a BB-like fermenter these days, including Northern Brewer who has one with a wide opening. 

Sorry for your frustration.

My experience is the same as yours.  Long soaks, no problems.  No pbw, but I soak with oxy clean and cascade.

Looking at the NB "Bubbler" I have to think that whatever patent Better Bottle had has expired.  The Bubbler is the same exact thing.

1352
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: almost a lost year brewing
« on: April 15, 2015, 09:03:48 AM »
It sounds like you've been pretty thorough in chasing this down.  I think you've gotten some good advice here, but you may have exhausted almost everything we can offer.  Trying to diagnose the problem without seeing, tasting, and smelling the problem is near impossible.

I say it comes down to a process of elimination.  What remains consistent amongst all the batches that have been contaminated?  It sounds like two things: 1) the brewing/fermenting location and 2) the equipment.

Change one or the other.  Then change the other.

I would recommend brewing small batches for these tests, if you can, to save money and heartache.

1353
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: almost a lost year brewing
« on: April 13, 2015, 01:37:17 PM »
Unless, Lars has recontaminated the equipment during the replacement process...

Right.  But then there is something in his process that is introducing the contamination.  It is not (at least initially) resident in the equipment.

1354
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 13, 2015, 01:08:55 PM »
I know I got one through in Chicago. I also know that 3 of them didn't make it through. Still waiting to  hear on the stout, though. The placing RIS's close to my own, but I think one of them belonged to the coordinator. Of course, I'll just have to wait for confirmation!

Nice.  I hope one of the other stouts is my own.

1355
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: almost a lost year brewing
« on: April 13, 2015, 01:00:19 PM »
Do you filter your water?
Yes, I do

Do you do a full boil?  I didn't see that in the earlier posts.  If not, do you boil your top-up water?

It looks like you've replaced most of your equipment and still have the problem.  So the problem is likely something in your process.

Maybe try a small batch with bottled water.

1356
The Pub / Re: Sourcing ingredients post apocalypse
« on: April 06, 2015, 04:14:20 PM »
I think cider will become the drink of choice.  Much easier to source and make.

I've got booze for at least a month or more in the cellar.  Ammo?  Not so much. 

1357
All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:02:21 PM »
I'm casting a personal preference to go out in a vat of Pappy (any of them) or Lagavulin 16.  Though I suppose I could be talked into buying it in a vat of Rochefort 10.   ;)

Wouldn't a vat of Pappy really just be a vat of pre-barrelled Weller?  I'm ok with it either way, but if it's a vat of Pappy I want it to be a slow death so I can enjoy it.

Yeah, that's what I've heard. Definitely needs to be a slow demise. Like a week or more.

I think I could manage to slip and fall in while wearing a flotation device.  And carrying a glencairn glass.

Yeah, a heavy guage inner tube with a backup air compressor. And the glass.

I'll meet you at Buffalo Trace.  I'll be the guy in the life vest.  Pretend you don't know me.  I'll pull you in when you try to "save" me.

1358
All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:27:49 PM »
I'm casting a personal preference to go out in a vat of Pappy (any of them) or Lagavulin 16.  Though I suppose I could be talked into buying it in a vat of Rochefort 10.   ;)

Wouldn't a vat of Pappy really just be a vat of pre-barrelled Weller?  I'm ok with it either way, but if it's a vat of Pappy I want it to be a slow death so I can enjoy it.

Yeah, that's what I've heard. Definitely needs to be a slow demise. Like a week or more.

I think I could manage to slip and fall in while wearing a flotation device.  And carrying a glencairn glass.

1359
All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:20:40 PM »
I'm casting a personal preference to go out in a vat of Pappy (any of them) or Lagavulin 16.  Though I suppose I could be talked into buying it in a vat of Rochefort 10.   ;)

Wouldn't a vat of Pappy really just be a vat of pre-barrelled Weller?  I'm ok with it either way, but if it's a vat of Pappy I want it to be a slow death so I can enjoy it.

1360
Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Another eventful shopping spree
« on: March 27, 2015, 10:37:01 AM »
DBA is an outstanding beer.  I had a few pints with the owner of the Hopleaf in Andersonville (great bar to check out if you can get up to the North Side) and he was recommending it as one of his favorites at the time.

I haven't had a Samichlaus in years.  But I did see it on the shelves in the Wrigleyville Binny's recently.  Thought about it.

1361
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: do I need to use campden tablets?
« on: March 27, 2015, 09:50:46 AM »
Probably not necessary, particularly if you're not noticing off flavors.

However, lots of people say it's so simple why not do it?

I bought some tablets a few years back.  I've never used them (I filter my water) and figure that they'll be good insurance for when the zombie apocalypse comes or the grid goes down and I need to collect rain water for drinking.  Though I've got enough beer in kegs to hopefully last until the grid comes back.

1362
All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:58:54 AM »
Hrm...

Are wort boil vapors bad for you?

1.) I don't know but I stuck my head in a bunch of C02 and nearly died
2.) I don't know but ethanol is bad for you
3.) I don't know but I almost fell into a vat of whiskey
4.) I don't know but I cooked beef in cheap wine and almost seared my face off

Wow.

Your summary made me laugh.  More so than the original posts themselves, and I do think that falling into a vat of Early Times would be worse than JD.  If you have to die in a vat of whiskey, can't it be something top shelf?

1363
Kegging and Bottling / Re: handling kegs not under pressure
« on: March 26, 2015, 08:07:55 PM »
you can try it but I think the problem at this point is not free o2 but the side effects of o2. the yeast won't scavenge them.

Exactly what Mort is saying.  I have not tried kmeta.  In the instances I've experienced oxidation, the beer is a dumper.

Scavenging free O2 with yeast or whatever will help with 02 in the headspace, but once that 02 has impacted the beer you have oxidized beer.

Here's my experience: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=15898.msg200881#msg200881

This saison turned almost pink.  Nasty.  Weird and gross.  Not drinkable.  I think I failed to purge the headspace when I kegged and did the shake and bake method to carb it up.  I still haven't dumped the keg, though I do use the nasty beer as liquid for my smoker so it's not a total loss.

1364
Kegging and Bottling / Re: handling kegs not under pressure
« on: March 26, 2015, 01:40:51 PM »
I don't think you can de-oxidize.  IME, it causes darkening and other bad stuff to light beers.  It can do some OK and even good stuff to strong dark beers meant to be aged, but even then you can't remove the effects once they are there.

1365
The Pub / Re: What is this?
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:03:31 AM »
I think that might be the frumunda.  But I sure hope not.

I had to goggle this.  I'm sorry I did.  :o

I'm tempted to apologize.  But I won't.

Pages: 1 ... 89 90 [91] 92 93 ... 281