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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Shake Carbing
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:45:26 PM »
I shake carb a 1/2 liter like this every time I keg.  However, Kramerog is correct that it might not really be a solution to replace bottling.

It's great for a quick turnaround, though.  I tapped a mini-keg last weekend that was flat so I juiced it up with CO2, shook it, and 1/2 hour later it was good to go.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Infection
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:23:40 AM »
What does the beer taste like?

I tried to post this earlier, but I'm having issues today...  My session keeps timing out.  Whatever that means.

Definitely take a sample and taste it.  And post a photo.  Gray foam could be anything.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belle Saison Stats?
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:22:26 AM »
Many favorable comments...using my LHBS's award winning recipe.  So I can't take much credit for it

Of course you can take credit for it.  You brewed it.

Equipment and Software / Re: brew nanny
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:24:17 AM »
OK, so you get a report via wifi that the temp is too high.  What do you do about it when you're not there?  To me, this thing is a solution looking for a problem.

You freak out and worry.  Drop whatever you're doing and go home to tend to your beer.

I've often thought that it might be nice to have a device that would track and log temps so you could see the hour by hour (or more frequently) temp fluctuation, but I don't really care that much.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HB Competitions
« on: April 02, 2014, 12:15:48 PM »
Minimum to advance is 30.

A solid score, to me at least, is 38 and above. 40s is real solid.

Edit -to Stevenb, good luck!

Thanks.  That fits in about where I would expect.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg hopping while carbing
« on: April 02, 2014, 12:11:31 PM »
I bought stainless tea balls about 10 years ago that fit through the neck of a Better Bottle.  I'll use four for dry hopping tied off with floss so I can pull them out.  They work just fine in a keg.

You can also get a stainless tea infuser which is larger and made of mesh that would work well in a keg.  More exposed surface area and all that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HB Competitions
« on: April 02, 2014, 12:07:35 PM »
top 3, and have to score minimum of 30.

So, 30 is a solid score?  Honestly asking, as I have no idea.

Entered my first comp about a month ago so my frame of reference is limited.

I know 13 is B.A.D. but 30 sounds like it's more middle of the road than outstanding.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Miller Fortune
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:35:56 AM »
I had to look it up... ;)

I'll try any beer once. I think my perception is definitely biased now.  :)

Best review ever: "I slam these things and all other 16 oz cans within a few seconds I would give this a try if you haven't before pretty good stuff.

i lik3 to drink one of these followed by a 211 or colt 45 8.5% or what not sometimes the hurricane 8.1%"

I think this defines the target market.  I'll pass.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Miller Fortune
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:19:15 AM »
yeah it's suppose to be a 6% bourbon flavored beer that they wanted served out of whisky glasses instead of pint glasses...

That sounds as ill-conceived as Zima.

All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB Techniques for Efficiency & Flavor
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:39:26 AM »
The grains are ground very fine

I think this is the variable I need to play around with.  Probably need to just buy my own mill.

All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB Techniques for Efficiency & Flavor
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:55:23 AM »
What I did for many years was a sort of Papazian old-style method, where I'd actually put the grain bag into a colander, heat up some water on the side to 170 F, then very slowly pour the water over the top of the bag in the colander.  It's very time consuming, and basically constitutes a sort of fly sparge but without the sparge arm.  Kind of a pain, but it will get the efficiency way up even into the 90s.

This is what I do, but I don't get efficiency in the 90s.  How much rinse/sparge water have you used?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:51:35 AM »
*edit* - really disappointed that we only had something like 570 entries in KC.  A lot of people didn't ship, or didn't use all the entries they paid for.  I'd like to see some sort of contingency plan to get these spots to people who will use them, but it is what is.
What will be interesting is to see if the AHA holds true to it's warning about excluding these people next year.  Of course, there are always circumstances that keep someone from sending their entries in.

I may be wrong, but I thought it was that you had to pay for your entries.  Not necessarily that you had to send them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aeration sanitation question
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:50:27 AM »
One tip is to turn the O2 on before submerging in any liquid so nothing backs up into the stone or line.

I also do this after sanitizing to blow it dry.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:55:04 AM »
I would turn the bottles upside down and then back a couple of times to make sure the yeast is in suspension.  And keep the bottles around 68 degrees or so.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aeration sanitation question
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:51:02 AM »
I just soak in starsan too.  I let it dry out in between uses, but it is covered to keep dust off.  Never had a problem.

If by "covered" you mean dropped into a bucket with other stuff, I follow the same protocol.

I sanitize the stone before and after use.  Never had a problem, but maybe I should cover it better someday.

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