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The Pub / Re: Brandy/Cognac/Armagnac
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:27:59 AM »
I was looking at some slivovitz (plum) and barack (apricot) brandies. Are they reminiscent of these fruits?

Can help, sorry.

But I finally checked the Pierre Ferand.  It's a reserve des dieux.  So 20 years.

Picked up a Marie Duffant Armagnac yesterday and had a night cap last night.  Tasty.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bigfoot Vertical '95 2003-1014
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:14:09 AM »
Why do you think the older ones are less carbonated?

I can't imagine the caps leak.
Sierra Nevada went to the pry off cap when they found a superior liner material. That material had much less O2 permeability, but required a high clamp load, so they went to pry off. I was looking at CO2 permeability, and it is even higher for most polymers. The level of CO2 in beer is fairly high so it takes time for it to diffuse out. The O2 gets in due to the partial pressure of the atmosphere vs. almost none in the bottle.

But tight enough that there's no evaporation?  Interesting.  Maybe I should consider wax for beers I'm storing long term....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary fermentation
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:16:31 PM »
I stopped using secondaries years ago when life got too busy and I got too lazy. Never noticed any problems. Started participating on here and realized I am not alone.

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Got my score sheets today.  Very pleased with the feedback.

Also pleased with a 43 and mini best of show. Nice for my first comp.

The other two entries were not quite there, but the feedback is good.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bigfoot Vertical '95 2003-1014
« on: February 28, 2014, 03:29:45 PM »
Why do you think the older ones are less carbonated?

I can't imagine the caps leak.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What in the tun this weekend?
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:15:52 PM »
I've got to kill a keg so I can fill a keg.

Or go buy some more kegs.

No brewing, but perhaps the Blackhawks/Penguins game at Soldier Field in the 20 degree temp plus wind.  Doesn't sound wise, though, as I type it out.

The Pub / Re: 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be aware of
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:10:39 PM »
After watching several chain falls fail in spectacular fashion on my last job site (think immediate drop of a 6'-0" diameter FRP pipe from 12' high - it's pretty intense), I'll stay away from those. And yes, the chain falls were rated for that size and type of load.

It doesn't sound like that guy was keeping his foot regardless of what he was wearing.

You cannot plan for catastrophic failure.  We can take all the reasonable safety measures imaginable but there's no guarantee.

The Pub / Re: Oops
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:01:18 PM »
These days it seems like there's a shooting in Chicago schools every other day 

Ouch!  We may have daily shootings here, but I can't think of one that actually took place in a school.

The Pub / Re: 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be aware of
« on: February 28, 2014, 11:17:04 AM »
I'm a poster child for what not to do. Flip flops and shorts. Dropped a cinder block on my toe and broke it, but I still wear the flip flops.

Reason #1 why my brewery boots are steel toed. ;)

The key with steel toed boots, don't wear them if there are things heavy enough to crush the steel toe.

Fun fact: I can't lift things that are that heavy. ;)

I have wimpy little arms. The fiance has to lift kegs into the keezer for us. I have to bring in a bar stool, get it up there, lift it up, then get it the 14" up to the collar, then slowly down onto the top of another keg, then slowly down into the bottom of the keezer. It's silly looking.

You need to rig up a chain fall.  It would make your brewery look awesomely industrial.

The part about lowering kegs into a keezer makes me think I'll just stick with my Sanyo mini-fridge.  I don't need the back problems and I already have shoulder problems.

I like my steel-toed boots and they've caught many sheets of drywall and plywood.  I've broken enough toes to know I'd rather not do it again.  But I'd also rather have them broken than have them amputated.  Steel toes are great, but like most things you need the right tool for the right application.  If they're adding a risk factor they're not worth it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick question about attenuation
« on: February 26, 2014, 03:05:19 PM »
So, if mash temperature below 153F and if pure o2 and plentiful yeast is pitched, what would cause under or over attenuation? Recipe? What if the recipe is a pilsner? Or a simple IPA? Could too much pure o2 cause problems?

Isn't attenuation really controlled by the recipe and the mash temp?  The yeast will do what they will do and assuming you use the same strain repeatedly they should be consistent.  Unless you shock the yeast somehow.

My experience with what I would say are under-attenuated batches is more a factor of an excessively high OG with solid attenuation and good final gravity.  Along the lines of >1.09 down to <1.015. However, the beers are sweeter than they "should" be to match the commercial examples.  To control that, I'm adjusting recipes to bring the OG down a bit so that the beer finishes dryer with the same expected attenuation.

I don't know about over oxygenating.  My understanding, which could be wrong, is that it's pretty hard to over oxygenate.

The Pub / Re: 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be aware of
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:47:40 PM »
+1 to that. Same here.

Looks like we're on the same page.

I'm perpetually planning to move the brewing outdoors (though not in this weather, for sure) and have had the burner for a LONG time but never used it.  Picked up a 15 gallon pot last summer for my birthday and have the ball valve and step drill bit gathering dust.  If I can find time for it, I'll be adding more risk factors for my kids to navigate next summer!

The Pub / Re: 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be aware of
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:24:13 PM »
I brew on the stove top, so propane, big flames, and hot stands are not currently a concern.  But there are big pots, boiling liquids, and large-ish flames.  Nothing I would worry too much about but for the nearness of children.  They're always there and want to help.  I didn't worry about my glass carboys until the kids became a factor.  Like a lot of other things in life, my safety didn't seem as important until I realized there are others who depend on me.  My safety still doesn't seem as important as their safety, but the kids have made me a better and more conscientious person in many respects.

The Pub / Re: 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be aware of
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:13:04 PM »
Good article Denny. It probably wouldn't be a bad thing to start making safety a cool thing, even in homebrew. Perhaps a forum section devoted to it. Maybe a push for a session on safety at NHC ? Or even frequent safety articles in Zymurgy?

Damn good idea, Jim!  Wanna write it?

Article #1: Get Rid of Glass Carboys.

All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB advice
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:34:01 AM »
Suds in a satchel?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: My wife's beer bottles.
« on: February 26, 2014, 09:59:08 AM »
They probably also accept belgian style corks so you could also go that way, they make the plastic kind that you can push in (or bang in with a mallet) and wire down.

IME, the plastic corks do not quite fit Belgian bottles.  The opening in the Belgian bottles is slightly larger and they are a loose fit.  You can screw around and try to find some that fit, as there seems to be some variation in both the plastic corks and the bottles, but I've given up on plastic corks myself.

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