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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dishwashing detergent
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:46:16 AM »
By the way, what is this "dish washer" you guys are referring too?

Some people use the term SWMBO...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smithwick's Clone Tastes Malty
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:41:39 AM »
Smithwicks is malty.

That was my response.  If your clone tastes malty, I think you're on the right track.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dishwashing detergent
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:33:29 AM »
I use those Finish power balls.  Used to be called Electrasol, I believe.

They don't seem to impact head formation or retention.  Maybe sometimes, but I don't usually rinse out glasses before pouring beer and don't seem to have a problem.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling question
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:31:37 AM »
Yep. I put starsan in a bowl and put caps in it while bottling.


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I do this.  I used to boil them.   This is so much easier.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging in a keg
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:30:26 AM »
It will not matter.  Some will get absorbed, but no worries.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg hops - Pellets
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:15:28 PM »
I've done them in a stainless teaball without having any problems.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poor efficiency/very soft water
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:50:19 PM »
You've answered Duboman's question.  You are not mashing those grains.  You are steeping them.

There is no base grain in there to give you the diastatic power you need to convert the starches to sugar.  You are only getting color and flavor from steeping those grains.  I suppose you may extract some starches which could contribute to gravity, but you're not going to get much if anything.

If you want to mash, you'll need to include some base grains and hold the temp for 60 minutes.  Like I said in a previous post, the difference between mashing and steeping is really just time and what grains you've got in there.

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Pimp My System / Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:43:57 AM »
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not.

Leave them up all year and you can call them "party lights."

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:42:14 AM »
They'd drink cat piss if it were in a Yuengling bottle, tho.

I thought they did put cat piss in Yuengling bottles.

As far as sharing homebrew, I rarely take it to family gatherings as it is not much appreciated there.  I'm happy to bring it to parties where it is requested and guests at our house are welcome to drink it if they like, or not. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:29:17 AM »
As others have said, I think the attempt at cloning can be a good learning experience when you're starting out.  It can help you identify what particular ingredients lend to a beer. 

I prefer to approach it as benchmarking, though.  I've never really tried to make an exact replica, but I do try to make beers that are similar to ones I've enjoyed.  If the color comes out darker, or the beer is hoppier, or otherwise different, it helps to have that benchmark to fine tune recipes for the next go round.

As far as cloning your own beer, I recently did a side by side tasting of two different years of my strong stout.  Surprisingly, it tasted like two glasses of the same beer even despite the age difference.  So I suppose over the years I've managed to fine tune that one.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for English Style Barleywine?
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:14:24 AM »
I've made an Old Ale with Nottingham that turned out quite good.  I'm not usually a fan of Nottingham as I get a tartness from it, but it was outstanding in the Old Ale.  Starting gravity of 1.096 or thereabouts so I know it can perform on a big beer.  In side by side fermentations, I preferred it in this beer over Wyeast ESB which is one of my favorites.

As a matter of fact, I have a batch fermenting now with a combination of Nottingham and Windsor (as well as a batch with ESB).  I repitched this yeast from a porter where the initial sachet of Nottingham didn't take off so I wound up pitching a second and then some Windsor.  The porter came out great and if the Old Ale does, too, I may save this mix for a couple more batches.

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Ingredients / Re: To stock up on "high demand" hops or not?
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:09:10 AM »
If you can stock up on hops you use frequently, it's a great idea.  I have a couple varieties I use regularly, and I can chew through a pound with little worry about it getting funky.

Nugget is not one of those varieties and I have a bunch I just need to use up or toss.  I also got a deal (I think it was buy one get two free) on French Strisselspalt.  I may never use up three pounds of Strisselspalt but I will try.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation never started
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:24:54 AM »
Did you ever take a hydrometer reading?  An added bonus is that you get to taste the sample, which will also let you know if the sugars are/have fermented out and lets you use all of your sense to track the progress of fermentation.

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After having just gotten over an issue with dirty gas lines, it's better to be safe then sorry.

how did they get dirty on the inside?

I heard beersk had bad gas...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poor efficiency/very soft water
« on: November 27, 2013, 08:31:48 AM »

I think it has to do with poor mix of wort and top off but that's what I'm trying to clarify with the OP.

Gary

I've had this many many times.  Usually, I get a weird super high reading but I use a wine thief and draw from the bottom.  If he's drawing from the top, it would come out low.

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