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Wood/Casks / Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« on: September 19, 2012, 01:03:06 PM »
What was your method to "re-whiskyed" the barrel?

Google UJSM

You so bad.  I may have to look you up if I ever get over by that way.

Ingredients / Re: Coffee Stout
« on: September 18, 2012, 02:20:30 PM »
I use 2 methods for coffee beers.  First, I put 3-5 oz. of coarsely cracked beans (in a bag) in the fermenter after the bulk of fermentation has finished.  Then, when I bottle or keg, I add brewed coffee (or you could use your liquid espresso) to taste.  I prefer that to adding it to the fermenter because you can get just the right amount without too much guessing.

Denny, are you saying you do both on the same beer?

Or, these are two separate methods you have used?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Canning/Bottling in mason jars??
« on: September 17, 2012, 01:00:34 PM »
I use 1/2 gal. plastic containers with snap on lids.  That way I don't have to worry about them bursting, which I've heard stories of with glass.  I simply sanitize them with StarSan.

I'm with Denny on this.  I use 1 liter Rubbermaid beverage containers that have a screw on lid with a spout that has a snap on lid.

I've had some of these build pressure and I wouldn't want a yeast explosion in my fridge if a glass container cracked.  Plus, the beverage containers fit perfectly on the door.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Avatars
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:08:55 PM »
Carl, did you by any chance upload your avatar from Photobucket?  Did anybody else?

Nope.  A direct upload from my hard drive to my forum profile.

BTW my avatar is back when I use IE, but not when I use Safari.

Weird....I can see your avatar on my iPad using both Safari and Mercury, but not on my Win7/FF PC setup.

Denny- I'm using FF right now and cannot see them, but they are all there if I use my iPhone.  Maybe it's a FF issue?

Questions about the forum? / Re: Avatars
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:11:18 AM »
Carl, did you by any chance upload your avatar from Photobucket?  Did anybody else?

I did not.  When mine "disappeared" I tried to use photobucket to upload a new one, but could not access the site for some reason.

I have not since tried again.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning lines
« on: September 10, 2012, 02:31:25 PM »
Gaskets = McMaster Carr.

Buy them by the 100 count.  Soooo much cheaper.

Somewhere, if you search, you can find the specific part #s in another thread.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To Share or Not to Share
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:24:07 AM »
Now I feel bad about myself for drinking Budweiser. I hope everyone isn't secretly judging me when I do.

It's not secret.  I am openly judging you.

Old Style is so much better than Budweiser, I just can't imagine why would go there.  Wouldn't you rather have a beer that is twice-brewed and fully kreausened than one that is plywood aged?

As far as sharing, my friends who enjoy my beers can have as much of it as they like.  I've even run home to fill another growler.  But there are those who I know prefer their commercial brand, which is fine.  I either don't bring beer to their place or I just don't bring as much.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Avatars
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:24:19 AM »
I can see them all on my iPhone, but not on my desktop computer...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To Share or Not to Share
« on: September 09, 2012, 08:57:33 AM »
Share it with people who will appreciate it.

I've never found the office crowd to be too appreciative.  Polite, of course, but most are not craft beer drinkers.

Your office may be different, but it doesn't sound like it.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Avatars
« on: September 09, 2012, 08:42:33 AM »
You get me Bears/Packers tickets and I will make you foie gras poutine at the tailgate.

I used to get 'em every year.  But that was back at old Soldier Field.  I haven't gone to a game since my kids were born.

You should try going! It's totally possible. Last year for Bears/Vikes our little guy had a great time, stayed up the entire game and clapped whenever everybody sang "Bear Down."

Both my girls have Bears cheerleader outfits.  But they refuse to sing Bear Down anymore.  The boy, regretfully, has inherited a Grossman jersey.

They won't sit through a broadcast, either.

1 hour, seventeen minutes to kick-off.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hop-cigaring?
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:46:39 AM »
Okay, I'm convinced.  It was just a passing thought.  Actually, it was something I dreamt last night. Maybe it was a nightmare. ???

I once had a dream about a beer.  When I woke up I formulated a recipe for it and brewed it a week later.  Turned out to be one of the worst beers I've ever brewed.......

Ah, but it was still the beer of your dreams...

Glad to hear it.

Good luck!

All Things Food / Re: Advice for getting a smoker
« on: September 07, 2012, 02:37:57 PM »
Does adjusting the vent (both the top and the bottom) help control the burn rate and temp?  If so, how do you set yours for a long slow, lowish temp cooking session?

When I've smoked on my kettle, and when I smoke on my converted kettle, I keep the top vent wide open and adjust the bottom vents (I have old kettles with the three separate vents, not the one-touch).

Top vent wide open.  Usually one bottom vent open partially.  I can maintain 250 pretty steady, but it's hard to maintain a steady temp around 225.  Maintaining temp for a long smoke requires adding fuel once or twice throughout the day.  I typically get 250 for 2.5 to 3 hours before it starts dropping.

I also put a couple of bricks in the bottom of the kettle to help modulate the temp.  I'm not sure how much this helps or not as I've just always done it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Root beer and kegs
« on: September 07, 2012, 02:03:45 PM »
Glad I caught this thread as I have a keg filled with root beer right now. I'll probably just dedicate it to root beer.

Dedicate a a line and tap to, it too.  I just leave mine tapped at all times with a long line and a picnic tap.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Root beer and kegs
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:15:24 AM »
Wow!  Glad I stumble upon this as I made plans to brew some root beer with my son, keg-carb it and bottle/jug it. 

Will it retain the flavors even if it's only in there for a few days?

I don't know for sure, but I certainly wouldn't re-use it without pulling all the rubber and at least giving it a good soak and cleaning.  If the seals pick up the rootbeer smell, you'll definitely be able to tell.

New seals are cheap, though, so go for it.

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