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Messages - Joe Sr.

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Equipment and Software / Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:31:37 PM »
u can try to modify mini fridge box - by adding another feet or two of height to original box - may not be professional but u can possibly have temp chamber for around $50 (depening on type of material u decide to use ) plus cost of a mini fridge around $ 100 - 150

Are you suggesting increasing the height of a minifridge?  My recollection is that typically there is a refrigerant line that runs across the top, which is why you must be careful when installing a tap tower, so adding height would not seem possible unless you were to splice into the refrigerant lines and then re-charge the freon.  Doesn't seem worth it.

But I may be misunderstanding you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:05:04 PM »
I chilled my current batch of Dunkel. Its at 31º right now. So, I took a cup of distilled water and added one pack knox gel. Stirred it in with my sanitized thermometer (44º). In 20 min I will nuke n stir about 20 seconds at a shot until it reaches 150-160º. Then I'm dumping that into my primary.

I can keg or bottle. How does gel fining in the primary effect bottle conditioning? Still plenty of yeast for carbing?

You should be fine bottling.  I think the actual amount of yeast you need to carbonate is far less than you might think.  The only problem I ever had bottling with gelatin is what I mentioned above.  Some chunks in the bottom of some bottles.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 20, 2015, 12:08:39 PM »
I've seen the Town Branch bottles in various stores, but haven't picked one up. The reviews have been mixed is why I've passed it up.

Try it for yourself. I find reviews foolish in most cases. It's not a popularity contest, it's whiskey!. ;)

We just got Town Branch here, and that will be my next purchase along with Green Spot. Need that for next week. Loving Four Roses Single Barrel.

I'll give the Green Spot a big thumbs up.  Tasty stuff.  Took a flask to the parade last weekend, along with some Tullamore 12 year.  The 12 year was smooth.  The Green Spot was head and shoulders above it, and flavorful.

As far as rye, I've been drinking a fair bit of James Pepper lately.  I like it, though it's not as smooth as some.

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I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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Ingredients / Re: Does Pilsner extract require a 90 min boil?
« on: March 17, 2015, 01:37:42 PM »
I use a lot of Breiss Pils DME.  Always added late to the boil with no issues.  It's by far the palest and most fermentable DME I've encountered.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 17, 2015, 01:21:30 PM »
Since "we're not making jello" i assume the only reason for the high temp is to aid in dissolving the gelatin, correct?

The gelatin dissolves easily doing the Bertus thing. I don't know, different methods I guess. I never wanted to let it boil because I'd heard stories of brewers getting little 'Jello' chunks in the first pint or two - didn't want to chance having Jello floaties. You don't get that the way I do it because the gelatin doesn't congeal since it doesn't boil. The brewers here that boil don't talk a lot about floaties so it must not be that common.

The first time I ever fined with gelatin, I must have boiled it.  Who knows, it was many years ago.  I added it to the fermenter and then bottled.  I had chunks of jello in some of my bottles.  Pretty nasty.  didn't use it again for years.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: o-ring lube for corny kegs?
« on: March 16, 2015, 10:53:16 AM »
^^This. You will throw your nasty Keg Lube away. It washes away in hot water.
Which washes away in hot water, Keg Lube or CIP??

I'm assuming CIP.  Keg Lube is pretty hard to remove.  I can't stand it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gravity/volume adjustment
« on: March 16, 2015, 08:29:32 AM »
I filter my water and have never had an issue.  But I certainly wouldn't go straight off the tap.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer won't Come out of Keg :-(
« on: March 15, 2015, 05:46:01 PM »
Joe, I can visualize the extra pressure disfiguring the little o-ring on the spring loaded poppet so that it seals the liquid out port right at the quick disconnect.
Anyway, it can't be any where else in the system other than the poppet, can it?

I wouldn't think so.  But since it pours fine if I blow off some pressure, I haven't tried to figure it out.

I can't recall if I've marked the keg or not...  Should have.  Just kegged a saison in what might be that keg.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer won't Come out of Keg :-(
« on: March 15, 2015, 12:20:02 PM »
I have one keg that won't pour at higher pressures.  Release the gas and it pours fine.  Gas it back up and it won't pour.  It's weird, and it usually winds up with a Belgian that I want higher pressure on, but it works out eventually.  I have no idea why it does this.

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Really, I don't see where Innovation sees this going. If they are awarded the trademark, they must defend that mark against EVERY OTHER BREWERY using that word.

And then, when they defend their trademark, who is being dickish?

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I don't quite see how Innovation Brewing would ever be confused as Innovation Brew Works.

Can guys with a JD comment on that?

I'm trying to stay away from this thread, but...

I don't think it requires a law degree to come up with arguments around this.  You need the lawyers to cite case law and precedent, but anyone can argue.

If you wanted to argue it, from either side, it's as easy as pointing out that to a customer unfamiliar with the specifics of either one of those companies, a google search could wind up on the other and be confusing.  Thus, lost business due to the other company using your trademarked name.  Intentional or not, they are confusing your customers and poaching your business (or simply causing you to lose business, in the event the two companies produce different products).  Protecting your trademark eliminates the confusion and protects your customer base.

If you google a 6, you're not likely to get a 9.  But if you're drinking and enjoying #9 your judgement is questionable to begin with, IMO.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Steady vs. Rising Temperature
« on: March 13, 2015, 07:11:11 AM »
I have gone to the Brulosopher fermentation approach with my lagers.  Grain to glass in 24 days and clean tasting beer....
You have to realize that is how the big guys do it, but they are more like 21 days or less. I have been doing this for a long time, as Kai has the fermentation profile on his page.

I've never checked this method out before.  This is nice and validating.  I'm not a lager brewer, typically, but I've got 10 gallons happily fermenting at 52 right now.  I'll let it ramp up over a few days and then try to bring it back down as far as I can get it with a water bath, insulation, and frozen bottles of water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 13, 2015, 06:43:27 AM »
For adding it to keg:  1 tsp for every 5 gallons. Bloom in ~ 1 cup colder water for 15-20 minutes, then microwave for about 1:20 or so until it hits about 150F (that's what I've found with my microwave). Stir, then dump into cold beer.

This is how I do it.  The key is to add it to cold beer, particularly if you want to get rid of chill haze.  The beer needs to be cold enough for the haze to form, or else the gelatin won't do anything.

I haven't added it to a fermenter in over 10 years.  I usually try to give my beers time to clear on their own and only use gelatin when they are stubborn.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nylon Bag for hops
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:13:39 PM »
If you used the same amount of hops but used a bag instead of free range you might well notice a diminution of the hops flavor, aroma, and bitterness because the utilization won't be quite as good.

I'm not positive that a reduction in utilization has been proven.  I've always heard 10% reduction, but I don't recall anyone doing the old side by side with a blind triangle taste test.

If you jam a bunch of hops in a small bag that doesn't allow them to expand, etc. I can see it.  But a loose bag shouldn't have a big impact.

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