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Going Pro / Who the **** would sell me a building?
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:10:45 PM »
I really thought someone was going to jump out and yell "Surprise!", but nope, they just make you sign some stuff and then take your money. Suckers.

So yeah, we have a brewery, minus the brewery. Step 19 of 136, by my count...

Hop Growing / Indoor Hops?
« on: March 08, 2014, 06:46:56 PM »
Never grown any hops before, but I thought it would be fun to get a few rhizomes started indoors this spring and transplant them to the outdoor seating area at the pub once it's warm enough. I'm not altogether optimistic that I'll find a variety that does well at 10k ft, so I'll try a few and maybe get lucky. That got me thinking about putting them in large planters and pulling them in for the winter, and then I thought… We have a nice vaulted ceiling with skylights and existing beamwork to train them on, so could I just grow them indoors year-round? It would be a mess come harvest time, but it could also be a pretty fun event. Thoughts?

Equipment and Software / My new favorite toy
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:05:59 PM »
I've been doing cellaring at a mid-size production brewery. Among the many cool toys we get to play with is a handheld digital luminosity meter that lets us test for ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in real-time. We'll swab the outlets of equipment we can't visually inspect, like the centrifuge. No ATP, no life.

Maybe a little spendy for home brewing, though… A used one could be worth picking up for a small brewery.

Events / GABF Roll Call - Sat PM?
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:48:54 PM »
Looks like I'll be attending the members' session on Saturday, and I won't even have to work! Who else is going to be there?

All Grain Brewing / Quick and Dirty Batch Sparging Calculator
« on: October 08, 2013, 06:21:13 PM »
I finally got tired of googling my own forum posts to find my formulas, so I put together a pretty basic calculator for estimating batch-sparging efficiency. It really only does one thing, but it should do it pretty well. Reality checks are always appreciated. Any feedback or requests, let me know.

Ingredients / Dosage for generic yeast nutrient?
« on: May 23, 2013, 07:06:00 PM »
Someone left a little jar of Crosby-Baker brand yeast nutrient in a drawer in my kitchen. It's a DAP/urea blend, and the instructions printed on it say to use 1 tsp/gal. I'm thinking that's for wine and would be serious overkill for an all-malt wort. Anyone have a recommended dosage for brewing? I'm thinking maybe 3 g for a 6 gal batch.

Ingredients / Interesting Hop Article
« on: April 23, 2013, 01:10:39 AM »
I was looking for something else and stumbled on a pretty good (possibly dated) summary of hop breeding and the parentage of some common hops. I haven't even managed to crack open my copy of Hops yet, so maybe this is all old news.

Edit: Oops. Fixed the link.

Yeast and Fermentation / Interesting Split-Batch Belgian
« on: April 07, 2013, 06:32:27 PM »
Still doing some test batches for this Belgian Blond. I thought it was remarkable how different the two were in appearance, especially since 3522 (left) is supposed to be highly flocculent. The right beer is Unibroue (3864) cultured up from a bottle several years ago.

Kegging and Bottling / Took a Yeasty Shower
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:55:38 PM »
I was bottling off some NHC entries last night, using my "counter-pressure filler", aka racking cane shoved through a stopper. When I got to the fifth and final bottle, I could tell the keg was about to blow. No problem, I thought, this one may be a little yeasty but it'll settle out. I got it filled (barely) and bled off the head pressure as usual, then pulled the filler out. Normally at this point there's some foam but I have time to get it capped without losing much, if any beer.

Apparently that isn't the case with all those little yeast flocs providing nucleation sites. As soon as there was a path out, the beer *geysered* like nothing I've ever seen before. I let the bottle settle down while I was cleaning, and literally only ~3 fl oz of beer was left. The rest ended up on the table, floor, walls, dog... I was soaked from the waist up. I thought I got it all cleaned up but this morning I found some on the vaulted ceiling, about 22 feet up. I guess I'll be re-brewing this one.

No particular reason for sharing other than that it's a potentially funny story and maybe a PSA: don't counter-pressure bottle yeasty beer.

Classifieds / Selling 2.5 lb CO2 Cylinder - $35
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:01:12 PM »
Like new 2.5 lb aluminum CO2 tank. I bought this to be my backup but I've since put together a paintball tank system that I can use for that. It's been filled and emptied exactly twice. Standard right-hand CO2 threads, will work with any normal regulator. Asking $35 plus shipping, which should be about $13 in the Lower 48. If you want an exact shipping quote just PM me with your ZIP.

The Pub / Can someone in Denver do me a solid re: NHC entries?
« on: March 06, 2013, 12:23:09 AM »
I'm going to be in Denver on the 15th/16th and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to avoid shipping my NHC entries, but it turns out that drop-offs are being accepted the 18th-27th. Would anyone who's planning on dropping off their own entries be willing to baby-sit mine for a few days beforehand?

If anyone just wants to meet up for a beer without the solid-doing, that's fun too.

Equipment and Software / Nut for Water Heater Element
« on: February 17, 2013, 06:55:25 PM »
Anyone know where to source one of these? The element threads are 1" NPS, so I'd think it would be fairly easy to find, but no luck at my local hardware store. I'm going to go check the big-box store but I didn't find anything on their website so I'm not optimistic.

Google turned up this:
I don't know that I can justify $12.50 for a single nut. Any online sources that won't gouge me on price and shipping?

Events / Banquet Registration: Am I doing it right?
« on: February 05, 2013, 09:18:44 PM »
So, I wasn't able to register for the conference because the site was down and once I was able to get through the $205 tier had sold out. I'm waitlisted for the conference, but what about the banquet? As far as I can tell, there's no way to buy a banquet ticket without a conference registration. I could register for a lower-tier conference package to make sure I can get into the banquet, but then I'm just forcing someone else onto a waitlist unnecessarily.

Equipment and Software / Warming Fermenters a Few Degrees
« on: January 23, 2013, 07:52:01 PM »
I foolishly set up for a lager batch this weekend without thinking about the fact that I already have a couple ales in the fermentation chamber. My garage is holding about 2°C, so I don't need to warm it too much above ambient, and I only need to worry about it for maybe 4-7 days before it can go in the chamber with the ales.

Once fermentation kicks in it should help with keeping the temps up, but I'm wondering if anyone has a proven solution for warming a fermenter without temperature control. Warm water bath? Chemical hot packs? Move it in and out of the fermentation chamber a hundred times a day?

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