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The Pub / SOTU Drinking Game
« on: January 27, 2010, 09:23:29 PM »
Anyone else give it a try?

Literally NO drinks in the response this time. Pretty much par for the course on the speech though - these guys do their homework.

Equipment and Software / I got a pump... now what?
« on: January 18, 2010, 06:58:01 PM »
Just kidding, I've already brewed with my new March pump once and it was awesome. But I have a few questions:

1. I could use it to pump from the mash tun but I didn't because I was worried about either compacting the grain bed down so far it wouldn't drain, pulling bits of husk through, or both. Anyone have experience with this? I lauter through a slotted CPVC manifold FWIW.

2. When I started my whirlpool, using the pump to pull wort from the bottom of the kettle, through the CFC, and back in at the top, I had a lot of hop particles and break running through the system. By the time I was done it was running clear, but after all was said and done I started worrying. I don't think any of it is hard enough to actually do damage; I'm more worried about binding up the impeller and burning out the motor or something like that. Am I just obsessing?

3. Finally, I cleaned everything up by pumping hot Oxiclean through it, then running hot water through until it ran clear, then blowing through it to get as much water out as possible. Is there anything else I should be doing to clean it? I guess I could take the head off, but it seems like pretty soft plastic (I almost stripped one of the threads just putting the fittings on). Maybe I'll compromise and clean it every 3-4 brews. How well do the plastic heads hold up long-term?

Yeast and Fermentation / Starters and aeration experiments
« on: January 14, 2010, 12:31:35 PM »
I did a few simple tests to see what the effects of various aeration methods were on starters, and thought other people might find the results interesting. A full writeup is here: but the results are summarized in the image below.

Questions about the forum? / Typo
« on: December 02, 2009, 04:11:10 PM »
In the blurb for Homebrewer Bios, it says "associaiton".

Other Fermentables / Where does wine flavor come from?
« on: November 21, 2009, 10:24:31 AM »
This is a cross-post from the NB forums. My apologies for the inherent tackiness.

I have a fair amount of experience with brewing, but I've never made wine. Not that I dislike it; I just don't drink enough wine for it to be worthwhile. Over the past few days, though, I've been experimenting with blending some wines and beers and it's gotten me thinking about trying something like that on my own. I'm thinking about using some grape juice for a secondary fermentation in a beer, followed by some oak aging. And it would make my life a lot easier if I could get a reasonable approximation of the wine character without having to do a separate wine yeast fermentation.

From what I've read, it sounds like wine yeasts have a pretty small flavor impact, and most of the flavor comes from the grapes and/or oak aging. Is that a fair generalization?

Oh, and are there any other combinations people have tried? My favorites so far have been merlot in an RIS and reisling in a hefeweizen.

Questions about the forum? / "Partial Mash"
« on: November 19, 2009, 12:04:30 PM »
Any chance I could talk someone into changing the name of the subforum to "Extract/Mini-Mash Brewing"? There's nothing partial about it!


Kegging and Bottling / Room temperature keg?
« on: November 15, 2009, 03:50:17 PM »
Backstory: due to my employment situation I've had to move into a smaller place, so my kegerator is in storage. Kind of ironic, since now I have all kinds of free time to brew (and saving money on beer isn't a bad thing either). But I don't have any bottles saved up, and don't really have room for more than a few cases anyway, and buying them at fifty cents a pop means they'll cost more than the beer, at least until I get enough in rotation. Plus I'm spoiled... I can't stand bottling.

So what I'm wondering is if there are any issues associated with keeping a keg warm, and using it to fill a 2 L bottle (with a Carbonator cap) that could then go in the fridge. The furnace is set at 68°F, but I'm thinking the garage (insulated, but not heated) will stay cooler than that, maybe even get down to serving temps once it's colder outside. I guess all I'm really wondering is if there's a dramatic difference in flavor, aging in the 60s versus the 40s.

Anyone have experience with storing a keg warm for a few months?

The Pub / The Martini Thread
« on: November 12, 2009, 07:51:46 PM »
I know there was one of these over on the-forum-that-shall-not-be-named, but it's gone now and was several years old anyway.

So, who else likes martinis? What's your secret? Is there some delicious but obscure gin I'm missing out on? In the name of lively discussion, I'll allow non-martini cocktails as long as they are substantially martini-esque. I'll even allow vodka!

Here are my (possibly excessive) thoughts on the subject:

1/3 jigger (0.5 fl oz) Martini & Rossi dry vermouth
3 jiggers (4.5 fl oz) Bombay Sapphire gin
2 large olives
4 large ice cubes

Place cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
Soak olives in cold water for 10-15 minutes to remove brine.
Add gin, vermouth, and ice to cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
Strain into the chilled cocktail glass and add olives.
Wait 60 seconds for the drink to come to thermal equilibrium (watch the condensation on the glass), then enjoy.

Questions about the forum? / Unread posts?
« on: November 12, 2009, 07:59:54 AM »
I know phpBB allows this, but I'm not sure about SMF... is it possible to add a link to the page navigation that will jump to the first unread post in the topic? Or maybe just a different icon for unread posts? As topics get to 5+ pages it becomes time-consuming trying to figure out where I stopped reading last time.

edit: I just figured out the little blue "NEW" icon does this. I still feel like a change in appearance for read vs. unread posts would be helpful.

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