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Ingredients / Re: Zythos and Bitterless Black wheat malt
« on: January 11, 2012, 11:13:08 AM »
40%???? That sounds insane!

I could be way off on that number, but it's definitely a "wheat beer" grist. Just black wheat instead of pale. There's no roast to it at all. It's a new seasonal for this year, BTW.

Ingredients / Re: Bock Water
« on: January 11, 2012, 10:32:49 AM »
I have also read that it doesn't matter at low concentrations of sulfate and chloride. Is this true?

I would say yes. In this case, for a malty bock, I'd shoot for 100-150 ppm Cl. That will make the ratio work out to something ridiculous, but it doesn't really matter.

Actually, I would argue that the ratio *never* matters and that what you should be doing is targeting specific SO4 and Cl concentrations.

Also, Bru'n water lists Magnesium Chloride and Pickling Lime as possible water additions. I have not been able to find either of those. Where can those be obtained from and are they ever really useful?

MgCl2 is widely available as de-icing salt, although to find a food-safe source you might need to go through a chemical supplier (Cole-Parmer et al). Calcium chloride is more readily available and will do the same thing.

Pickling lime (aka slaked lime, canning lime, etc.) is calcium hydroxide. Any grocery store with a good selection of canning supplies should stock it. It's useful for reducing alkalinity if you have alkaline water.

Ingredients / Re: Zythos and Bitterless Black wheat malt
« on: January 11, 2012, 10:30:32 AM »
Do you get New Belgium down there? Their "Snow Days Wheat" is brewed with a large proportion of midnight wheat (around 40% IIRC).

Zythos is a blend of 14 varieties, including Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo, and Sorachi Ace. Focusing on low-cohumulone varieties, apparently.

Beer Recipes / Re: The Maibock
« on: January 11, 2012, 09:19:36 AM »
Yep, this pseudo winter will be over before you know it.

If I end up taking a winter off to ski and not getting any skiing done, I'm going to hurt someone.

Ingredients / Re: Hemp Seeds
« on: January 07, 2012, 06:34:06 PM »
Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

What I'm not sure of is how the rated capacity applies at the temperature differential that I am looking for

I know people have done something similar to what you want, although on a larger scale, using a window air conditioner. That might be the cheapest and/or easiest option. Any commercial unit should be overkill for what you need.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reputable kits online
« on: January 07, 2012, 02:04:48 PM »
I can personally vouch for the Rye IPA and Waldo Lake amber kits from NB.

Imagine that. ;)

erockrph, in addition to the shops you mentioned, you could probably add half a dozen other to the list. MoreBeer and Rebel Brewer come to mind.

Equipment and Software / Refractometer FG Calculator (now with PHP!)
« on: January 07, 2012, 10:07:01 AM »
I've had quite a few requests, so I figured I'd post something to let people know it's finally done.

Refractometer Calculator

Any help with error checking and such would be appreciated. Cheers!

am I missing something?

No, but I am because we want surface area, which is (2*27*40)+(2*40*24)+(2*24*27) = 5376 in^2 = 37.33 ft^2. And the power required is 249 BTU/hr.

Apparently I shouldn't have done that late at night.

All Things Food / Re: shelf stable eggs
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:57:27 PM »
A better way is to roll a thin layer of sausage around it, then batter and fry.

Scotch eggs!

I actually just found some 15-year old pickled eggs while cleaning out my basement. They're awesome.

Ingredients / Re: Comments on Summit Hops?
« on: January 05, 2012, 08:45:39 PM »
It's a great bittering hop. No onion/garlic like you get from late additions.

It's also really nice for dry-hopping, although there are lower-alpha varieties that will get you roughly the same effect.

OK, so the area is 27*40*24 = 25920 in^2 = 180 ft^2. Going with an r-value of 4.0 ft^2-°F-hr/BTU-in:

(180 ft^2)(40°F)/(1.5 in)(4.0 ft^2-°F-hr/BTU-in) = 1200 BTU/hr.

If you want someone to check your math, you have to give the r-value for the insulation.

I think people should fill their entries slowly, to minimize oxidation.

Going Pro / Re: Brewery Financing for someone with no wealth/collateral
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:53:27 AM »
Big highs and big lows. Recently I had a guy come up to me and tell me he liked all our specialty/seasonal beers. He didn't care at all for our flagship beers, but really loved our specialty beers.  ::)

I get that all the time. Some people just like novelty, plain and simple.

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