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The Pub / Re: trojan asteroid
« on: July 29, 2011, 07:57:26 AM »
Trojans are asteroids that orbit a massive object (the Sun), but have been attracted to the Lagrange points of a less massive object (the Earth). I think it's L4 in this case, but don't quote me on that. Essentially, what's happening is that if the asteroid "fell behind" in its orbit, the Earth's gravity would tend to speed it up, and if it "got ahead" the Sun's gravity would tend to slow it down.

Edit: After looking at the animation, it appears that's it's actually orbiting our L5.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitizers
« on: July 29, 2011, 07:52:21 AM »
Checking the pH of your friend's water doesn't eliminate it as a possibility. The pH of the tap water has essentially no impact on the beer. Is he brewing extract or all-grain? Can you describe the off-flavor?

Star San can be kept as long as its pH is <3. If you mix it with distilled water, or your tap water is very soft, that can be weeks. With hard water, it's only a couple days. I don't know if cloudiness is a reliable indicator or not, and I don't know that I'd chance it. A $5 pack of pH test strips would be all you'd need.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Tun insulation
« on: July 28, 2011, 06:04:49 PM »
What do you use for a mash tun? That will at least give people an idea what your options are.

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The price tag alone made me do a double-take, but then I saw this:

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You need to have a source of 220v power (and the ability to adapt the European plug to North American 220v, we recommend a certified electrician). If you have that then using electricity can become an advantage. Because of size constraints of the mash tub the largest starting gravity beer you can brew is around 1.057. You can always add DME to the boil for an occasional big beer brew.

I'd say do it yourself, save two grand, and get more features at the same time.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Controlling fermentation temperatures
« on: July 26, 2011, 11:57:34 AM »
Interesting idea--I've never heard of that before. 
Will the moisture and condensation in the fridge cause problems with the hair dryer (i.e., rust) over time?
Is there any potential for electric shock if the whole $9 hairdryer is slightly damp?

I couldn't really say since I don't have it in a fridge. I only have to heat, not cool, my fermentations. It's a cheap plastic POS though - there's almost no metal in it to rust.

A GFCI outlet would be a must if there's going to be any condensation, but I don't think you'd need to take any precautions beyond that. If you had to touch it while it was running you could always just unplug it first.

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The Pub / Re: what not to name your brewery
« on: July 26, 2011, 09:56:03 AM »
I meant back in the day. I'm so ugly now even dark bars wouldn't help.

There are always blind chicks...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Controlling fermentation temperatures
« on: July 26, 2011, 09:53:55 AM »
I just started using a cheap, low-powered (400W on "Lo") hair dryer that I got at Wal-Mart for something like $9. You can't beat the price, there's no potential for skunking like with a light bulb, and it has a built-in fan to circulate the air in the fermentation chamber.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 24, 2011, 05:48:18 PM »
No volcanic activity (touch wood), but it looks like this heat wave has finally hit Silverton. We came very close to 80°F today. :o

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rahr Pils vs Rahr Old World Pils
« on: July 24, 2011, 10:08:42 AM »
I haven't tried either of the Rahr products, but I've been using Cargill Europils for all our lagers and it's really nice. In the same category as a Weyermann or Best pils malt, IMHO.

I don't know if you can even get it, but if for some reason you don't like the Rahr it'd be worth checking out.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Saving the Planet, Going Domestic
« on: July 22, 2011, 10:14:54 PM »
I'm not impressed with Briess and I love British crystals.

That would be the sticking point for me too. I don't think I brew any ales without at least some UK crystal malt.

Come to think of it, aside from crystal malts, I *do* use all domestic.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Sorachi Ace Saison, feedback time!
« on: July 22, 2011, 12:40:44 PM »
The ice pack with the yeast was decidedly warm and squishy, but the activator pack wasn't swelled up so obviously it did it's job!

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the pack won't swell unless the inner pouch is broken. If it got warm enough to do damage, you'll find out when you smack the pack to proof it. Since you're making a starter anyway, I doubt you'll have any issues no matter how warm it got.

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Why not oak half of it and see what happens? That's the best way to find out what the wood is going to do for it.

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With some American or English yeast you'd have the makings of a decent "wheat wine". Using all the wheat, Munich, Pale, and C90 would probably put you around 1.080-1.090 with typical efficiency.

Personally, I'd probably try to brew twice. The Pale and Munich with the hops you have and some lager yeast would make a nice Helles. Then you could do a MIAB beer with the wheat and C90, plus whatever hops and yeast you can scare up for a simple summer wheat ale. Acid malt for pH adjustment as needed.

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The Pub / Re: 42 Years Ago...
« on: July 21, 2011, 05:25:02 PM »
I've met two of them (Armstrong and Cernan). Pretty great guys who both took the time to talk with me, though I doubt either of them would remember.

I also had the honor of meeting Martha Chaffee. She's a class act, and an advocate for the space program to this day.

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