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Ingredients / Re: Maris Otter and Diacetyl (butter taste)
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:20:15 AM »
US-05 ale yeast straight from brick (about 13 gms) and, as was mentioned above, I get a character that reminds me of diacetyl. I'm pretty confident it is not diacetyl.

It could be diacetyl. IME US-05 produces some early in fermentation that may or may not clear up, and you under-pitched by a fair amount.

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:15:05 AM »
I've been wanting to get one made that says "My other vessel is a jacketed conical."

I don't think there'd be much demand though.

The Pub / Re: Martini's
« on: May 16, 2011, 07:06:23 PM »
Hey Sean, I haven't tried it yet but there is a new distillery in Denver started by one of our brew club members.
Downslope distilling, they have made quite a name for themselves.

Really funny you should mention that; I just tried their rum for the first time a couple days ago. It was good, but I'm not a huge rum drinker. I'll definitely pick up the whiskey next time I'm in town.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Offiicial Weaze bio
« on: May 15, 2011, 10:03:53 PM »
including a 1535 gallon demi jon

Say what now?!

Now I would have posted the pics but apparently I can not figure that out so here are the links instead.

You just have to grab the URL of the photo (from the download link) and enclose it in IMG tags:

Pretty sweet looking fermentation chamber.

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 14, 2011, 04:27:06 PM »
In my college days at Purdue a popular bumper sticker was POTFH!.
It still is!

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 14, 2011, 12:58:51 PM »
If they could only come up with green nuclear weapons war would be great ay?

My maibock was going to be my first recipe brewed commercially, and our first seasonal, but we lost that batch in the fire. :'(

Moment of silence, please...

Anyway, I'm re-brewing it, but with an ale yeast so that we can have it ready for the opening, and calling it "Phoenix". ;D

I don't give away a ton of beer (hate the bottling hassle), but when I do I don't concern myself with getting bottles back.

I feel the same way. Most people who drink at my place regularly know that they're under standing orders to save clean, pop-top brown bottles anyway.

Totally unrelated, but I'm particularly coveting New Belgium bottles right now. They aren't admissible for most comps, but the smooth curve throughout the neck means that they hardly foam at all when bottled from the tap.

The Pub / Re: Thoughts about fights
« on: May 13, 2011, 04:39:53 PM »
Best fight scene ever

I must respectfully disagree.

(Warning: Lots of potty-mouths.)

Pimp My System / Re: My setup:
« on: May 13, 2011, 04:32:40 PM »
The jury's still out on 1 bbl (31 gallon) batches using the 55 gallon pots. I've had some people say that one 5500W element is enough to boil that amount but I would probably go with two elements (either 4500W or 5500W each). I've never tried it myself. There are a lot of factors involved.

Setting aside all those factors, I think it would be doable, but only barely. We use an 18 kW element for 6 bbl boils, and that's less power than I'd like, but not by a whole lot. I'd say 4-5 kW per barrel of boil volume would be acceptable.

You have me seriously considering putting in a fume hood and maybe going electric at the same time, BTW. It would be nice to be able to brew more than 5 months a year.

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 13, 2011, 11:23:25 AM »
Oh...  Was that you in the llittle canister vacuum cleaner looking hybrid thingy Moonbeam?  Oops... sorry.

In Hawai'i? I wish. No, I'm just not wild about passive aggression.

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 13, 2011, 07:18:17 AM »
As I accelerated away I yelled to the driver of the little canister vacuum cleaner looking hybrid thingy, "Hey Moonbeam, learn to use your F-ing turn signals or next time take the F-ing bus!"

Awesome story, bro. Maybe after third period we can find some kids to beat up behind the 7-11.

Obvious things first: Are you measuring gravities with a hydrometer, or a refractometer?

Zymurgy / Re: May/June issue pitching rate article
« on: May 12, 2011, 03:29:23 PM »
i think it would be interesting to see a comparison with "over pitching"

That was my original thought, but to do triangle tests on three pitching rates everyone would have to get nine samples, which would either mean brewing multiple batches (and introducing that as a variable) or cutting the sample size by two-thirds.

If enough people were interested in an over-pitching experiment, I'd certainly be willing to do it again.

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