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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.

Zymurgy / Re: May/June issue pitching rate article
« on: May 12, 2011, 08:17:40 AM »
The results seem to mirror the conflicting opinions of the "experts"....some say under pitching produces more esters, others say it produces fewer.

To be fair, that could be something that's strain-dependent. Ideally, I would like to have tested a few different ones.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermcap S
« on: May 11, 2011, 06:27:04 PM »
No sugars, spices, fruit, etc.?
Don't need them, unless you're brewing a girlie beer.

Damn. I had no idea my 23% barleywine was a girlie beer. ::)

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Overshot OG - dilute?
« on: May 11, 2011, 05:21:42 PM »
Are you sure you're reading your hydrometer correctly? The typical triple-scale ones that home brewers use don't go past about 1.140.

The Pub / Re: Thoughts about fights
« on: May 10, 2011, 06:10:43 PM »
Hey, aren't you BFI, the home brewing guy that I saw on Myspace?  Can you teach me how to brew beer at home?

I don't think BFI brews, actually. What with acquiring a new hobby every month or two, I doubt he has the time.

How many batches have I gotten out of a single yeast purchase? I think my 1272 culture is on something like 13.

Repitching from harvested slurry, though, I've only done three "generations". Mostly just because I don't brew often enough for that to be a time-saver. I'd usually have to make a starter anyway.

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