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Beer Recipes / Re: Mock my Bock
« on: January 07, 2011, 08:54:54 AM »
IMHO that's just way too much crystal malt (18% currently). I'd eliminate the 120L altogether, and reduce the 60L. The extra dark crystal will contribute raisin, fig, prune, even tobacco flavors that I wouldn't want in a bock.

For IBU calculations, I like to use Tinseth:
Assuming the Goldings are 3-4% AA, use 2 oz at 60 min. That will put your IBUs in the range you want. I'd steer clear of Nugget in this style.

Fermenting at 50°F for the entirety of fermentation would be good. If you like you can raise it into the high 50s or low 60s once it's within a few points of FG (a diacetyl rest). If you pitch a proper amount of yeast it shouldn't be needed. Which brings me to...

If you want to use a single pack of yeast, and you don't have a stirplate, you're looking at a gallon starter MINIMUM. To get to a standard lager pitching rate, you'd really need two packs in a 3 qt starter, and frequent shaking (no airlock!). Check out

Welcome to the forum, by the way. Looks like you're on track to make a great first lager.

Sorry if you've already seen this, since I know I've linked to it before, but I think it will answer both questions. Or give my rationale, anyway.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: High Gravity Bottling
« on: January 07, 2011, 08:43:00 AM »
To throw a data point out there, I recently bottle-conditioned a 1.122 OG, 14.5% ABV Triple IPA, using 0.5 g of rehydrated Nottingham in a six pack, just to see what would happen. The bottles were fully carbonated after about three weeks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: High Gravity Bottling
« on: January 06, 2011, 07:47:12 PM »
Rehydrate about 2 g of dry yeast per 5 gal and add it to the bottling bucket along with the sugar. S-04 or Nottingham would be good because they're so flocculent.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Partial mash question
« on: January 06, 2011, 04:19:47 PM »
Poking around a bit; is it this recipe?

With an OG of 1.081, this would be a beer that all but requires a starter. Start here:

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 06, 2011, 04:14:21 PM »
Now if they had the computer equivalent of the ignition lock to keep people from drunken posting on the forum . . . ;D

Ask and ye shall receive:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keggometers......
« on: January 06, 2011, 04:07:06 PM »
Come on guys, stop beating around the bush. Someone already built a better mousetrap:

:'( <- Tears of joy.

Equipment and Software / Re: March pump stir plate alternative
« on: January 04, 2011, 09:42:18 PM »
It's called a "stir bar" and I'd suggest eBay, where you can probably find one for less than $5 including shipping. The more usual sources would be retailers like and

You can put together a stir plate for less than $30 though (link). It might be worth it, especially if your pump has the plastic head. Eventually you'll just strip the threads.

Also, if memory serves the magnets in the March pumps surround the impeller. I'm not 100% sure they'd turn a bar that was a few inches removed from the hub.

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: January 04, 2011, 05:42:09 PM »
Interesting. Gonna have to look into that, thanks!

Keith, google "pulse width modulation". Neat scheme all around.

Just out of curiosity, what's your boil volume? Around a barrel, right?

The only reason I ask is that we boil 6 bbl using an electric element, maxing out a 50 A circuit, and it's a huge PITA. Averages about 80 minutes to get from mashout to a rolling boil. (And that's only 193°F!)

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 04, 2011, 08:54:57 AM »
I think a lot of states are starting to incorporate bar codes into licenses, to crack down on forgeries. And bars and liquor stores scanning the license to do an age check makes sense. If they're actually going beyond that and storing information on your drinking habits, though... wow.

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 06:29:07 PM »
Hmm, federal funds pay for many major highways. Since I have to pay taxes and have little to say as to where my particular taxes go, I would consider it more of a right than a privilege.

Your taxes fund universities too, but you still can't get in without good grades.

Equipment and Software / Re: Gear for New Brewer, Kettle Question
« on: January 02, 2011, 09:25:38 PM »
The equipment kit looks good; just be aware that a 5 gal carboy isn't big enough to ferment a 5 gal batch. They'll work for secondaries, but you really only have one primary fermenter. (Plus there's vigorous debate about whether or not a secondary is usually needed, but that's a whole other thread.) Plus it looks like the kit with the Better Bottles is cheaper, and I don't think anyone's ever been killed by one.

Anyway, a 15 gal kettle is a good idea if you're planning on doing 10 gal batches. If you're only planning on 5 gal batches, a 10 gal kettle is plenty big. Either way, I'd get one that's drilled for a ball valve (or find someone to drill it for you). I think it'll make things easier down the road, especially if you decide to upgrade with a pump. The false bottom is only useful if you plan to mash in the kettle, but in that case you really need two of them anyway. Much much cheaper to make a mash tun from a cooler -

eBay is a good source for home brewing equipment, actually. for example.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle APA today, or in 13 days?
« on: January 02, 2011, 08:39:40 PM »
I'm with hokerer on this one. APAs are good young, but carbonation tends to perk up off-flavors IME. Racking at 8 days is a little risky.

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:06:03 PM »
It has nothing to do with freedom it has to do with safety and that is law enforcements job.

If safety is really the goal, there are number of genetic markers that are accurate predictors of alcoholism. Give everyone a DNA test and take away the driver's licenses of anyone at risk.

Privacy is the ultimate slippery slope.

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:57:57 AM »
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Looks pretty clear to me. A mandatory BAC test is an unreasonable search of one's person. You could even argue that they are illegally seizing your breath and/or blood.
(emphasis mine)

I think you're missing the point of having a judge on the scene, which is that he issues a warrant, authorizing the police to search your person and seize evidence. The constitutional question here is not in the definition of "searches and seizures", but of "probably cause".

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