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The Pub / Re: Raise your glasses, Gents.
« on: September 29, 2010, 06:06:18 PM »
What a waste. >:(

The Pub / Re: Gawd I need a Promotion
« on: September 29, 2010, 05:39:10 PM »
If I ever find myself getting close to the 1000 post count, I'm going to take a serious look at getting a life.

On your current pace, you have 11 months until you have to worry about it. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: September 28, 2010, 12:25:09 PM »
One Liter BOOT!!

What if you don't want a short pour?

Carboys are fine, unless you don't know what you're doing. might one day make a mistake.

Fixed that for you. ;D

My worst brewday mistake to date was actually my most recent brew. I measured out 3.75 gal of strike water instead of 4.75, so needless to say I massively undershot my mash temp. That 1.051 APA got down to 1.005...

Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest!
« on: September 27, 2010, 08:27:27 PM »
I had mine last weekend. It turned out to be quite the bash. Tapped the O-fest that had been lagering since May and went through ~4 gal of that, plus 6-7 gal of other homebrew, and 3.5 lb of bratwurst. We also had spent-grain bread, pretzels, sauerkraut, and zwiebelkuchen (bacon and onion quiche), all homemade. Not bad for 18-20 people, I thought...

The Pub / Re: Pre Drink Rituals
« on: September 27, 2010, 03:12:16 PM »
Did that sign come from a La Bamba's restaurant?

Exactly what I was going to ask!

You have medium-hardness, medium-alkalinity (RA ~60 ppm CaCO3) water. So pH-wise, you should be fine to brew anything in the 10-15 SRM range, give or take.

For a hoppy beer, you'll want some sulfates. 0.75 g/gal of gypsum (CaSO4) will bring the SO4 to ~120 ppm and Ca to ~90 ppm, and drop the RA to ~30. That's pretty much ideal for 5-12 SRM, and it's all I think you need to do for an APA. For a malty but pale beer, you'd do essentially the same thing with CaCl2. For darker beers, you'd also need to add some chalk.

This barely scratches the surface but I wrote it specifically to be a starting point:

The best link in there is an interactive version of Palmer's nomograph: His spreadsheet uses the same calculations, but I find it to be needlessly complicated for most brewing.

The Pub / Re: Will Denny Speed Up
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:19:15 AM »
I was wondering where did you go.
Glad to see you back.
Yeah, I went all Jack Kerouac for a while. Totally worth it.
Some serious binge drinking? ;)

Not so much (although I did check in at plenty of brewpubs). More in the camping on the side of the road, pulling out an atlas each morning and deciding where to go, sort of way.

All Grain Brewing / Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:09:57 AM »
I'm intrigued by adding it to bread, but can someone give me an idea of quantities?

My recipe is pretty similar to thirdhand's: I'm munching on some right now, in fact. Oatmeal stout grist, probably my favorite so far.

Unfortunately our fascist neighborhood association doesn't allow composting, so all but a tiny fraction goes in the trash.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What influences absorbtion rate?
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:05:47 AM »
  The first four batches had an absorbtion rate of between .10 and .13, which seems about on par with most of the information avail on batch sparging.  But the last two batches have had a rate of .27.

I mashed in with 9.06 qts water (1.25 qts/lb) which should have left aprox 8 qts avail in my first running. I need a boil volume of 4 gals, so this would work out great to divide the two runnings in half.  After I recirculated, the run stopped at 6.5 qts.

Did you change your units? Around 0.13 gallon/lb is typical, which would be about 0.5 quart/lb. Regardless, with 7.25 lb of grain, I'd expect about 3.5 qt to be retained. 9 - 3.5 = 5.5 qt, so you actually got out about a quart *more* than expected.

The Pub / Re: Won't Be Long . . .
« on: September 23, 2010, 07:07:54 PM »
Just what we need, more trash for our "disposable throwaway society"

That was my first thought too, actually.

The Pub / Re: Won't Be Long . . .
« on: September 23, 2010, 05:57:59 PM »
The "real" kegs are worth something as scrap though... they're going to be literally throwing these plastic ones away!

The Pub / Re: New LOTR-Type Fantasy Novels
« on: September 23, 2010, 04:38:31 PM »
Neal Stephenson does a damn good historical fantasy epic called "The System of the World." If you read those three huge novels then the Cryptonomicon is required to round out the series. It was written first but takes place much later.

I'd actually recommend reading Cryptonomicon first. There are a lot of references and subtle in-jokes in the Baroque Cycle (the trilogy) that don't make much sense otherwise. Plus when you get to the big twists in System of the World you get to go "ohhhhh..." as things from Cryptonomicon (which was written almost a decade earlier) are suddenly cast in a whole new light.

(I voted for Dark Tower but would like to change my vote to reflect euge's suggestion.)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: USPS Shipping Beer and Wine
« on: September 23, 2010, 11:12:34 AM »
"I'm a wine connoisseur, but is allowing the Postal Service to ship beer and wine and closing small post offices while the organization is losing billions really the answer?" Burrus asked.
Uh... Yes?!

That quote is just bizarre. "We're hemorrhaging money... why would we look for new revenue streams while reducing expenditures?"

isn't the AHA working with fedex to allow homebrewers to ship legally to comps?

It's *legal* now - just against UPS/FedEx rules. (Although in some states it's illegal to transport alcohol across state lines, even if it's homebrew.)

When we talk about a given water being better suited to light or dark beers, it generally doesn't involve flavor. We're mostly concerned with residual alkalinity (RA) - since darker grains are more acidic in the mash, you need higher RA to balance it out. If the RA is too far off, the mash pH can get out of the desired range and affect conversion (and to a lesser extent flavor).

There's a pretty involved discussion active in the All Grain subforum:

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