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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Growing up an alien wild yeast from scratch
« on: October 30, 2010, 10:35:40 PM »
Feed it slowly with low gravity wort, use some yeast nutrient, and be patient.  If it's going to have to sit again, once it settles dump off the media and add some distilled water.  It will stay happier longer.

But what do you mean by "little round colonies" when it is on a stirplate?   :-\

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Line Cleaner
« on: October 30, 2010, 10:26:00 PM »
I just use LLC.  It's cheap enough that I don't know why you wouldn't use it unless you had space constraints for storing it.  I've never tried it with PBW or starsan, so I guess I have no comment on that. :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Your FIRST all grain?
« on: October 30, 2010, 10:18:16 PM »
My first three AG batches were blonde ales.  I had to brew it three times to get it right, it was important because it was for a buddy's wedding - the same guy whose wedding ceremony I did earlier this month, but not the same girl  ;D

The first batch tasted like the garden hose I used to fill the HLT.

The second batch was grainy and astringent, because I oversparged.

The third batch was just right :)

Brew whatever style you like, but I recommend a single infusion for your first batch.

The Pub / Re: skunks in the neighborhood
« on: October 30, 2010, 01:30:50 PM »
Tomato juice doesn't really work.

first, wash off as much as you can with plain soap or shampoo.  Then mix a quart of peroxide, a tsp of liquid dish soap, and 1/4 cup of baking soda.  Rub it in, let it sit for five minutes then rinse.  If it's still smelly, do it again.  It might take a couple of times to get all of the odor out, but it works.  It also might bleach your hair and clothes though.

I don't know what time of day that sick cat is eating, but you can pick up the food in the evening to keep from attracting the skunks.

All Things Food / Re: Boiled Peanuts
« on: October 30, 2010, 12:38:11 AM »
I'm going to have to try them next time we go to NC, should be about 18 months.

All Things Food / Re: Boiled Peanuts
« on: October 30, 2010, 12:29:19 AM »
Have you tried the canned boiled peanuts?  I have not.  I'm sure they're not the same as fresh.  I thought I'd had boiled peanuts until I looked them up.  :-\

I'm not sure what kind of peanuts we usually get when we go to NC, but they are definitely not wet.  They are shelled and missing the reddish seed coat, lightly salted if at all, and not like the roasted peanuts we get here in the NW (they're somewhat harder).  Delicious.

Now edamame - that stuff is awesome.  We eat it all of the time, my kids love it too.  I can pack some frozen ones in their lunch and they munch them at school.  Of course they'll eat them when they're frozen too, and frozen peas as well.  Kids are funny. :)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Chimay
« on: October 30, 2010, 12:07:49 AM »
I've had similar experiences.  I won't buy it anymore unless it's on tap, and usually the places that have it on tap have morew interesting beers for me to drink anyway.   :-\

When it's good though, it's really good.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chilling beer
« on: October 30, 2010, 12:05:33 AM »
The fastest way I've found is spinning the bottle in an ice water bath.  But I'm usually too lazy and do the freezer/timer thing too.

I also have one of those cold mug things that has liquid in the walls, you just keep it in the freezer until you need it.  It will chill a drink quickly.  It works really well for the first beer and you can stick the rest in the freezer to get cold while you drink the first.  ;)

All Things Food / Re: Fruit... pathetic
« on: October 29, 2010, 10:07:31 PM »
I like fruit.

Without fruit, no hot sauce.

Without fruit, no pork with applesauce.

Without fruit, no mango chutney.

Without fruit, no ketchup.  Without ketchup, no bbq sauce.  Except for the ones made without it . . .

I like fruit.

Are we back on topic yet? :)

All Things Food / Re: Try the new non dairy Almond Milk!
« on: October 29, 2010, 10:00:29 PM »
Horchata is a rice milk almond milk combo.

Maybe in Cap-land. Here(Chicago) it is basically cinnamonny-liquidy-sweet-rice pudding flavored drink.
What's your recipe?

OH! Maybe you're using almonds, whereas here there might be a hint of vanilla?
Yeah, the horchata I've made was cinnamon and vanilla flavored, no almonds.  Very good stuff, although a bit too sweet for me even after I cut the sugar in half.  My kids really like it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: help under carbonated beer with too much foam
« on: October 29, 2010, 03:17:39 PM »
Just don't cut the line any shorter.  If anything a longer line might help with the foaming problem.

But like others have said, your best bet is to flatten the beer some before the party.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Never Seen This Before
« on: October 29, 2010, 10:37:01 AM »
I'm not saying it definitely is pedio, just that it sounds like it.  You make a good point about the short timeline, I forgot that it was only a week old, but under the right circumstances it can grow pretty quickly as Denny pointed out.  Maybe he's stumbled upon IPM (Ideal Pediococcus Media)  ;D

It could definitely be something else, we're diagnosing over the internet.  ;)

I ain't skird of no beer.
I am :)

I've had beers served to me when I was judging that I just couldn't bring myself to put in my mouth.  I've tasted some really foul ones and done my best to diagnose them, but one or two have just smelled too awful to pass my lips.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Never Seen This Before
« on: October 29, 2010, 09:07:37 AM »
Just brewed a beer last week that literally is viscous... it's like watered down honey.  When I pulled the hydometer out of the cylinder for a gravity check, there was a strand of liquid coming off the hydrometer vice a drop.  I'm guessing this beer has some bacteria or some other critter?  Any advice on what this is... and if the beer is drinkable?
Back to the original post here.  Why does everyone think this is infected?  There's really not enough description to merit that assessment.  The first thing one needs to do is smell and taste a sample and go from there.
Some clues, "brewed last week" - could it be some yeast still clinging to hop oils?  Is the "liquid coming off the hydrometer" looking like the legs in a glass of whiskey or mead like it's got a lot of alcohol? 
Maybe a picture would help.
Anyway, I rarely throw anything out.  I just make more room somewhere and wait.
I don't know Jeff, "watered down honey" and "a strand of liquid" doesn't sound like legs to me, it sounds like ropiness.  And tasting won't always tell you if a beer is contaminated, some microorganisms won't give off flavors, especially after just a week.  And if it's ropy like I've seen in a commercial bottled beer someone showed me, I wouldn't want to taste it :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Never Seen This Before
« on: October 29, 2010, 01:35:57 AM »
I would skip the dry hops for now, if it sucks then it's a waste of hops.  You can always dry hop it later.  Plus if whatever is in there turns it sour, a hoppy sour beer might not be to your liking.

As for the porch, that's a pretty big temp swing.  Unless you have something like a breathable bung then I wouldn't subject the beer to that, you'll just end up sucking the liquid from the fermentation lock into the beer every night.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ph question for IPA recipe
« on: October 29, 2010, 01:32:25 AM »
I generally use Briess, and I've heard mixed things about Rahr.  Then again I've also heard mixed things about Briess,so that doesn't mean anything.  I think Rahr and Briess should be very similar, but someone else may have a different opinion.  I don't think it's about your malt at this point.   :-\

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