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I had to resurrect this thread for my new personal "best". I forgot to switch my thermostat from cool to heat and plugged in a space heater to get a quadrupel up to temperature. Woke up this morning and the beer was at 101°F. :'(
Cool it and pitch some new yeast.  It might be ok . . .

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts - John Palmer
« on: October 15, 2010, 06:41:02 PM »
John is rendered in only 16 colors in real life.   ;)

All Things Food / Re: PA Dutch
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:16:32 PM »
I've made a quick lactic fermented hot sauce before.  I used jalapenos, and it had a little vinegar and salt added pre-ferment.  Ground it all up and put it in a jar.  I let it sit for three days on top of the fridge and a little layer formed that I stirred into the sauce, then I put it in the fridge.  It was excellent.

The Pub / Re: Congrats tschmidlin!
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:11:24 PM »
So you won an outdated book, a glass you'll probably break in a month and a ratty old T-shirt. big deal.  ::)
I already own most of the other books, you're the one who breaks glass all of the time, and the shirt is newish (worn once by Gary I think).   ;D

It all arrived in the mail yesterday . . . thanks AHA, I like free stuff.  :)

The Pub / Re: Finally it is Hockey time again!
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:04:59 PM »
Am I the only one who is confused by all this?



Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Sealers
« on: October 15, 2010, 03:58:45 PM »
For $6 I'd let them roast them too, that's a deal.  Hopefully I'll have a better crop next year.

So you're a christmas person, or are you sometimes red and sometimes green?

We have apples down here but the only oysters I can get come from my boss' cattle ranch and a bushel of them is not on my menu.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Delerium Tremens
« on: October 15, 2010, 06:04:58 AM »
Yeah, great beer.  I really like it, but I don't love it for some reason.  Well, that's not entirely true, I do love it, it's just not a beer that makes me think "oh, I've got to get some more of that".

Sounds like I need to get some more to figure out why I don't crave it  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Sealers
« on: October 15, 2010, 06:00:33 AM »
Wish I had some green chilies to vac pack!
Seriously!  Hey corky, what does a bushel of chiles go for?  They don't sell them by the bushel in these parts  ;D

We can get bushels of oysters and apples, but I don't know what they cost. :)

All Things Food / Re: Leave Room For Dessert.
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:37:53 AM »
That sounds great cap, thanks for the explanation.  I'm going to have to try it soon.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pils-friendly Water chemistry
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:25:47 AM »
With your water, I'd be adding calcium to the mash every time.  I know I would, because my calcium levels are as low as yours.  Which calcium salt I add depends on the recipe, but I go up to at least 50 ppm in the mash just to aid conversion. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pils-friendly Water chemistry
« on: October 15, 2010, 03:28:12 AM »
I would not go below 148F.  At this point, I'd say cut the carapils to 3%.

For the sulfate, it's your call.  You want the Ca in the mash to be between 50 and 150 ppm.  If you go for the high end of that you're looking at 2.2 grams per gallon of mash water.  That gives you ~325 ppm of SO4 in the mash, but that's not important - if you don't treat your sparge water that number will come back down.

I wouldn't go for it all at once though, I would start with 1 gram per gallon and reduce the carapils and see how it turns out.  But that's me. :)

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a Jockey Box
« on: October 14, 2010, 09:23:26 PM »
Regardless, the jockey box is shelved for the time being.  For Halloween I'll just fill growlers or pitchers and run back and forth to the basement.
Hopefully you can have someone else do some of the running :)

All Things Food / Re: Rant! Glad Fold lock sandwich baggies
« on: October 14, 2010, 09:21:05 PM »
You just have to get with the times. Disposables are out.

Grrrr and with that so are my FREE choices...btw, baggies would degrade better in the landfill than that stuff
If demand is low, why would the company keep making them?  Your baggies may degrade faster, but I keep 6 or 10 bags a day out of the landfill by putting my kids lunches and snacks in these containers.  Oh, and they're recyclable, so hopefully not many end up in the landfill anyway.  ;)

And you run your dishwasher / hot water a lot more cleaning them :)
And someone throwing away the bags would go to the store more often to get new bags that have to be shipped to the store.  I'm not doing the math, but I'm pretty sure which way it would come out.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pils-friendly Water chemistry
« on: October 14, 2010, 09:16:21 PM »
If it's too sweet, you have a number of options.  Add some CaSO4, based on your water I think it'll be a good thing.  Drop your mash temp, that will help it dry out.  Cut the carapils a bit.

Any of those things will help lower the perception of sweetness, but if you're trying to dial it in I'd change one thing at a time.

Let us know how it goes.

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a Jockey Box
« on: October 14, 2010, 09:10:10 PM »
The pH of unfermented wort is typically ~5.0-5.2.  The pH of beer is typically ~4.0-4.7, depending on a lot of factors.  Keep in mind this is a log scale, so pH 4.0 is 10 times more acidic than pH 5.0.  Even at the high end, pH 4.7 is roughly twice as acidic as pH 5.0.

Does that makes sense?

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