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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature and yeasts
« on: October 04, 2010, 09:22:28 AM »
I usually pick my yeast based on the temperatures in my house. I usually go through the list of yeasts from the northern brewer website, my local brew shop, or the wyeast site and pick according to the temperature tolerance and the characteristics I'm going for. It's hard to get too warm for Wyeast 3724, Belgian Saison.

I do the opposite.  I base yeast choice on the flavor profile I want in the beer, then adjust the fermentation environment accordingly.
That's what I do too, but if you can't control your fermentation temps then picking a yeast based on the prevailing conditions makes sense.

The Pub / Re: Does every state poke sport at the state to the south?
« on: October 03, 2010, 10:53:53 PM »
A friend of mine said "That guy sounds like he's from South Retardistan"

I'm still laughing about it two days later.  I couldn't remember exactly what he'd said so the next day I asked "Was it East Retardistan?"  He said "No, South Retardistan.  They're always dumber in the south."   ;D

The Pub / Re: Raise your glasses, Gents.
« on: October 03, 2010, 10:37:43 PM »
Hey do you think that story about Jamie Lee Curtis being born a hermaphrodite is true?

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: October 03, 2010, 10:36:39 PM »
Once it is done, I may try doing some cheese if I can get it cool enough.  Bought a big chunk each of gouda and aged cheddar to try with some cherry wood.
Let me know how the cheese turns out . . . I'll probably do some this week, my ProQ was here when I got back from Portland.

Speaking of the ProQ, I was a bit annoyed - they include a votive candle for starting it, which seems nice except it was a super cheap candle.  It was broken and crumbled, the wick had fallen out, crumbs of wax were ALL over the ProQ, and I sliced my finger on some rough edges when trying to brush the bits off.  In the end I just put the thing on the grill and cranked it up to about 500F for 15 minutes or so to burn off the wax.

Has anyone used one for hotter smoking, like 225F?  I figure you can just have it running in the box while your heat comes from another source.

Ingredients / Re: Aged hops
« on: October 03, 2010, 09:36:36 PM »
Please tell me it'll become more apparent after a few weeks conditioning!  ???
It will generally become less bitter over time, but once it is chilled and carbonated the perception of bitterness may increase.

If you're sure it's much too light on the bitterness, you can always brew a hop tea and dose the beer to add bitterness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stout Question
« on: October 03, 2010, 08:26:28 PM »
If it's got a good seal it should keep for longer than a day.  I've kept them for weeks with no problems.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: carbonation
« on: October 03, 2010, 08:25:03 PM »
The CO2 will stay dissolved in the cold beer better so it could just look like it's less carbonated, but if it's completely flat I think it is more likely that the cold bottles you tested just had a bad seal and were never carbonated in the first place.  I would check some others.

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer assisatance.
« on: October 01, 2010, 02:41:00 PM »
I used 2 stacked 2x4s and the hinges didn't reach.  So I got some tie plates from home depot, you can find them near the joist hangers.  Like this:

The holes in the plate lined up well enough with the holes left from the hinges, so I used the plates to hold the collar to the freezer, then attached the hinges to the collar.  I can post a pick Sunday if that is confusing.

The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: October 01, 2010, 02:21:25 PM »
I don't think it is blogspot disallowing ... I've used pictures from them on other forums.

That is what's happening. Your URLs and formatting are correct, but they won't serve a hotlink.
Won't serve a hotlink?  But I love hotlinks . . .

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refrigerator Surprise
« on: October 01, 2010, 01:30:17 AM »
Too funny euge!  I just found 6 Old Sol and 6 Old Wooly.  Both from Big Time, last years wooly and this year's sol.  It's fun to find stuff when you "lose" it in storage.

The Pub / Re: Gawd I need a Promotion
« on: October 01, 2010, 12:03:00 AM »
I'll bet he just didn't want his 500th post to be some lame post-whore kind of thing.   :)

The Pub / Re: Gawd I need a Promotion
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:10:17 PM »
+1 ... mikey really reminds me of someone else who used to post here. Always has.  ;)
Probably form before my time, but now I'm curious . . .

The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:08:25 PM »
Sorry, not me.  I don't let me kids get into my kettles, although they've added hops and stuff.  It never even occurred to me to do it until I saw your pic. <shrug>

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:06:34 PM »
Here's a Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter . . .  ;D

Ingredients / Re: hops
« on: September 30, 2010, 04:02:16 PM »
I haven't ordered from hopstoyou yet, still going through what I have in my freezer.  Someone else probably has.  It would be nice if they posted the harvest year, some sites do.

You can also get some of these in pellet form from Rebel Brewer

I haven't ordered from them yet either, but they've been very responsive to email questions and seem to have good customer service.  Even though I'm not a customer yet.

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