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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: what is your "dream" piece of equipment
« on: September 02, 2010, 04:54:23 PM »
I'd like a dedicated brewing space as well.  I brew in the garage year-round and it works well but I need to set up and break down for each brewing session.

You just need to stop thinking of your garage as a place to put your car!

I'm not the one that needs convincing on that point  ;)
We moved in to this house four years ago - there has never been a car in our two-car garage since.  And there probably never will be unless SWMBO approves the funds for building a dedicated brewing space.  You've got to set the expectations up front - she wants to park in the garage, this is what it's going to take :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/3 Edition
« on: September 02, 2010, 04:45:38 PM »
Nothing planned, but you never know.  I might have to take my new cooler/tun for a spin . . .

Or maybe I'll just clean and keg this weekend, that stuff never ends.

All Things Food / more smoking . . .
« on: September 02, 2010, 06:07:42 AM »
I'm going to smoke some meat this weekend.  I'm thinking a large chunk of beef or pork, anyone have any recommendations?  I know that's really wide open, I just can't decide.  I might just go with whatever is cheapest at costco.

I mostly smoke on my grill, I can keep it around 240-250 pretty consistently but no lower.  I might be getting a new grill before the weekend though, the old one is a bit small for when we have a lot of company.  Has anyone tried one of those infrared grills?  Have a favorite gas grill for less than $500?  I know all of the arguments in favor of charcoal grills and I don't disagree with them, I just love the convenience of a gas grill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 12 oz six pack vs. 16 oz four pack
« on: September 02, 2010, 05:59:42 AM »
The question is what would you think of it if you would see it in the store?
I wonder if beer consumers would be receptive to alternative packaging.
Not really for me - I tend to buy one bottle at a time anyway, so I would likely break the 4-pack anyway.  There's no discount in buying 6 over 1 anyway, at least not where I shop for beer.  So I'll pretty much try it no matter what size bottle it comes in.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Out Questions / Please Help
« on: September 02, 2010, 05:54:38 AM »
I am fly sparging and have never done a batch sparge. How hot would the water be that you use for a batch sparge, same as the strike water? Do you get better efficiency for a batch sparge? I don't know what HSA means either.
Results vary from system to system, brewer to brewer, on batch vs. fly sparging.  Use what works for you and don't worry about it.

HSA is hot side aeration.  It can be a problem in some breweries, but the guys at Basic Brewing Radio did some experiments that showed no difference unless you really whip the mash.  YMMV.

Equipment and Software / Re: Garage Brewing & Water
« on: September 02, 2010, 05:50:59 AM »
I use a food grade hose year-round and get water from my outside spigot.  Despite our relatively mild winters, it actually does get down below 20F here sometimes so in the winter we disconnect the hoses, drain them, move them to the shed, and put covers over the spigots.

When I want to brew I just connect my food grade hose to the spigot and away I go.  My hoses all get drained and stored at the end of every brew session, so there's really no difference in the process for me in summer vs. winter.

If you live somewhere so cold that you usually turn the water off to the outside spigot, you can turn it back on for your brew session.  As long as you remember to turn it off and drain the pipes when you're done it'll be fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 12 oz six pack vs. 16 oz four pack
« on: September 02, 2010, 02:02:51 AM »
If you're bottling, bigger bottles are better... I like the 22oz (except for when I'm drinking the whole thing myself... the 2nd pint can get a little warm).
You don't stick the second pint in the fridge?  I pour off the whole bottle into two glasses, one goes in the fridge the other I drink.

The Pub / Re: Wha...????
« on: September 02, 2010, 02:00:24 AM »
Here was the guys demands.... by the way, bfi, check in please.


Saving the environment and the remaning species diversity of the planet is now your mindset. Nothing is more important than saving them. The Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Elephants, Froggies, Turtles, Apes, Raccoons, Beetles, Ants, Sharks, Bears, and, of course, the Squirrels.
1.  How can I take seriously anyone who says "froggies"?
2.  What does he mean "of course, the squirrels"?
3.  He left out sharks-riding-on-elephants-backs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 12 oz six pack vs. 16 oz four pack
« on: September 02, 2010, 01:45:19 AM »
IMO two beers is generally not too much, but it sounds like a good way to trick me into paying the same price for 64 oz of beer instead of 72 oz. :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keggerator Anchor!
« on: September 02, 2010, 01:42:52 AM »
I would turn the gas off at the regulator and vent the keg.  Then seal the keg and try to pour.  Slowly turn up the pressure at the regulator until you get the pour that you like.  Check what the regulator says the psi is at that point and report back.

It's possible that your regulator is wrong, but it's also possible that your hose is not as restrictive as you think it is.  Are you sure it's 3/16" and not 1/4" or 3/8"?  That will make a huge difference in how long your line needs to be.  Or it could just be that the line you have is unusually less restrictive than normal for that diameter.  Once you figure out the psi that gets you a nice pour with 10 feet of line, you can figure out how many feet it will take to get a nice pour at 15 psi.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Harshness - How much alkalinity is too much?
« on: September 01, 2010, 06:55:25 PM »
Your water is automatically balanced ionically, it's not really possible for it not to be.  The salts you add are also balanced, so you'll still have a balanced system.

I think the question of ionic balance came up when reviewing someone's data on water from a certain city, where the balances of ions didn't make sense at a reasonable pH.  Real life water is balanced.  Water on paper, not always.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast book now on sale - coupon code??
« on: September 01, 2010, 05:40:26 PM »
I had a problem using a coupon code to renew my membership and get the Compleat Mead Maker.  I also called and got it corrected and they (AHA customer service) were very helpful.  It turned out that the code is case sensative.
I had no problems using it, but then I tend to copy and paste so maybe that's why it worked.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: September 01, 2010, 05:38:57 PM »
I made it home without any ill effects. Left the hops in open brown paper bags with a layer of paper towels on the bottom. They are now drying properly spread out thinly on my dining room table. They are going to make the apartment smell GREAT! Thanks for the feedback, seems like there are some different opinions on the matter, maybe this would be a good idea for a future Zymurgy issue (if it isn't in an old one that I am unaware of).

Sorry, I guess I misunderstood.  I was under the impression you wanted to use them fresh, so my advice was from that point of view.  If you're drying them then the way you are doing it is fine.  I'd turn them occasionally to help them dry if you can't put them on screens.  A lot of people take the screens out of their windows and lay them across a couple of chairs to give better air flow around the hops.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegging
« on: September 01, 2010, 06:40:03 AM »
Corny, aka corney, aka cornie kegs are what most people use.  Short for cornelius kegs, the name of the company that made them.

There's really not much to it, it's like one big bottle.  You have the option of priming or force carbonating, most people seem to force carbonate.

If you google how to keg homebrew you'll find a ton of resources and some videos as well.  I'd give you links, but I haven't really looked at any of the sites and don't have a favorite.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonating after fermentation has ended
« on: September 01, 2010, 06:35:52 AM »
If you're worried about it you can add some fresh yeast at bottling, use your normal amounts of sugar.  It'll be fine.

I'd wait on these bottles though, make sure they are warm enough and give them more time to carbonate.  10 days in secondary is not that long and the yeast may still be in there working on carbing your bottles.  If they don't carb after another couple of weeks at 70F, then you can add a tiny grain of yeast to each bottle and recap.  Total pain, but it generally works.

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