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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fresh Hops
« on: August 18, 2010, 07:09:29 PM »
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You would be using the same number of cones.

Fresh hops are 80% water, 20% vegatative matter that has the AA and oils.
Dried hops are 10% water and 90% vegatative matter that has the AA and oils.

To get the same vegatative matter, 90/20=4.5.  That is where the 4 to 5 comes from.

Commercial growers dry at 140F, which will flash off/damage some of the essential oils.   Fresh hops have these essential oils, which I think is part of the flavor they give.
Fixed it for you.  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« on: August 18, 2010, 04:12:11 PM »
Which version of the MM do you have, and how long have you had it?

Anyone using a JSP?

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Equipment and Software / Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« on: August 18, 2010, 03:11:00 PM »
Which do people prefer? whats the better buy?

Thinking of the crankandstein 2A in particular up against the barley crusher

Any thoughts?
I have a similar question, but am leaning toward a monster mill over the BC.

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Classifieds / Re: Kegs near Seattle
« on: August 18, 2010, 01:15:17 PM »
We'd love to have you come over and talk to our club.  (I know we all voted for you.....) 
We can arrange that.  Drop me an email, it's in my profile.

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Classifieds / Re: Kegs near Seattle
« on: August 18, 2010, 01:05:30 PM »
I might make it over there Mic, but you're likely to know someone heading over here sooner than I'll make it there. :)

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:34:19 PM »
My name has always been on every post I make. You have to exchange beer with me to get the last name, though.  ;)
You mean your last name isn't Prosit? :)

Yes, I know what it means . . .

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fresh Hops
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:32:49 PM »
How quickly do you have to use them after picking?
As soon as possible, preferably the same day, although YMMV.  But as always, RDWHAHB.

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:01:10 PM »
Good call Gordon.  Mine should be updated in my sig now, not that there are too many Schmidlin's on the forum.  Or in general.

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No brewing - drinking.  Bachelor party from Friday-Sunday near Hood River, I'm bringing a keg of my spanish cedar aged pale ale and some stuff from my cellar.

Well, I guess there will be some brewing, sort of.  I'll be joining Greg Doss for the end of his brew day when I get down there.  I don't know what he's brewing though.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Newbie dark pseudo-bock
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:18:44 AM »
It depends on if they expect you to add more sugar or not.  If they think you'll use it as is, adding unhopped extract will make it seem less bitter than it already is.  Still, I would probably leave out any bittering addition this time around and see how it turns out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cleaning 'large' boil kettles
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:14:54 AM »
I've got a converted keg too, but brew in my driveway. When I'm done I just hose it out and scrub it with a blue scrubbie.  When it looks grungy I fill it with pbw overnight.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:12:36 AM »
Again, thanks for all the advice everyone.  About how much canned pumpkin would you use?

Regarding spices, which do y'all  recommend and and what stage would do you think is the best to add them? 

Please keep in mind I'm somewhat of a novice still.  Thank you.

For the spices, I'd go with any pumpkin pie recipe you like.  They often vary in the amounts of ginger (I like more), clove, cinnamon, etc.  Or you can buy premixed spices.  I'd add 1/4 tsp with <5 minutes left in the boil, maybe bump it up later with a tincture in secondary or in the keg if you want more.

I haven't used canned pumpkin, but I imagine you could use 1-5 cans, depending on size of the can and the impact you are going for.  Someone else will probably be able to tighten that up.

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Also consider the fact that concentrated StarSan solution is:
stored and shipped to us in a plastic container (HDPE, #1),
often diluted (1 oz. Starsan in 5 gallons of distilled water) and stored in a 5 gallon Homer bucket (HDPE, #1),
often stored in and used to sanitize Better Bottles (PETE, #2),
routinely used to sanitize vinyl tubing (V, or PVC, #3).

It does not corrode or break down plastic.
Just make sure the pH of the diluted Starsan solution stays below 3 (use distilled water or water w/ very low residual alkalinity).
The StarSan solution will remain clear and there will be no slimy/gummy residue on your equipment and hoses.
Fair enough.  Although just because something is used to sanitize something doesn't mean it won't corrode it, chlorine and stainless for example.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: CSB Community Sustained Brewing
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:22:01 AM »
I'm reading the link tschmidlin sent: http://www.blackstar.coop/.   More reading and research is needed.
There's this too - Flying Bike Coop is trying to get started in Seattle:
http://seattlebeernews.com/?p=2806
http://flyingbike.coop/
http://www.facebook.com/flyingbikecoop

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Beer Recipes / Re: Newbie dark pseudo-bock
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:16:33 AM »
I agree about the bitterness, but maybe the kit is already hopped.  If so, we need a bit more information on the amount of bitterness there, hopefully the kit came with a recipe that will give you that information.

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