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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.

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. :)

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 . . .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: CSB Community Sustained Brewing
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:22:01 AM »
I'm reading the link tschmidlin sent:   More reading and research is needed.
There's this too - Flying Bike Coop is trying to get started in Seattle:

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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 17, 2010, 10:42:06 PM »
Stoney Creek Brewing

Because I live about 2/3rd of a mile away
I thought this name sounded familiar babalu . . . a guy I know is opening a brewery by that name here in WA, he's hoping to open the doors by mid-2012.

The Pub / Re: Things growing in your backyard...
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:17:57 PM »
Gordon, that pic kinda looks like the scenes from an alien encounter as depicted on TV, are you sure you weren't abducted from your back yard and the last thing you recall is cleaning out a barrel?   

Dunno, but that could explain why I couldn't sit down for awhile.  :o

Actually, that makes perfect sense... Essentially, the charge of the plastic slowly adds positive charge to the solution over time, until the PH is high enough that it can no longer keep the surfactant (detergent) dissolved.  If you were only getting the goo on your plastic parts and the water was NOT getting cloudy, then that would be an indication that the plastic is being eaten away. 
If it's adding positive charge to the solution it would get more acidic, not less, but I get your point.  My point is, if the hose is absorbing H+ and making the solution less acidic, what makes you think it is not breaking down the hose?  That's how acid works to break stuff down, the H+ reacts with it. :)  So it's possible the cloudiness is the surfactant coming out of solution because of the rise in pH, because the hose is breaking down and getting gummy.  Or it's possible the gumminess is the surfactant.  We'll see what Five Star says.

Ah, I see animaldoc's post - great info, thanks, I'll have to go back and listen to that one.

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