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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:37:40 PM »
Crazy, but if I was only able to use 10 gallons of water a week for brewing I would be shopping for a glycol system. Probably I would start by learning how it works, because right at this moment I don't have a clue.
They are pretty simple Jim. You put money in one side and get cold glycol out the other.

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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:40:47 AM »
I don't quite understand how the stove top doesn't get hot. If the pan gets hot enough to cook food, hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit, how is none of that transferred to the stove top?
Mostly because heat rises and maybe the burner surface isn't that conductive. Think of metal handles on pans that stay cool. I'm sure some heat is transferred eventually though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop experts wanted...
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:36:32 AM »
The beer itself will probably taste better a week or two from now. And three oz of dry hops should add a lot of aroma.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Star San viability question
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:34:44 AM »
of I remember correctly 5 star says that the solution gets cloudy because the surfactants bind to impurities in the water and learn the effectiveness because the surfactant aids in liking the critters by compromising their membranes. So it's not ideal but tort laughably okay for now. Try a squirt bottle
Do we blame fingers or alcohol for this?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: adding zest after fermentation
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:32:19 AM »
A vodka tincture is not not necessary. I add fruit and spices to many ales and most all brett beers and do not sanitize any of it. I have never needed the extra extraction vodka would provide. I learned the zest thing from my wife. She has been using a micro plane to zest fruit and add it to 2 quarts of water in a pitcher. It's a great flavored drink. I micro plane the zest, Starsan my hands and a fine mesh bag, secure zest inside bag and through it in at kegging. A little zest and an IPA or APA is mighty tasty IMO. Oh, a micro plane eliminates the pith, you do not want that in anything.

I don't suggest to add the zest to voka for sanitation but for flavor extraction. Seems to work better than just adding directly to wort plus, more importantly, you can add a bit at a time until you get the flavor where you want it. If you add too much zest you can't take it away.
You can also mix and taste immediately with vodka. With zest you must wait for the flavor to diffuse.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg art?
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:28:48 AM »
Good idea, but the farthest I've gone is colored ribbon tied around the handles. All our club kegs for NHC club night had bright green ribbon. They were very easy to spot in the crowd while everyone was straining to read the paper labels.

That's a great idea for NHC. I'll have to grab some obnoxious ribbon from Hobby Lobby come June for that same purpose.
I also made some backup labels with Avery weatherproof mailing labels - just with club name, booth and phone numbers - in case the AHA label got torn off somehow. Apparently I like to be organized. Wouldn't know it looking at my office.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:29:27 PM »
I was just thinking geothermal, but that is much easier to implement.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:23:16 PM »

using a grey water system as cooling water is actually a good idea. assuming you have a grey water capture system that is

Assuming one can ensure zero cross contamination.
For the record, grey water does not come from a urinal/toilet.

Equipment and Software / Re: Jetboil brewpot?
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:48:47 PM »
Although their marketing name hints at fast boils, their goal is really efficient use of fuel. They want the best use of a tiny flame. So the technology exists, but the purpose is not exactly what we want. It may be that our rocket engine burners are so powerful that it won't help at all. Maybe ... I'm thinking out loud here.
Of course, using less propane is cool too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:44:16 PM »

Maybe stick with regular showers, just be quick about it, eh?
Run chilling water through a showerhead and get out the soap!
Or brew stronger beers and drink less of them.
And ya got me phunhog, ya got me.

Equipment and Software / Re: Jetboil brewpot?
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:40:36 PM »
I don't think anything but stainless can be welded to stainless. Aluminum is probably the better choice if efficient heat transfer is a concern, since the pot itself will be more conductive to begin with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:26:14 PM »
What about brewing at a higher gravity and diluting with ice. It could reduce or eliminate the chilling water. 3 gallons of boiling wort mixed with 2 gallons of ice should equalize at about 80F. It will be fast and all the ice winds up in the beer.

Or use an immersion chiller to bring 4 gallons down to 140, then add 1 gallon of ice. Then you're using the immersion chiller when it's most efficient.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 24, 2014, 06:05:17 PM »
Another way to reuse chilling water would be to run it into a rain barrel. Same idea, just different vessel.

Beer Recipes / Re: Which Cocoa Powder for a Mocha Stout
« on: January 24, 2014, 05:51:25 PM »
Ooohhhhh. You must have the no sugar added Nesquik.  The one I was looking at, sugar was the first ingredient.  Maltodextrin increases body more than sweetness in my experience. Sucralose is Splenda. It will provide sweetness, but it's different from malt sweetness. At least more of that Nesquik is actually cocoa powder, it's the first ingredient.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Financials
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:20:13 PM »
No financials, but it does mention that the conference has been profitable since 2007. If someone were questioning that though, I'd have two points. 1- As mentioned before, it should be somewhat profitable or it would die. It's impossible to run a perfectly break even conference and AHA needs to err on the black side. 2- I'm sure registrations alone do not make it profitable. Lots of companies pay (good money I'm sure) to sponsor the conference.

I certainly hope no one is out there suggesting that the AHA or any similar organization should not operate in the black.   Being a "not-for-profit" does not mean that they do not have a need to follow basic business principles and seek to remain a going concern.  I'd be concerned about paying dues to an organization that is failing not to one that is growing successfully and achieving results (such as legalization bills) as the AHA is doing.
All kinds of people out here. But I think 99% agree, including me.

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