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Beer Recipes / Re: Coconut porter recipe?
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:29:31 PM »
That coconut needs to find it's way into a cake or pie.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another thread about plastic buckets (sorry)
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:28:13 PM »
This was my favorite forum 10yrs ago, nice to see things haven't changed much ;)

That's interesting, given that this forum has only been around a few years.
Maybe fistfullofhops is using a blue computer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 05, 2013, 07:51:46 AM »
And when I go to their house, all they offer me is Icehouse.  And if I bring my own Red Hook, they start drinking that. 

That qualifies for a "hey! WTF!"

Direct action sometimes needs to be taken.

LOL, I prefer "Come on, man" and then I say "no thanks, you got any milk"."
or "I brought my own" and pull out a bottle of water.

All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: December 05, 2013, 07:14:09 AM »
Amazon has them.
I just envisioned Amazon's new drone delivered Pho service.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for English Style Barleywine?
« on: December 04, 2013, 09:27:04 AM »
I've used it several times in the low-mid 60's and have been very happy. I also used it last summer with no temperature control and it was a mess. The beer was loaded with ugly bready/buttery flavors. It's one of the only beers I've dumped.

Equipment and Software / Re: Winter Fermentation Chamber
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:50:20 AM »
I roll my eyes when I hear about people loosing food during a winter storm because they lost power to the refrigerator. It's cold outside and nature is literally throwing ice at you. Put your perishables in the garage! I do it all the time when I make a huge meal like chili. Even if there was room in the fridge (which there probably isn't) I'd just be putting a big hot mass in there and then paying to chill it.

Anyway - son of a fermentation chiller is basically what you're talking about. It uses frozen water bottles but could easily be rigged to use outside air.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another thread about plastic buckets (sorry)
« on: December 04, 2013, 06:36:54 AM »
You certainly can ferment in three buckets. I think most people just prefer 2 because of space and also we hold on to 5 gallons as some magical number. If you keg, 5 gallons goes into one keg. With three fermenters, 1.5 will go into a keg. But really, if it works for you - why not?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging in a keg
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:04:38 AM »
You can certainly age in a keg. It's a nice, fully enclosed, air free container. The beer doesn't care if it's glass or stainless steel.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dishwashing detergent
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:59:31 AM »
I think drying agents are a problem and cascade uses them to keep glasses from spotting. Of course, spots are not good either. Maybe an oxyclean rinse?

Have you tried putting the second pour in a new glass? Just making sure it's the detergent and not beer that's been sitting in the line.

Other Fermentables / Re: Cider Tapping
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:41:22 PM »
 :)  Sounds great

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometers?
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:56:28 PM »
I like mine - it's quick read, water resistant, and also has an IR temp reader. The IR reader is of minimal use, but it will read wort temperature through a carboy pretty well. The handheld probe (vs a termometer mounted in the tun wall) is good because you can move it around to see if temperatures are even. Remove the IR and it's pretty similar to a thermapen, which is very popular.

Edit: I forgot the link.

And I also use it all the time for cooking.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for English Style Barleywine?
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:38:24 PM »
I used 2 packs of S-04 per 5gal in a Russian Imperial Stout and it did very well.

The Pub / Re: Spirit distillation
« on: December 01, 2013, 08:03:14 PM »
I think owning a small still is fine (like a few gallons) but you can't use it for alcohol.

Other Fermentables / Re: Can't get cider to sparkle
« on: December 01, 2013, 08:01:49 PM »
"Very hard to dispense" makes me think there is a blockage in the keg/line.

Beer Travel / Re: New Website to help plan beercentric trips
« on: November 27, 2013, 08:33:31 AM »
Yeah, I reported the errors. They probably filled their database with an internet search.

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