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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Covering the Boil
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:16:25 AM »
Yes, paler malts will have more DMS than less pale base malts. Heating during malting drives out DMS precursors and pilsener is heated less than regular 2-row. I think 6-row also creates more DMS than 2-row.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:02:41 AM »
I used the paint stir drill method yesterday to chill the wort on a cream ale. I didn't run the drill as fast this time, no froth at all until it was below 100°. It still dropped temp very fast. I didn't time it but guessing less than ten minutes from 210-80.
Sounds good. You don't need much movement at all to speed up cooling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Covering the Boil
« on: June 18, 2013, 05:57:28 AM »
Two problems with this are that DMS is constantly being created when boiling wort - and you'll never boil 100% of it out. There is good info here.

I'd just move aroma additions later - even after flameout.

General Homebrew Discussion / eMagazines for Kindle Fire
« on: June 17, 2013, 07:00:49 PM »
So I got a Kindle Fire and there are exactly zero homebrewing magazines available for it. Just sayin', there's a market here. Someone should fill it.

The Pub / Re: OnTap Liquid Beer Enchancer - WTF?
« on: June 17, 2013, 06:51:06 PM »
Next time I'm in Chepachet, I will bring you a beer for your trouble.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter at new house
« on: June 17, 2013, 06:42:13 PM »
I use a white RV hose connected to my brew stand, which has one of these filters on it with a carbon cartridge.
You can also remove chlorine by adding a campden tablet to your water and letting it sit a while.

Hop Growing / Re: Wilting Hops
« on: June 17, 2013, 12:17:22 PM »
This might help. Definately looks like a nutrient deficiency.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: using half of a white labs vial
« on: June 16, 2013, 05:28:48 PM »
You could make a 1L starter and add it. Let it ferment and stick that in the fridge when done. That would keep it healthy.  Might be fine as is, not sure about that.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Blue Moon does Flanders Red?
« on: June 16, 2013, 05:23:53 PM »
Funny, the shop I bought it at had it listed as strawberry in their checkout system. You're not the only one.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Blue Moon does Flanders Red?
« on: June 16, 2013, 07:10:59 AM »
Don't buy it expecting it to be a Flanders red. It is not and the bottle doesn't say so either. It says "blended with Flanders red". It is a decent wheat beer with a tart Flanders note.

Equipment and Software / Re: Re: How much pressure?
« on: June 15, 2013, 07:59:52 AM »
Are you testing with air or water?

Being in construction, I personally know that air tests are death traps. They fail without warning and throw shrapnel everywhere.

If I knew you were doing a pressure test "to impress people" I would stay out of the room. Sadly, most people wouldn't know what was going on and be blissfully unaware that they were in serious danger.

Do not do this.

My first thought too. The owner of West Country Cider in Mass was killed a few years ago by an pressurized vessel that failed.

Events / Re: Parking at NHC?
« on: June 14, 2013, 09:19:47 AM »
The convention center parking facility is offering discounted (50% Off) parking for the conference. A coupon is available for download now on the conference website:
You just made my day!

The Pub / Re: Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:07:56 AM »
Skinny homebrewers scare me.

Skinny doctors bother me.  Wish my doc was like my dentist ('bout five feet tall by five feet around) then he wouldn't be able lecture me about my weight.
Get a new doctor.
Hi 1-800-DOCTORS, can you recommend a doctor with worse habits than my own?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: SG question
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:04:50 AM »
If you look at this chart for BJCP styles, the absolute highest FG is 1.050 and all but Strong Scotch Ale fall below 1.030, so it is definately an OG. Very few styles even start that high, and color might help too, but only so much. Can't tell what yeast was used from a picture.

By the way, the graphic is from

Beer Recipes / Re: Re: Cream Ale
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:42:06 PM »
This one by Skotrat is excellent.

+1. I made Skorats and it was great!

I've made it twice, though the second time I cut down the bittering hops a little.

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