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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Re: budweiser yes, but kind of cool
« on: April 18, 2013, 03:49:57 AM »
What is Budweiser?

Nostalgia flavored soda.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Topping off a fermenter
« on: April 18, 2013, 03:47:35 AM »
I don't

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:00:14 PM »
This is the one I've got, can't be beat...

Actually it can (at least on price). I have a Bayou Classic pot - though mine is 62 quarts.

To me, the Bayou Classic does not beat the Megapot (the Amazon link I provided for the Update International pot is the exact same pot as the Megapot, the Megapot even has the Update International sticker on it).  The Megapot is much heavier gauge steel than the Bayou and the big plus is the Megapot has the SS-AL-SS sandwich bottom which distributes the heat more evenly.

Fair points. I've never been disappointed with mine though.

All Grain Brewing / Re: another water question
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:03:32 PM »
Do they serve samples and do you like their beer? If yes, water might be fine.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Strawberry Hefeweizen Recipe- Input Please
« on: April 16, 2013, 01:59:22 PM »
I would also go with 10 lbs. The flavor of many fruits is 99% sweetness and that is gone once the yeast eats the sugars.

All Grain Brewing / Re: advice for adjusting to different system
« on: April 16, 2013, 12:39:16 PM »
Since I am kind of shooting in the dark I chose 70% for my estimated efficiency and adapted the recipe. That will give me a lower OG so I also decreased the IBUs to match the bitterness ratio of the last attempt. I think I will just have to go for it an see what happens.
This was my though. If you have room in your fermenter, you can always dilute the wort with water if the OG winds up too high.

The Pub / Re: automatic tip
« on: April 16, 2013, 12:34:13 PM »
I can forgive the waiter for not saying anything when he dropped it off, but not mentioning it after the fact?  Not ok with me.  Maybe we'll get the same waiter tomorrow. ;D
I'd almost expect the opposite. Most waiters would give some acknowledgement for a ~40% tip on a big bill.

But I'm with you - I'd probably say "Doh" and move along.

Ingredients / Re: ACIDULATED MALTS
« on: April 15, 2013, 10:52:49 PM »
Right about the acidulated malt just being malt with acid added. The other truth here is that all grains are covered in all sorts of organisms anyway - from lactic acid bacteria to wild yeasts. These are killed during the boil so there would be no worry anyway about equipment contamination.

It seems like a good idea to add the acid malt later if it will seriously affect the pH. I wouldn't just steep it though. It needs to be mashed or you'll get a lot of starch in your beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith2
« on: April 15, 2013, 04:44:45 PM »
Same story. I think the efficiency is preset at 75% and I had to lower it a little to get the OG's to come out right.

What I'd recommend is going back to the recipe's you've brewed and changing the efficiency until the predicted OG matches what you had. That should tell you where you are.

The Pub / Damn right!
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:38:09 PM »

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: whirlpool = cloudy beer ?
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:14:22 PM »
Whirlpooling with the chiller running will speed your cooling too.

Zymurgy / Re: DIY version of "Pimp My System"
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:11:54 PM »
There are a few featured - like this one - that are not sports cars.
But it does look like most that get featured are the expensive, automated systems. This really isn't the stated purpose of the Pimp My System section, but either not enough people are submitting less expensive systems or the interns need some re-education. I can think of several low-tech systems that have been posted that haven't been featured.

That said - the low tech systems that have been featured are usually innovative in some other way.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: whirlpool = cloudy beer ?
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:01:38 PM »
Really, if it was going to settle out in the whirlpool, it should settle out in the carboy without help. Isinglass won't hurt though.
It sounds like you should whirlpool when you first put the immersion chiller in. Then it will settle during cooling and you can just open the valve when it is cooled.

The Pub / Re: automatic tip
« on: April 15, 2013, 02:57:49 PM »
I wouldn't feel there is any problem with calling the owner and telling them what happened. Myself, I wouldn't ask for the money back. But if I were the owner I'd offer to find the bill and refund the extra tip. The last thing I'd want is customers that feel duped, intentionally or not, by their staff or computer system. Either way, the owner should welcome the feedback. If not, big strike 2.

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