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Nice! I love a gadget.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermax Yeast Nutrient
« on: February 15, 2013, 04:18:32 AM »
I don't think it specifies must/wort, but it is sold for both.  I'd agree 1tsp/gallon is a lot. Unless they've added some filler, which I doubt, I'd go with 1tsp/5gal.  Wine must has fewer nutrients than wort, which is why you'd use less.

Wood/Casks / Re: Barrel with Vinegar Smell / Acetic
« on: February 15, 2013, 04:07:40 AM »

If all fails you have some firewood.  :(
Or a sweet table

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Accurate thermometer
« on: February 15, 2013, 04:06:12 AM »
If you really want to be sure, buy a digital thermometer that you can calibrate and get a lab certified glass thermometer to calibrate it with.  I don't do that though. I use this..
It and the Thermapen are splash proof, but not waterproof.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Dues for Home Brew Club
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:09:32 PM »
Our dues are $1 per person/meeting.  It is mandatory and we send somebody around at the beginning of the meeting (before we start tasting) to collect. We don't really ever have problems with it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg leak help
« on: February 14, 2013, 03:00:44 PM »
make sure it isn't connected to a keg  ;D
It's funny because I would do that.  In December I didn't think the poppet on full pressurized keg looked right, so I pushed down to re-seat it. Face-full of beer. It was a shameful walk back into the house.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:37:13 PM »
I try and be very careful at these big beer events since it's a marathon and not a sprint.
I don't know, but three days seems more like IronMan than a 'little marathon'

Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:28:22 PM »
What about bombers?  Do they mention how many (or if) bombers will fit and still stack with any stability?
Watch the video on the site. They show it loaded with several different size bottles and tell you how many of each will fit.

Beer Recipes / Re: Coffee & Cream Milk Stout
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:22:14 PM »
I will do that (don't have it here either).

The pH of your water doesn't matter - it's the pH of your prepared starter that matters. Seems to me the path of least resistance is to test the pH of your starter to see if this is a problem at all. It's not clear that you did that (though if you did, just ignore me).

Beer Recipes / Re: Coffee & Cream Milk Stout
« on: February 12, 2013, 05:48:57 PM »
I just bottles one. It is the milk stout recipe from Brewing Classic Styles. I added 8oz of coffee beans that had been cold steeped in water at bottling. I don't have the recipe with me, but it is standard. I always go light on flavor/aroma hops when I want another flavor to be noticed.

Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:46:01 PM »
I don't know how anyone makes a living selling gadgets to home brewers.  I am already envisioning drilling holes in some old plastic shelving that has legs attached.   :)

That's funny!  My first thought was I can make something like that.   ;D

The second thought was "I'll get right on it.  As soon as I buy a router dovetail jig and build those nice wooden bottle cases I designed 11 years ago."   ::)

Save money that way - just like homebrewing.   ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation time for barley wine
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:08:55 PM »
I keep it simple with 100% pale or munich grist. I will sometimes add some sugar, 1 lb sounds good. I did a wheat wine with coconut sugar that came out nice. that was 2 lb for 21 liters and I aged it in a rum barrel so it's got a lot going on.
That sounds good

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:50:24 PM »
i understand. but i don't consider how expensive my time is when i am out for a bike ride, growing tomatoes etc.  infact, i have installed my own hardwood floors, resided my house, built my own shed, when i could have probably been working and made more than what i would have paid someone to do it for me, but i need a change of scenery from the normal work i do, the labor is theraputic for me, and there is always the "ha, i can do that" factor.

I know what you are saying but if you have a friend come over and drink 12 big pints of your czech lager that you have been hanging onto for 3 months and he blows the keg or you have a leak in your poppet and you leak an entire keg of Belgian Quad into your keggerator what is it that hurts the most? Is it the cost of ingredients or the time you put into it?

my foot in his ass. 8)
Ask Euge

Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:45:07 PM »
Would it be just as effective to rinse, then store empty bottles upside down in a case box with 6-pack holders in it?
But you can't dry them that way or the cardboard will disintegrate.

Okay fair enough. But what if I rinse, drain/dry, then store?
Yes, if you skip the part that makes them better - then they are not better.   ;)   I think the storage aspect is not the main selling point. If I were to sanitize and store bottles, I'd foil the tops and store them upright.

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