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Homebrew Clubs / Re: AHA Web Banner for Homebrew Clubs
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:34:47 AM »
I forwarded this to my LHBS too. I think the pre-paid membership cards would be great for them.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: YIKES-Frozen Keg!
« on: July 18, 2012, 01:57:46 PM »
Cut the top off, stick a piece of rebar in there, and take your giant beersicle to a party.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help! Kegging an English mild...
« on: July 18, 2012, 01:56:06 PM »
I haven't heard many people complain about beer being less carbonated than they want. Maybe shoot in the middle with 5/8?

Equipment and Software / Re: Garage door opener
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:20:13 PM »

Anyone have any experience at DIY drying and cracking corn?   

jimmy does, but i heard he doesn't care anymore 8)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spent Coconut/ Fruit
« on: July 15, 2012, 01:58:50 PM »
Make them into evil Christmas cookies.

All Things Food / Re: Pork Tenderloins
« on: July 14, 2012, 03:11:34 PM »
No they just look like cheating.

Equipment and Software / Re: Garage door opener
« on: July 14, 2012, 03:08:48 PM »
I was thinking belt pulley too. Thinking back to analytical geometry... would a larger diameter pulley on the mill side make it work more efficiently?

Define efficient. A larger wheel on the motor will increase rpm. A larger wheel on the mill end will decrease rpm.
Mill RPM = Motor RPM * (Motor Pulley Diameter / Mill Pulley Diameter)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Traveling with wort
« on: July 13, 2012, 02:18:29 PM »
If you're moving a glass carboy I STRONGLY recommend that you have it in a plastic milk crate.  At a minimum.

Yes! And a milk crate is much more stable too.

Beer Recipes / Re: Fruit beer base
« on: July 13, 2012, 02:16:15 PM »
I didn't see anyone else mention this, but might have missed it. You said you expect additional sugars from the fruit - that's true, but you'll also get additional volume from the juice. Many fruits would ferement on their own to 5-7% alcohol.  If you are using whole fruit or unconcentrated puree, the final ABV probably won't change by much.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Traveling with wort
« on: July 12, 2012, 06:13:36 AM »
I've brewed at friends houses a few times and brought the wort home. It is just a little extra aeration.  Make sure the container is secured well in your car or you'll have wort all over the place.  And if it is glass - DON'T have someone hold it between their legs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:51:16 PM »
I always drank water from a hose when I was a kid.  It always tasted funny, I just didn't care.
I hook my system up with a white rv/marine hose.

When the homebrewing movement/AHA/BJCP were getting started, other organizations existed to promote and judge wine from grapes. But they weren't concerned with mead and cider, so mead and cider were sorry of adopted by the brewing community. I think at the time craft beer, mead and cider makers all felt like they were keeping alive a lost art, so that gave them something in common.

Not good news, but I'm sure the yeast is not completely dead. Two stage starter is a good idea.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer and ice
« on: July 09, 2012, 01:50:11 PM »
Funny - try that bourbon-barrel aged double imperial yak tongue mocha Belgian stout? Sure thing!!
Ice in beer? No!! That's sacrilage!

Other Fermentables / Re: Archer Farms - Raw Organic Wildflower Honey
« on: July 09, 2012, 01:46:02 PM »
Clarified a bit to hopefully quash the tortuous semantics argument.

But I paid for an argument..  ;D
To my original thought - what intrigued me was the "raw" part more than the "organic" part (it is USDA certified organic FWIW, though).

If you're looking for the flavor of minimally processed honey, I doubt the Archer Farms product will deliver. Your blueberry farms are likely a good source.

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