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The Pub / Re: Zombie apoclypse survival....
« on: November 09, 2012, 05:31:48 AM »
i have a contingency plan for taking complete control of the costco by me. plenty of provisions

oh don't forget to limber up and double tap

As a side note, Costco is ground zero for zombies. Just go into any Costco anywhere with a purpose and you will find the store filled with zombies. They tend to block the isles, particularly around the feeding stations. Be careful around these slack jawed Costco Zombies running into you with their overfilled shopping carts, or their contagion may infect you as well...

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Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Mitch Steele on IPA
« on: October 24, 2012, 06:53:03 AM »
When designing an IPA, what specific component or combination of chemical components in the hop am I looking for?  I want to venture out more, and try new hop varieties in an IPA.  Besides looking for the freshest hops, should I be looking at hop components such as, total oil, co-humulone, beta-acids, alpha-acids, myrcene, humulene, or farnesene?

Often times I can't find the classic IPA hops, such as, Simcoe, Citra, or Centennial.  So I would like to know what exactly to look for in a hop variety before I buy it and run a test brew.

Thank you.

I'd like to piggyback this question as well with respect to dry hopping temperature as it relates to hop essential oils ratios. I usually dry hop in keg for a period close to fermentation temperature, but I would like to know how these variables effect aroma over ranges from near freezing to room temp.

Thanks

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CO2 bottle in the fridge?
« on: September 25, 2012, 05:51:16 AM »
One of several videos using corn starch and rubbing alcohol to find a compressor HOT line during a kegerator build.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV8Pb7d5nZI&list=UUkforfGr_EUfBeVUCceGrDg&index=5&feature=plcp

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Events / Re: GABF Tix problem...?
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:14:30 PM »
Did anyone see the option for the members only entrance? I would of loved to get that...

First 2000 tickets purchased in each slot by members get members only.
So how do we find out if that was us? I have fairly low (double digit) seat numbers on all my tickets...

Chemman, if you got the members only Saturday Session, you and about 8,000 friends will use the same door.

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Events / Re: GABF Tix problem...?
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:11:05 PM »
I would hope the staff would remember the debacle in Denver surrounding the Rockies World Series (like that will happen again) tickets where the servers crashed because of the scalpers placing computerized buys. Maybe they will require a valid AHA number to redeem their tickets. That should release some.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tired of crappy therm and hydrometer
« on: May 27, 2012, 06:46:22 AM »
Thanks Denny, I'll google it and see what turns up

Here's where I got mine...

http://cynmar.com/SearchByKeyword?word=nist%20thermometer

I bought this thermometer and thought my RANCOs were 7F off. I did an ice bath test (correctly, see the thermapen website) and found it was 3 deg high at 35F. complained to Cynmar and was immediately shipped a new one. Unfortunately it was worse at just over 35F and the boiling points were 221 and 224 respectively. So much for NIST certification. I payed for the Thermapen and have been pleased with the results. The ice bath wavers between 32 and 32.1F. I can live with that...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Rose By Any Other Name
« on: May 09, 2012, 03:48:26 PM »
I'm with Denny, mine now all have numbers. The CAP I'm holding goes by the ubiquitous title of #129 CAP. Boring, but it sure makes inventory and labels easy.

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All Things Food / Re: Cleaning grill grates
« on: May 09, 2012, 05:04:51 AM »
Place an disposable aluminum pan (I use old lasagna pans) over the area you grill on. This serves to act as a reflector and concentrate the heat for quicker grate heating and with longer exposure, gets the temperature up in the "oven clean" area. This makes scraping with a wire brush easier as well as reducing the amount of fuel required to get your grill hot. Usually I follow that with a quick spread of vegetable oil from a paper towel, but for my next steak, I've got to try the Argentine Asadore onion technique! After the grill is turned off, I return the aluminum pans to the grill and the residual heat seems to make it easier to clean the next time.

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Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: May 04, 2012, 01:14:29 PM »
I hate to "hijack" a thread, but I would like some more information on beer in the Czech Republic. I'm planning a trip to Prague in November and am interested in beer near the city center. Three good ideas so far, but three posting pages to get there...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: No head!?!?
« on: April 24, 2012, 08:21:05 AM »
I used to use two lab grade thermometers that gave very close readings. One was NIST certified (with serial number), the other was NIST traceable. I suspected something was wrong, so I used water baths to determine how far off. Boiling was off 12 and 10 deg F high respectively, ice water bath (correctly done) was 4-5 high on both. talked myself into getting a Thermapen and confirmed they were both 7 deg low at a 150 mash temperature. Those things were all over the place. The Thermapen also confirmed my Ranco probes and ice bath numbers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adding bitterness post-fermentation
« on: April 24, 2012, 08:09:21 AM »
HopTech carries Iso Hop for bittering. Doesn't take much, easy to use. It has been awhile since I've used it because I am diligent in accounting for hop age and storage condition for the whole hops I use.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Boiling out a ball valve
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:29:35 AM »
After cleaning what ever all my ball valves are connected to, I like to leave them half open. this allows the air exposure throughout the assembly and has really cut down on all the times I used to break them down. Leaving them closed seemed to leave about a teaspoon or two of liquid trapped that would get just plain nasty. I do put my valves from my conical through my pressure cooker on a regular basis, even if I don't see any buildup.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP090 -- interesting yeast
« on: April 05, 2012, 05:19:31 AM »
Here's a short interview with Chris White on WLP090: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s_O3LPzQpqc

It is produced in San Diego and was introduced at the San Diego Homebrewers Conference, hence the name. I use it as my house IPA strain. I have not pushed it out of it's very narrow fermentation temperature range, but it is very clean, attenuates to 85%, drops very clear, but it is not as fast as claimed. Who's in that big of a hurry anyway?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tubing storage and sanitization
« on: March 25, 2012, 05:21:47 AM »
Quick disconnects to make the lengths more manageable?

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Ingredients / Re: Columbus and ???
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:24:59 PM »
My house IPA uses Columbus all the way from first wort to 30 Minute boil. This mellows the dankness which then plays nicely with some or all of the following: Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and lastly dry hopped with Amarillo.

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