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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend - 11/2 Edition
« on: November 11, 2012, 11:40:42 AM »
Special Bitter.  Considering adding tart cherries to half the batch because it seems like an unusual thing to do.

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrewing Hobby Survey
« on: November 04, 2012, 04:47:53 PM »
call me paranoid but this survey is funded by the National Science Foundation, A fed govt agency. Sorry but I don't trust the govt enough to give out this kind of information... I don't see the need to go blindly into any survey that pops up asking about homebrewing...

They're not collecting any personally identifiable information (other than your email address, and only then if you want to a shot at the gift card) or really anything else they couldn't get from posts to this forum if they tried hard enough.  So I think you're safe.

A Fellow Paranoid

Pimp My System / suggestions for vent hood install in basement
« on: October 05, 2012, 05:44:04 AM »
I got this extra-wide (42") range hood from a Sears store that sells refurbished appliances.  It's dented right in front, but it was cheap, and it has twice the flow rate of a standard unit.  There were knock-outs for a standard-sized (10"x3.25") rectangular vent in the top and back.  I opted for the top and adapted it to 6" round pipe.

In the next photo, you can see the round pipe running from the hood through the joist bay to the rim joist.  I really ought to insulate that pipe.

Here's the vent assembly on the outside of the the house.

To put that in, I had to cut a hole in the side of the house.  A friend with a hammer drill came over to help me (thanks, Tom).

Keeping the fan on full blast during the boil keeps condensation and humidity in check.  It doesn't completely eliminate the smell of boiling wort in the house, but it's a considerable improvement.  I keep the fan on low when working with cooled wort or yeast, thinking the resulting updraft will prevent bacteria-laden dust from landing.

All Grain Brewing / Last three batches terrible
« on: October 01, 2012, 04:48:31 PM »
How does the wort taste post-boil but pre-fermentation?  Next time, try saving some of the wort, and let it sit, without yeast, in the same chamber as the fermenting beer.  Then taste it at the same time you taste the beer.  Do you get a similar off-flavor?

Are you pitching fresh yeast every time, or are these repitches?

I recently had issues with wild yeast infections.  Getting aggressive on sanitation of post-boil and repitch components (boiling ball valves and tubing, flaming the lip of the repitch vessel, etc.) seems to have helped.

Ingredients / Maple Syrup-When Add To Get Maple Taste
« on: September 24, 2012, 03:14:17 AM »
I just used hickory syrup in a beer, and I added it just as fermentation was beginning to slow.  Fermentation took off again, of course, but plenty of hickory flavor remained when activity subsided.  I'm very pleased with the outcome.  I used 16 fl. oz. of syrup in 5 gallons of session-strength beer.

Events / NHC Location Application
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:35:50 AM »
Hi, Kyle.  There are at least three people who agree with you and are working on a bid.  They are Anita Johnson, Agatha Feltus, and Sandy Cockerham.  You should contact them; I'm sure they'd appreciate your help!

Kegging and Bottling / aluminum "bottle cans"
« on: August 09, 2012, 05:00:27 PM »
Heineken comes in aluminum bottles now. Goes down easier than Bud, especially since it's not skunked.

Questions about the forum? / Is tapatalk up yet?
« on: August 06, 2012, 03:20:44 PM »
Works great for me.  Considering getting the HD version.  Wish it worked with the BJCP forums (I think the BJCP forum admin just needs to register on the Tapatalk web site but don't know the details).

Homebrew? No that is yeast samples. Homemade BBQ sauce/marinaide. Homemade vinegar.  ;)

Glassware.  Oh, there's homebrew inside?  That's just packing material.

Yeast and Fermentation / Harvesting and using yeast from a slurry
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:04:13 PM »
Are you sure you'll only boil off 0.2 gallons?  Despite what some people say, evaporation rate isn't a percentage that stays constant for all volumes.  Unless you have a tall, slender vessel, you might end up with only a half gallon or less after 60 minutes.

Events / GABF Tix problem...?
« on: July 31, 2012, 10:10:21 AM »
AHA..get rid of Ticketmaster!

I'm not sure about the Colorado Convention Center, but a many venues have exclusivity agreements with TicketMaster.  So the Brewers Association may not have a choice unless they want to switch venues.

Events / GABF Tix problem...?
« on: July 31, 2012, 09:30:58 AM »
Are you seeing the same behavior I am?  The site lets me select tickets; it's when I try to submit all my payment information that it says "There are problems with your submission".

See if he'll enter it in the GABF as a pro-am, if it's not too late for that.

Beer Recipes / ESB recipe
« on: July 22, 2012, 02:55:27 PM »
Looks like a pretty complex recipe, not that there's anything wrong with that.  Why the two different bittering hops, though; got some Glacier you want to use up? :-)

I've never tried the ESB Malt (Gambrinus, Google tells me?).  I wonder if that would contribute much when steeped.  I guess the market really needs a Maris Otter extract.

While S-04 is a great yeast, I don't think it will give you the diacetyl character of Red Hook, if that's one of the characteristics you're going for in your hybrid.

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling From Keg Carbonation/Temperature
« on: July 22, 2012, 02:38:14 AM »
I'll offer more praise for the Beer Gun.  One-handed operation, the ability to purge the bottle and headspace with CO2, easy to clean. My only complaint is the tiny rubber stopper, which tends to fall off and get lost, sometimes in a bottle of beer!  (Thankfully, it was in the first bottle I checked.).  John is a really approachable guy, supportive of local clubs and competitions (the winner of the Indiana State Fair competition wins a Boilermaker brew pot), and he attends NHC every year.

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