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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.

Events / NHC 2012 - Chuckanut Brewing Lagering seminar
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:53:31 AM »
How do you change the particle size? Finings?

All Grain Brewing / Does it matter?
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:50:39 AM »
When adding water into grain, I have learned to add the grain, then add almost all my strike water and let it all sit for a couple of minutes.  This seems to give the grain time to absorb the water before I start stirring.

Good point.  Even when underletting, I wait until all the water is in the tun to start stirring.  Stirring early equals doughballs.

Yeast and Fermentation / Traveling with wort
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:46:57 AM »
I know of at least one brewpub chain that does it (Granite City) although the process is supposedly patented (heh). Anyway, I've driven wort across town before. I've also waited a good 12 hours to pitch, especially with lagers.

Kegging and Bottling / Unlabelled Kegs
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:40:42 AM »
I use soap crayons, the kind made for kids to use in the bathtub.  They write on metal, glass, and plastic.  They wipe off easily with a wet washcloth.  The only disadvantage is they may wipe off *too* easily when condensation or spills happen.  I use them to label kegs, starter jugs, and bottles.

Yeast and Fermentation / New Wort over an active yeast cake
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:37:55 AM »
Smoke also carries over.

All Grain Brewing / Does it matter?
« on: July 12, 2012, 06:30:23 AM »
Adding wet to dry ingredients cuts down on dust, but you're more likely to get dough balls. Dry to wet makes doughballs less likely.

I don't like the bacteria-laden dust floating around, so I fill the tun with grain in another room before wheeling it into the brewery. Then I underlet.

Personally, I don't think I'd ever want over 100ppm of anything in my brewing water. I used to futz with my brewing water a lot, but I've found brewing with the least mineralized water (while providing adequate calcium and alkalinity, when applicable) has given me the best results.

I agree. The best beers I've made have been mostly RO.  I will take a closer look at Na levels on my next bitter beer, though.

All Grain Brewing / Does it matter?
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:49:51 AM »
My favorite way is to "underlet" the grain bed—put the grain in the cooler first, then pump- or gravity-feed water in from the spigot.  Never had a doughball that way!

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