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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« on: August 25, 2016, 04:01:54 AM »
The BBC should be able to pull it off. They manage to have shows about lambing and a competition program about gardening.

The Pub / Re: Espresso machines
« on: August 04, 2016, 11:59:05 PM »
Just get the freshest and best coffee beans on the planet, and a very good grinder. Then you can make fabulous coffee with your grandmother's stockings.

I agree the coffee makes all the difference. However the preparation is also important. I like espresso but it hasn't replaced my simple single cup hand pour. That makes the best coffee for my tastes. I like the Aeropress but think the hand pour is still better. I'm not a big fan of the flavor of press pot coffee but will drink it that way from to time (used to be my go to preference.)

Anything is better than preground nasty hotel coffee.

I might have more in common with homoeccentricus than I care to admit.

I agree that process is also important. Since my espresso machine died (Gaggia Baby Class), I've been using an Aeropress. I think I've found a good balance between simplicity and flavor, the key being temperature. I think the same goes with press pot coffee. As homebrewers, we have cool tools on hand like a Thermapen. My Thermapen gets more use with coffee than beer these days. 

Oh, and on roasters... I've been doing the hot air popcorn popper method for years. The volume is too low for hardcore drinkers, but it works.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 27, 2016, 02:27:53 AM »
The fact that it's a hobby helps to offset the costs of equipment while the reward of the hobby is high quality beer for less.

^^Well, said, this. And the instances of paying too much money for mediocre beer are becoming too frequent. I brew what I like and I like what I brew.

All Things Food / Re: Pressure Cooker
« on: July 15, 2016, 05:59:57 AM »
I bit the bullet on an Instant Pot IP-Duo60 about 6 months ago and have never looked back. I love it. I can have a bag of dry beans ready to eat in about 45 minutes including ramp-up time. Downside: It's not recommended for canning. Upside: It can work as a slow cooker as well.

Cooking with a pressure cooker definitely takes some getting used to and I'm still learning.

Zymurgy / Zymurgy App - Rotate?
« on: July 08, 2016, 02:53:08 AM »
Are there any plans to update the app? I've never had a problem on Android, but it drives me insane that it's portrait-only. If it could rotate into landscape mode, I could actually read it at the table while enjoying coffee or breakfast (most tables covers only prop up the tablet in landscape mode). If that were implemented, I would have no problem going mobile-only.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 24, 2016, 03:05:39 AM »
The airlock was bubbling away in less than 24 hours. Relax and all that...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 19, 2016, 11:19:32 AM »
I would "proof" it by hydrating and seeing if it foams. If so, fire away.

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Puffed up like a meringue.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 19, 2016, 11:05:21 AM »
I rehydrated and pitched it. If I don't see any activity in a day or two, I'll toss in the K-97.

Man, it was one problem after another today. I still managed to hit my numbers and I'm sure beer will happen.

Yeast and Fermentation / How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 19, 2016, 04:54:01 AM »
I'm getting ready to pitch a packet of Fermentis S-04 into a 1.045 20L batch and I just noticed that the date is June 2015. Oops. One year past the expiration. Mr. Malty says I'll need 72 packets of this stuff. I'm using production date of June 2013. What do you think? Pitch it anyway?

I have a fresh K-97 to use in a pinch, but I was hoping for a more Englishy beer.


Supposedly the only sake the Japanese will drink warm is the bottom shelf crap. If it's good stuff, you're ruining it by warming it up.

Beer Travel / Re: Berlin
« on: May 17, 2016, 02:56:37 AM »
You didn't give much notice. I hope you found some good stuff. For future reference, here are some suggestions I recently gave a friend: - Strange little place, a little smokey, but the beer is solid. Probably the best I've had in Berlin. My friend has had good experiences there as well. - Great little beer bar, serving only quality German beers. Some meaty food options as well. Very cool people running the place. - Pretty cool hipster craft beer bar. Very well chosen selection. If they have Spent Brewers Collective beers, go with those. - The beers are actually not very good, but the location is cool. They're in a fairly trendy market hall with lots of good, cheap food options. Beware - the food stalls close pretty early.

The Pub / Re: Home sound system
« on: April 25, 2016, 02:34:55 AM »
I've been doing a lot of research in that area as well, but what I'm looking for will be home theater capable, but music-centric. For a receiver, I've settled on Marantz. If I were you, I wouldn't rule them out. Or Denon or Onkyo. What I've learned is that, with 1500-3000 budget, you'll find yourself limited. I started with a 1500 euro budget, but I've already decided I need to spend 3k to get close to what I want with receiver and speakers. If you're only going 2-speaker stereo, that should help.

I've been all over for reviews, but I go mostly to these guys:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: most common off-flavors
« on: April 13, 2016, 05:45:22 AM »
If you want to experience astringency go to your local well stocked bar and ask for a taste of Campari. Now here's where it get's tricky. Ignore the smell, appearance, and taste and just think about the sensations as you drink it and afterwards on your palate. It will not take much unless you are Italian in which case you probably had it on your pacifier as a child.

I'll test this out. I never thought of Campari as astringent. Maybe the line between harshly bitter and astringent is even finer than we think. Maybe I'm not noticing because of the orange just mixed in  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: most common off-flavors
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:13:30 AM »
bad sanitation at bottling.

Interesting. How do you know that's one of the problems?

Purely a speculative example. I could've just stopped at "bad sanitation".

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: most common off-flavors
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:26:53 AM »
I don't know why but very often when I drink relatively low quality homebrews, I  taste astringency and some phenolic off-flavors that I can't describe very accurately.

I know what you mean. I do think it borders on astringency. It's like a combination too-high ph in the mash, too much high-alpha acid hops early in the boil without the body to back it up and bad sanitation at bottling. I've noticed it repeatedly in homebrews that have been given to me over the years (a couple times in my own to a lesser extent, so I believe). Very strange.

I remember first experiencing this phenomenon a number of years ago when a variety pack was given to me by an "award-winning" homebrewer. I couldn't drink any of them. It was then that I decided that I would never enter a competition.

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