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The Pub / Test
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:24:18 AM »
Sorry about this. I'm getting errors when trying to post to the forum.

Equipment and Software / Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:55:31 AM »
Does it exist? I need one.

Equipment and Software / Speidel Braumeister - I did it
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:12:08 AM »
After thorough research, I decided to bite the bullet and get myself a Braumeister. No, I'm not rich and I don't take such purchases lightly. In this case, it was partly justified by my upcoming 40th birthday. I call it my Midlife Crisis Kettle.

Other factors in my decision:
1. I needed new equipment anyway. I've been brewing with an electric kettle that became unreliable.

2. My back. Any new setup would have to minimize lifting. The costs are rising.

3. This thread:
I read through the whole dang thing. One reoccurring comment among long-time brewers is, "I wish I would've bought one sooner."

One complaint is often that one is limited to low-ish gravity beers. Those complainers are just not being creative. I could still do a traditional mash with my old gear and use the kettle just for the boil. Or I could do a double mash (mash, remove grains, mash again with wort and new grains). Anyway, I decided that it's not important to me since I've only done one "big" beer in the last 7 years.

I also received some financial aid, which helped. I was generously given a loan which I may be able to pay back in liquid.

So, happy birthday to me!! I'll be brewing my first batch this weekend.

The Pub / First Beer Sale (sorta)
« on: October 22, 2013, 06:34:41 AM »
I donated a 6-pack of my RyePA to a charity auction last weekend. The winning bid: 95 euros!

General Homebrew Discussion / Resin
« on: September 12, 2013, 04:19:14 AM »
I often see resin used as a flavor descriptor for hops. I know the wine world uses it as well. What I'm wondering is, what's the point of reference? Bong water? How are we supposed to know what resin tastes like?

All Things Food / Beer Ice Cream Recipe - Searching...
« on: June 07, 2013, 01:08:11 AM »
I saw a recipe for beer ice cream posted somewhere not too long ago. I thought it was here, but I can't find it. Maybe it was in Zymurgy? It involved boiling the beer down to concentrate it, adding sugar and stuff. Aldi has a cheap ice cream maker this week, so I wanted to give it a try. Does anybody have a good recipe?

All Grain Brewing / Folly to Fantastic
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:40:21 AM »
A while back I posted problems with my first proper pilsner. It turns out I severely under-pitched the yeast. I went ahead with it anyway. At bottling it smelled like a banana farm. After 2 weeks in the bottles, it tasted ok if a little solventy and smelled entirely like pears. After 3+ weeks, it's actually a pretty dang good beer. It's true that beer wants to happen. I am a bit surprised, though, at how much the esters disappeared. I'm so happy I didn't give up on this one.

Yeast and Fermentation / Lager Woes
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:54:30 AM »
It's been 2 1/2 days since I pitched Wyeast 2000 Budvar Lager yeast into my CAP and there is still no airlock activity. I pitched at around 9.5 (celsius) and let it cool to and held steady at 9. I've given the fermenter a good shake a couple times a day to no avail. I'm now letting it warm up a couple degrees to see what happens. The smack-pack was slow to act, but there was activity. Any thoughts? Be patient? Pitch a pack of SA-05 for a light corn ale?

Ingredients / Polenta
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:15:09 AM »
A couple questions about polenta…

I plan to use instant polenta in a pilsner. Do I need to boil it first or just add dry to the mash?

If I decide to do a protein rest, do I do it with or without the polenta?

Ingredients / Flaked Maize Storage
« on: January 25, 2013, 07:32:52 AM »
I've had a sealed bag of flaked maize for about 6 months now. I've never used the stuff before, so I don't know how long it lasts. Searches say it goes stale quickly. How about if it's unopened?

The Pub / Beer: UK vs Belgium on TV
« on: December 27, 2012, 10:01:12 AM »
I don't know how many of you can get the UK's Channel 4, but this might be worth watching if you do:

As I understand it, they got 3 judges for the "competition:" one Belgian, one Brit and an impartial American. I heard the American judge is a drunken idiot.

All Things Food / The Perfect Winter Meal
« on: November 20, 2012, 02:14:15 AM »
Lately, I try to think of how I can incorporate beer into pretty much everything I cook. With the cold weather and holidays approaching, I'm starting to think about winter meals. I'm curious - what would be your perfect winter beer-based meal?

Yeast and Fermentation / One Week Fermentation = Mistake?
« on: October 29, 2012, 05:55:23 AM »
I brewed a batch of 1.050 OG beer a week ago, pitched with S-04 then proceeded to break my hydrometer during clean-up. I don’t know what came over me, but I decided to bottle after a week. There was no airlock activity for at least a couple days, but of course I couldn’t take any gravity readings. Did I make a mistake? I’ve never used 04 before, but I thought I read somewhere that fermentation goes quick, like only a few days.

The Pub / Math we all can appreciate
« on: October 19, 2012, 05:16:19 AM »

All Things Food / Kickass pancakes
« on: August 12, 2012, 12:58:03 AM »
I've been working on a pancake recipe for a while now, usually practicing every Sunday. This morning's were freakin' awesome. Here's my recipe (an attempt at writing it down, anyway).

2/3 cup white flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup organic Scottish porridge oats (Quaker quick oats will probably work fine)
2 tsp baking powder
½ (maybe a little more) tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp dark brown sugar
1-2 eggs (1 large or 2 small), lightly beaten
1/3 cup (or so) plain yogurt
2/3 bottle (or so) strong Belgian beer
s***load of chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients separately. Add wet bits and mix. Consistency should thick but still be able to pour, kinda like muffins. Cook on medium-high heat, turning when the top forms bubbles. Serves 4-6.

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