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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: December 31, 2009, 03:07:50 AM »
Was just reading through the new issue of Zymurgy and read the "Another Great GABF" article.

Quote from: Jill Redding
Among the many diversions at the festival, the Brewers Studio Pavilion offered several educational seminars.  One of the seminars I attended was on "what's new in craft brewing."  Here's the scoop:

 - Black IPAs:  Stone head brewer Mitch Steele presented on this growing style, which he described as a "black beer that has more in common with a schwarzbier, and is hopped like an IPA."

All Things Food / Re: What's cookin' for the Holidays folks?
« on: December 30, 2009, 11:23:57 PM »
Gotta have pork and kraut on New Years Day.  It's good luck for the rest of the year  ;)

Alright, I've been waiting for this one.

January 2nd - Belgian Strong Golden Ale and on January 5th a Dry Irish Stout.  Presuming that nothing important is frozen solid.  Both 5 gallon batches.

All Things Food / Re: Coffee Makers
« on: December 30, 2009, 05:41:16 AM »

You need one of those ugly green STANLEY thermos bottles. Never seen anything hold coffee hot for longer. (without power)

Yeah, that's what I was thinking actually.  I believe they have a vacuum sealed glass insert.  

All Things Food / Re: Coffee Makers
« on: December 30, 2009, 05:06:04 AM »
This is what I wanted.

Based both on dontblake's review and my going through every coffee pot on amazon and not finding anything else I remotely liked.  But it didn't qualify for free shipping and the shipping charge was outrageous so I fell back on what I could find at BB&B.

5 or so pots in and it seems like it's working well.  The thermal carafe is better than the ones I've had but still doesn't seem to hold the heat as well as I'd like.  I'm probably just nitpicking at this point since it does hold it pretty well.

And I have no experience on the 3300 you bought so no help there.  It does look like a nice machine though!

All Things Food / Re: Coffee Makers
« on: December 30, 2009, 03:49:24 AM »
I ended up just getting this one.

Mine was busted and I needed one immediately since I'm having a bunch of out of town friends over for NYE.  Not 100% what I wanted but it'll do for now.  Between the standard 20% off BB&B coupon, a rebate, and the gift card my parents got us for xmas it cost me $7.

All Things Food / Re: New years eve menu and pairings
« on: December 30, 2009, 02:05:26 AM »
Sounds great!  How many people are you serving?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping and contamination
« on: December 28, 2009, 08:12:18 PM »
In college a friend of mine stepped on a nail.  Didn't really have any other antiseptics handy so I poured jack daniels on it.  Seemed to work just fine  ;D

Yeah, I've looked into the science behind it and done some reading on the canning procedure.  I need a pressure cooker and some other supplies for yeast ranching but there are a couple other projects in line ahead of that.  I do like the idea of having canned wort for starters on hand.

Haven't ever done it but it's on my list of things to research and try out at some point in time.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Concern about lagering.
« on: December 24, 2009, 03:56:51 AM »
For a 1.060 lager you should definitely pitch two 11g packs of yeast.  So if it were me I'd warm it up a bit and pitch another pack.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Never keg'd before,
« on: December 24, 2009, 03:48:52 AM »

shhhhh,  you gotta keep the CO2 on the outside, that way you will have more room on the inside for kegs, I mean her stuff!!!


Well, I'll work on the arguments after I figure out what I'm trying to achieve  ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Never keg'd before,
« on: December 24, 2009, 03:47:02 AM »
Can you just put the CO2 canister into the fridge along with the kegs
I do keep my CO2 tank in the fridge.
One bad thing is that I never know when I run out of CO2.
I get no warnings and then I am out.
If you keep your tank in room temp the regulator should show you that you are close to be empty.

So the regulator isn't accurate when it's refrigerated?  That makes sense.  How do you know though that your beers are getting the correct pressure if that's the case though?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Never keg'd before,
« on: December 24, 2009, 03:01:41 AM »
Thinking about pulling the trigger on a keg system soon.  Question though:  Can you just put the CO2 canister into the fridge along with the kegs or is it necessary to keep it outside of the fridge for temperature reasons?  I can probably convince my wife to get a cheap fridge to put in the garage however I'm not sure that I could make a convincing argument for drilling holes in the side of it.

Ingredients / Mineral additions for stout
« on: December 24, 2009, 01:45:49 AM »
Going to brew a 5 gallon batch of stout using these grains:

8.00 lb       Marris Otter Pale Malt (UK) (4.6 SRM)     Grain        72.72 %       
2.00 lb       Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)                  Grain        18.18 %       
1.00 lb       Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM)                Grain        9.10 %       

My water profile is:

Na 22
Ca 46
Mg 11
SO4 21
Cl  23
HCO3 121

I was thinking of adding 2.5g of chalk and 1g of gypsum to bring the water up to:

Ca 111
SO4 51
HCO3 200

Am I going overboard on the mineral additions?

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