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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First lager attempt
« on: February 24, 2010, 06:26:34 PM »
Ken has some sage advise for making lagers on his sight.

Ingredients / Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« on: February 24, 2010, 06:20:59 PM »
Hey...St Patty's Day is coming up fast.  ;D
Too fast for this year to have beer ready by then....uhhhhhh ....kind of gives
a different sense of meaning to the term Green Beer! ewwwwwww

Hydrometer tube party anyone?

The Pub / Re: Home Distillation
« on: February 24, 2010, 04:00:44 PM »
I know a guy that distilled some beer that was hit with the dreaded acetobactor.  I should ask him how that turned out.   ;)
I wonder if he managed to make a good "Save" on his labor?

The Pub / Re: peace out
« on: February 24, 2010, 03:09:12 PM »
If you go into production of those DIY attic antenna, send me a PM
cause I have all the stuff to make one, but am just too lazy.
I got a chili cook off coming up, wish me luck. Feel free to contact
me if Whyomin ever calls you to visit.

Ingredients / Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« on: February 24, 2010, 03:04:10 PM »
I've heard of people using beet juice for some halloween beers to make them blood red, but I have never tried that one.
My beet wine is red and I suppose this would definately yield a red color. Starchy enough to
mash after you gelatinize them too I'll wager.

Ingredients / Re: rice hulls
« on: February 24, 2010, 02:59:41 PM »
I use rice hulls regularly in my brewing.  I put about an inch thick layer
over the braid in the tun. I add hot water to the tun to Preheat the critter.
Then I swish the hulls and hot water around to wash the hulls...Yes,
the rice hulls are dirty as you will see.  Then I just open the drain on
the tun after the preheating and drain the dirty water out. Couple of times
of seeing the run off from them, no way do I want that in my beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Modern German Brewing Practices
« on: February 24, 2010, 02:48:46 PM »
Since Zoigl beer is kind of an old tradition I suppose it is out of topic range
for the OP's subject. I have never tried Zoigl beer and wondered how it
compares to the Modern brewereys discussed here.  Have you ever
hosted the Zoigl?

The Pub / Re: Why is Dead Guy Ale so expensive?
« on: February 24, 2010, 05:55:37 AM »
I'm a cheapskate, so I generally buy these beers once...if I really like them, $15 bucks will almost buy enough raw materials to do a whole batch of a clone for most beers!  There are a few beers, and a few styles, that I still buy commercially from time to time.  But 15 bucks for a sixer, I don't pay that much for my yearly purchase of Bigfoot!  Speaking that out?  I better not have missed it this year!
I still got a couple bottles of 2009 bigfoot. 8)

The Pub / Re: Home Distillation
« on: February 24, 2010, 05:52:54 AM »
There are ways to tint your white likker...some caramelized sugar perhaps...
Ageing it in small barrels increases wood / liquid could
take some acceptable shortcuts I am certain...  It is just the legal stumbling
block I keep coming up against

The Pub / Re: Home Distillation
« on: February 23, 2010, 05:44:44 AM »
If ya had a certain tubular device attached to a chamber ...and ya got a lousy
infected batch of could do somethin besides dump it to the ocean...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
« on: February 21, 2010, 04:29:37 AM »
Quaffable beer. Pleasant to drink. I liked my samples. :P

Kegging and Bottling / Re: leaky keg top
« on: February 20, 2010, 08:49:09 PM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: leaky keg top
« on: February 20, 2010, 03:38:30 PM »
I was told a great method to help you find the leak.

Take an old car tire innertube and cut it so that you
have about an 8 inch long cross section forming a rubber cylinder.

Stretch this rubber sleeve over the top of the Keg and pull
it down past the hand holds...clear down to the metal section.
Set the keg into a liquid catch basin of some type...
then fill the top with will be able to see your leak.

Slick Trick!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: coopers carbonations drops
« on: February 20, 2010, 03:31:59 PM »
I got some once and had difficulty getting them to fit
into the mouth of the bottle...they were too large.
Otherwise they did do the job.

I had some beer a friend used the tabs to carb and
it was unappatizing to have white floaties in your beer
so that is an issue when you use those. That
was a known issue with a batch that was circulating
for a while. Not sure if they are all gone by now or not.

I had my best results using the bottling bucket
with dissolved sterile sweetened water stirred in FWIW.

Barry, there should be a beer here for ya on the way through...
let me know..

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