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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Running out of propane
« on: December 20, 2010, 05:25:30 AM »
I definitely recommend getting a second propane tank.  I have run out of propane during a brewing session but fortunately it was while heating the strike water.  As far as how it will affect your beer...  it could cause your beer to be more bitter by extracting more hop alpha acids since the wort will still be hot enough.  Fortunately, you did not add the later hop additions yet.  Other than that I'm sure your beer will turn out fine.   :)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do I need a starter?
« on: December 19, 2010, 10:06:57 PM »

You just leave it loose enough for gas to escape?  I can see how aluminum foil would work ,not sure how I'd get plastic wrap to stay on without pulling it tight enough to seal but I am sure it can be done.  Assuming foil, you just crimp it around and over the top?


Yes, I just fold it over the top.  Even with plastic wrap pulled down over the top of the jug the gases can get through.  Gases can get through really small spaces but with the foil or plastic wrap on top keeps any bad stuff out.

Happy Brewing,
Brandon

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do I need a starter?
« on: December 19, 2010, 03:06:46 PM »
+1 to Majorvices' advice.  When I make a starter I do not put an airlock on the jug.  I use plastic wrap or aluminum foil to cover the top.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another one biting the bullet
« on: December 17, 2010, 05:38:04 AM »
That's awesome!  There is nothing more exciting than being able to go to your tap fridge and pull a pint of homebrew.  Of course, what is even better is sharing it with friends!   :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lager in a Keg?
« on: December 17, 2010, 05:34:20 AM »
I lagered an Octoberfest in a keg this year and it worked very well.  I only put enough pressure to seal it up but I would take Kai's advice and put carbonating pressure on it.  There is definitely no need to transfer to another keg.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Want a bigger better bottle?
« on: December 14, 2010, 06:34:43 PM »
I really like using Better Bottles especially for the smaller weight.  I would definitely purchase some 6.5 or 7.5 gallon Better Bottles if they were available.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: All grain conversion
« on: December 14, 2010, 06:13:12 PM »
You will want to use LME or DME in place of the base malt you used in your recipe.  IIRC the conversion from grain to LME is 0.75 and the conversion to DME is 0.6.  So if you used 8 lbs of base malt you would need 6lbs. of LME or 4.8lbs. of DME.

Happy Brewing,
Brandon

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Barley wine storage temp
« on: December 12, 2010, 06:09:45 PM »
I have similar basement temps that you do.  Ideally the 48-58 degree temps would be perfect for aging your barleywine.  I have left my barleywine at basement temp no matter what the temp was.  I think it will be fine at basement temp since it doesn't get warmer than 70 deg. F.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kegerator Construction Issue
« on: December 12, 2010, 07:07:52 AM »
Do NOT cut any tubes.... It will be dead in seconds. Get a bigger fridge....

+1 to this advice.  I purposefully bought a compact fridge without a freezer so I wouldn't have those issues.  I am able to fit 2 cornys in mine.

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SN Celebration Ale is definitely one of my favorites.  I also like the Bad Elf series when I can find it.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 12, 2010, 06:45:56 AM »
Currently 22 degF in Green Bay area of Wisconsin.  We had approx. 6 in. of snowfall since yesterday evening.  After this storm passes we will be experiencing high temps in the teens and lows in the single digits.  It is finally winter in Wisconsin.   :)

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The Pub / Re: We have a gusher!
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:18:54 PM »
I have only experienced one gusher while judging, so far.  Fortunately, it wasn't very violent. I'm sure there will be others in my future.   ;D

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The Pub / Re: We have a gusher!
« on: December 09, 2010, 07:33:48 PM »
You know, sometimes it is rather amusing opening a gusher.  You pop the cap then it begins foaming all over the place.  As you say "oh s**t" and run for the sink with a glass in hand to hopefully catch some of the cherished elixir.  Enjoy.  :)

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The Pub / Re: Happy Day!
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:34:17 PM »
Congrats, dano.

I decided to go back to school in my mid 20's for engineering but found it too difficult for me to manage.  I raise my glass to you for sticking through it..  especially 8 years!!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kai in Popular Mechanics!
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:25:29 PM »
Congrats, Kai !!

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