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The Pub / The Cat....
« on: July 11, 2011, 10:42:08 PM »
...we have is approaching 16 or 17 years old. He's still in good spirits. Always indoor, and very social. Always in whatever room we are in. As he's getting older he's starting to get closer and closer to my wife..... I dread the day he croaks, not for him, but I know my sweetie will be absolutely crushed. (She's actually researching cloning's "only" 28 large..... I have a problem.)

Anyway, when he thinks he hears her truck in the driveway he goes nuts.....yelling and screaming in the foyer.... (I suspect some siamese blood....) Now, I just got off the phone with sweetie at the other end of the house....but, I had her on speaker phone.... and he is screaming at the top of his lungs in the foyer.......

 :o :o :o

The Pub / Friday humor.....
« on: July 08, 2011, 07:22:07 PM »
A drunk was proudly showing off his new apartment to a couple of his friends late one night.
He led the way to his bedroom where there was a big brass gong and a mallet.
“What’s with that big brass gong?” one of the guests asked.
“It’s not a gong. It’s a talking clock”, the drunk replied. “A talking clock? Seriously?” asked his astonished friend.
“Yup”, replied the drunk.
“How’s it work?” the friend asked, squinting at it.
“Watch”, the drunk replied. He picked up the mallet, gave the gong an ear-shattering pound, and stepped back.
The three stood looking at one another for a moment.
Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed, “You asshole! It’s three-fifteen in the morning!”

The Pub / What will they think of next.......
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:26:16 PM »
Found this little gem in a bar in Ireland.....

Ingredients / Malt running low.....
« on: July 06, 2011, 09:56:53 AM »
I am down to my last 30 pounds of base malt.......

Where's the best deal on grain right now?

A while ago a new web-vendor was discussed with very good prices/free shipping. What was the URL again, and how did that pan out?


General Homebrew Discussion / OK, so when I croak.........
« on: July 04, 2011, 04:01:53 AM »
Make it look something like this:

Beer Travel / The Goose has extended it's range....
« on: July 01, 2011, 05:08:43 AM »
But overflew me in the process......

The new corporate owners of Goose Island Brewery (AB-Inbev) aren't wasting any time finding new markets for their purchase. Yesterday I'm sitting in my favorite little watering hole in Manchester UK (ok it's the Knott Bar, CAMRA pub of the year 2009 and 2010) and lo and behold there's Goose Island coasters on the bar.... They have bottles of the IPA in the cooler. Meanwhile, I still can't get the stuff on the East Coast. Go figure.

General Homebrew Discussion / How hot is too hot?
« on: June 29, 2011, 01:08:36 PM »
Someone else, in the BIAB thread, mentioned draining the wort from the brew kettle into the fermentation vessel, sealing it and letting it cool, then pitching.

I like this for the very reason that it would make better use of my time rather than standing there watching the thermometer as it creeps down....

So, a few questions.

Would this affect flavor at all?


How hot is too hot for the average plastic fermentation bucket? I can imagine that 200º could do something to the polypropyplastics.....and I don't want THEM into play......

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewhouse sanitation......
« on: June 28, 2011, 06:26:43 PM »
Or, the mother of all science experiments.

On the 22nd I brewed a double batch (20G's) Got a late start and ended late. Since I had to go to work in the morning (early) I had to quit and clean up later. I left grain in the mash tun, iodophor in a bucket, and a half gallon of trub in the BK.

Problem is, I was gone for 5 days (Mexico, Florida, California and points in between). Oh, it's 85 degrees in the brew house.....

Well... let's just say it's interesting. Didn't want to leave evidence for posterity, so no pictures. Lets just say there's no more bleach in the laundry room........ ::) And yes, the bucket of iodophor solution "got it" too..... a layer of slime on the top with little green polka dots.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Soapy flavor part deux.....
« on: June 28, 2011, 05:51:58 PM »
A few months ago I posted about a dry hopped (in the keg) IPA that had a distinct soapy flavor. At that time there were some suggestions, but nothing conclusive. Fast forward to the beginning of this month. I made a German Ale which was featured at the local PBS brew fest..... tasted great. Didn't quite finish it and took it home. Sat in the keggerator waiting for a tap to open up which happened last week. Hooked it up and started drinking it..... Af few days ago.....SOAPY FLAVOR!!!!!!!!

So, did some research, and (in a testament to the importance of good record keeping) it was in THE SAME KEG! (Yes they are numbered and the number is entered in the log......) Unfortunately it was right about that time that I numbered the kegs, and started keeping track of them, so I don't know if it was the first use for that keg or not. It is keg # 6 and it was batch # 18, so there is a chance that it was the first use for that keg......

Interesting note is that there were no shared ingredients between the two batches, other than my water.

This barrel is in for a serious cleaning..... will report back to see if I find anything.

And now for the kicker.....

Some of you that have enjoyed the good herb know the feeling. You're walking around somewhere, not thinking about anything, when suddenly you get a whiff......WHAM! Sensory bells and whistles go off LOUD.....

Just so, I am very sensitive to the soapy flavor, and when it appears I jump..... Well the other day I was sitting in a bar in LA enjoying a brew, when suddenly halfway through the beer (insert horns, bells and beepers) SOAPY FLAVOR...... in a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale?
??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???

There is a distinct possibility that there is nothing wrong with my beer, but everything with my olfactory senses....... :o

You have more fermented brew in the bucket than fits in the keg, so you go to the LHBS and get the CO2 cap that goes on the 2L soda bottles, but you don't have one of those so you go to the 7/11 and buy one, and not knowing what to do with the diet coke just dump it on the compost pile.......... :o

Yeast and Fermentation / Nobody home......
« on: June 03, 2011, 01:21:52 AM »
A totally new set of circumstances during yesterdays brew is presenting new results.... doesn't it always.

The scenario:

An IPA with 1056, two buckets which spent 2 weeks plus in a fermenteezer at 64º. And: two buckets of Belgian Strong Ale with 3787, spent three weeks in temperatures starting at 64º and ending in the mid 70ºs. Both are done, in that they have reached final gravity as predicted and activity has stopped.

Yesterday morning I kegged them, and saved most of the 3787 and half of the 1056. I rinsed, in that I put the yeasties in containers and swirled, let sit for 10 minutes to let the heavy stuff drop, then racked to another container. Everything sanitized of course. Then they sat in the brew house, which reached 90º yesterday.....(that is a totally new circumstance for me)

I brewed 10G of American brown ale and 10G of Belgian ale. (both to an OG of 1052, what are the odds). Cooling brought it down to 85, then I put them in their respective fermenteezer set at 64º, with the yeast on the side on the hump (should have done that right as I kegged I guess....) Anyway, after an hour in the fermenteezers, with bucket temps in the high 70's I pitched about 300ml of thin slurry in each bucket: the 1056 in the ABA, the 3787 in the Belgian.

This morning, nada. Tonight (24hrs) zip, zilch, nada, niente, nothing, butkus......

If nothing happens by tomorrow morning I will be buying yeast and pitching that. Meanwhile, I am wondering what the hell happened. I have never in 30+ batches waited this long for fermentation to start, especially after repitching a boat load. 8-12 hours MAX.....

What's really interesting is that it happened to both of them. Hmmmmmm......The ONLY thing they have in common is that they sat in the 90º brew house all day.....Does that kill (sorry Gordon) eh, denature them?

Kegged 2x5 gallons of Belgian Strong Ale, and 2x5 gallons of IPA this morning. Shuffled all the keggies, cleaned the buckets, then proceeded to brew 10 gallons of Belgian Ale (not so and 10 gallons of my American Brown Ale, which is currently coming down through 140º. All cleaned up except for the BK. 8 am 'till 11 pm......a long day.

Did figure out a new trick. It's 90º in the brewery.....hardly a good temp for pitching yeast. So, cool the buckets as best I can, then put them, and the yeast in a separate container as I am re-pitching from this mornings buckets, in the fermenteezers at 62º with the lids on loose. After about an hour everything is at the right, and the same, temp. Pitch, and close the lids, air locks in and were off......

Pimp My System / Sneak preview....
« on: May 24, 2011, 02:08:42 AM »
Maybe this belongs in "equipment" but I think it is royally "pimping"...... ;D

OK, I can't hold this to myself anymore. Bought a barrel from Weyerbacher here in Easton, with the intention of making a beer cart for mobile distribution purposes. I can't tell you what I paid for the wheels, I'd have to kill you. They are wood, have bearings in them, a steel band and then a solid rubber tire, and there is a one inch axle. They are rated to several hundred pounds each, plenty in other words. Will put handles on there so you drive it like an appliance dolly. I "modified" a trash can to fit inside and hold the two cornies and ice. There is plenty of room for a 5 pound CO2 bottle. Debating whether to put a tower on it or just have picnic taps coming out the side....

Still under construction, but here's a sneak preview.

General Homebrew Discussion / Must be doing sumptin' right.....
« on: May 08, 2011, 02:45:20 AM »
Went to an SCA event today.... (You can Google that)

Had two growlers of my American Brown Ale. Served them up to about 7 or 8 people in an hour by 1 pm. 7pm at dinner they were still telling me how much they liked it....

I think it's a keeper.  8) 8) 8)

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