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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forgive me, it's been too long.....
« on: January 11, 2013, 03:31:41 PM »
Thought about coffee liqueur too..... This will all happen at keg time, so I'll take a sample of the beer and do some experimenting in the lab.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forgive me, it's been too long.....
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:13:47 PM »
OK, so my devious little mind is contemplating this all.....

Has anyone ever taken some vodka and infused it with espresso grinds?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forgive me, it's been too long.....
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:17:25 PM »
Not worried about sanitation, this keg will be devoured within 4 days......

Meanwhile we have bubbelage. Life is good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forgive me, it's been too long.....
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:01:56 AM »
Yes, busy.....four letter word, starts with "w"...

OK, I get it, no hot coffee..... How does one do a cold steep? Just add water to grounds, stir and let sit, repeat and let settle, rack to keg??

BTW, today was batches 83-87..... coming up on 100. Will have to do something special...

General Homebrew Discussion / Forgive me, it's been too long.....
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:19:45 PM »
As I schlepped tub upon tub of empty bottles to the curb today..... OK, so I am supporting craft breweries and that's a good thing....we'll it's darn near a car payment....for a Cadillac! I cranked out 10 gallons of will get dry hopped in about a week and should be a nice fruity bev....

And 10 gallons of imperial stout, half of which will get coffee fu fu'd as that's what some of my friends like....yes we're heading for a get together SCA style end of the month...

So, there IS a question in here. I was thinking for the "espresso keg" to brew a few pots of coffee using an espresso grind, then boiling the results down about 75%, after which I would add the syrup to the keg....

Sounds like a plan?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast London Ale III
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:41:36 AM »
OK, the beast has finally calmed down.....figure I lost about 2 qts. Installed a hose and salvaged one qt and put it in a soda bottle with CO2 on it.....will see what the gravity is later. Need to get a bigger bucket for this animal!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast London Ale III
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:16:27 AM »
Temp is fully under control (chest freezer with temp controller)......66ºF.......

OK, is there such a thing as a food grade 7 gallon bucket? I need 8 please......

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast London Ale III
« on: June 30, 2012, 10:42:14 PM »
OK, this one is out of control. I mean, there's 5.25 gallons in a 6 gallon bucket, 1.070 OG for a Russian Imperialish Stout, and two smack packs. This thing has been bubbling out of the bucket for 12 hours now.....I've had to mop up the lid every half hour, and it ain't stopping...... (24 hours since pitching) Finally I broke down and stuck a hose in it to a 1 gallon bucket and there's an inch of beer in there..... (I plan on putting it in a soda bottle and carbonating and drinking it.....) Heck, at the rate we're going there will be nothing left in the bucket!  :o

I've had to mop up a lid before.....but eight times in 6 hours?

Anyone else seen this?

(BTW, brewed batch # 80 today........    8)  )

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Better Bottles and Brettanomyces
« on: June 10, 2012, 06:29:58 PM »
I've used Brett in a keg with no abnormal precautions. Regular cleaning and sanitation proceedings. No problem. I think the risk is over stated. Now, if you're a large brewery and have the stuff floating around by the trillions..... yes, they tend to crowd out the others. On our scale with an occasional couple of hundred billion I find that hard to believe.

Yeast and Fermentation / Eubayanus......
« on: June 10, 2012, 05:41:14 PM »
A search for that word gave no results so it appears this has not been posted before:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting under pressure.
« on: May 21, 2012, 10:39:04 PM »
No dilution going on here.

Equipment and Software / Re: Tubing and autosiphons
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:41:04 PM »
Oscar is with the Tubercle.

Equipment and Software / Re: Tired of crappy therm and hydrometer
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:35:25 PM »
Although not scientifically sound methodology, I have found that after a while you learn to build the calibration into your process.....

HLT.....about right.
Mash Tun..... a little high
Hydrometer.....a little low

I know, it's not precise but I make adjustments relative to their readings, and the beer comes out great.
I know, if I ever have to replace one of them I have to start over.

Equipment and Software / Re: My new system.......
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:30:34 PM »
Well, they're making it and serving it, and food etc. They're not necessarily consuming it. Many are on meds that do not allow alcohol consumption. And, the people running the place are healthcare professionals, so any episodes are properly addressed. None of these issues are easy, but I found this a very positive environment. Oh, it's in the middle of the red light district, but as you said, the Dutch deal with these things's not an issue. If you don't like it, don't look at it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting under pressure.
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:25:53 PM »
By the way, good to have you back Oscar.

Never left, was in the bathroom. Long line. ;)
Seriously, still brewing strong. Just tapped the first dry hopped version of my ROCKS.

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