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Commercial Beer Reviews / Thirsty Bear
« on: November 26, 2010, 05:04:19 PM »
Going to be in San Fran Saturday, have reservations at the Thirsty Bear Brewing Co. Any recommendations?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2010 Goose Island Pere Jaques
« on: November 26, 2010, 05:03:23 PM »
Yes, it's an excellent brew.... as is Matilda

Matilda is one of my favorite commercial beers...... I am still looking for a recipe.

I would bring some in to the brew supply around closing time and give them a taste. Also bring some in to the nearest brew club.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Brewer / New Member
« on: November 24, 2010, 02:53:07 PM »
I read somewhere that you can put a CO2 head on the barrel, then disconnect and push the pin on the "in" side of the keg, repeat a few times and that this will displace most if not all of the air (and thus O2) in the barrel improving your chances.

The Pub / Re: Where are the experts?
« on: November 24, 2010, 03:11:08 AM »
I profusely and profoundly apologize for having brought all this upon us....... ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to rack to secondary?
« on: November 24, 2010, 03:05:43 AM »
Almost everyone here knows more than I do. That said, the trick to avoiding infection, which is the primary risk associated with racking, is to minimize the amount of equipment, and air exposure. Also, I was told that the spigot on most brew buckets is too low, and that dead yeast will work it's way out.....

Soooooo, if I were to do this, I would take my autosiphon, sanitize the crap out of it and the carboy, and then use it to transfer gently down to a safe distance above the undesirable layer in the bottom of your fermenter.

But I'm still a noob too, so I am prepared to be set straight.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small batches.....
« on: November 23, 2010, 06:47:37 PM »
Good answers everyone, thanks.....

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lingering Cola smell...
« on: November 23, 2010, 06:30:50 PM »
I would think 5 gallons of bear would raise, see and beat a few ounces of liquid carcinogen......

But where does one get 5 gallons of bear?

In the woods.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Brewer / New Member
« on: November 23, 2010, 04:14:28 PM »
Good, sounds like you're on the right track. I am skipping bottling and going straight to kegs.

Cornelius kegs are stainless steel 5 gallon kegs used in the soda industry. There are two styles, Coke and Pepsi, that differ mainly in the connections on top (pin or ball). Pepsi (ball) is the home brewers favorite. This is handy so that when you go somewhere and bring your beer to share, the connections will fit.

CO2 pushes the beer out of the keg. You need a CO2 bottle and a regulator, some hose and connectors. On the liquid side you can use a short hose with a picnic tap, or you can get all fancy and put through the door taps in a refrigerator like I did.

Also, the keg can be used for conditioning the beer, or if you're really anxious to taste your brew, to force carbonate at a higher pressure.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small batches.....
« on: November 23, 2010, 04:02:02 PM »
Got the digital scale..... but why use all the yeast? The pack I used for my first batch was for 5 gallons.... or do they come in different sizes?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Brewer / New Member
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:56:04 PM »
I do, as I am only a few steps ahead of you..... (looking at a five gallon batch of APA happily bubbling away as I type.....)

1 Locate the nearest home brewers supply. Go in and listen. Home brewers LOVE to talk about what they do.

2 Get one, or more, of the how to books. I read Charlie Papazian's "The Joy of Home Brewing. Palma is another standard.

3 After finding this forum, smart move, read as much as you can. Most of the answers are here.

4 Get a starter kit. Your local supply will set you up, and then an all extract beer kit......

5 Brew.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beginner's Post, Seeking Vertan's Advice
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:26:59 PM »
Checked out our local brew shop. The proprietor is going to secure a starter kit for me so I can support our local business. She walked myself and a buddy through the whole process and informed us that she grinds grains for free and said there is in fact a club here in town.

I now have my finger on the pulse of local home brewing. I'll will be sure to keep you all updated as this story developes.

Vertan is German for a whale's vagina. ( I hope Ron Burgandy's sense of humor is welcome)

Good on you. I did the same thing. I could have saved some $$ buying off the internet, but spending my money locally is preferred. We have a booming little store here in Bethlehem (Keystone Homebrew Supply excuse the plug) and the people are very knowledgeable and very helpful. Plus, if something is amiss (like a bad thread on a tap) you run back and exchange it without two more shipping charges and another week. Plus, the yeast and hops come out of the fridge and are still cold when you put them in your fridge at home. Plus, they have tastings......yum. And they support the brew club which meets right next door, in fact, most of the people working in the store belong to the club..... and so on and so forth......

I'll order on line if I can save a LOT of money, or an item is not available....but I always try to spend my money in town first.

General Homebrew Discussion / Small batches.....
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:14:40 PM »
For now I'm working off kits/recipes from allegedly reliable sources. BUT I have some ideas I want to try out. Now, trying something and finding it doesn't work and chucking it is one thing. Finding out it doesn't work and chucking FIVE GALLONS of it is another thing.

How do people do small batches? Does one simply divide the recipe by five and then ferment in a growler? What do you do with the rest of the yeast, hops that comes in quantities made for 5 gallon batches.....?

The Pub / Re: Where are the experts?
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:51:27 PM »
OK found it, in the general section. Thanks.

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