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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dubbel vs Belgian Dark Strong
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:51:28 PM »
If it tastes like Belgian flavored vodka, it's more of a strong dark ale.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just had my first kolsh...
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:50:03 PM »
I'll chime in here. It's the wife's beer and I've made a total of about 40 or gallons of it. Three weeks in the bucket, and then in the keggerator. Starts clearing after two weeks, you can read a newspaper through it after four. I use the Wyeast Kölsch and ferment around 66º-68º It comes out really nice. Here's my very simple recipe:

Batch infusion at 148º, batch sparge around 165º. As far as water, mine is very soft, all I do is treat it for the chlorine/chloramine the city puts in there with a carbon filter and a Campden tablet. If your water is hard, Euge's suggestion of 20% tap with 80% bottled/RO would probably work well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How careful are you?
« on: February 13, 2012, 03:02:33 PM »
I measure weights and volumes, temperatures, OG and FG. I use a clock. I take notes. That said, I have the right tools. Large tub on a scale which will hold any 10G grain bill. Small digital scale for hops. Thermometers in ever tub and barrel. Clock on the wall. I've made it easy, and it's become a steady routine, which allows a beer or two without creating chaos.

The results vary. I'm training my "intuition" as to how the beer will come out. So far, so good. And really, I can't taste the difference between 5.4% and 5.8%.......

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Need opinions over lost airlock
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:53:05 PM »
CO2 is heavier than air. Weeks after I remove the buckets from the freezers they ferment in I can stick my nose in there and get a CO2 burn.

Thus, when the airlock is off, unless there is a strong airflow across the hole to suck the CO2 out, my bet is that the space above your beer is mostly, if not all, CO2 and thus your beer is fine.

Since it has fermented, any bacterial intrusion will also be of a low risk.

I'd let is sit if I were you, then bottle it and don't worry about it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Portable Kegerator
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:44:15 PM »
Cool...... the five caster snap in wheels are awesome....

That's a small dolly. I don't think his can accomodates the wheel attachment.

Yes, looks like he used a residential can. I got mine at a restaurant supply, 44g's. A janitorial supply would have it too, plus the snap in casters.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Portable Kegerator
« on: February 13, 2012, 03:20:15 AM »
Cool...... the five caster snap in wheels are awesome....

Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic bucket vs. glass carboy
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:56:53 AM »
Buckets cheaper.
Buckets stack.
Buckets nice.
8 Buckets bubbling as we speak.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Always label your starters
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:51:29 AM »
Welcome to old age.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Temps.
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:48:53 AM »
What color is it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew-a-thon
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:45:20 AM »
Just got done with the last cleanup. As I walked from the barn to the house I noticed a nice full moon in a winter sky.....this MAY have had something to do with this..... ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew-a-thon
« on: February 10, 2012, 12:46:38 AM »
OK, so I was down to my last three kegs in the keggerator, and now it turns out we are going to be at an SCA event in Mississippi in March, so Beer Cart I will be deployed which means I need beer........lots of it, soon.

So in the last 30 hours I have brewed 4 10 gallon batches..... German Ale, Imperial Stout, IPA and a Belgian Triple.

Phew.  :o

Equipment and Software / Beer Machine
« on: February 06, 2012, 08:05:02 AM »
Probably been seen before here.......but this would be PERFECT in an RV or boat.

Equipment and Software / Re: Perlick Brass Faucets
« on: February 06, 2012, 08:04:21 AM »
I've had them on my beer cart in light "off road" conditions for about 8 months now, and they are holding up perfectly. YMMV.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermenter beer loss
« on: January 30, 2012, 04:26:10 AM »
0.496783342 gallons.

General Homebrew Discussion / Yes, we have no bananas......
« on: January 30, 2012, 04:25:00 AM »
For some reason I am not getting the "banana notes" I would like in my Belgian. about I make a banana tincture and adding that.....?

1 Good idea yes no?

2 How does one make a banana tincture? Just soak bananas in vodka?

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