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So, I saw a commercial for Bud Select 55.  This beer claims to be "Brewed Longer"!  What does that even mean?  Is the whole mainstream commercial advertising campaign world taking crazy pills?? ???  At what point does false advertising becoming lying?  They are in affect providing false information.  I can't imagine that they brew this beer for any length of time, longer than any other mainstream beer, to achieve it's 2.4%, blondish watery color, carbonated pee tasting beverage.

Sorry, I'm just ranting!  Had our club meeting last night and woke up at 4am thinking about my next brew, among other things.  Then this pops into my head.  I hate to waste everyone's time by talking about Budweiser, but we need to "Keep our enemies close", as the saying goes! ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Serving fridge is freezing beer in keg
« on: July 19, 2011, 08:44:56 PM »
Yes it is the keg directly below the inlet.  Not much air seems to be circulating inside the cabinet.  One of the guys in my local homebrew club suggested adding a computer fan.  I think I'm gonna go that route, that should move enough air and keep the kegs nice and cold without freezing them.

Equipment and Software / Re: Serving fridge is freezing beer in keg
« on: July 18, 2011, 09:07:15 PM »
Yeah, sorry it is a fridge below/freezer up top combo.  I'll double check the fan, I was just thinking that myself.

Equipment and Software / Re: Serving fridge is freezing beer in keg
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:22:43 PM »
No, it's just an upright fridge.  No additional thermostat.

Equipment and Software / Serving fridge is freezing beer in keg
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:01:30 PM »
So I just started having this problem about 4-5 weeks ago.  I went to pour a beer and it acted like it blew.  So I reach inside to pull the "empty" keg out and low and behold, there's still at least a gallon or more in it, judging by the weight.  Turns out it was frozen.  Flash forward to yesterday, it does the same thing on a newer IPA.  It's only the keg in the back left hand corner that's freezing.  So I've tried to dial up the temp a little bit, but then that throws my regulator off, since things are a couple degrees warmer.  Anyone ever heard of anything like this??  Any suggestions?

I've only had the two kegs freeze, but they were both in the same position, back left hand corner of the serving fridge.  I haven't really messed with the thermostat very much, and I've been homebrewing for almost two years and have always used this as the serving fridge without this issue.  I have had four kegs in there consistently for over a year as well...weird ???

Beer Recipes / Re: DFH 90 Minute Clone
« on: July 17, 2011, 07:35:44 PM »
What's funny is the bottle says clearly, "We use a ridiculous amount of English barley"  which would be Maris Otter.  This recipe called for pilsner, weird.

Oh well, hopefully the dry hopping and a couple more weeks of aging will turn this one around.

I ended up pitching Nottingham, not the US-04 I had for it.  Dryer is better to me though!

Beer Recipes / Re: DFH 90 Minute Clone
« on: July 16, 2011, 06:52:14 PM »
Ok, since no one has responded, I figured I let everyone know how this beer progressed.  Brewed this three weeks ago.  I added .17 oz of the hop mixture every five mintues.  Missed the OG and pitched the wrong yeast :P...  Just took a hydro sample, finished really dry, nothing wrong with that to me, but the FG should have been 1.020, it was 1.008.  Color is way off, the "Amber" malt didn't make it amber, it looks more like 60 minute.  It fermented slightly warmer than I wanted it to.  The stick on thermometer read 70 during active fermentation/high krausen.  The sample didn't taste anything like 90 Minute.  But alas, I added the dry hops as indicated and I will report back when it is in the keg and carbed.  As of right now, I would not brew this again, I've made several IPA's of my own creation, that tasted way better than this recipe.  And it was from BYO...  go figure. 

 But I will report final tasting notes in a couple weeks, hopefully.

Kegging and Bottling / Gas In Post leaking
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:43:01 PM »
So I kegged my yummy stout, 10 gallons, two five gallon kegs a couple weeks ago and put one on the gas last week.  Today I was curious, so I checked the other one, yep, no pressure!!  I noticed the poppit on the gas in post doesn't seat correctly when not under pressure.

Is this letting oxygen in, since the co2 was let out?  Or should the beer be fine when I get a chance to gas it fully??

Commercial Beer Reviews / Dogfish Head - Hellhound
« on: June 02, 2011, 01:31:46 PM »
Picked one these up yesterday, me and the wife split it last night.  Lemons???  Honestly I didn't get any of the lemony flavor all the reviews I read described.  I love lemons, so I was excited about trying this beer.  Not a let down though, it was a great beer.  Almost middle of the road between the 60 and the 90.  I know they make a 75 min, but have never had the pleasure to try it.  Maybe this is like an 80 min IPA ;D.

Very hop forward, lots of citrusy notes and flavors, but not overshadowing the malt flavor.  Very good.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Scaling Down an Imperial Stout
« on: June 01, 2011, 07:18:22 PM »
So I ended up not listening to any of you  ;D, and just scaled down the base malt.  I just sampled it last night and must say, it's pretty freakin good!  Like I remember it tasting.  Right now it's at 6.5%, based on my SG.  May lower a couple more points, as there was still airlock activity before I took the hydro sample.

OG - 1.066
SG -  1.016

Beer Recipes / Amber Ale - How's it look?
« on: May 27, 2011, 06:49:18 PM »
I'm looking at brewing this for an American Amber Ale.  Basically I have all these ingredients.  My friend requested an amber and I'm a huge IPA and Stout fan, so I need to cut my teeth on some other styles.   Any thoughts?

8.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 70.18 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 8.77 %
1.00 lb Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 8.77 %
1.00 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 8.77 %
0.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2.19 %
0.15 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 1.32 %
1.00 oz Styrian Goldings [5.40 %] (60 min) Hops 21.8 IBU
0.75 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (30 min) Hops 12.8 IBU
0.50 oz Styrian Goldings [5.40 %] (5 min) Hops 2.2 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (1 min) Hops 0.5 IBU

1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale 

    Probably mash low, 150-152.  Boil for 90 mins (so no DMS, right?) add hops starting at 60 min.  I prefer dryer beers and more fermentable wort.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Corny Keg Pressure Relief Valve Leaking?
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:06:51 PM »
I've got one that's on it's way out too.  Maybe try adding a small gasket to the top of the threads before you screw it back on.  I've also used teflon tape for a quick fix too.  Definitely try to find a gasket or make one to fit.  One of mine is real finnicky, if the top of the springs is moved ever so slightly it leaks...That's why I'm only buying new kegs from now on.  I hate leaks.

Or maybe it's got some gunk in the spring, soak it in oxyclean and hot water and try it again before you buy the part.  That's what I'd do, otherwise, $8 aint bad for a keg.

Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 25, 2011, 02:37:49 PM »
Ok, so first off these things are called 1/4 barrel slim kegs, in case anyone is interested.  (7.75 US Gallons.)   I finally found an online source that would sell small amounts.  Thanks to Thirsty_Monk for suggesting this site.  It seems like they will sell very small amounts, as I asked for a quote for four and they got right back to me.

The person who got back to me quoted around $130 per keg, with about $35 a piece for shipping.  I guess four is out of my reach for now, I'm thinking about getting two.

This seems like a good source for brand new kegs, either used for serving or fermenting.  I would like to thank everyone for their input, it helped me spend the time to look for new legal kegs.   8)   Preeeeeesh!!

Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 24, 2011, 12:59:10 PM »
Sorry, it is stealing.  Your deposit is not purchasing the keg.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Rice hull question
« on: May 24, 2011, 01:27:35 AM »

Even though I don't need them, I guess I should start using rice hulls because Gordon does? :)


That's not what I was implying.  I was simply trying to respond to your first post.  They work for me, when I need them.  Wasn't trying to start a pissin' contest! ;D

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