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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: new to AHA - where does one start?
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:06:22 AM »
If you brew for competitions you can save 5 bucks per entry on NHC, to late for this year but there is always next year.

Some homebrew shops have AHA discounts as well. I THINK morebeer does but that might only be in store or I might be completely mistaken.

on the pub discount front, I have used mine a couple times when travelling. If you are taking a trip somewhere check out the pub discount page to find interesting places to use your card!

you can now also look at some back issues of zymurgy online which is nice. so even though you only just became a member you have access to any issue of the mag that has been uploaded to eZymurgy format.

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Before putting your complete trust in the better bottle check out this thread

Yesterday when i returned from work, i went straight to check on my 2 day old beer.  I had 25 gals of fresh homebrew in five, 5 gallon plastic water jugs when i left for work. Well to my suprise i only had 20gals when i got home. My 3068 HEFE had exploded!  I dont mean the bung blew off, no the whole jug had blown apart into 3 pieces! Ahhh.... what a let down, i would have been kegging that Hefe and drinking it in 3 more days as i keg my Hefes on day 5 allmost allways. Well no Hefe for you, although i was very tempted to drink the Banana smelling bathtub water, but abstained. Anyway to my point, Boun Vino brand 3 peice airlocks be aware that you should cut the plastic filter tip off of the bottom of these airlocks. The filter fills with proteins and hop debris and stops the pressure from escaping. I have about 20 of these airlocks and 18 of them where cut before use but the one to blame was brand new and i forgot to cut the filter tip hence my accident. I believe the company makes them this way because they

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 13, 2012, 07:59:21 AM »
And all I did was ask about "all grain" as possibly being a changing point in his brewing carrier. Sorry, but it seems we are on the same page.

Maybe it's more about how you asked.

FWIW, I've been brewing for around 20 years and do not brew all-grain.

For most of the time, I've not been particularly interested in taking "that last big step."

I have my process down, I know my equipment and I'm making and enjoying great beer.

I have an old cooler I can convert, and have thought about it, but frankly making the change would require an effort and adjustment (change of process, dialing in efficiency, etc.) that I'm not willing to make right now. 

I've got enough other things to do and I want my brew day to be as smooth and reliable as possible.  Right now, I'd rather spend my free time building a smoker.

After 500 batches, I'm sure this guy knows what he's doing and has it dialed in.

In this case, I think it's more about who did the asking.

Bo, go back and take a look at your original comment. it was just a little confrontational perhaps.

It is possible that you did not intend it to be critical but it sort of came across that way. I often have to check myself when on the internet to make sure that what I am saying doesn't read differently than it would sound.

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Yeah I don't think hopfen is saying you can't do it, it's just going to take a lot of water so you will have to boil a long time to get your post boil volume.

I know I can get around 1.110 with about 30 lbs grain to a 5 gallon batch, first runnings only but it does take a 120 minute boil. It's also only around 50% efficiency if you don't do a second runnings beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye stout
« on: March 13, 2012, 07:46:58 AM »
For a rye dry stout (drye stout is good :) ) I would:

Get another pound or so of black barley (color really depends on the maltster)
Use no black patent
Eliminate the C120
Leave out the flavor and aroma hops

But that's my taste, I prefer my dry stouts without a hoppy aroma/flavor.  I might have to try the next batch of Seamus with rye though, I usually use oats.

I wouldn't use 007 either, but that's fine.  I'd go with WY1084 or even WY1056, and I often use S-04 or US-05.  It all works.

I don't want to go over the top roasty with this one either as the wife, who swears she doesn't like stout, seems to mean that she doesn't like really roasty beers. skipping the flavour and aroma hops saves me buying any more hops right now so I can spend that 2 bucks on grain. is 1.75 lbs of roasted barley going to make it really roasty?

I do have a packet of us05 in the fridge but the 007 is just about ready for a step up so I think I will go with that this time around. What are your reasons for denegrating the 007 in this case? I used us05 for the first time on a rye IPA that came out very nicely. I think that yeast is going to have a place in my fridge from now on for sure even if it isn't really much cheaper than liquid yeast at this point.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 13, 2012, 07:26:10 AM »
re: blueberries in this kind of thing - I was told by a master gardener that the blueberries we planted around a ground out stump were getting too many nutrients from the decaying wood and that's why they were poor at fruiting and why they sent up huge shoots.  He hadn't seen them though, so who knows if he was right.  I followed his advice (added peat moss and did not fertilize) and got better fruit the next year, but it was an uncontrolled experiment so it may have been fine if I hadn't changed what I was doing.

Best thing I ever did for our blueberries is to get the soil pH down, way down.  Original had them in beds along the foundation and just being that close to the concrete must have been keeping the pH too high.  Transplanted to raised beds away from the house and acidified the heck out of the soil and we got bumper crops.  Most ends up eaten by the birds, though :(

yeah I have begun to segregate my compost and put all the coffee grounds on the future blue berry hill. stripped the old christmas tree down and put the bits and pieces on the hill as well. I will add some peat moss when I plant them as well.

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boiled 8 gallons down to just over 6 gallons... the hops soaked up a good bit too.  i was really expecting a higher o.g..... strange.

hmm

so 8 gallons to 6.75 is 10% and expected OG of 1.070 which is not out of line with your readings.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye stout
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:15:02 AM »
I am thinking dry stout 13A sort of a dRye stout  :o

I just checked the freezer and it's actually roasted barley not black patent. which does put it a little close to the low end color wise. so I will pick up an extra pound of black patent then.

the hoping rate and projects og is more or less in line with dry stout though.

I think I will put 5 gallons in the rum barrel for a week or two as well.

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for sure RDWHAHB but also check your instruments cause that math doesn't work out unless it was a 10 or 11 gallon batch.

if it's a 5 gallon batch that's 20% boil off and you should have ended up with 1.082 ish on a 10 gallon 1.5 gallons is ~9% which would be around 1.070

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:44:04 PM »
A dozen rhizomes?  Wow.....


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yeah I helped a friend prune his patch and the centennial were going crazy.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:19:12 PM »
still picking the last of the winter brocolli. The mustard greens are all bolted, just waiting to be turned under. The artichokes I put in last fall are doing nicely, don't see any buds yet but hopeful. I have hills built for the melons and cukes. There are two surviving pea vines getting a good start now.

built a hugelkultur (http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/) for some blueberries that a friends gifted to me. got some rhubarb in the ground a couple weeks ago.

have all the seeds but havn't finished getting the soil turned over and planted.

planning

corn/beans/squash in the front yard (luckily most of the neighbors are wierdos as well)

greens, more beans, strawberry spinach... gosh can't even remember everything right now. Also going to get some tomato and pepper starts from a friend.

I have a dozen assorted hop rhyzomes to go in as well, 1 sterling, a handful of cascade and a bunch of centennial (those things spread like anyones business)

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it amounts to about 10 % boil off. maybe a bit short but... if it seems wildly off I would check your instruments!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:50:52 PM »
Very impressive, but all extract???

Isn't there a point in your brewing career that you want to make that last big step?

If he's happy doing what he's doing, why should he change?

Yes that's a good point, but there's another way to look at it. I could have stopped at a high school education, but I went further. I could have continued making wood projects with a circular saw, but I went further and got a radial saw, planer, etc. In all cases, I bettered myself by taking that next step.

I've seen many times where people say they're happy making beer with their unaltered tap water or fermenting at room temperature, yet many, yourself included,  post back and tell them to make changes. How is my comment any different?

have you malted your own grain yet? what about growing it? there is no last big step. it just keeps going. up and I don't know where it's going to stop!!!!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Re-yeasting already bottled beer
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:45:43 PM »
sounds like a plan. I opened a bottle of barley wine that was ~18 months in the bottle a few weeks ago and although i had always been unhappy with the carb level it had risen to a nice place finally. so even if you don't add yeast it might get there in the end.

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The Pub / Re: So i have this "friend"...
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:34:05 PM »

You've probably heard this before, but you should read Stephen King's Dark Tower series if you haven't yet.  Ron Howard is working on a movie trilogy/TV miniseries to cover that massive story.  I hope he does it justice!

wow, I can't imagine a trilogy or mini series could even begin to do that story justice. maybe a full on series like harry potter

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