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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:58:57 PM »
A little vodka shouldn't be a problem. I've been using cheap vodka in my air locks for years with out issue. You should not use air lock activity as a sign of fermentation. 2 hours is not nearly enough time to determine if there is fermentation. I'd leave it for a day or two before even worrying.

Equipment and Software / Re: BrewSmith fly sparge question
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:46:29 PM »
If I remember correctly, all the default mash profiles are fly sparge, unless it actually says batch sparge.

Equipment and Software / Re: Is hydrometer calibration linear?
« on: January 17, 2013, 02:58:04 PM »
I did not know that. Everything I have always read says use distilled. Thanks.

Equipment and Software / Re: Is hydrometer calibration linear?
« on: January 17, 2013, 01:43:31 PM »
My hydrometer (apparently) lost its calibration somehow. I know I checked it a year or two ago, and it was correct, but I checked it today in 60*F water and got 1.005. Do I just subtract 5 points off any measurement? Why/how would a hydrometer lose its calibration?

You use distilled water, correct?

Equipment and Software / Re: deck planter box for hop rhizome
« on: January 17, 2013, 12:44:56 PM »
11" height is pretty tight. Here in LA I started 2 years ago with Cascade, Nugget & Magnum. I use wooden planter boxes that are about 4'x4'x4'. I have a small page about my first year here The cascade has now busted the wooden box and I will have to plant them in the ground, also this year I am only doing Cascade because it seem to grew best out of the 5 varities I have tried for our climate. You may also want to consider that these plants will grow rather large, if they take off and an apartment balcony may not be enough room. Here is a pic of what I did this year The small wooden box is what the Cascade is in.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Am I mathematically challenged?
« on: January 11, 2013, 10:44:39 AM »
Thank you very much Stan.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop production in North Carolina
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:28:26 PM »
You'd be surprised. I have had great luck with Cascade here in Los Angeles, 34 degrees North. My first year I harvested about 12 oz. off one plant, and last year it yielded about 2 pounds. The other varieties I have tried were failures, so this year i am going to do maybe 5 Casacde plants, with one being my 2 year old plant.

All Grain Brewing / Am I mathematically challenged?
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:15:50 PM »
So I've getting into the juicy part of the book, "For the Love of hops", the recipes. I came a cross a recipe that simply perplexed me, New Zealand Pale Ale (page 248). For some reason I can't really figure out the grain bill.

75% Pale malt
10% Munich
8% Caramalt
2% Pale Crystal malt

Oh well, I probably won't get my hands on any Wai-ti this year anyways.

Ingredients / Re: Mosaic Hops?
« on: December 29, 2012, 05:35:20 PM »
I did a all Mosaic IPA about 6 weeks ago, just finished the dry hopping.

 1oz FWH
 60 min. boil
 .75 @ 15
 .75 @ 10
 .75 @ 5
 .75 @ 0
 1 dry hop for 5 days.

I must say my initial tastes were amazing. I detect a distinct blueberry note and maybe even some blackberry/currant. I used whole hops from freshops, thank you Dave Wills for making this available to the homebrew community.

Ordered mine. I guess I should have looked at the expected shipping date. Oh well, I like suprises.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA member survey
« on: November 08, 2012, 02:00:28 PM »
What did I win?

Ingredients / Re: Spent Grain as Compost?
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:46:10 AM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Sour beer
« on: September 27, 2012, 02:19:16 PM »
I would recommend a copy of Wild Brews

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CO2 bottle in the fridge?
« on: September 24, 2012, 02:24:28 PM »
If you mix corn starch and rubbing alcohol and wipe it on a fridge that is not plugged in, then turn the fridge on, the heat generated by internal coils will theoretically warm faster than areas without coils. This may show you where warm coils are located because the alcohol will evaporate faster above the coils leaving a dry line of corn starch.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Building a kegerator
« on: September 18, 2012, 12:41:43 PM »
The one thing I would recommend is using Perlick faucets. Seems the cheaper ones tend to stick. Well worth the extra couple bucks. I bought this, All I had to do was drill hole in door for the shank, then remove the picnic tap from the hose, and clap hose to nipple. Done and done. I also got another temp controller for my kegerator.

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