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Forum: General Techniques 10-05-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,589
Posted By Rip
Sanitizing is not Cleaning... how often do you...

Sanitizing is not Cleaning... how often do you wash your bottles and with what?



Brush? Bucket? What? Why brush? Where's the soap? (Oxiclean, PBW, something?) I think it might be important to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-21-2012, 08:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 654
Posted By Rip
IMO: Ohaus 700 series - triple beam. Make sure...

IMO: Ohaus 700 series - triple beam.
Make sure you don't get a 'balance scale', I think those need calibrated weights.
A proper beam scale has only one platform (silver metal plate).
You might...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-21-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 298
Posted By Rip
Habaneros (any peppers really) can vary quite a...

Habaneros (any peppers really) can vary quite a lot between different harvests and various growers/locations, etc. When you combine the variability of the pepper's heat with your personal preference...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-21-2012, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,192
Posted By Rip
...and the Scout Master said, "Little Johnny, if...

...and the Scout Master said, "Little Johnny, if only you were less focused!" ? badaboom, dancing bananas.

M
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-31-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 654
Posted By Rip
I'd suggest picking up a used 'triple beam...

I'd suggest picking up a used 'triple beam scale', they are accurate and very very durable... a used one can be had for around $20 plus shipping.

I've actually used one of these for over 15 years...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-21-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,275
Posted By Rip
Rumor has it that certain traditional brews were...

Rumor has it that certain traditional brews were started or maybe nurtured by adding a little brown turd, lol. Too weird to be a lie, too gross to be the truth. I guess it might be a good source of...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 06-19-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By Rip
Hey Berliner Weisse guys...

Have you guys seen this presentation from NHC 2008? Some good facts/numbers on process and possibilities. Might be helpful for those no-boil die hards out there (yeah, I'm one of you's guys).
...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-19-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 721
Posted By Rip
pH paper - cheap, quick, easy: ...

pH paper - cheap, quick, easy:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=pH+paper&_sacat=0


M
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,991
Posted By Rip
Ya know - I just brewed an English mild (1.039)...

Ya know - I just brewed an English mild (1.039) that had a sort of grainyness and breadyness at first. It was not unpleasant but not as polished as I'd like...

Anyhow, it went away as soon as the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-15-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 678
Posted By Rip
Darkness darkness - 'tain aint coming from the...

Darkness darkness - 'tain aint coming from the air. Wild yeast is not the enemy. Oh, one other thing; Wallstreet is not to be trusted.

Check your process. Check your cleanliness. Sanitizer is...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-12-2012, 10:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,547
Posted By Rip
"Toss yer plastic man, you're infected!" that...

"Toss yer plastic man, you're infected!" that always make me laugh. :mug:



Those are 'words to the wise' for any brewer making whatever kind of beer - this should apply everyday, not only for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-06-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,983
Posted By Rip
Hi Blake, Some older homebrewing books or...

Hi Blake,

Some older homebrewing books or instructions might suggest "proofing the yeast" (proving the yeast?) but that's not how we roll these days... :rockin:

There's really no need or reason...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-11-2012, 08:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By Rip
Check out the web site for 'Shut up about Barclay...

Check out the web site for 'Shut up about Barclay Perkins' - there's some quality research on historical brewing infos...(can be a little esoteric, but that's golden). There's a link below for google...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-06-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,022
Posted By Rip
Friendly Advice: Step away from the...

Friendly Advice:


Step away from the wert. ;)
Pitch cool (always below 75F)
Don't judge a beer by it's fermentation aroma
Wait, wait, wait for it to finish.
It's probably not infected,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-22-2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,690
Posted By Rip
....You purchase a 12 pack of something...

....You purchase a 12 pack of something commercial just because you've never tasted it before... only to realize that it tastes like Heineken (damn you newcastle founders ale). Then justify the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-08-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 672
Posted By Rip
I always use Table Sugar, never DME [anymore].......

I always use Table Sugar, never DME [anymore].... And I'm a picky bitch too.

Carbonation Calculator: http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator/carbonation.html
[options for: DME, Corn Sugar,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-01-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,407
Posted By Rip
Not sure if this is helpful, but here's waht I...

Not sure if this is helpful, but here's waht I got.

My personal checklist from past experience:

Adequate carbonation? Always weigh your carbing sugar addition (and measure your beer after...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-01-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,976
Posted By Rip
Boobies my friend. They do it with good old...

Boobies my friend. They do it with good old fashioned american ta taa's.
How else?

- M

(so maybe I was looking at your avatar there)
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-30-2011, 09:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 531
Posted By Rip
NOMAD??? Is that you? I thought we already went...

NOMAD??? Is that you? I thought we already went over this Sterilize crap...

- Bill Shatner.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 11-10-2011, 09:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 353
Posted By Rip
That's a good question, I'm trying to work it out...

That's a good question, I'm trying to work it out too... here's what I've found so far:

Leave in the carboy and Purge headspace with Co2

Transfer into 3gal Carboy (stir-it up first if you want...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-10-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,134
Posted By Rip
I'm digging the Cascade-Chinook-Columbus trio...

I'm digging the Cascade-Chinook-Columbus trio lately (maybe 'cause that's what I've got in the freezer?)

Ask for it by name: "CasChinCo"

I'm talking about the Holy C Trinity here.
:rockin:
Forum: General Techniques 11-10-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,123
Posted By Rip
Just some ideas, off the cuff: Ferment below...

Just some ideas, off the cuff:

Ferment below 67F

Drop most or all of the wheat, anything over 5% is too much for a hoppy pale ale (just my personal experience & preference).

Remove a portion...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-26-2011, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,310
Posted By Rip
I tried the mini-kegs for a while. It seems they...

I tried the mini-kegs for a while. It seems they get rusty after a few uses. I think they are lined steel or something like that so any little scratches on the inside will eventually get rusty - that...
Forum: General Techniques 10-25-2011, 09:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,135
Posted By Rip
This thread brought up some really good points....

This thread brought up some really good points. I'm still hanging out with Chicken Little when it comes to MOLDY wert though.

Why, you ask?

The mitigating factors which render wert/beer 'safe'...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-25-2011, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By Rip
How to Brew, John Palmer... Chapter 15 -...

How to Brew, John Palmer...

Chapter 15 - Understanding the Mash pH
A good start: http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-1.html



- Mike
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