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Forum: General Chit Chat 09-18-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 2,831
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Smoked 4 yrs in HS, quit. Now, my ETF(16%/yr)...

Smoked 4 yrs in HS, quit. Now, my ETF(16%/yr) holds Phillip-Morris, Lorillard, Altria, thanks to tobacco!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-13-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
Posted By AlCophile
You might try a little bleach, soaking overnight....

You might try a little bleach, soaking overnight. CAREFUL Bleach will damage eyes, so do in outbuilding. Rinse well, air out on side or upside down. Only other I can suggest is naphtha, charcoal...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-08-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 769
Posted By AlCophile
StarSan. I'm assuming you dilute it according to...

StarSan. I'm assuming you dilute it according to pkg. directions??? It's food-grade phosphoric acid plus a trace of surfactant. It's been in soft drinks since forever.
Forget vodka, it's not strong...
Forum: General Techniques 09-08-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By AlCophile
I wouldn't blame the pressing, rather the...

I wouldn't blame the pressing, rather the heating. May consider reducing the % water present by using a solution of 40% EtOH(vodka) or, if you have a chemist friend, 70% EtOH. Let it soak a few hrs.,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-07-2014, 01:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By AlCophile
When a compressed gas expands, it takes heat with...

When a compressed gas expands, it takes heat with it, leaving behind cold gas or liquid. This is how Dry Ice is made: CO2 gas is allowed to expand so fast that some turns to snow, is compressed, and...
Forum: Brew Science 08-30-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By AlCophile
BSG sells a 1.5 oz bottle of amylase, and it was...

BSG sells a 1.5 oz bottle of amylase, and it was dirt cheap; probably isolated from a bacteria culture. Bought at my local HBS. Haven't used it yet, maybe in winter. Look 'em up, or call A@G HBS in...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-27-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By AlCophile
I get free bottles @ town recycling ctr. I use...

I get free bottles @ town recycling ctr. I use Sam Adams cause they weigh up to 386 grams, so I'm hoping the extra weight helps withstand pressure better. The only other ones I use are the 22ozs...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-15-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By AlCophile
Just use 22oz beer bottles: easier to handle, not...

Just use 22oz beer bottles: easier to handle, not too much to drink(well, maybe), if one bursts you can vent the rest w/o breakage, faster to cool, can add different flavors to several from a single...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-11-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Posted By AlCophile
That is why you always remove a sample for...

That is why you always remove a sample for hydrometer test. No, don't pour it back in.
Forum: Brew Science 08-11-2014, 01:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 640
Posted By AlCophile
You might consider tartaric acid, available in...

You might consider tartaric acid, available in HBSs in food-grade from Crosby & Baker.. It's naturally occurring in wine as the potassium salt, I believe. Dirt cheap. It is a strong organic acid,...
Forum: Brew Science 07-30-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 437
Posted By AlCophile
I am a chemist, and I suggest you (all) check out...

I am a chemist, and I suggest you (all) check out the Chemistry of Beer course, beginning Aug. 18 by the Univ. of Ok. The program is called JANUX. It is archived, too, so it's accessible now; but you...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-30-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,865
Posted By AlCophile
Checkout Labelpeelers, in NE(?) Ohio. Good prices...

Checkout Labelpeelers, in NE(?) Ohio. Good prices and an occasional BOGO. Shipping, tho, too high. The stuff I need can be shipped by turtle, so I can't abide the shipping costs.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2014, 01:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 616
Posted By AlCophile
Got some news for you: Been doing part-grain for...

Got some news for you: Been doing part-grain for a year, been relying on glucose ppgs from Palmer, from Briess on their LME, and my own HYDROMETER readings on my own wort only(partial grain only,...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-29-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 536
Posted By AlCophile
Wouldn't efficiency be greater if wort were in...

Wouldn't efficiency be greater if wort were in inner tube?; any liquid that passes along the inside of the outer tube may not mix as well as liquid in inner tube. Remember something called laminar...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-22-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By AlCophile
If you can't get a moist-cotton air filter on it,...

If you can't get a moist-cotton air filter on it, try a few layers of Kleenex tissue, held in place with rubber bands; this is fruit-fly season, and you want to keep those little buggers out. I've...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-27-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Posted By AlCophile
As Lizard says, make a good size starter, pour...

As Lizard says, make a good size starter, pour off liquid, suspend yeast in some 25%-by vol. glycerine(glycerol, from drug store, WalMart) put into several small bottles, refrigerate a day, lay on...
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 06-25-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 748
Posted By AlCophile
number40fan: 1) Get Palmer's book :How To...

number40fan:
1) Get Palmer's book :How To Brew", cheap on Amazon.
2) Sign up for free Chemistry of Beer course from JANUX at U. of Oklahoma in August, or, archived.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-23-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,447
Posted By AlCophile
Homer: There used to be available 1 qt. glass...

Homer:
There used to be available 1 qt. glass bottles coated with vinyl all the way up to just below the threads, but, I haven't seen one in about 40 yrs. and don't know if available.
Sudbuster's...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-19-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,280
Posted By AlCophile
So, there was this 'Brew Expert', who claimed he...

So, there was this 'Brew Expert', who claimed he could identify any brew, etc. "So, how bout some samples", said he?
He's going along, doing well, when he gets a gorgeous sample, ICE cold, head just...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-17-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 568
Posted By AlCophile
You'll save all of us a lot of time if you get...

You'll save all of us a lot of time if you get and read Palmer's "How To Brew", 3rd ed.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-17-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By AlCophile
From Michael Jackson's "Beer"...Corn,...

From Michael Jackson's "Beer"...Corn, ...flaked...can impart an unpleasant "chicken-feed" character.
I'd do more research.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-16-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 481
Posted By AlCophile
I presently use Briess LME, bought in bulk: about...

I presently use Briess LME, bought in bulk: about $64/ 33#, $1.94/# Can't beat that.
For hops, I use my own extracts, but my next expt. is going to be boiling the hops in a wort made from a few #...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-16-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By AlCophile
I use stir-bars which are Teflon-coated; you can...

I use stir-bars which are Teflon-coated; you can use a large one from the outside of a vessel to guide another smaller one which is inside, like a wand. Better yet, leave it in! It's Teflon, not...
Forum: General Chit Chat 06-05-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,135
Posted By AlCophile
Happy to have found this, and will recommend it...

Happy to have found this, and will recommend it to my neighbors, who THINK they are raising chickens, but are actually raising FOX, using chickens as feed.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-03-2014, 01:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By AlCophile
I suspect that there is sufficient water in even...

I suspect that there is sufficient water in even a totally full bottle to fully dissolve normal carb levels of CO2. Buuuuttttt....at normal pressures(very great pressures, actually) water is...
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