Well, the results of my experiment with steel wool pads are in: DO NOT USE THEM!
Title says it all. Happy Birthday little brother!!
I spoke in my other post about the changes I made in the recent brew, and here is a recap...
This ones going to be good, I can feel it! I say that with every batch, but honestly, that is one of the great things with this "hobby" - each time you have a chance to apply new knowledge or try something different.
We went to the great Madison Square Garden to see the even greater Neil Young the other night. As usual, I was pretty thirsty when we got there, having traveled an hour and a half through some terrible snow/sleet/ice road conditions. So, I was ready to pay what was necessary for a brew. Well, it turns out that the beers are $9.25! At first glance, that is a complete outrage - but there are 2 points that make it hurt not as much. First, the beers are actually 22ozs, which is close to 2 actual beers. Second, the beer selection was great. They had Anchor Steam, Smithwick's, Guinness, Harp, etc. A truly great selection, and a price on par for NYC. So, it made it not that bad. I guess we can rationalize anything when thirsty.
Primary fermentation is done. The FG (final gravity) for the LeftoverIPA ended up at 1.008. Looks like another solid alcohol content beer. Oh, and it tasted good, too!
I declare my Progressive Pale Ale fit for consumption! Brewed on Election Day, 2008.
I use "StarSan" to sanitize my equipment. Works great. Like a lot of people I started out using bleach and lots of water. After I listened to this podcast: (link) - i ordered some StarSan and haven't looked back. [the podcast can be opened in your browser, or you can right-click and save as to have for later listening. The good part of the interview starts about a quarter of the way in, lots of great information regarding sanitizing in general and Bleach and StarSan also.]
Not quite! I came across an article that said that brewers in Japan had made a "Space Beer". As this combines 2 of my favorite things (beer and space) I was very interested. It turns out not to be that sexy of a thing for a number of reasons....
I love my iPhone - it is one of the single greatest inventions ever. I'd love to see one of the brewing applications ported over to the iPhone, but I wont hold my breath.In the meantime, the iPhone is great to use for conversion calculations and to use as a timer. There is also an app called beermath, or something like that, but it is 5 bucks and I am not willing to spend my money on an app where I can get the info for free on any number of websites (which I can easily access with the iPhone).One great app that is free that I downloaded is the "Beer Judge Certification" (BJCP) program. It is laid out nicely and provides all the information one needs for almost all beer types. I recommend it for brewers and non-brewers alike, as it has a bunch of interesting information related to the various beer styles.For those without an iPhone, you can still get this information at the BJCP website.For those with an iPhone here is a link to the app in the appstore.On a related note - there are a bunch of great podcasts that are available for free that relate to beer, craft brewing, and homebrewing. There is one out there on sanitation that was great. I'll try and locate it to post in the future.