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Title: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 30, 2017, 12:41:21 PM
My new years brewing resolution, if you'd call it that, is to thoroughly enjoy my brewing hobby. That's going to include trying really hard to not get tangled up in stuff that was ruining it for me. I'm not going to allow myself to enter a competition, or change my recipes just to get the little green check mark that shows that my numbers meet the approved style parameters. Beer is more than numbers ain't It?

I'm going to continue to keep my mind open for opportunities to simplify my process without hindering my fun or the quality. I'm seeking simplest possible!

I ordered up some fresh 2017 hop pellets. I'm a little bummed that no one seems to have cheap pounds of simcoe, which I used to hate, but have grown to tolerate. So the new load is cascade, centennial, chinook, and tettnanger.

I'm going to allow myself to rebrew beers that I love. Who cares if that's not innovative? I'm going to also brew some styles I haven't brewed, like English IPA, hoppier than BJCP approved German lagers, etc.

So what's up with you? Excited about anything? Got new stuff coming? Trying to beat down some brewing demons?
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: denny on December 30, 2017, 04:35:32 PM
Jim, check out cryo hops.  So far, I'm impressed.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 30, 2017, 05:58:46 PM
Ill do that
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: majorvices on December 30, 2017, 06:20:06 PM
I dig the cryo hops but they are a little harder to use.

My Brewyears resolution is to continue to improve my already existing techiques, to go in and fine tune a few recipes and to start experimenting with bottle conditioning on a commercial scale.

Happy Brewyear to you all! Hope it is a fruitful year!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Hooper on December 30, 2017, 06:47:32 PM
Same resolution as last year...Stop over buying hops...Use what I have (which is a lot).

I may need a 12-step plan to accomplish this.

I don't plan to change my brewing...5 gal batches with the least amount of equipment possible.

Everyone...Have a Great Year
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Robert on December 30, 2017, 06:53:31 PM
Jim, I'm right there with you on my New Year's resolution -- thanks to your topic on "cruise control."  See my latest reply there. Happy, happy brew year!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 30, 2017, 07:03:11 PM
Same resolution as last year...Stop over buying hops...Use what I have (which is a lot).

I may need a 12-step plan to accomplish this.


I resemble this, no doubt.

Aside from other changes to my brewing process, I'm pretty thrilled with the combo of spunding (for complete O2 purging of kegs and quick, natural carbonation) and the floating dip tube of the Clear Beer system (which draws from top of the keg). All in all, better, clearer beer quicker than before for me.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Phil_M on December 30, 2017, 07:22:48 PM
I'm dragging my feet on resuming brewing, but I've made some progress.

Need to finish cleaning the new (used) kegs that I bought. Finish repairing/refitting the MoreBeer Tippy-Dump that I bought used.

On the actual brewing side of things, my goal is to cask more. I've got an idea of using kegs as somewhat of bright tanks for storage, probably spund to a (very) low level of carbonation to keep oxidation at bay. Then when ready rack to cask, prime, settle, tap, spund, etc. I'll still primarily keg, but the hope is to have something on cask when the garage is cool enough to support that.

Definitely will only spund keg beers from here on out, right before I stopped brewing I bought some spunding valves so I've still got to try them.

As much as I want to start taking more steps towards low oxygen brewing, I don't know how much of that I'll get done this year. With my personal brewing focus being on historical British beers, and likewise a preference for historical German beer, I don't see myself spending the money to get there.

Once I start brewing and end up with stale beer that might change some, but we'll see.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: denny on December 30, 2017, 07:59:38 PM
I dig the cryo hops but they are a little harder to use.

I assume you mean the powder?  Have you tried the pellets?  Do you still find them difficult?
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: denny on December 30, 2017, 08:00:40 PM
Jim, I'm right there with you on my New Year's resolution -- thanks to your topic on "cruise control."  See my latest reply there. Happy, happy brew year!

Ya know, it's kinda funny but Jim's post is exactly what I've been talking about for years.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: BrewBama on December 30, 2017, 08:17:35 PM
Hoppy Brewyear everyone! 

In 2017 I brewed 15 batches @ 141 lbs grain.

In 2018 I plan to hit my 75th all grain batch in ~Feb (a Stout to drink for St Pat’s Day mid Mar). I will probably hit ~12 batches or so of the recipes I’ve found to be the best over the 73 all grain batches I’ve brewed to date.

I plan to stick with simple recipes, blue cooler, batch sparge, single kettle, single fermenter gravity fed system I have now.


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Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: PORTERHAUS on December 30, 2017, 08:28:30 PM
Nice post Jim, I always reflect back on my brewing every year. I think of what I have done, what I have brewed, what have I learned and what have I improved on. I go into the new year with some of that in mind. I too like to keep it simple but I have made a few changes to improve my process and techniques. This year I want to just keep improving my habits to produce better beer.

Last year's resolution was to improve my cleaning and sanitation habits. I have done much better. Maybe this year I will brew more lagers and German styles in general. I also want to lay out a few go to "House beers".
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: denny on December 30, 2017, 08:51:01 PM
I resolve to continue to believe that more complex processes do not necessarily make better beer.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 30, 2017, 09:31:10 PM
Jim, I'm right there with you on my New Year's resolution -- thanks to your topic on "cruise control."  See my latest reply there. Happy, happy brew year!

Ya know, it's kinda funny but Jim's post is exactly what I've been talking about for years.
Odd, huh? Keep it up!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 30, 2017, 09:34:25 PM
Brew day just got easier with the Klickmann Master Blaster! Big burners, shiny table, cheap n easy! Those are 15 gal kettles. I'm excited to try it out tomorrow!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171230/45b06a34039d3d7b46f262a635e4c390.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171230/fb055e942a77df240d3ad879e4782ac5.jpg)
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: denny on December 30, 2017, 09:38:58 PM
Cool!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: majorvices on December 31, 2017, 02:20:40 PM
I dig the cryo hops but they are a little harder to use.

I assume you mean the powder?  Have you tried the pellets?  Do you still find them difficult?

Yes, the powder. I worry about it mixing properly. I heard they were coming out with pellets but didn't know that was available yet.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: denny on December 31, 2017, 06:06:17 PM
I dig the cryo hops but they are a little harder to use.

I assume you mean the powder?  Have you tried the pellets?  Do you still find them difficult?

Yes, the powder. I worry about it mixing properly. I heard they were coming out with pellets but didn't know that was available yet.

Yeah, they've been available for a while.  I use a combo of the pellets and powder and have no issues.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 07:26:44 PM
I'm adding a new lazy brewer procedure today. I used to let my wort settle about 15 minutes after recirulation chilling, then rack it to fermenter with an auto siphon. I've heard enough evidence to convince me to just pump it straight to fermenter as soon as I hit pitching temp. I'm looking forward to not staring at my timer trying to Zen 15 minutes away. I'm looking forward to not sanitizing my auto siphon. I'm looking forward to not cleaning my auto siphon. And I'm looking forward to even more amazing beer from just leaving the trub in there.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: denny on December 31, 2017, 07:35:16 PM
I'm adding a new lazy brewer procedure today. I used to let my wort settle about 15 minutes after recirulation chilling, then rack it to fermenter with an auto siphon. I've heard enough evidence to convince me to just pump it straight to fermenter as soon as I hit pitching temp. I'm looking forward to not staring at my timer trying to Zen 15 minutes away. I'm looking forward to not sanitizing my auto siphon. I'm looking forward to not cleaning my auto siphon. And I'm looking forward to even more amazing beer from just leaving the trub in there.

Good on ya!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 07:41:50 PM
Actually I'm adding 2 new lazy brewer procedures. The other one is mash recirculation. I used to make an aluminum foil cap with slits in it, and place that on top of my mash. Then recirculation hose flows onto that. I was thinking channeling when I first started doing it, which is not an issue because I'm not fly soaring. But I just kept making them out of habit. Reading Martin's comment on another thread, that just running the hose into the top is fine and will reduce mash O2dation, I've decided to just do it.

Looking forward to not making the foil disk, and not fishing it out after runoff. And looking forward to even more amazing results from this low effort LODO technique.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Big Monk on December 31, 2017, 07:44:04 PM
Actually I'm adding 2 new lazy brewer procedures. The other one is mash recirculation. I used to make an aluminum foil cap with slits in it, and place that on top of my mash. Then recirculation hose flows onto that. I was thinking channeling when I first started doing it, which is not an issue because I'm not fly soaring. But I just kept making them out of habit. Reading Martin's comment on another thread, that just running the hose into the top is fine and will reduce mash O2dation, I've decided to just do it.

Looking forward to not making the foil disk, and not fishing it out after runoff. And looking forward to even more amazing results from this low effort LODO technique.

Sorry to break it to you but that won’t do anything for ya!

A stepping stone maybe?
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Robert on December 31, 2017, 07:45:16 PM
Actually I'm adding 2 new lazy brewer procedures. The other one is mash recirculation. I used to make an aluminum foil cap with slits in it, and place that on top of my mash. Then recirculation hose flows onto that. I was thinking channeling when I first started doing it, which is not an issue because I'm not fly soaring. But I just kept making them out of habit. Reading Martin's comment on another thread, that just running the hose into the top is fine and will reduce mash O2dation, I've decided to just do it.

Looking forward to not making the foil disk, and not fishing it out after runoff. And looking forward to even more amazing results from this low effort LODO technique.
With everything being so much easier, I bet you will feel like you're fly soaring.  Gotta love autocorrupt!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: denny on December 31, 2017, 07:48:01 PM
Sorry to break it to you but that won’t do anything for ya!

A stepping stone maybe?

Of course it will.  It may not do what you would have him do, but it will make his brew day easier and more fun.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Big Monk on December 31, 2017, 07:49:05 PM
Sorry to break it to you but that won’t do anything for ya!

A stepping stone maybe?

Of course it will.  It may not do what you would have him do, but it will make his brew day easier and more fun.

Agreed. I meant that it won’t do anything oxygen related. Will certainly simplify things though.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 07:51:23 PM
Actually I'm adding 2 new lazy brewer procedures. The other one is mash recirculation. I used to make an aluminum foil cap with slits in it, and place that on top of my mash. Then recirculation hose flows onto that. I was thinking channeling when I first started doing it, which is not an issue because I'm not fly soaring. But I just kept making them out of habit. Reading Martin's comment on another thread, that just running the hose into the top is fine and will reduce mash O2dation, I've decided to just do it.

Looking forward to not making the foil disk, and not fishing it out after runoff. And looking forward to even more amazing results from this low effort LODO technique.

Sorry to break it to you but that won’t do anything for ya!

A stepping stone maybe?
It's vorlauf. I think it will get my running somewhat more clear of grain bits than just dumping the whole thing into the boil. So there's that.

I'm an HSA denier, so actually the O2dation part is just to fit in. I realize it won't prevent HSA but I don't believe it exists anyway.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Robert on December 31, 2017, 07:57:04 PM
And the people most emphatic about keeping grain bits out of the boil are the ones who just did a decoction mash....is anything real?!🤔
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Big Monk on December 31, 2017, 08:01:37 PM
Actually I'm adding 2 new lazy brewer procedures. The other one is mash recirculation. I used to make an aluminum foil cap with slits in it, and place that on top of my mash. Then recirculation hose flows onto that. I was thinking channeling when I first started doing it, which is not an issue because I'm not fly soaring. But I just kept making them out of habit. Reading Martin's comment on another thread, that just running the hose into the top is fine and will reduce mash O2dation, I've decided to just do it.

Looking forward to not making the foil disk, and not fishing it out after runoff. And looking forward to even more amazing results from this low effort LODO technique.

Sorry to break it to you but that won’t do anything for ya!

A stepping stone maybe?
It's vorlauf. I think it will get my running somewhat more clear of grain bits than just dumping the whole thing into the boil. So there's that.

I'm an HSA denier, so actually the O2dation part is just to fit in. I realize it won't prevent HSA but I don't believe it exists anyway.

For the record Jim: I wasn’t trying to antagonize you. I recognized the humor I’m sure you intended and was only about 10% serious.

Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 08:02:45 PM
Actually I'm adding 2 new lazy brewer procedures. The other one is mash recirculation. I used to make an aluminum foil cap with slits in it, and place that on top of my mash. Then recirculation hose flows onto that. I was thinking channeling when I first started doing it, which is not an issue because I'm not fly soaring. But I just kept making them out of habit. Reading Martin's comment on another thread, that just running the hose into the top is fine and will reduce mash O2dation, I've decided to just do it.

Looking forward to not making the foil disk, and not fishing it out after runoff. And looking forward to even more amazing results from this low effort LODO technique.

Sorry to break it to you but that won’t do anything for ya!

A stepping stone maybe?
It's vorlauf. I think it will get my running somewhat more clear of grain bits than just dumping the whole thing into the boil. So there's that.

I'm an HSA denier, so actually the O2dation part is just to fit in. I realize it won't prevent HSA but I don't believe it exists anyway.

For the record Jim: I wasn’t trying to antagonize you. I recognized the humor I’m sure you intended and was only about 10% serious.
We're totally good! No problems
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Big Monk on December 31, 2017, 08:04:25 PM
Actually I'm adding 2 new lazy brewer procedures. The other one is mash recirculation. I used to make an aluminum foil cap with slits in it, and place that on top of my mash. Then recirculation hose flows onto that. I was thinking channeling when I first started doing it, which is not an issue because I'm not fly soaring. But I just kept making them out of habit. Reading Martin's comment on another thread, that just running the hose into the top is fine and will reduce mash O2dation, I've decided to just do it.

Looking forward to not making the foil disk, and not fishing it out after runoff. And looking forward to even more amazing results from this low effort LODO technique.

Sorry to break it to you but that won’t do anything for ya!

A stepping stone maybe?
It's vorlauf. I think it will get my running somewhat more clear of grain bits than just dumping the whole thing into the boil. So there's that.

I'm an HSA denier, so actually the O2dation part is just to fit in. I realize it won't prevent HSA but I don't believe it exists anyway.

For the record Jim: I wasn’t trying to antagonize you. I recognized the humor I’m sure you intended and was only about 10% serious.
We're totally good! No problems

Of course if you are ever interested in new methods, we got your back!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 08:04:44 PM
Actually I'm adding 2 new lazy brewer procedures. The other one is mash recirculation. I used to make an aluminum foil cap with slits in it, and place that on top of my mash. Then recirculation hose flows onto that. I was thinking channeling when I first started doing it, which is not an issue because I'm not fly soaring. But I just kept making them out of habit. Reading Martin's comment on another thread, that just running the hose into the top is fine and will reduce mash O2dation, I've decided to just do it.

Looking forward to not making the foil disk, and not fishing it out after runoff. And looking forward to even more amazing results from this low effort LODO technique.

Sorry to break it to you but that won’t do anything for ya!

A stepping stone maybe?
It's vorlauf. I think it will get my running somewhat more clear of grain bits than just dumping the whole thing into the boil. So there's that.

I'm an HSA denier, so actually the O2dation part is just to fit in. I realize it won't prevent HSA but I don't believe it exists anyway.

For the record Jim: I wasn’t trying to antagonize you. I recognized the humor I’m sure you intended and was only about 10% serious.
Awesome! You want to boil a third of your grain for an hour, but you don't want to boil just 3 bits of grain at all, ever.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 10:05:39 PM
Unsure of my boil off rate with these new burners, I added a new instrument. It's called a stick with a line on it at 6.25 gallons. The extra .25 is to account for boil expansion. Gladbi did because they started out with a crazy boil and I dialed it down just a smidge too much. 60 min measure showed I needed an extra few minutes to hit 6.25. Ain't science neat?
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Robert on December 31, 2017, 10:21:47 PM
Unsure of my boil off rate with these new burners, I added a new instrument. It's called a stick with a line on it at 6.25 gallons. The extra .25 is to account for boil expansion. Gladbi did because they started out with a crazy boil and I dialed it down just a smidge too much. 60 min measure showed I needed an extra few minutes to hit 6.25. Ain't science neat?
First thing when I get a new kettle, I take a piece of 1/2" PVC pipe and make a dip stick covering the range of any volume I might want to know.  They'd charge a lot more to put calibration marks inside your kettle -- and you'd have to stick your head in the boil to see them!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 31, 2017, 10:33:02 PM
Unsure of my boil off rate with these new burners, I added a new instrument. It's called a stick with a line on it at 6.25 gallons. The extra .25 is to account for boil expansion. Gladbi did because they started out with a crazy boil and I dialed it down just a smidge too much. 60 min measure showed I needed an extra few minutes to hit 6.25. Ain't science neat?
First thing when I get a new kettle, I take a piece of 1/2" PVC pipe and make a dip stick covering the range of any volume I might want to know.  They'd charge a lot more to put calibration marks inside your kettle -- and you'd have to stick your head in the boil to see them!

Same thing I do.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 10:35:26 PM
I've had my old burners since my first all grain. They were so consistent I never bothered with measuring final boil volume. I was due probably.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 11:02:57 PM
Overshot my target OG. Wanted 1.060, got 1.062. Made my day! The brewing gods caused me to go out of style guidelines.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Robert on December 31, 2017, 11:11:11 PM
Overshot my target OG. Wanted 1.060, got 1.062. Made my day! The brewing gods caused me to go out of style guidelines.
That's because in the true religion of the brewing gods, style guidelines are heretical books.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: BitterItDown on December 31, 2017, 11:36:03 PM
You guys put way too much work into brewing, I'm down to 2 gallon 20 min boils - all DME w/ hopshots, fill with cold tap water, sprinkle in W34/70 and into the basement. Takes maybe an hour - tops, have to wait for it to boil ya know but maybe not even...  Award winning beer!  Seriously, try it! ;)
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on December 31, 2017, 11:37:36 PM
Awesome!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: BrewnWKopperKat on January 01, 2018, 01:44:06 PM
I have a couple of small batches (I brew in the < 3 gal range) that I brew that the start of each year.  I find it's a fun way to look back and forward in how I brew.  After that, I'll probably focus the "experimental" batches on a couple of strains of dry yeast (other than US-05 and S-04). 

You guys put way too much work into brewing, I'm down to 2 gallon 20 min boils - all DME w/ hopshots, fill with cold tap water, sprinkle in W34/70 and into the basement. Takes maybe an hour - tops, have to wait for it to boil ya know but maybe not even...  Award winning beer!  Seriously, try it! ;)
I find it's good to have a couple of recipes that "quick and quaffable"tm, especially for those periods when one to many batches don't go well.  Didn't make the connection between hopshots and shorter DME boils until now.





Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 01, 2018, 08:00:24 PM
You ever get in such a routine that if one thing changes you drop the ball on something else? This happens to me frequently.

Yesterday I decided not to rack from BK to fermenter, but rather just pump it in as soon as I hit pitching temp. Well that meant not having to drag my auto siphon out and sanitize it in the fermenter. Usually I also put my O2 wand in there at the same time.

Well, I got all done brewing. Yeast pitched. Cleaning done. Brewery put away. Gear put away. Hey! My O2 wand is sitting in a keg of iodophor in the hobby room, where I put it that morning after oxygenating my yeast starters. Crap! I forgot to oxygenate my beers before pitching! It had only been an hour, so I just went out and oxygenated them post pitching.

Funny how changing one thing can disrupt the stuff you just do automatically.

If these turn out to be the best beers ever, do you think I will oxygenate post pitch from now on? Uh, yes!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Robert on January 01, 2018, 08:51:20 PM
I bet you had enough agitation pumping over that there was some aeration,  the yeast would have got into that, and after only an hour were still in full O2-munching mode. Probably no effect from extending their breakfast a bit! Another reason to remember RDWHAHB.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 02, 2018, 12:08:47 AM
Totally no worries
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: mchrispen on January 02, 2018, 05:33:35 PM
Jim, send me some stick flavored beer! Curious! :) Glad you are back at it man!

Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 02, 2018, 05:49:14 PM
It's a magic stick. Well, magic marker stick. Hmmm, ethyl magicoate. I wonder what that will taste like
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: Robert on January 02, 2018, 06:01:23 PM
It's a magic stick. Well, magic marker stick. Hmmm, ethyl magicoate. I wonder what that will taste like
My dipstick is PVC and Sharpie.  Delicious!
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 02, 2018, 06:05:37 PM
I think mine is actually a sharpie too. Do they even make magic marker
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: mchrispen on January 02, 2018, 06:38:33 PM
If I recall my history... Bic trademarked "Magic Marker" from someone back in the late 60's or early 70's. They use it pretty broadly across a variety of ink tubes capped with felt/fiber writing tips... even for some of their dry erase stuff.


Magic Marker is the pen equivalent of Kleenex.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 02, 2018, 08:36:45 PM
Now I'm wondering if there's a difference between Sharpie and Magic Marker. Oh Marshall...

Nevermind, regardless of pee value, he'd end up using the wrong style.

Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: 69franx on January 04, 2018, 07:42:23 PM
Getting in here a bit late with this topic but I do have some changes in mind for this year. I bought some kegs in the last couple months, a couple spunding valves, and now 2 of the clear beer draught system jobbers Jon was talking about. Have made 2 batches since buying kegs, both were great and stayed fresher longer than bottles in the past. I have brewed once since the spunding valve purchase and that was a mixed bag trying to dial in the proper carb level. Definitely overcarbed to start with but dialed it down and enjoyed the hell out of a Oktoberfest recipe I copied from Wort-Hog. I have not brewed since buying the clear beer draft system, but seems like a brilliant idea. Only really brewed 6 batches in 2017, but it worked out well. Need to get something on the schedule right now as this Ofest is going to die when i pull a growler or hopefully 2 to take to a function on Friday and nothing else in fermenters. Happy Brew Year everyone
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 04, 2018, 08:11:55 PM
Getting in here a bit late with this topic but I do have some changes in mind for this year. I bought some kegs in the last couple months, a couple spunding valves, and now 2 of the clear beer draught system jobbers Jon was talking about. Have made 2 batches since buying kegs, both were great and stayed fresher longer than bottles in the past. I have brewed once since the spunding valve purchase and that was a mixed bag trying to dial in the proper carb level. Definitely overcarbed to start with but dialed it down and enjoyed the hell out of a Oktoberfest recipe I copied from Wort-Hog. I have not brewed since buying the clear beer draft system, but seems like a brilliant idea. Only really brewed 6 batches in 2017, but it worked out well. Need to get something on the schedule right now as this Ofest is going to die when i pull a growler or hopefully 2 to take to a function on Friday and nothing else in fermenters. Happy Brew Year everyone


Let me know what you think of the Clear Beer, Frank. Definitely a good workaround for the extra yeast from spunding. I'm a big fan.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: JJeffers09 on January 04, 2018, 11:45:24 PM
I really need new kegging equip and a lagering fridge.

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Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: 69franx on January 05, 2018, 01:58:50 AM
Getting in here a bit late with this topic but I do have some changes in mind for this year. I bought some kegs in the last couple months, a couple spunding valves, and now 2 of the clear beer draught system jobbers Jon was talking about. Have made 2 batches since buying kegs, both were great and stayed fresher longer than bottles in the past. I have brewed once since the spunding valve purchase and that was a mixed bag trying to dial in the proper carb level. Definitely overcarbed to start with but dialed it down and enjoyed the hell out of a Oktoberfest recipe I copied from Wort-Hog. I have not brewed since buying the clear beer draft system, but seems like a brilliant idea. Only really brewed 6 batches in 2017, but it worked out well. Need to get something on the schedule right now as this Ofest is going to die when i pull a growler or hopefully 2 to take to a function on Friday and nothing else in fermenters. Happy Brew Year everyone


Let me know what you think of the Clear Beer, Frank. Definitely a good workaround for the extra yeast from spunding. I'm a big fan.
So Jon, I am assuming that when you rack to a spunding keg, you already have the clear beer system in that keg correct? I mean that you're not then racking after the spund carb is complete?

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Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 05, 2018, 01:24:11 PM
So Jon, I am assuming that when you rack to a spunding keg, you already have the clear beer system in that keg correct? I mean that you're not then racking after the spund carb is complete?

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Right, the kegs that get spunded have the Clear Beer in them and the beer stays in there. I'm sure you've probably seen but be sure to first clean the Clear Beer with a mild, unscented detergent and rinse with lots of hot water, to remove any possible machine oils. Then just pump sanitizer through like you normally would before kegging.
Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: 69franx on January 06, 2018, 05:11:57 AM
So Jon, I am assuming that when you rack to a spunding keg, you already have the clear beer system in that keg correct? I mean that you're not then racking after the spund carb is complete?

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Right, the kegs that get spunded have the Clear Beer in them and the beer stays in there. I'm sure you've probably seen but be sure to first clean the Clear Beer with a mild, unscented detergent and rinse with lots of hot water, to remove any possible machine oils. Then just pump sanitizer through like you normally would before kegging.
Thanx will do. Not even sure when next batch will be and my pipeline is dry after tonight

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Title: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: G-spot brew pub on January 08, 2018, 03:06:38 AM
My brew year resolution was a better keezer, no more picnic taps and make it look good. Will be done soon.

Next year I am going to do 1 of two things.... a permanent brew station with either a tiered system and pumps and exhaust so brewing inside is possible or conical fermenter(s). Both I can accomplish for around the same price just don’t know which way makes my life easiest


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Title: Re: New Year, whatcha getting, and other brewing chatter time kill
Post by: erockrph on January 08, 2018, 07:34:37 PM
My brewing time has been severely limited as of late, and I haven't brewed anything sine the end of the summer. That said, I finally splurged and picked up a few pieces of gear that I've always wanted, but were hard to justify as a 3-gallon kitchen brewer.

The first was a new 5.5 gallon Anvil kettle. I've always brewed using a regular 5-gallon stock pot. While it is high quality, the ladeling/pouring of hot water/wort was always a real PITA, and has led to my share of mild scalds over the years. Having a purpose-built brew kettle will allow me to run off to my mash tun without dumping anything. Plus, I can do neat tricks that all the cool kids are doing like underletting my mash. And with the kettle screen I can run off into my fermenter without having to try to carefully pour the clear wort off the top of 4 gallons of liquid, hops and trub (and not spill a bunch all over the kitchen hardwoods).

Although my juryrigged cold water bath in the kitchen sink has served me servicably well, I finally sprung for an immersion chiller. Unfortunately, I don't have a way to connect it directly to my faucet because of the faucet design, and I'm too far away from my hoses to use those from the outside. For the time being, I will just fill a few buckets with tap water and use a pond pump, but I'm planning on teeing off of my supply line on my sink in the near future to make things easier there.

Who knows when I'll actually get a chance to use all my new gear, but I'm looking forward to easier brewdays in the near future.