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Beer Travel / Theater Breweries
« on: October 08, 2013, 07:09:01 PM »
Does anybody know of a production brewery or brew pub that has been setup in an old theater?  If so where?  I’d like to visit a few.

Beer Travel / Minneapolis?
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:51:20 AM »
There are several solid beer bars as well.

Beer Travel / Minneapolis?
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:50:09 AM »
Depending on when you are here, check out in Minneapolis, listed in my order of preference:
Dangerous Man in NE,
Town Hall in 7 Corners,
Fulton around Target Field,
Indeed in NE,
Harriet in South

Around Minneapolis I like to visit Steel Toe to the west and Surly to the north.

In St Paul, check out Summit on Friday Nights. 

In Roseville check out Pour Decisions, run by a couple of guys who helped with the NHC when it was here a few years back.  I don't get over here nearly enough.

All Grain Brewing / What is an adequate wort boil time
« on: January 30, 2013, 11:00:24 PM »
You could also just freeze it and boil it when you make your starter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry Hopping in Primary...why not?
« on: January 14, 2013, 05:02:57 PM »
I'm still working my way through the Hops book.  I have a system that works for me.  It may not be the best way but it works well for me.  I really like the double dry hopping and some of the fruiter flavors I get from the initial dry hops.

I've take to loose pellet dry hopping with ~1 degree Plato left in primary at fermentation temps generally 68F for ales for three days, 50F for lagers for four or five days. 

For ales I then chill to 40F and rack off of the initial dry hops, yeast and trub to a conditioning keg at 40F where I dry hop with pellets in a weighted bag up to 7 days while I carbonate over the same 7 days.

General Homebrew Discussion / What were your gateway beers?
« on: January 14, 2013, 04:28:08 PM »
In Minnesota 1995-2010 Zima --> Cold Spring --> Heineken --> Guinness --> Saint Paulie Girl -->  Summit ESB --> Surly Furious --> Drink and Brew Anything

I never really liked the fizzy yellow stuff. I just drank more wine and spirits and less beer back then.  Now I'm all in.

Equipment and Software / Upgrading Equipment vs Learning Your System
« on: November 07, 2012, 04:30:20 AM »
If your goal is to produce consistent beer than I would try and stick with the system you already have.  Mike McDole once mentioned that he only changed his system once a year after NHC and it took him a few batches to get the system change dialed in.

I can tell you from experience that you can never stop upgrading.  A few months ago I mentioned to a co-worker that I had bought everything I could ever buy.  That was a silly statement for me to make.

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrewing Hobby Survey
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:45:26 PM »
In search of great beer I have learned about water chemistry, yeast biology and lots about heat exchangers.

Now I have questions that aren't easily looked up online.  How do I get answers to questions that don't yet have any answers?  I think I might know what happens, but how could I know for sure? 

It sure feels like I'm on the edge of science.  Now to see if curiosity pushes me over the edge...

All Grain Brewing / HERMS vs RIMS
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:17:34 PM »
I find it fascinating how different energy prices are for electricity and propane in the same country.

It's amazing the things you learn homebrewing.

Cost management in this hobby is a fools errand at best - for me.  It's less than a fishing boat and a cabin.  I've had to add the cabin part in recently.

All Grain Brewing / HERMS vs RIMS
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:36:07 PM »
Since you are starting with 3 to be converted kegs, get a stand with 3 burners and a couple of pumps.  Brew without either and see how it goes, and then layer on top of that palate.

I started with RIMS because my BIAB setup in a converted keg would not hold temperature in Minnesota winters.

I like the recirculating system I have in place now, but here are some of the downsides:
- more to clean (RIMS Tube, tubing pump)
- more to build
- more things to plan for on brew day, more connections, tubing, joints, etc.

I get clearer wort into the kettle, and slightly higher efficiency, but mostly I get a pretty awesome bling factor.

All Grain Brewing / HERMS vs RIMS
« on: October 30, 2012, 05:31:20 PM »
To me electric vs. gas is more of a lifestyle decision.  For me I spent approximately $10 on energy using gas and now spend $2 on electricity.  My system is not portable, and is mounted in my garage, if you look at it will give you an idea of how much you can spend to save $8 per batch.

If I were to do a gas build I might still look into a RIMS tube to keep the mash at temp.  That being said if you can stir the mash and are okay with vorloff you'll be fine.  Not as precise as keeping the mash liquid recirculating and occasionally hitting it with a bit of heat, but excellent beer is made with all types of systems.

If you we're going to use gas, I would shoot for the HERMS system.  My first HERMS coil in my HLT was a 50ft 1/2" stainless steel immersion chiller from Midwest Supplies. I got to play around with the process without punching holes in fancy kettles.  Kind of a simple HERMS setup MLT-->Pump-->IC in HLT-->hose floated on top of MLT.

A fairly simple way to try HERMS mashing out.

All Grain Brewing / HERMS vs RIMS
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:51:16 AM »
I've built and used both and always used ULWD electric elements in both set ups.  I'm back to the RIMS setup mainly because it was easier to set temperatures.  I can bring temps up faster as well with 3 elements.  During spargeing I run out of the MLT through the RIMS tube and into the Boil Kettle.  I've got 4500 watts in the RIMS tube and 5500 in the kettle, I'm easily at boiling at the end of the sparge.

I found that using the HLT to hold the HERMS coil it took longer to ramp temps up for Mashout.

Neither system produced better beer, they were roughly equivalent.

General Homebrew Discussion / Porter psi
« on: October 08, 2012, 01:18:51 PM »
I typically use CO2 only to force carbonate to 2 volumes (8 psi at 40F) then move to a beer gas mix where I run at 30 PSI into the stout faucet. 

The stout faucet has a restrictor plate that allows you to get that creamy head, by forcing the beer through 5 tiny holes at high pressure.  I have not balanced my keg lines with the stout faucet, but perhaps with a long enough line you could not use a restrictor plate.

Equipment and Software / Stained Plastic Fermenters
« on: October 07, 2012, 04:05:20 AM »
Which kind of plastic fermenters?

Equipment and Software / Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:13:23 PM »
If you need to see what's going on and are okay with using PBW properly you can't go wrong with Better Bottles. 

If you need to scrub something to know it's clean you are better off with glass. 

If you don't need to watch, I'm a big fan of buckets or conicals. 

I've used most of them, some bigger and some smaller and they all work.  To me it's more of a question of whether or not the activities involved in the proper care of the fermenter agree with you or not.

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