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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: Today at 08:41:57 AM »
I'll be there with several club members.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:16:41 PM »
Made a three-quart yeast starter for a lager.  It was in a brown gallon jug.  I also keep my Star-San in a brown gallon jug and reuse it.  Used some Star-San and went to pour it back in the jug.  When the jug overflowed before half the Star-San was in, I knew what I had done.  Whoever says it doesn't kill yeast is wrong. I decanted and pitched the yeast.  That lager had a very poor ferment.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Using the thermostar dudal mode controller
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:01:54 PM »
Wouldn't hurt to have a computer fan moving the air in there

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:22:25 PM »
I got the rejection email late yesterday.  I was running a fever from the flu, so it was very well received.

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My first brew back in 2001 was an English Brown Ale extract kit.  I thought it was fantastic, but I really hadn't had any great beer back then.  If my current palate tasted it, probably a meh reaction,

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Recomendations On Using Gelatin To Clarify
« on: January 19, 2017, 08:01:04 AM »
I don't have a good way to cold crash a fermenter, so I use a cornie as sort of a "bright tank." I have one cornie with a shortened dip tube.  I rack the beer into and chill, then I add the gelatin.  After a few days I transfer the bright beer to another keg with a liquid to liquid jumper line.  Works great.

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Glass carboys make fine fermenters.

I sparge my mashes (No such thing as fly sparge: only sparge, no sparge, and batch sparge.)

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Equipment and Software / Re: HERMS RIMS HYBRID OPINIONS
« on: November 23, 2016, 11:17:22 AM »
That's exactly what I've been using since 2005.  Requires two pumps. I probably wouldn't do it way if I were starting today. Back then a lot of RIMS users were complaining about scorching.  The elements have improved greatly with ultra-low watt density.

I pump water from a bucket through a water-heater element RIMS tube an into the outer shell of a CFC and back into the bucket.  Mash liquor is pumped out of the tun through the center of the CFC in the other direction and back into the top of the mash tun.  A temperature probe in the hot mash liquor return is read by a PID and controls the RIMS element.  I'm very happy with it, but if I were starting today I'd probably get a RIMS Rocket.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash thickness
« on: November 20, 2016, 03:56:36 PM »
Just add water when you add the specialty malts in the same ratio you used for the base malt. If the amount of water you calculate isn't much, skip it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Historic British IPA and Brett C
« on: November 02, 2016, 02:05:08 PM »
Affect will be subtle when adding it after fermentation is complete. Even more so if that keg is cold.  My experience has been a pleasant fruitiness with very little funk.  I usually add it to the primary after about 3 days of fermentation.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Advanced Brewing Materials for AHA Forum
« on: October 31, 2016, 12:25:55 PM »
Thanks.  I bookmarked the google drive page in case this thread gets buried.

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I brewed it according to the recipe using Beersmith to adjust to my brewhouse efficiency.  My OG/FG was 1.070/1.023 and it's a fantastic beer.  You'll get a higher FG with all that lactose and it will be a little sweeter.  It should be tasty.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt conditioning
« on: September 04, 2016, 11:18:00 AM »
Biggest thing I noticed when I started conditioning the malt was dust-free crushing.  I used to crush out in the driveway so the cloud would blow away.  That was often brutal since I do most of my brewing in the winter.  Without the dust, I moved crushing into the garage where I brew.  Then I started getting lacto infections in some beers. :(  I guess there still is dust, just not enough to see it.

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What kind of string?

I use dental floss tape with a glob of keg lube at the O-ring. Works great.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dedicated home-brew supply store?
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:54:50 AM »
I live halfway between a full-service LHBS, Maryland Homebrew, and a corner of the 3 Stars Brewery called the DC Homebrew Shop. Each is about a half-hour drive.  Because of its much bigger inventory, I will always head toward Maryland Homebrew unless I have another reason to go to 3 Stars Brewery.

The benefits of living in a crowded, East-coast metroplex, I guess.

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