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Pimp My System / Re: GCBC 1BBL Pilot Build
« on: June 26, 2014, 06:40:19 AM »
That is awesome!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:19:36 PM »
I usually mill by hand (although I will occasionally bust out the drill).  To pass the time, I count the number of revolutions.

Now I'm curious...how many revolutions are there in a 5 gallon batch? (I have flash backs to the Tootsie Pop commercials  ;D )

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:08:54 AM »
I'm thinking the rare, but possible, unanimous decision from this thread to have a powered grain mill  :D

There's a plumbing/electrical supply company down the road from me so I may just stop down to the store and see what low RPM/high torque small electric motors they have.

Thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:43:24 AM »
After posting a clarity issue with some new equipment and reading the recent grain mill thread I've put some serious thought towards buying my own mill. For those out there that mill their own grain do you have the hand crank or do you have a motor for it? What, if any, advantages are there to each?

Thanks for all your insight!

Casey

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to brewing, a few questions
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:55:28 AM »
one fermentation bucket, a plastic carboy, and a bottling bucket (with a spigot).

sounds to me like you can start at least two beers 8)

+1

and I would recommend it as well, homebrew goes fast!


how would i do two beers? wouldn't my first ferment always be in the bucket or would I just do a first fermentation in the carboy?

Welcome to homebrewing!!!!!

As others have pointed out there are some great books out there to help get you going in the right direction. I also bought a starter kit for my first beer, although mine came with a DVD so I was able to watch and visualize the process. If your kit didn't come with a DVD I would recommend Basic Brewing's DVD's or there's some good Youtube videos out there as well.

One thing you'll note with this community is that if you ask a question you'll get a dozen answers  :o  Although I have yet to be steered wrong so ask lots of questions and prepare yourself for the new obsession!

Cheers!

Casey

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Countertops and Homebrewing
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:37:36 AM »
When I brewed this Saturday it occurred to me how lucky I am that our kitchen is old so it didn't matter that I dripped some undiluted Starsan on the counter or banged it with a kettle that I was cleaning.  The old laminate looks just like it did before I brewed.  That said, I'm sure at some point my wife would like to make a change so I'd better start thinking about it. 

What type of countertops do you have and how are they holding up?  Heard of any disaster stories?

Thanks!

Personally I would avoid any hard countertops like granite/stone if you have any glass carboys and if you have the exposed stone (not the highly polished/sealed granite but the rough cut) it will instantly absorb any liquids.

I'm about to start work on the "brewery" in the basement and personally I'm sticking with stainless steel sinks and for countertops I'm sticking to lament  or sealed wood from pine bettle kill. At any rate anything I use will be easy to clean, stain resitant, and if at all possible "soft".

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Boilermaker Clarity Issues
« on: June 24, 2014, 07:39:34 AM »
It's a large 20 gallon pot. I'm thinking it may be that there wasn't enough grain bed to create the filtration necessary...hopefully all I have to do is brew more beer  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Boilermaker Clarity Issues
« on: June 23, 2014, 07:09:31 AM »
Sorry I corrected the original post to state I mashed in my boilermaker with the false bottom. I use the same boilermaker as a kettle after transferring the wort from my collecting pot, but my issue is when I collect the wort from the mashtun.

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What about a mild? Those are generally 3-3.5% beers to start with and have good flavor. I can image mashing with a higher temp as already suggested and maybe scaling back on your base malt would get you down into the 2% range without much trade off in flavor.

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Equipment and Software / Blichmann Boilermaker Clarity Issues
« on: June 23, 2014, 06:55:12 AM »
I mashed my second batch of beer on my new Blichmann Boilermaker with a false bottom this weekend and have some concerning results. Both batches have been 5 gallon batches with the first being a belgian blonde and the second being a wheat beer. Both have 8-9lb grain bills.

In both batches no matter how carefully, slowly, or the amount of wort I vorlaufed I could not get it to run clear. I ended up having to let the wort settle and then rack off of that to get a more clear (but not clear) wort.

I've read other posts and reviews that swear they get the cleariest wort without any issues...what am I missing?! Is it because my batches are too small and I'm not getting enough grain bed to filter everything out? Any help is appreciated!

**Update: I followed the advise below and brewed 2 large 10 gallon batches. Turns out the issue was grain depth. I've had nothing but amazingly clear wort since upping my grain bed depth. Thanks!**

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I've never had a batch I've dumped but I have made some experimental beers such as a watermelon wit that came out fine...but 5 gallons of it is way way way too much.

I did take a few beers back from a buddy I gave a bunch of bottles to. He claimed they kept exploding but the ones I kept and the ones I took back are perfectly carbonated. He's off the list of beer receiptients for being a drama queen.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Thinking about trying my had at mead
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:24:40 AM »
Any additions of flavoring, fruit (technically that becomes a melomel), etc drastically changes the flavoring of mead. There's nothing wrong with it and can be quite good but if this is the first try at your recipe I would suggest a straight mead so you get the process down and know what your base flavor tastes like before you start making changes.

The only other thing I have to add to Mort's post is to have lots of patience. Let it ferment in the primary for about 2 weeks (or until done but generally 2 weeks), move to a secondary and forget about it for about 6-12 months. Just put the secondary with your mead in a cool and dark spot. When it clears it clears, don't try to rush it for the first batch. I made that mistakemy first batch and still wish I would have just waited to let the mead be ready when it's ready, not when I want it to be ready.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My first storage/aging experiment.
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:16:24 AM »
Before purchasing my current house we lived in apartments that tended to be quite warm in the summers. I noticed that my beers from the apartment which were aged at about 72F+ tended to have a short shelf life, more likely to be gushers, and fruity tasting. My current house has a basement with a temp around 66-68 which results in a beer similar to how you described your room aged beer. I've never compared a refrigeratored beer to a room age beer but that may be the next experiment.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this week?
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:30:29 AM »
This weekend has a my brother's backyard brew off competition  ;D

It's less of a competition than it is sibling rivarly over who has the better beer. I'll end up buy grain etc for another beer that is yet to be planned out so I can brew later in the week.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most frustrating waste of beer ever
« on: June 05, 2014, 09:55:09 AM »
Picnic tap? You probably shouldn't trust those to hold force carbonating pressures. That's too bad.  :(

FWIW, I use nothing but picnic taps and force carb and there's never been a problem.

+1, except once when the tap had a hairline crack. That was thankfully quite minor ( < 1 pint)

I took the picnic tap apart after I discovered the leak and found the spring inside of it was sticking. I assume it stuck just enough to leave a small gap that, with the pressure, slowly leaked :(

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