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Other Fermentables / Re: Dry mead with SG 1.050???
« on: March 30, 2015, 09:02:07 AM »
My guess is that the dryness is due to your yeast choice.  Champagne yeast will chew through the vast majority of sugars leaving little to no residual sweetness.   Add potassium sorbate as per directions to prevent fermentation from restarting.....pull off apx 1 liter of must......disolve 1/2-1 pound of honey into it and back sweeten to taste.   

Equipment and Software / Re: Digital vs Old School
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:55:45 PM »
I use analog for controlling fridge/freezer temp and digital for controlling fermentation vessel temps.

Equipment and Software / Re: stupid refractometer question
« on: February 10, 2015, 07:36:32 AM »
I found this article helpful in for caring for and calibrating my refractometer:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:59:07 PM »
Not as warm I made a Cyser in the basement.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer of the Month Club
« on: February 05, 2015, 03:24:29 PM »
I received a membership as a gift.  Some very decent beers but nothing outstanding.  What I did like was the awesome shipping containers for sending entries to competitions.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 21, 2014, 07:03:40 AM »
+1 to the Dremel tool.   I've used one with a thin cutting wheel many times to cut plastic.  Works great.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:23:05 AM »
, some of my favorite places to drink involve standing in a basement, around a floor drain, and in front of the kegerator. :D

I know that basement.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:10:35 PM »
     I'd wager that in 90% of competitions, the home club takes home a significant percentage of the awards.  It's natural to support your own comp.   A large number of my club members only enter ours.   Some are excellent brewers who have no interest in shipping entries to other cities/states. 

Ingredients / Re: Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:18:36 AM »
By far the best coffee stout I ever made was using Cafe Du Monde's coffee with chickory.   I used a rye stout base and cold steeped the coffee.  Judges and friends loved that beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: cold-weather brewing
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:14:43 PM »
I bring mash and sparge water from the house in buckets (145 degrees so less time in the garage waiting for it to heat up) and I keep the hose for chilling inside until the last second.  Irish coffee helps as well.

All good advice. I wouldn't go to the trouble of building a cradle with casters, though.  Go to your local discount tool or home improvement store and pick up a furniture dolly.  They run under $15 and work perfectly.   Position the empty barrel on it and screw/nail a couple of 2x4 s to keep it from rolling.  Less than a 5 minute project.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 2/16/14
« on: February 16, 2014, 02:50:09 PM »
Not brewing, but bottling an English Barleywine, an American Barleywine and a Tupelo mead.  Going to have to clean more bottles.  :P

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:57:42 AM »
Myles wears pink boots?

Ingredients / Re: If you had to choose only 3...
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:50:50 AM »
1. Rahr 2 row
2. Weyermann's Pils
3. Crisp Maris Otter
4. Weyermann's Munich
I've also began using Rahr pils for APA's and Ipa's.   I stick with the Weyermann's for German styles.

Glad to hear things went well. 

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