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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinions on Homebrewing Equipment
« on: December 21, 2015, 03:44:49 PM »
I have a lot of the same items Jim mentions.  For all the years I've been AG, my system has been a simple gravity fed one.  Aluminum pot HLT, cooler mash tun and beat up keggle, set up on saw horses and cinder blocks with a step ladder on the side and a home made ghetto immersion chiller.

I recently got some extra spending cash and "splurged" on an SS Brewtech 15 gal. boil kettle with false bottom and thermomoter and a JaDed brewing immersion chiller. I also bought a bunch of 6160 aluminum angle, hardware and casters to build a dedicated brewstand that I can pull out on brew day and wheel away after clean up. I'll be in for ~$850.00 when it's all done. But I think it will be money well spent. I thought about going single-tier and getting pumps, but every time I have been at a fellow homebrewer's session that had a pump, the pump was a PITA - there was always some issue. So no - I'm sticking to gravity fed.

My other hobby is model railroading.  I'll be starting a new train layout soon.  You want expensive?  Here's the hobby for you. $200 for one new HO locomotive is not uncommon these days.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Holiday Cheer
« on: December 18, 2015, 03:30:05 PM »
Pearl is still around? Last time I was in Texas (Nov., 2014) I never saw it.  I thought they had folded up their tent years ago. Personally, I'd take Shiner over Lone Star any day - if those were my only choices.

Beer Recipes / Re: English Pale Hops Question
« on: December 18, 2015, 08:15:35 AM »
Try it, I think you'll like it.  I brewed an English IPA (read not West Coast, in-your-face, uber-IPA) with all Brewers Gold and really enjoyed it.

I mash in a red cooler.  Red coolers have it all over those pesky blue coolers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Playing Favorites
« on: December 16, 2015, 03:31:39 PM »
Pilsner malt -Best
Pale malt - Rahr
Munich malt/Vienna malt - Best or Weyermann
Other Base malts (MO/GP) - TF or Crisp MO, Simpsons GP
Specialty malt(s) - special roast, C90
Bittering hops - Magnum, but depends on style
Aroma hops - too many to choose. Citra, Amarillo and (still) Cascade for IPA's, EKG, Styrians... 
Flavor hops - too many to choose...
Adjuncts - oats, wheat
Sugars - table sugar, sometimes local honey (sourwood and gallberry)

Ingredients / Re: T'N'T Hops ?
« on: December 03, 2015, 03:09:56 PM »
Am I the only one to immediately have AC/DC go through my mind right now?

Ingredients / Re: Oats
« on: October 30, 2015, 12:34:03 PM »
Another vote for flaked (not quick oats), toasted.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 15, 2015, 02:00:12 PM »
Most people are going to say I'm crazy, and it pains me to say this, but I am not a fan of Saaz. Every time I have used them in a Pilsner (twice), I get a soapy flavor. The last two times I tried the same recipe, I substited Polish Lublin and Sterling and got much better results.  I doubt it is my water.  It is very soft (Chattahoochee River / Lake Lanier source) run through a charcoal filter.  I use no adjustments for a Pilsner. I can post Ward Labs test specs.

Beer Recipes / Re: Help dialing in a Saison recipe
« on: September 04, 2015, 02:31:45 PM »
You can skip the beta amylase rest and just do a single infusion.

All Grain Brewing / Re: color of Susan
« on: August 18, 2015, 01:06:38 PM »
I brewed the one on the right. I bet if I'd shot this pic outdoors and tweaked it, it would look the same.

I have used a mix-stir / wine degasser chocked into my drill for years now, even my few 1.102 OG beers.  No issues.  I've toyed with going with an aeration stone and O2 tank, but would honestly rather spend my money on other things, like expanding/improving my fermantation chamber.

...  That's all I have to say about HBT other than the forum is chock full of one-year-wonder home brewers who are absolutely certain that they are master brewers.  This forum is smaller.  However, on average, the level of experience each forum member possesses is much higher, and so is the maturity level.   There are many amateur brewers on this site that have been through many home brewing fads.

^^^ This! I used to be on HBT all the time back when I began in 1998.  By around 2006-7, I spent less time there.  Now, it's a different place completely- one I don't care for so much. Just my opinion. This forum is the only one I look at on a nearly-daily basis these days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting Smegma out of Better Bottles
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:06:13 AM »
I take a bottle brush, invert a clean tube sock over it so that the nubby part is facing out, pull that over the brush and use it like I would in a glass carboy.  Just using an uncovered bottle brush will scratch the plastic inside.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dumping a batch
« on: July 29, 2015, 07:34:39 AM »
Just had to do it myself to a Maibock last Sunday. It was great going into the keg.  But after time in the keg, it went way south - foamy (although it had been purged, but never carbed), flabby, too dry, acidic, etc.  I soon realized the keg had developed what looked like stubborn rust on the bottom and, try as I might, I can't get it to removed. It must be harboring some bacteria. Will canibalize it for parts, then send it to the recycling tomorrow.  :(

Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: July 01, 2015, 12:45:46 PM »
Best for Pils, Vienna or Munich
Fawcett or Crisp for Maris Otter or Golden Promise
Rahr domestic 2 Row
For my Cream Ale, CAP or any recipe that calls for a corn adjunct, I go with Nora Mill "Georgia Ice Cream" grits and a cereal mash. Worth the effort, IMO.  I will never go back to flaked maize again.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 13, 2015, 07:36:33 AM »
I use that Bertus method, too.  In the keg.

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