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Beer Travel / Re: Manchester NH to portland ME
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:58:47 AM »
nosh in Portland - Fantastic food and a small but good tap selection.

Also if you are looking to browse some bottled beers, Carl's Meat Market in Kittery is worth a stop.

Certainly appreciate the feedback everyone. Thanks again.

General Homebrew Discussion / Looking for O2 system recommendations
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:01:04 AM »
I have been giving some thought to getting an O2 system. I see a fair amount of options out there. I currently have a Brutus style stand, I use a conical fermenter and a spiedel. I was hoping to get some feedback on what has worked for you. I'm open to any suggestions; a budget system that works well for you or if say money was no object I would buy.... Thanks.

Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:44:22 AM »
I use the Monster Mill 3. I have had zero issues with it.

Ingredients / Re: cayenne pepper
« on: April 01, 2014, 09:12:04 AM »
I would think then that a teaspoon for 5 gallons would definitely be noticeable but not too overpowering. Only one way to find out though, right? I am very curious to hear how it comes out. :)

Ingredients / Re: cayenne pepper
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:42:11 AM »
I have not used cayenne pepper in a brew. But when I cook with it I use it largely to adjust heat, I find the pepper will adjust the heat level without impacting the flavor very much. This has been my experience anyways. Not sure if this helps you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for some Double Batch advice
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:35:49 AM »
I was thinking about that also. Longer brew day but less chance for variation/problems doing it all in one day. Thanks again.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality of All grain vs. Extract
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:26:56 AM »
It's all extract brewing,  just a question of who's doing the extracting

Ha!! That's what I tell anyone who asks. I usually get blanks stares or furious words hurled my way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for some Double Batch advice
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:20:28 AM »
I had no idea about the manufacturing process for the yeast. This definitely makes sense to me. So that being said, if I'm understanding correctly, dry yeast is really generally intended for a direct pitch?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for some Double Batch advice
« on: March 21, 2014, 08:53:37 AM »
good point jonathan about aeration - forgot about that - they do aerate in line.  perhaps, if he chills in the kettle (Immersion chiller) he could aerate prior to running off, although that would likely stir up the previously settled trub.

not sure on the headspace - 22gal for 20 wort would be close...

The fermenter is 23 gallons, i had figured this would be fairly under undersized for the size of the batch. But I should end up with a bit under 10 gallons with each, it's definitely going to be close. I don't have aeration set-up but I do pump in from the top of the fermenter, suspending the hose over the liquid. I know it's not ideal for getting enough O2 in to the batch. But this is what i have to work with right now.
    Could you enlighten me a bit on your statement about starters not working well with dry yeast? I have no problem adjusting my process, just need looking for a little more insight.

And thank you both for the feedback.

General Homebrew Discussion / Looking for some Double Batch advice
« on: March 21, 2014, 07:15:43 AM »
I presently have the capability to ferment 20 gallons in one fermenter. But my brewstand will do 10 gallons in a session. I want to ferment all 20 gallons in the same vessel. My plan is to brew 10 gallons on Saturday and pitch the starter I have going right now. Then on Sunday brew my second 10 gallons and pump that into the already fermenting batch. Aside from potential risk of infection (I am pretty surgical with my clean-up, prep, and sanitizing but that doesn't rule it out as potential factor.)does anyone see any potential flaws or have any advice for this endeavor? I have a 2000ml starter of S-05 which has been very successful in my past 10 gallon bathes for this brew. Also i am using a Brutus build for my brewing, not sure if this necessary information. Thanks in advance.

This is great!! Thanks for the pictures. I have been stumped on mounting my drill. I don't why I couldn't think around trying to mount it upright instead of just laying it on it's side. I'll be setting up a similar mount this weekend!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What size CO2 tank is appropriate?
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:52:23 AM »
I started with the standard 5 pounder when i first got my kegging system about 3 years ago. I just bought a 20 pounder this week after i found out the cost difference in fill-ups. I figure I'll keep the big bottle for everything I do around the brewery and the small bottle for bringing to parties and such. I have absolutely no regrets getting the bigger bottle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kitchen sink to QD adapter coupling?
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:19:36 AM »
I'm not sure what anyone's opinion on these are but when i first started converting over to QD's for my chiller I found these to work great. They don't have a barb style available but I have no leaks with these installed. May not be exactly what you're looking for.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kitchen sink to QD adapter coupling?
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:11:05 AM »
I don't, but i like that idea. I want to make up some custom garden hose lengths for my sink and that would be perfect. If I find anything I'll let you know.

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