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All Grain Brewing / Re: Dedicated home-brew store in your neighborhood?
« on: December 26, 2014, 10:02:21 AM »
I have a homebrew store about 10 minutes away.  Grains yeast kits equipment for beer and wine and knowledgeable staff.  Another store in the franchise about 20 minutes away is my preferred store.  Same supplies but only one person.  He seems to know what he's doing.  I also have a couple wine and beer stores ( like total wine) That carry DME beer kits. I even have a home kegging store less than 10 minutes away.  CO2. Supplies. Equipment.  Kegs. Sometimes DME kits

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Equipment and Software / Re: Share your brew stands!
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:34:15 PM »


I actually don't use the upper cooler.  If I had a second burner I would put It there to heat a hot liquor tank and avoid lifting or as I do it now. Moving sparge water one pitcher at a time from the boil kettle. I currently use the upper cooler on the floor as a collector for wort until I free up the boil kettle.

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Beer Travel / Re: Any thoughts on Asheville?
« on: December 07, 2014, 08:01:02 PM »
I haven't been there since they became this new mecca but I do live in NC. They are a big place for craft brewing.  Even the big guys like Sierra are brewing there. Maybe a little research on the many breweries before a visit is in order. 

I live in Charlotte with maybe a dozen craft breweries and have yet to actually visit one.   Had some of their products and reviewed their websites and picked a few favorites to visit based on what they brew.The menu and my impressions of their craft.

I haven't looked at many of the breweries in Asheville but I have not seen any mention of what you discribe in Charlotte brew pubs

Maybe It was just bad luck on your choices with others trying to cash in on the success of the real thing

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New to kegging
« on: November 10, 2014, 02:59:39 PM »
CO2 tank

ahh the obvious-good catch
Please re-read the second sentence in the original post.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sludge
« on: October 20, 2014, 05:19:33 PM »
I recently saw a study comparing two identical beers.  One fermented with minimal trub as if siphoned.  The other with all sludge thrown in.  The end result was that the clearest final product was the all sludge version. I don't recall That there was any  taste preference

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First go round
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:55:08 PM »
Hey.  I'm in Charlotte too. I usually go to the alternative beverage in Monroe.  Less warehouse like and great service. 

Anyway many try to sink the hop bag ( that you should have sanitized) using some sort of weights like marbles.

The kits sold at AB are generally very good and you should be pleased with the results. They all use 05 or 04 ale yeast.

 The first improvement should be temperature control. A swamp cooler or some other passive cooling method is inexpensive and will make the most noticeable improvement.

As far as what you saw of the krausen stain after a week  that is normal. I only secondary when I need to free up the fermenter for the next batch but want/need to hold the beer a little longer before kegging or bottling.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenter Sans Bubbling
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:26:36 PM »
I have found that I need remove the sealing ring then reinsert it in the lid and use a mallet to get a good seal on the bucket.

 If I just pound it with my hand it often leaks even with minimal liquid in the air lock.

Either way I just assume the yeast is doing its job. I do like to hear that glurp glurp sound just to let me know all is well.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: too much foam from tap ?
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:35:49 PM »
Are they all foamy or just the first pour?   If subsequent pours immediately following the first are better it is usually unchilled beerline in the tower.  Also check the temp in the kegerator by filling a container of water and placing at the door of the kegerator. Should by close to 40.



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Kegging and Bottling / Re: too much foam from tap ?
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:34:29 PM »
Are they all foamy or just the first pour?   If subsequent pours immediately following the first are better it is usually unchilled beerline. Also check the temp in the kegerator by filling a container of water and placing at the door of the kegerator. Should by close to 40.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Cleanup
« on: August 03, 2014, 04:00:43 PM »
It is supposed to do that.  All bottle conditioned beer will have this layer. That is the yeast that is carbonating the bottle for you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer minus hops
« on: January 20, 2014, 09:26:55 AM »
I have essentially the same no hop recipe as Bigchicken from my grandfather.  I brewed it with a no hop LME and sugar like the recipe instructed.  Did use corn sugar to bottle. 
Not good almost horrible

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The Pub / Re: PC wifi wiped out
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:14:14 PM »
I would try malwarebytes then spybot search and destroy then do the restore (possibly in safe mode)

Reinstall if none of that works unless you want to spend untold hours attempting to remove manually assuming you even can figure out how

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Converting you wife
« on: November 07, 2013, 05:52:41 PM »
Its the SWIRL at the end

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The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 27, 2013, 09:08:41 AM »
My first post in the forum.

My other hobby might b4 of interest to those hikers and those with kids...Geocaching

Now that you don't need a dedicated GPS to do it more can give it a try. A smart phone works to find hidden containers all over the world. Some are very creative and could be anywhere..a parking lot at the mall or deep in the Woods.
Doesn't cost a thing if you have a smart phone or handheld GPS and free membership to any of the listing sites.
Geocaching.com
OpenCaching.us
TerraCaching.com




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