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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency survey
« on: Today at 07:16:04 AM »
I am right around 70-74% efficiently. I love my set up except for my mash tun. I mash in a 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler and I can't wait to switch. It's hard to do 10 gallon batches and it's always hotter at the bottom than it is the top from what I have seen. The temperature variation is what really gets me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:20:33 PM »
Holy crap. Never knew that. Makes me wanna lock him up when I'm weighing out hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:04:18 PM »
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains

You probably know this already, but keep the dog away from the hops.
Didn't know that actually. Hope the little guy doesn't ever get into them. What happens if they do get into some hops?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:55:31 PM »
My hats off to your dog for catching on fire during a brew.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:56:00 PM »
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:48:23 PM »
So I am starting this post so I can vent to others who may share the same pain as me. I feel like my  kids secretly plot to sabotage my home brew. The most recent distruction I noticed was at 7:00 this morning when I opened the fridge. I had rinsed some  Wehenstephen Wizen yeast about two weeks ago. It looked amazing and I had probably 700 mils of it just minding its business in the fridge. Well my youngest had turned the fridge to the coldest setting causing everything to freeze. My jar of yeast was frozen solid. I might have tried to salvage some of it but the lid popped off causing some of contents to go everywhere before it completely froze in the middle of the night.

Instance two. So I often let my oldest help me out by adding hops during the boil or just tagging along to the
LHBS. About a month ago I did a batch late morning and she was helping as usual. I turned off the burner and put my immersion chiller in and went inside to get some coffee. When I opened the door to go back outside, the very sight of what she was doing horrified me. She had the end of the hose from the chiller where all the water comes out pointed right at my kettle. God knows how much of that water made it in there. She cried and I almost did with her.

So there's a couple of my stories, what have your minions done to you to sabatoge your brew?
yea, those darn teen agers, what ya goin do wit them

No not teenagers. I have a 6 year old, 3 year old and a two year old. All girls and there not always crazy. Just sometimes

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:06:33 AM »
The equipment makes me nervous with them around. Mostly the burner cause of how much heat those things put it out

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Ingredients / Re: Cocoa powder
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:48:00 AM »
So if I used nibs instead are they just as potent? It did say in the book that the hazelnut extract was extremely potent. Figured I would add small amounts at a time until I got it right

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Ingredients / Cocoa powder
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:59:01 PM »
So I am going to brew a chocolate hazelnut porter found in Brewing classic styles. It calls for the use of unsweetened cocoa powder. Never thought I would be using this in a brew. Anyone have any brands they recommend? I'm guessing this is just something I can get at the grocery store

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General Homebrew Discussion / Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:04:39 PM »
So I am starting this post so I can vent to others who may share the same pain as me. I feel like my  kids secretly plot to sabotage my home brew. The most recent distruction I noticed was at 7:00 this morning when I opened the fridge. I had rinsed some  Wehenstephen Wizen yeast about two weeks ago. It looked amazing and I had probably 700 mils of it just minding its business in the fridge. Well my youngest had turned the fridge to the coldest setting causing everything to freeze. My jar of yeast was frozen solid. I might have tried to salvage some of it but the lid popped off causing some of contents to go everywhere before it completely froze in the middle of the night.

Instance two. So I often let my oldest help me out by adding hops during the boil or just tagging along to the LHBS. About a month ago I did a batch late morning and she was helping as usual. I turned off the burner and put my immersion chiller in and went inside to get some coffee. When I opened the door to go back outside, the very sight of what she was doing horrified me. She had the end of the hose from the chiller where all the water comes out pointed right at my kettle. God knows how much of that water made it in there. She cried and I almost did with her.

So there's a couple of my stories, what have your minions done to you to sabatoge your brew?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash question
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:52:28 AM »
Well I think next time I am just going to add a little less than I think I need. It's always easier to add a little at a time. You can't really take anything back once you've added to it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:50:36 AM »
That's pretty cool man. Hope to get into judging after the Army moves me to Ft Lewis.  Good to see your wife get involved with everything. Did you have to twist her arm or she just that kind of person?

Ft Lewis actually has a rather large homebrew competition sponsored by the MWR. They are always looking for judges, so you shouldn't have a problem with it.

That's good to hear. I knew that there would be a homebrew scene up there. It was either that or germany. Wife didn't wanna go

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:20:42 PM »
That's pretty cool man. Hope to get into judging after the Army moves me to Ft Lewis.  Good to see your wife get involved with everything. Did you have to twist her arm or she just that kind of person?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:18:19 PM »
If feel like I have been in a brewing slump for the last two weekends. Nothing has seem to go right for me. Missing my mash temps and such. Gonna step back for my batch this weekend coming up and be more methodical than usual

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General Homebrew Discussion / Mash question
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:20:52 PM »
So my mash temp was a little hotter than I wanted and added to much cold water (1.5 quarts).  Checked it after 10 minutes and it had fricken dropped into the low 140s. Just added 1.5 quarts of 185 and it's holding now. My question is how much will this jump in temps affect my beer.

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