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Beer Travel / Hop Museum
« on: March 14, 2015, 06:32:41 PM »
So I am in the Army and the sent some of us on temporary assignment to Germany. I had posted a while back asking for advice on places to go. Everyone had recommended places to try beer and its just everywhere here. All of the local pils has been amazing but I cannot seem to drink enough of the Dunkelwiezen. It is just the best damn beer I have ever had, going to miss it. Not only is the beer good, but its really, really cheap. Like $2.25 for a .5 liter cheap

So when driving towards Munich we were deep in Hop country and we spotted a sign for a Hop museum. Holy crap this was the coolest thing that I had seen in a while. It cost about $5 to get in but if you really look it everything you could be in there for and hour and a half. I will post pictures once I can, but it was incredible. Once your done with the museum there is a little bakery across the street that sells their local Hefe

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: flbrewer
« on: March 01, 2015, 06:19:07 PM »
I grew up in Melbourne, miss it sometimes. My sister in-law is from Jacksonville. Hope to get stationed at Ft Stewart after we are done in Fairbanks, AK. Would be awesome to catch a Dolphins/Jag game!

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: flbrewer
« on: March 01, 2015, 06:18:16 PM »
I grew up in Melbourne, miss it sometimes. My sister in-law is from Jacksonville. Hope to get stationed at Ft Stewart after we are done in Fairbanks, AK. Would be awesome to catch a Dolphins/Jag game!

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Equipment and Software / Re: New to this hobby
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:33:45 PM »
If you want a book that might be a bit easier to read, I would recommend you read How to Brew by John Palmer. It is a little easier to follow than Complete Joy of Home brewing. I have both and will refer to either one of them as a reference pretty often. How to Brew's chapter on all grain brewing is pretty much step by step and is really easy to follow.

Another thing you could do is watch the videos on home brewing here on the AHA website. The videos are well put together. If you do have questions about anything else just post here on the forum. There are many people who will give you great advice. Welcome to the hobby, its a lot of fun!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash temp and thermometer
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:52:21 PM »
I use this (http://www.thermoworks.com/products/low_cost/rt600b.html) made by the thermopen people. It's very accurate and reasonably quick but not as fast or accurate as a thermopen. It's a fifth of the price but not a fifth of the quality. It's a good product. It was $19 well spent.

156 is pretty high for a mash. I'd think 148-152 would be a better range for that style but I'm not one for brewing IPAs so I'll let others come in and give you better suggestions.

There's nothing about being self-made that doesn't benefit from having allies and mentors around you. Every successful person has had people around them that they lean on. If that is the reason you have declined joining a local group then I'd encourage you to rethink that attitude.
It really isn't my choice for not being in the homebrew club, at least until I move. I got back from Afghanistan 9 months ago and now we are moving to Alaska in May. So there is a club up there in Fairbanks and I do plan on joining. Looking forward to it. When I took up deer hunting my neighbor taught me more than I could have learned on my own. After about 5 years he would sometimes take my advice.

If it wasn't for this forum I would probably botched a few more batches than necessary.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Mash temp and thermometer
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:26:47 PM »
So I don't know if anyone else has had times in their home brewing adventures where they feel frustrated. My thermometer sucks and it needs to be replaced. As of right now I use a floating thermometer that I got with my kit when I first started brewing two years ago. I had one of the lab thermometers from Austin home brew supply but it broke. I am searching for something for someone in a budget, that isn't junk ( looking to spend up to about $25 -$35 bucks).

The other thing that is on my mind is the competition that I got my score sheets back from this weekend. Keep in mind please that I am not in it for glory, its more or less for me to get feed back from people who don't drink a blue moon and think its Gods gift to man.

Judges came at me hard for my IPA not finishing dry. Its things like that which are brought to my attention that I would have never noticed. I honestly think the beer is pretty good. Judge recommended that I lower my mash temp. I mashed at 156 for 75 minutes. So mashing at lets say 150 would have given me a beer with a dryer finish? Just didn't read that from what I remember. I am not a member of a local brew club (not by choice) so I have been completely self taught on everything!! Its fun but sucks at the same time. That line about being a self made man is a croc sometimes!

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 03:02:40 PM »
No unbroken husks, I thought it looked good. It was just suprising how much different it looked. The reason I bought the mill in the first place is because I had a feeling the crush from the LHBS wasn't up to par. Probably why I had not been hitting my target gravity's

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:58:18 PM »
Thanks Steve. I was just shocked at how much more powdery the grain was vs. what its like from the LHBS

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:57:24 PM »



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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Break-In
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:55:14 PM »
So I ordered the same crusher you did about a week ago. Did a crush on mine today and I am only used to doing my grain at the LHBS. When I used mine when I got it today, I was suprised. The grain when its milled at the LHBS looks nothing like this at all. My grain seemed a lot more powdery. Was yours like this as well, and could someone else enlighten me?

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:23:01 PM »
So I might just unplug the computer and throw it. You do just highlight the URL and place in between the   right?

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:15:54 PM »

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Equipment and Software / The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:55:00 PM »
So I got my Barley Crusher today when home at lunch. I had just enough time to run about 1.5 pounds of malt through it before I had to go back to work. Would like to post a couple of pics of what the crush looks like so that you can tell me what you think. It is an adjustable mill and I did not do any type of tinkering with it. How do you load pics on the forum so that I can show you guys what it looks like.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Controller and my fridge
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:26:39 AM »
How well would you say that the thermowell works? I had looked at those as well but after buying a mill and temp controller this week so my wife might throat punch me for spending more money. Do any of you guys use the temp wraps?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Controller and my fridge
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:02:24 PM »
I like the idea using the bungy cord. I wonder if a piece of a swimming noodle would work. Just gotta get it all rigged up now.

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