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General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing in Irish
« on: September 28, 2016, 05:11:30 AM »
I asked Foras na Gaeilge how to say 'hoppy' in Irish. Their reply was: mholfaimis rud éigin ar nós ‘ar mhórán leannlusanna’ nó ‘blas/rian láidir leannlusanna air/uirthi’. A bit wordy but gets the point across.

General Homebrew Discussion / How to brew--in Spanish
« on: November 04, 2011, 09:02:58 AM »
I'm looking for an into to brewing in Spanish. Any help appreciated

IL / Carbondale
« on: November 02, 2011, 09:33:41 AM »
400 S. Oakland at 9am
contact Jack McKillip:

Equipment and Software / Building a beer cooling shed
« on: October 25, 2010, 02:42:00 PM »
I remember reading detailed plans on a website for a shed that used an airconditioner for cooling (probably vegetables) but certainly usable for keeping beer. I've lost the link. (It was not Jamil Z's I've tried Google but all I get is commercial sites.
Does anyone know of plans for such a could have been a dream, but I hope not.

General Homebrew Discussion / Potato beer
« on: October 21, 2010, 05:20:00 PM »
I want to find the temperature range for gelatinization of potato starch. Can you help?

Equipment and Software / Re: Another March pump question
« on: August 12, 2010, 04:57:31 PM »
I dropped my March pump and broke the head. I ordered a new head from Williams Brewing and had no problem removing the old one and putting on the new one.

Equipment and Software / Re: FermWrap Heater Repair
« on: August 12, 2010, 12:14:43 PM »
I solved my own problem:
I found that the FermWrap Heater (sold widely for $30) tended to come undone easily.
I was able to repair mine by taking apart the wire clip insulator that had come undone, reattaching the clip and reinsulating the clip with “liquid electrical tape” ($5.00 at the local hardware store). A thorough discussion of how to repair/build your own "FermWrap" heater is available on the web ( The flex-tape (heating element) sells for $3.50 a foot at several places  on the web (e.g., )as does the  $5.00 wire clip insulator (e.g.,

Equipment and Software / FermWrap Heater Repair
« on: August 11, 2010, 09:06:00 AM »
Another FermWrap heater bit the of the couplings attached to the electrical cord beame dislodged.
Anyone have experiece repairing these? Thanks

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Question
« on: August 04, 2010, 05:49:40 PM »
Mash comes from the german for mix (measc in Irish). At one time, someone stirred the "mash" for the entire 1-2 hour period.
In my experience a thorough mixing at the beginning of the mash works great.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Increasing efficiency
« on: July 25, 2010, 12:36:36 PM »
I'd add: look to water chemistry (John Palmer's website, chaper 15)
You want 100 ppm of calcium in the mash water for many brews.

Ingredients / Re: Nugget, Warrior, & Horizon Late hopped APA
« on: July 23, 2010, 07:06:47 PM »
I recently dry hopped a Rye Pale Ale with Nugget (the last of my 2009 crop) and to blew me away.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Splitting a yeast starter
« on: July 23, 2010, 07:04:25 PM »
Lots of good advice about making and using starters at
JZ's Yeast Rate Calculater will estimate  how of a starter you'll need for each beer:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun vs. CP Filler
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:59:15 PM »
I found that using a CP filler was a bit confusing until I watched Job Plice's video on More Beer's web site:
Since I don't use the CP filler often I usually just watch the video before I fill!

All Grain Brewing / Re: First time water "recipe"
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:44:55 PM »
Go to John Palmer's webs site and read chapter 15. Down load the excel spreadsheet ( and plug in your water values and off you go!
I had to read the chapter several times before I got it...but  then my efficiency went up and my beer got way better.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Apple ESB
« on: July 01, 2010, 08:04:05 PM »
An orchard by me sells both peach and apple chips. I've seen apple chips at a "Whole Foods" type store in town.
Screen out the bark and toast at 300 for 15 min then stir and do another 15 min.

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