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I use a whole tablet of campden for five gallons, primarily because I am too lazy to cut a tablet. I had raised the question whether this was too much and seemingly on this forum, it was the consensus that it did not really matter. Anyway I have never received any complaints about my darker beers. Perhaps I was addressing a problem without realizing it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hot plate for boiling?
« on: June 22, 2016, 12:48:33 PM »
Try heatsticks. Easy to make and easy to use.

Here is the website that I have used:

Googling for the website site I found several others, even youtube.

I use two 110v ones and have a raging boil. I have been using them since 2008. Jim Spencer in Basicbrewing even had a show on using one where it one was placed in the pot ontop of a stove.

Beer Travel / Re: Columbus Ohio
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:01:39 PM »
The reference to the underground blog listed many of the ones I was going to suggest. Since the Fair is at the convention center you would be right across the street from Barley's and down the street from the Elevator. Been to Seven Sons several times; it is good.
Also nearby in the Italian Village on 5th street is the Drake Brothers' Meadery, another excellent place. Columbus and nearby communities has exploded with breweries.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Newbie question on yeast amounts
« on: May 07, 2016, 01:51:05 PM »
Another option is to brew another beer like a pale ale or something of similar strength and use the yeast cake for the barleywine. It would be similar to a starter and the yeast would be hungry for something stronger.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Thomas from Ireland
« on: March 25, 2016, 02:35:16 PM »
Welcome Thomas from Columbus, Ohio.

I've been following the NHC-Ireland's Forum for several years, partly because my father came from Co Clare and partly because I want to learn more about the Irish understanding of beer styles.

Between the forum and the Irish Craft Beer Show on youtube, you guys have been providing lots of insights.

As our conference has had speakers from UK and Australia, and yours having Gordon Strong, international dialogue on styles is a good thing. Perhaps one day you'll be speaking at our conference.

Equipment and Software / Re: stick heater for mashing..or steam
« on: February 03, 2016, 09:57:32 PM »
I, too, have used heatsticks (information on their construction) and occasionally to directly heat up a mash. Once in a while, a grain will stick to the heatstick but as for scorching the mash, nothing.

Using the heatsticks to heat up wort, I found on the first set that the wort will build up on the elements, eventually leaving a burnt taste in some worts. By this point the sticks broke down and needed to be replaced. Since then, I clean the sticks to prevent buildup. Thus even here, no scorching tastes in the beer.

Going back to the original question, other than the occasional sticking of the grain, there should be no scorching as long as their is liquid in the mash

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Labeled bottles.
« on: January 19, 2016, 10:38:45 PM »
I use the avery labels also. Instead of the date, I can also print a name for the beer as well as a  picture.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: millenium hops
« on: October 28, 2015, 09:12:17 PM »
I've used them strictly as bittering; primarily because I brew a rotation of styles that often call for different hops for flavor and aroma. For example, Irish Red, Belgian Strong, Blonde, Porter, etc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: millenium hops
« on: October 26, 2015, 11:27:18 PM »
Thanks for responding, Steve.

I find the lack of response interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / millenium hops
« on: October 25, 2015, 07:04:37 PM »
I have been using millennium hops for a couple of years as my bittering hops for several different beer styles. Yet I have never seen any real discussions about the hops pro or con. I am curious about others' reaction to the hops. I have generally found it a versatile hops that has aloud me to stretch dollars used for the purchase of hops. What has others found?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whole campden tablet
« on: May 31, 2015, 05:29:00 PM »
that's what I do.
I was just wondering if I was doing something unhealthy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whole campden tablet
« on: May 28, 2015, 09:13:09 PM »
thanks for the replies.

Normally I crush the tablet in the pot prior to adding the water (about 7 gallons) to be heated. As for sparge water (another 1 to 3 gallons) I have been adding another tablet in recent years. I knew that one tablet should be able to handle 20 gallons.

As for adding sodium and potassium to the water, I don't know much regarding chemistry and trying to make sense of water chemistry makes my head spin. I do know that my Columbus, OH water is very soft and been told to add gypsum to make my hoppy beers "pop."

General Homebrew Discussion / whole campden tablet
« on: May 27, 2015, 08:39:08 PM »
I have always read that one should use a partial tablet of campden tablet per five gallons of wort in order to remove chlorine and chloramine. Is there any harm in using a whole tablet for mashing a 5 gallon batch. The tablets are relatively cheap and cutting them such a pain

Beer Travel / Re: Belgium, Ireland - Where do I drink?
« on: April 18, 2015, 08:45:33 PM »
might want to try the national irish homebrewers:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing class at College
« on: January 19, 2015, 04:48:26 PM »
wasn't there a podcast by basicbrewing several years back where Jim Spencer interviewed a college professor from a college in Kentucky(?). Might be worth some leads.

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