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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HomeBrewCon 2017 Brewing Shirt?
« on: April 14, 2017, 06:34:34 PM »
If your keg shirt had a six pack where the abs are, I would prefer that one.

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LODO seems to bring out the worst in people. I am now done with this thread, and any other dealing with LODO.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 18, 2017, 08:56:22 AM »
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They already have.  I happen to like their Big Mouth Bubbler fermenters.  Is there another source out there?

I just got a Fermonster from Morebeer. 7 gallons, some volume marks on the sides (kind of hard to see), and none of those crud trapping bubbles and ledges in the interior. Feels pretty substantial, and has a large opening in the top. The lids are kind of a PITA if you want to seal tightly.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:16:40 PM »
The Millars mill has features similar to the Monster, but was significantly less costly a couple years ago

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 34/70
« on: March 04, 2017, 04:58:49 AM »
I had a doppelbock a few years ago take first in the first round of NHC. I used one pack.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 10, 2017, 07:40:25 PM »
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Well sounding good for me so far. No one else entering a 28C so mines a shoe in! 😎

Has anyone ever taken both first and last place in a category with the same beer?

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You might need to add some minerals to your distilled water to get a better result.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Blichman beer gun or Last Straw
« on: October 11, 2016, 05:10:58 PM »
My rubber tip started falling off regularly, until I heard somewhere that super glue does the trick in keeping it in place. It works.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bad sanitizer
« on: July 18, 2016, 05:53:00 PM »
I find it's easier for my process to buy a one gallon jug of distilled for 88 cents at the store who must not be named, squirt in 6 ml of Star San, shake, and go. Turnover is fast enough that I don't get a lot of sludge, and it's easy to store and use.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Hops
« on: July 05, 2016, 06:25:40 PM »
I tend to make malty German lagers, so usually add 0.5 to 1.0 ounces of Tett, Saaz, or Mittelfrueh at 180. I have 20a pumped whirlpool, and in the summer it takes about 20-25 minutes to get to 80 (water temps are right around that in the summer here). Then into the fermenter and chamber to finish cooling until time to pitch. Almost all of the pellet sludge is left behind. I like the clean hop aroma and flavor I get from this technique. In the winter, the time in whirlpool is about the same, but the temp into the fermenter is cooler.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Hops
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:20:28 PM »
By the time I get to the point of a 0 minute addition, I am ready for the brew day to be over, so I add my hops at about 180 as I continue to chill. I have had good results with this. To get more flavor and aroma, I adjust the addition amount rather than extend the time.

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Going Pro / Re: Starting wage for Cellar position?
« on: June 09, 2016, 10:06:07 PM »
I hope you all realize that you're going to be burned at the stake at the next inquisition?

Just sayin...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 25, 2016, 06:00:47 PM »
I am really happy with my Millar's Mill. Hardened rollers, the same length as the MM, and a lot cheaper.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: best fridge for kegging system
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:38:10 AM »
Have you considered a freezer without a refrigerator? There are 5 CF chest freezers readily available for under $200.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 16, 2016, 04:42:58 PM »
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Bittering lagers with noble varieties vs Magnum (or other neutral)

I like this idea, especially for the reasonably hopped lagers, like helles or O'fest

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