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Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:57:02 PM »
Brewpubs are great and I love going to them, personally I have a tough time finding ones on the East Coast that I go to for the food. 

Another very fine brewpub with great food is Iron Hill Brewery. They are in the tri-state area DE/PA/NJ.

I work in West Chester PA, and I love Iron Hill.  Those guys run a great place.  Excellent food and great beer.  They started as homebrewers.

All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC brew letdown
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:51:31 AM »
Maybe you set your expectations too high.  They might be fine, but you are having trouble perceiving their true taste.  Hopefully you will do well in the competition, just not better than my entries. :P 

Going Pro / Re: Going Pro-Starting with a Homebrew Supply Shop
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:40:50 AM »
Good luck.  It seems like a good plan, so long as you are in a location that will be busy.  Location, Location, Location!  I wish you well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st All-Grain Batch
« on: April 09, 2011, 12:56:31 PM »
You guys must be good luck.  Several of you encouraged me to start the next batch right away to build up my reserves.  I am short on fermenters so I need a few more to get several batches in the pipeline.  THE NEXT DAY, I drove past a house that had 4 of the five gallon water cooler bottles in their recycling.  They were empty but still had the plastic caps on them.  I now have four additional secondary fermenters.  Let the brewing begin!


All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st All-Grain Batch
« on: April 05, 2011, 12:41:16 PM »
We did a ten gallon batch.  That should last awhile.  While bottling, we discussed our next batch.

All Grain Brewing / 1st All-Grain Batch
« on: April 05, 2011, 11:29:56 AM »
On Sunday we bottled our first batch of all-grain brew.  Up until now we have used Brewer's Best Kits.  For this recipe we used the Lonely Amarillo Pale Ale recipe from the March-April edition of Brew Your Own Magazine.  It looked, smelled and tasted great as we were bottling it.  We sampled the the beer we poured into the hydrometer tube.  It will be hard to wait two weeks for it to condition.

Thanks to all of you who have given me advice in response to my multiple questions.  Your help has been invaluable. 


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Is old malt extract safe?
« on: September 04, 2010, 09:48:07 AM »
I sampled the final product last night.  It was horrible.  As some of you predicted, it had a woody taste.  It is how I imagine the taste of the hickory blocks we use on the smoker.  On the upside, it did not poison me.  It is not a total loss.  It was good practice making an extract brew.  Today, a group of us are getting together to brew Irish Stout (Brewer's Best Kit) and Hard Lemonade (a recipe from a homebrewer forum). 

Thanks to all of you that offered input.


Equipment and Software / Re: How do I cut a keg?
« on: August 18, 2010, 03:40:48 PM »
Nice!!!!!!!!!  I think I need to add a thermometer. 

Equipment and Software / Re: How do I cut a keg?
« on: August 16, 2010, 11:12:14 PM »
It is a singular piece with no pockets, but thanks for the tip.  The bottom is curled but all one piece.  That would be a hell of a way to kick the bucket.  I could just see the headlines "Local man gives his life for beer, in pursuit of ale he did fail".

Equipment and Software / Re: How do I cut a keg?
« on: August 16, 2010, 08:06:07 PM »
I am going to take it to a local welder and have a stainless steel disc welded over the hole.

Equipment and Software / Re: How do I cut a keg?
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:04:14 AM »
Thanks on the photo advice.  Here are one photo of before and two photos of the finished product.

Equipment and Software / Re: How do I cut a keg?
« on: August 15, 2010, 10:17:18 PM »
I used an angle grinder to cut the top, and then I sanded it to get rid of the burrs.  The keg was semi-dented, so the hole is not a perfect circle.  Oh well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The valve is a Kettlevalve from Willimas. 

I attempted to attach a photo of the finished product, but there was no option to attach a photo.  I guess I do not yet have a high enough level of participation.

I cannot wait to get the first batch underway. 

Thanks to all of you who provided valuable insight.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Is old malt extract safe?
« on: August 09, 2010, 03:38:18 PM »
I followed the instructions, and bottled them.  Now I will wait two weeks to see the result. 

We shall see.

Equipment and Software / Re: How do I cut a keg?
« on: August 05, 2010, 11:35:17 PM »
Thanks.  I like the idea of using the top as a false bottom.

Equipment and Software / How do I cut a keg?
« on: August 05, 2010, 11:23:32 PM »
I am building my system.  I contacted a local brewery, and they gave me a damaged keg.  I intend to use it as a brew kettle.  It is an old style keg with a bung. 

To convert it to a kettle, I am going to cut an opening in the top and seal the bung.  Any suggestions on how I can cut the opening?  Dremel? blow torch?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


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