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Equipment and Software / Re: Vessi
« on: April 26, 2017, 06:58:43 AM »
Hi all,
I'm an employee on the Vessi team and I will be checking this board for questions, likes and dislikes, suggestions.
We are also going to monitor the other avenues like Facebook and Indiegogo. So let us know how we are doing.  Share photos if you can.
Vessi Fermentor and Dispenser

Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Zymatic
« on: December 29, 2014, 05:45:45 PM »
Really curious about the un-boil approach. I tasted a couple of the beers at the conference but I want to hear from at least a couple of users. A friend has been waiting for his to arrive (maybe Feb?) Also I want go over one to look at build quality. Hope to see some posts when you do get to use it.
thanks for responding.

Equipment and Software / Picobrew Zymatic
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:19:45 AM »
If anyone in the  SW Michigan to Chicago area has one of these, I would really like to see it in action.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing Appliance survey
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:20:11 PM »
Thanks for filling out the survey!
Yes, a bread maker is the first thing that I thought of when it was first proposed. We are feeling out the market right now, not set on a volume size yet.
It's surprisingly hard to make all the steps simple and clean. Hope to have more info soon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrewing Appliance survey
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:55:38 PM »
Brewers and not-so-Brewers! This survey will help gauge the need  and desire for a homebrewing appliance.  Please take the time to fill out this survey and please forward this to your friends who have tried homebrewing but gave it up and also, those who are interested in starting in this rewarding hobby.
Thanks and Cheers!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: homebrew club officer advice
« on: April 17, 2012, 09:51:07 AM »
We usually do flights of 3 beers. Each person gets 3 - 9 oz. plastic cups, numbers them with a marker to keep everyone on the same beer, then the brewer discusses their beer. Sometimes we allow commercial beer as a reality check. The homebrews win that contest most of the time.
I have  made numbered identifying collars out of PVC pipe that fit around the neck of the bottle to keep the #1 beer in the #1 cup, and so on, as the bottles are passed around the table. Things get confusing after 3 flights, even at 2 ounce samples!

At the beginning of the meeting, everyone who brought something fills out a 3"x5" card with their name, beer name and exact type and whether its homebrewed or commercial. Beers that match the style of the month, say IPAs, are sorted according to the strength and complexity before the tasting begins, then the person running the meeting calls out the persons name and their beer name, a collar is put on the open bottle and passed around. Then the fun begins.
Yeast Coasters

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Grand Rapids, MI
« on: April 17, 2012, 07:31:27 AM »
There is Prime Time Brewers in GR, Brewers On The Lake (BOTL) in Holland area, and the mighty Yeast Coasters in Saugatuck-Fennville-South Haven area.
I think there are probably some un-registered groups in GR, maybe East side.
Bob Schneider
Yeast Coasters

Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: February 20, 2012, 10:56:21 AM »
We will be having a corner BREWERY on every street corner by the time all us boomers retire!

Going Pro / Re: Mast tun sizing
« on: February 20, 2012, 10:43:13 AM »
Mash tuns should be wider than deeper, I think, about 1.5:1 width to height. Kettles about 1:1 ratio. Make sure your slope is significant enough in case the floor oil-cans when it heats up. My kettle has a slope of 3/4" per foot  draining to one side and the center sank enough after use that I can never get all the liquid out.

I use a plastic shovel to scoop out the grain, but then mine is just 2bbl.
First batch we filled the mash tun to the rim for a big porter. Go bigger by 30-50%.

For mashing in a lot of pro-brewers just use a canoe paddle to mix. No big deal unless you have shoulder problems.

What are you using for the false bottom screen?

Beer Recipes / Re: Looking for a recipe: Bohemian dark lager
« on: April 09, 2011, 12:04:09 PM »
I'm going for 40% pale malt, 45% pilsner, 10% vienna, 5% debittered black, all Saaz hops to 35 IBU and Budvar or Urquell yeast.
I want to have white foam on a black beer so I hope the black and vienna malts are not too high. Have to run it up the recipe program to check out the SRM. Not sure about the mash temp either yet.


Pimp My System / Re: Arctic Brewery and Mobile Fermentation Trailer
« on: August 23, 2010, 02:06:10 PM »
Very "cool".
Other than the great adventure of the preparation and the trip, and making beer above the Artic Circle, I'm still puzzled about the Why. The Allsopps ale wasn't made up north was it?
 Nonetheless, Congratuations!!

Nice simple build on the brewery. Whats going to happen to it?
Bob Schneider
Yeast Coasters
West Michigan

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 17, 2010, 03:57:42 PM »
My home-brewery name is Spider Brewing because it rhymes with my last name of Schneider and I like spiders. There was also a character on the Flintstones that was their creepy neighbor's (Addams family knock-off) pet spider whose name was Schneider. Whatever...
But my daughter created a logo and some cool beer labels based on Spider Brewing and some of the beers I make. She won a Silver medal in BYO magazine's label contest recently (thanks for all the prizes!) and I want to use these someday when I open my nano-brewery. She's on the Dean's List too! ;D Her website if you are interested:
Pic of some labels

Pimp My System / Re: Pimp my system?
« on: April 19, 2010, 05:29:40 PM »
My burners were completly enclosed with a fresh air vent and a flue. Someone more knowlegeable than I said the evaporation rate of the gas in the small cylinders isn't high enough and that a 100lb cylinder would work better. Or hook up a direct line to my house propane tank to get the gas before the 9psi regulator at the tank. So I haven't sold off my banjo yet. More to come I guess.

Pimp My System / Re: Rollera
« on: April 19, 2010, 05:23:56 PM »
You can use CO2 to push the beer out. 2-8psi will get it up at least 6' from my experience. That way the barrel can be closer to the ground, less of a tip hazard! :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My problem judging first round
« on: April 19, 2010, 05:02:43 PM »
Moving to the midwest from California was a downer in the spring and fall because of pollen and molds, until I talked to an allergist. Then I was on Flonase, and switched when Claritin went OTC and generic. Loratadine has helped me a lot. Keeps it under control. When I was on Flonase, my tasting was off some. Loratadine is cheap at Sam's Club too. I rarely need more than a Netty Pot rinse and a hot shower.
Haven't tried accupuncture or homeopathic remedies.

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