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All Grain Brewing / An experiment.
« on: April 07, 2018, 04:35:18 AM »
Tonight, I tried an experiment.

I have a 1 1/2 gal. crock pot with a porcelain bowl in it.
I placed 2 qt. Of water in it and turned it on HI, to see what max temp I could achieve. Around 135 degrees .
Porcelain has an incredible heat retention to it.
Heated water on the stove to 170 degrees, add 3 lbs of grains, stir get to 158 degrees and hold for an hour.
Got the target temp, placed a thick towel over the lid and turned the heat to low.

I helped my 9 year old daughter with her geometry.
Yes. 9 years old, she’s learning geometry.
I opened the lid, and smell that beautiful malty cereal sweetness. My daughter thinks it smells horrible. I love the smell.
I strain the grains, chill the wort.
1 1/4 gal of water ended up with almost a gallon of wort.

Hope this works.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Cleaners
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:03:39 AM »
What's everyone using for cleaners?
One step came with the kit we bought, and I don't know the difference between the cleaners.
Only the price, is different.

What have the experienced home brewers, (I call them homies) been using?

What works?

What should I avoid?
Are there certain cleaners that may contain a chemical in them that I want to avoid?

All Grain Brewing / Brewer's Friend, my new best friend
« on: April 05, 2018, 05:49:38 AM »
Last night, I discovered the wonders that is

This is the best thing I've seen since a carboy washer!

I think I'm in beer nerd love.  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Sarfale US-05
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:36:58 PM »
Does anyone have a significant amount of experience with this yeast?

Is it a slow fermenter?

General Homebrew Discussion / Funny brewing stories
« on: March 29, 2018, 09:26:26 AM »
My buddy and I had our first, and soon to be hilarious brewing story.
It was bound to happen:
We brewed a Honey Wheat beer, the other day.
LME kit, added 4 lbs. of honey with yeast energizer, Irish Moss.

He went down to check on the beer; the next morning, only to find the airlock on the other side of the room.
The rubber stopper right beside it, a soaked towel covering the carboy and a puddle of beer on the floor.

We had a MASSIVE blowback, the pressure from the CO2 blew off the air lock and rubber stopper and shot beer up to the ceiling!

I'm giggling about this now, but anyone have any funny stories like this?
I'd love to hear them.

All Grain Brewing / Switching to BIAB
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:57:54 AM »
Probably a stupid question:
My buddy and I are switching to all grain, we're going to start with BIAB.
Can you use the 5 gallon all grain recipes for BIAB?

I only ask because all of the BIAB recipe kits are for 3 gallon batches.
I don't see why not, but I'm just a newbrew.

General Homebrew Discussion / Second beer is done!
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:01:17 AM »

We brewed it together, I made the labels.

Dang. This is a good beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / No O.G. taken
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:34:32 AM »
Question for you:
My brew partner made a off hand comment tonight, and I never realized one thing we forgot to do when we
started to ferment a clover honey mead.

We never took an Original Gravity reading.

Is there a way to find out the ABV after we get a F.G. reading?

Or are we screwed. I think we are.

General Homebrew Discussion / Online shopping
« on: February 28, 2018, 03:31:45 AM »
Everyone has their go to online shop for supplies, whats yours?
I've found some really great stuff at

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Munton's No Boil Kits.
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:52:59 AM »
I bought 2 no boil kits, so we can try our hand at beer flavoring. My question is the target ABV of these kits are 3.63% I plan to add 1 lb. of DME to boost the ABV a bit, I plan to add 1 lb. of honey to flavor the Wheat beer kit, is there a way to figure out how much this will boost the ABV?

General Homebrew Discussion / Second brew in the bottle
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:13:34 AM »
Second brew is officially in the bottle.
I wasn't sure if a secondary would actually do anything for the beer, man I was wrong.
The color changed, the clarity was great.
We did a final gravity check, I filled the tube, Tyler took the reading.
He took the traditional swig for the hydrometer tube, "Ohhh buddy. That's a good beer!"
As I started to fill the bottles, I looked up and saw him smile and offer me the hydrometer.
It's a good beer.
O.G. at 1.071 with a F.G. at 1.012.
7.74% Beautiful deep Gold/slight orange color, which messed me up because it looked deep brown when it was in the glass carboy.

I had a few No boil kits come in, we're going to mess with flavoring, like Vanilla Honey Wheat, a Strawberry Pilsener. Might need a few recommendations for this.
I got a One gallon kit for Christmas, we're going to try different styles of beer and see what we like, Stouts, Porters, Wit.

I'm enjoying myself too much, brewing beer.
I wish I would have found it sooner.

General Homebrew Discussion / Bottling question
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:34:38 AM »
We bottled our second brew, tonight.

Our bottling was a lot messier than last time, the end of the bottle filler fell off into one of the bottles.
Does someone have a specific hack or fix for this?
Is there an upgrade from the bottling wand?

General Homebrew Discussion / No boil kits
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:32:01 AM »
Whats everyone's take on No boil kits? e.g. Munton's
Whats been the outcome?
Good, bad?

General Homebrew Discussion / Learning about water
« on: January 31, 2018, 04:54:59 AM »
Could someone point me in the direction of learning about water for brewing?
Articles or books is what I'm looking for.

General Homebrew Discussion / Secondary Fermentation
« on: January 30, 2018, 05:19:54 AM »
Question about utilizing secondary fermentation.
We did an Imperial Blonde Ale (we scorched the LME so its more of a brunette ;D )
This is the first time we're using a secondary fermenter,

our OG was around 1.071 and after a check, its at 1.061.
Secondary fermentation is more for clarity, right?
We added a DME in the boil to bring the range up to 7.75-8.75%
[/size]How much of a raise in our ABV can we expect?Does clarity affect the specific gravity?

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