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Kegging and Bottling / Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: December 22, 2013, 11:04:14 PM »
Hey Homebrewers.

I've been looking into buying a keg for quite a long time now. I love homebrewing and am looking into purchasing a new keg as a long term investment and I was wondering if all of you on the AHA forums had a preference in manufacturers.

Thanks for any help.

Ingredients / Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:44:00 PM »
I bought some grain at my LHBS and milled it there last friday (10/4/13). I haven't really stored it, but it's has been in a paper bag that I've stretch-wrapped because it tore a little.

Will it still be viable for brewing this coming Saturday (10/12/13)??? Or should I just re-buy my grain bill?

Thanks everyone,
~ John.

Other Fermentables / Juice & Strain Method
« on: October 03, 2013, 08:58:25 PM »
Hey Brewers,

I read the Juice & Strain article on the AHA website and am very interested in buying a juicer and trying it out. Before I do, though, I had a question.

The article seemed to say that if you have a high powered juicer you could speed up the process considerably. They say in parenthesis that a 1,200 watt juicer would yield (I think) around 8 gallons per person per hour. I cruised really fast to get a ballpark idea of pricing and saw a certain brand that had 800, 900, and 1,000 watt juicers for $150, $200, $300 (respectively). Now I'm not excited to spend $150 on a juicer and $200 is my absolute limit I would spend.

So my question really is, does anyone know if the lower watt juicers would work well for someone trying to make 1-5 gallons of juice? I work in the lighting industry so I'm intimately aware that wattage is a measure of power consumption not how efficient the motor or device operates, so I'm really trying to ask people with personal experience on the subject. Any preferred juicer brands or juicers in particular?

Thanks for your time, everyone!

Beer Recipes / Avocado Beer
« on: October 01, 2013, 07:32:09 PM »
I'm wondering about brewing with avocado. I did a little searching on threads and found stuff on Guacamole Beer but I'm curious about how avocado comes out in different kinds of beer (or if it'll come out at all).

What are your experiences with brewing with avocado? I know the brewers on this forum are crazy so I don't put it past them to have experimented with it.

Zymurgy / Pliny the Elder: Worth the 45 minute drive?
« on: September 27, 2013, 08:26:17 PM »
I'm a more recent AHA member and I saw that Pliny the Elder was nominated best beer in America for Five Straight Years?!? I live in Oregon (and even close to Portland) but for some reason I can only find Pliny on tap at a pub 45 minutes from where I live. I can assume, but I wanted to ask if you all thought it was worth the drive.

Thanks for your time, Ladies & Gents.

Hop Growing / Obtaining Hop Rhizomes?
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:12:10 PM »
Where is everyone getting their Hop Rhizomes from? Does your LHBS carry them? A plant nursery? If you all go online: what are some of your preferred companies to shop from? Obviously I'm competent enough to google "Buy Hop Rhizomes", but I'm wondering if there is a preference among the AHA brewing community.

I've only been brewing for less than a year, so I figure a 2 year wait for super fresh hops gives me plenty of time to "grow" and expand my knowledge on A.G. brewing to really get the most out of my harvest.

Equipment and Software / Directly heating Erlenmeyer flasks
« on: September 27, 2013, 06:41:02 PM »
Hey Homebrewers, I've got a question for ya'.

I'm wondering how safe it is to boil the wort in my Erlenmeyer flasks (for a starter). I know the glass has a low coefficient for expansion like Pyrex, but I see a lot of mixed advice online and in person.

Some websites advise against directly heating it at all, and some do. When I asked a brewer/employee at a LHBS he advised me to not use an electric coil stove because it creates cold gaps between the metal coils in the glass, and said heating on a gas stove or electric induction stove would be just fine. Before I heard that, I had actually heated on an electric coil stove and didn't notice any problems. Since looking into this matter I have heated my flask on a gas stove and haven't noticed any problem signs, either. (So I've only boiled wort directly in the flask twice).

I figured I'd ask the brightest minds in the brewing community for guidance, so thanks for your time everyone.

First off, thanks for taking the time to read this.

With the aim of crafting a better brew, I was wondering what would be the most effective expenditure for me to make now that I have some all-grain equipment (10gal mash tun cooler, 15gal brew kettle w/ ball valve, high output propane burner). I first thought that i should buy a keg, but now that I've done some research on the AHA forums I seem to think that purchasing some device to control my fermentation temps. would be a lot more worthwhile/beneficial.

As I've been looking around it seems a lot of folks use old refrigerators with digital temperature controls to turn off or on the fridge as needed/automated. This seems that it would work just fine for me as I live in Oregon and will probably not need any device to heat up my fermentor in the winter.

So my real questions are: 1.) Is the fridge method pretty standard?, 2.) Is there a resource anyone knows about for refurbished fridges or something like that esoteric to brewing? Or are friends, family, and Craigslist my best hopes?

Anyways, thanks for your thoughts, opinions, and time everyone.

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