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Beer Recipes / Critique citra recipe
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:33:34 AM »
 I'm using Citra for the first time tomorrow night. Please feel look over my recipe and give feedback. Thanks. (I'm not looking to stick to any particular style guidelines, so no needed there.)

12# 2row
4# 40L
1oz citra @60
.25oz citra @45
.25oz citra @30
.25oz citra @15
.25oz citra @5
US-05

Mash temp 152*
70% effcy
OG 1.057
56.3 IBU

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General Homebrew Discussion / Figured out my problem.
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:08:17 AM »
  My two brews on my new electric system gave me a pretty big issue with hitting my strike temperature. I've been missing my mash temp by a good 10*. But, being the pantless brewer that I am, I just went with it. Used to be when I brewed with propane I would heat my strike water 6* over my target temp, take a gallon container and dip it in my kettle and pour it into my mash tun. The way my electric system is set up I cannot get a pitcher in it so I have to open the valve and run water into the pitcher. Typically, I strike around 3.5 to 4 gallons. When I get down to 3 gallons the element shuts of, and a 2 gallons I have to tip the kettle to get the rest of thew water out. Between all that mess it turns out I am about 12* lower than my strike temp. So, say my strike temp is 162*, I would add 6* for thermal mass and strike 168*. Worked like a dream on propane every time. So, I transfer that over to my electric system. I hit 168* and by the time it all makes its way to the mash tun, I'm actually at 154*, then add the grain and I'm way down there.
    So, the lesson I learned is that is I need 3.5 gallon of 168* I need to heat 7 gallons to 172*. This will give me my temp, and the element will stay on. Also, then I replace the volume I used to strike, and by the time the sach rest is done, my 7 gallons is up to 180* to sparge.
   Needless to say, I just ordered a pump.  ::)

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Kegging and Bottling / Score at LHBS!
« on: April 28, 2017, 12:55:10 PM »
Two cases of bottles with the plastic crates for $6.00!!


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Beer Recipes / Grapefruit ale
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:12:01 PM »
I got my flame suit on and fire extinguisher at hand. I'm only doing this because I love my wife. She loves Schaufenbrau (sp?) grapefruit ale and asked me to do one similar. I'm thinking I will do a basic wheat beer and add the grapefruit in for flavoring. Ideas how best to do this, besides not doing it? Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Worst. Brew session. Ever.
« on: April 02, 2017, 06:53:03 PM »
If my first couple of brew days went as bad as today, I never would have kept at it. Heated my strike water to 168* and doe in. Put my thermometer to check it, 113*. Apparently, my PID's weren't calibrated properly. So, I add almost 3 gallons of boiling water to bring it up. The best I got was 140* so I let it ride. While doing the sac rest I decide to recalibrate the PID on my boil kettle so I out my thermometer down in it. At this point I have three thermometer all showing different temps. Finally get it failed in. I proceed to run my wort off, no sparge water due to an already thin mash. At about 180* I realize my thermometer is still in the bottom of the kettle. I finally get a decent boil. At 203°. So much for calibration. Finally congress time to chill, and I realize I have no where for my run off water to go. Had to put the end out the house in a bucket and dump it five gallons at a time. I ended up with 4.5 gallons of 1034 wort. Not the be I wanted to brew. Guess I need to do A LOT more experimenting and calibration the system before next brew day.
 Oh well. I still made beer. And that's a lot more then my lazy a$$ neighbors did today!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Time to try it out!
« on: April 02, 2017, 11:03:12 AM »
First brew on the new, 80% committed system. Panty Dropper Honey Wheat.
 Still waiting on my second RTD, and three piece ball valves. Also have too dress the panel up to make it pretty. No plans to build a catwalk, as a pump is in the works.
 Wish me the best!!


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General Homebrew Discussion / I Think she's into it!!
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:14:39 PM »
LAying here in bed right now with SWMBO and she's purusing an old issue of BYO I had laying on the night stand. She's been looking at recipes, and asking questions about some of the equipment and stuff. I'm so proud right now!!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast washing
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:13:13 AM »
 This is my first time washing yeast. This is US-05 at its second wash. Is it looking right so far? I've never done this so I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Testing....1,2,3...
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:49:21 PM »
Got the keg converted into a keggle. Still waiting on the SS three piece ball valve to come in. Also have to install the wet switch into the keg, just have it dangling in a shot glass of water right now. And I'm still waiting and my quick connect RTD temp probe to arrive so that can be installed in the keggle. I'm doing a run now to see how long it takes to get 6.5 gallon to a boil.






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Equipment and Software / Kw's and quantity
« on: March 13, 2017, 09:38:48 AM »
  The prpoerty manager of the condo I live in now will not allow me to add a 50amp 220v circuit. So when I built my control panel I designed it for use with 120v 30amp that will be easily convertable to 220v when I either a) buy a place, or b) just go ahead and add the circuit where I am now.
 I planned on doing it in the kitchen with my 4 gallon kettle. I would mash and boil a high og 3.5 gallons of wort then top off to five gallons.
 This weekend, I set about installing the elements in my kettle and ran into two issues I had not taken into account. One is that my IC will sitting on top of the element, thus a large portion will be above the actual wort. And second, with the smaler diameter kettle, I cannot get a good seal where the element goes into the kettle. I have two kegs I am planning on making keggles out of once I have 220v. Due to the 120 v limitations I'm limited on what I can boil. I should be able to comfortable boil 4 four gallons, if my math is correct. (8.3#x4gal=33.2 x40*=1328kw.
 Do you feel that boiling four gallons in a 15.5 gallon keggle will present any problems or should I be all right? Thanks! 

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The Pub / My view
« on: February 27, 2017, 10:12:41 AM »
So this is my view from my hotel for the next couple of nights. Awesome! Good beer here,  too.


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Pimp My System / So close I can smell it
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:42:59 PM »
Actually,  I did smell when I turned out on avert worrying in the wet switches. Turns out when you wire a 24v component to 120v, it let's the smoke out. Oops!  ::)
 All the low voltage is now done. The next few nights I finish up the high voltage and the control panel will be done with the exception some diamond plate and the switch lables. I'm still not sure if the property management is going to let me put a 50amp 220v circuit or not. For now,  I'm wiring it for 120v. If they do decide to let me, it will be simple to swap the panel over to 220v.






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Equipment and Software / Progress
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:08:17 PM »
Is bribing to look like a brewery. Notice the saw... it's not"the" saw. That one was left in Idaho. But it's better than boring. I don't think my Jolly Rancher OPACITY would have turned out without it.




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Equipment and Software / Mashtun RIMS
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:40:18 AM »
 I'm thinking I might like to set my electric brewery up as a RIMS system. I'd like to be able to use my 58qt rectangular mash tun (black and red for optimal efficiency). Is there and reason I couldn't make a copper manifold that would sit near the bottom of the tun to to circulate hot water through? I've not seen any builds or threads on this, but in my mind it stands to reason that it would work.

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Kegging and Bottling / Starting them young
« on: February 17, 2017, 06:21:16 PM »
Got my five gallons of IPA bottled tonight. I had some help. My little girlie did an awesome job!! She was bummed when it was done. Kind of makes kegging a little less appealing.






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