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All Grain Brewing / cold-weather brewing
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:41:11 PM »
Livin in Holland, MI & haven't brewed for a while due the crappy weather we've had lately.  I'm an all-grain propane brewer.  Anyone else brew in sub-freezing conditions?  If so, what sort of obstacles should I consider or should I just stop being a pussy and brew?  I'm considering doing some extract beers just to fill my kegs.  Any thoughts?

All Grain Brewing / floating rice hulls
« on: February 03, 2013, 12:12:50 PM »
When I add rice hulls in my mash (I will both mix some in with the dry grain, before mashing, and periodically sprinkle a some in the tun while adding the grain) I notice that I always have a bunch floating at the top.  It looks as though I just threw some at the end for good measure.  Anybody else have this?  I don't think they do a whole lotta good there at the top.

The Pub / Sandy vs. East Coasters
« on: November 16, 2012, 05:33:04 PM »
How are all you east-coasters doing after Sandy?  My heart goes out to y'all!  :(
I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering how things are going amidst the aftermath.

Equipment and Software / keg into fermenter
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:25:38 PM »
Anybody out there convert a 15gal ss keg into a fermenter?  I've been running the logistics over and over in my head and I think it could work for a nice 10 gal FV, but I'm also wondering if anybody's ever done it with any success.  It'd kinda be designed after a conical, but not quite.  Advice?

All Grain Brewing / 1st 10 gallon batch
« on: September 30, 2012, 04:09:20 PM »
so... twice the grains and everything means twice the propane too?  Something I didn't consider.  Good thing I just filled up, but anyone got any input?

Ingredients / root beer foam
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:38:15 PM »
Anybody know if there's a certain ingredient used to get that long-lasting rocky, foamy head in a root beer?  I keg-carbed my 1st root beer attempt.  Wondering if bottle-conditioning it would work better (obviously in a plastic 2L)  It tasted great, but the head had no retention. 

I steeped 6 oz of rolled oats hoping to give it a thick, creamy mouthfeel and that would help the head.  Score: zero for zero.

Any thoughts?

Equipment and Software / Keg Mash/Lauter Tun Insulation
« on: September 10, 2012, 04:24:59 PM »
Does anyone have any recommendations on how to insulate a mash/lauter tun converted from a 15-gal SS keg?  (materials and general how-to)

Kegging and Bottling / Storing keg-bottled beers
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:14:45 PM »
When bottling force-carbed beer from a keg, should I expect problems cellaring any beers?

I don't have a way to keep a "library" of beers chilled.  My keg fridge is @ 32° and doesn't have room for a lot of bottles.  My basement temp varies from season to season; from about 55° in the winter to 72° in the summer.

My concern is the temperature change affecting the beer.  Any thoughts?

Kegging and Bottling / keep cool for carbonation?
« on: January 26, 2012, 11:02:21 PM »
I'm looking into getting a kegging system and have been checking out some of the local brewshops where one person told me that I need to keep the beer cold or it will loose its carbonation.  I've never heard of this.  Can anyone verify if this is true?

All Grain Brewing / too effecient?
« on: May 27, 2011, 10:47:34 PM »
i heard from a guy who heard from another guy (who prolly heard it from someone else...) that 75% efficiency is what you should shoot for.  anything over that and you start extracting undesirables from the grains.  exactly what those undesirables are was not defined.  i figured that if anyone could verify this, it someone on this forum.  i normally get between 80-85% and i haven't tasted anything undesirable in my beers, but i might not know what to taste for.  any thoughts?

Homebrew Competitions / storage conditions
« on: May 11, 2011, 12:32:52 AM »
does anyone know if the beers are stored in a cooler or at room temp before judging?

All Grain Brewing / dough-in method
« on: March 25, 2011, 10:26:57 AM »
wondering if anyone out there has a dough-in method better than the one i'm employing which is to tip my 5-gal bucket and slowly pour in my grains while stirring so i don't get any air pockets.

i know there's gotta be something better out there.  any tips would be greatly appreciated.  (my back thanks you too!)

Equipment and Software / growing my home-brewery
« on: March 09, 2011, 02:40:26 AM »
i'm looking into growing my home-brewery capacity and want to get into brewing 10-gallon batches.  from what i gather, a 10-gallon cooler or larger will suffice for a mash/lauter tun.  what i really would like are suggestions for the boil kettle.  i want to be able to do a 90 minute boil, comfortably.  what'dy'all think?

General Homebrew Discussion / reg'lar people
« on: February 21, 2011, 12:38:51 AM »
it's hard for reg'lar, non-brewing friends to relate to the excitement of having a GREAT brewday (like i had yesterday - 82% efficiency!) with a good fermentation taking (bubblin pretty good in less than 2 hrs after pitching my yeast and vigorous fermentation for over 24hrs). 

just had to share...

"i love it when a plan comes together"

Ingredients / hemp
« on: December 08, 2010, 02:09:26 AM »
wondering if anyone has had any experience with recreational hemp, either in addition to or in lieu of hops.  i imagine it would require alot and would not be very cost efficient so i'm hoping to gain some wisdom from anyone who has traveled down that road with any success.

thanks for your input and suggestions.

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