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Ingredients / whats up with Niko brew?
« on: Today at 01:02:55 PM »
I noticed homebrew finds advertised they had a sale going on the other day and the website has been down the last couple days. Any one know anything?

Equipment and Software / broken refrctometer
« on: November 21, 2016, 03:25:39 AM »
I have an atc refractometer my wife bought me for christmas last year. I have grown to love the thing. Well go to use it on saturday and the scale is sideways and totally out of focus. I decide to have a look inside and it dissembled pretty easily. The glass scale inside  mounted to an L shape arm which was supposed to be in a slot and wasnt and i believe it should have been glued but cant tell. Should this have a warranty I have the recipt but paperwork makes no mention of a warranty I really like my LHBS but dont want to tke it back unless they r reimbursed from the manufacturer. Thoughts?
the wife paid 60 bucks.

« on: November 03, 2016, 11:09:32 AM »
Im sure some of you are using bottled water to brew with. I am using Spring water by Hinckley springs and the link to the water report seems rather bland. Should I be figuring this like its RO water and build from there? I dont even see calcium levels listed. Thanks,

Yeast and Fermentation / omega hot head yeast
« on: September 26, 2016, 10:25:00 AM »
I had a chance to use this yeast for a few batches this summer and I have to say im blown away and surprised its not more popular. The temp range on this stuff is crazy and I pushed it to see if this was true. I fermented in 80 degree temps with no off flavors in fact one batch stalled so I checked gravity and knew it wasn't done so I threw it on the deck in the sun and it started chugging away within a half hour- stuff is amazing- just my 2 cents. This yeast is a game changer for guys like me in the summer. Anybody else using this stuff?

Yeast and Fermentation / hot head ale yeast by omega
« on: June 10, 2016, 03:54:52 AM »
I picked up this strain because of its wide temp range. 1st batch went great and I saved a bunch of slurry. 2nd batch pitched a cup and a half of slurry and it was a slow bubble in a day and has been consistent since. started at 1.070 and 10 days in 1.030. When i drew the sample it was still too sweet and actual attenuation is only at 57%. Should I just let it keep going? It has a thick layer on top but the bottom has a real thick layer so it looks like it dropped out. Everything ive read on this strain which there isn't much info out on it says it takes off but this doesn't seem to have that characteristic at all. I know a starter would have helped. I'm lazy like that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Home depot deal
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:46:12 PM »
Home depot has the kingsford charcoal 2 18Lb bags for 9.88 again. Not sure why but this year you need to buy online an pick up in store. Heck of a deal if your a charcoal guy.

Ingredients / briess 2 row on sale at amazon
« on: May 04, 2016, 03:55:01 PM »
Thought i would post amazon has a deal for prime members 10LBS of "Briess for 6.71 shipped. Heck of a deal if you are not fussy on your brand of 2 row.

All Grain Brewing / Dry hopping
« on: April 11, 2016, 03:46:16 PM »
I use pellets to dry hop. I don't put them in a bag just straight in. Wouldn't it be more readily absorbed if it were ground into a powder then mixed in? I think about it like spices and cooking. Seems like I always end up with a green mass floating on top with pellets anyway.

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Ingredients / what water to test
« on: February 13, 2016, 09:25:13 AM »
I live in northern Illinois and am on a private well. I recently had a new softener installed and wanted to get my water tested by ward. So I sent them a bottle of both softened water and non softened (outside spicket) and left my number to have them call me to discuss what i should brew with and have tested. I at least will have them test to see how effective the new softener is and have the brewer test done on one but which one or both? Anybody on this forum have similar situation?

Yeast and Fermentation / Barleywine with us05
« on: January 10, 2016, 01:46:22 PM »
So i was invited on a barrel fill for a barley wine thru the local home brew shop. 10 people brew 5 gal batches and we soak in the barrel for 3 to 4 months. Tasting party before to make sure nobody has infections or off flavors.They give you a recipe to follow and my og was 1.083. They said to pitch 4 packs of us05 and i did along with some wyeast nutrient. After it tock off i put it in a water bucket with just 2 ice packs changed daily. Saw bubbler activity for 6 days and checked gravity and im at 1.041. I pulled it from the water bucket and shook the bucket to see if i could liven the yeast back up. Any suggestions? Warmer room maybe?The room its in hangs around 67 degrees.   Thanks,

Ingredients / water profile
« on: January 03, 2016, 10:43:24 AM »
I live on a private well and the outdoor spicket i use for brewing is not run thru the water softner. I do run it thru a carbon filter that I hook up to the hose. Im getting my water analyzed by ward and I believe i should be sending in the un-softened water for analysis because thats what I ill be brewing with and I have read that un-softened water is what I should brew with correct?
The only thing i dislike about my water is the high iron/sulfor content. We plan to get a whole house iron filter but that will not go to the outside spicket.
Am i better off just buying bottled water? Sorry for the rambling post im having a hard time just picking a direction to go here.

Beer Recipes / help me throw something together
« on: November 07, 2015, 09:59:14 AM »
Brewing today and i want to purge the bal of my grain shelf stock. Here is what I have help me make up a kitchen
sink recipe. Thanks
GWM munich malt 3 oz
briess caramel 60L 5oz
CMC white wheat malt 10oz
gambrinus honey malt 10oz
plenty of 2 row
hops in stock:

Ingredients / simco hops
« on: November 04, 2015, 07:10:18 PM »
Looking for some simco pellets anybodyhave any recomendations?

All Grain Brewing / dry hop question
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:45:43 PM »
Im doing a pliny clone and I started at 10 days after yeast pitch with 1 oz each columbus,simco and centennial. I pulled the lidoff the bucket to check today and it smells great but had a green hop layer on top so thick you couldn't see the beer. Ive never seen this before not at least that thick it normally seems to settle to the bottom. Is this normal?

All Grain Brewing / happy happy joy joy
« on: October 19, 2015, 03:30:17 PM »
Nothing makes me happier than cracking a home brew and saying man i like this. Ive been working on a summit sag clone for quite a few batches now and i have to say im really closing in. Nothing more satisfying!!

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