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Back when the show ended, I did some reading on all this and there was supposed to be one more episode shot and shown.  I believe it was centered around opening of a brew pub.

Anyone have any idea of a place to see that episode if it is out on the great big www anywhere?


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Ingredients / Re: hops aroma while drying not there
« on: September 19, 2011, 02:15:16 PM »
I was thinking it was my soil and you all have confirmed it is at least a part of the issue.   I have not fertalized or done anything other than water to the area they grow in and I think you are right.... first few years got the good soil and now my hops are starving for neutrients.   

Live and learn I guess.   Next spring I will be all over the compost and proper fertalizers needed.

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Ingredients / hops aroma while drying not there
« on: September 14, 2011, 07:23:20 AM »
Picked my 4th year cascades last weekend and have them drying on a window screen in my laundry room (like I have done for the previous years).   The hops "seemed" ready to pick...  Papery, not spongy, yellow glands previlant and sticky.   But even when I broke some open while picking, they didn't seem to have as much of an aroma as I remembered from past years.   

now while they are drying, there is no aroma again.   In the past years, it hasn't been overwhelming of a smell, but you would definitly smell them when you walked into the laundry room.

Anyone else who has been picking hops notice a difference in the aroma of the drying hops from year to year?   

I am thinking of making a starter size batch with these hops, to see how they come through in a beer, before assuming what flavor and aroma contributions they would make to a full 5 gal batch.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 10, 2011, 10:12:05 AM »
Which one of you killed the Beersmith site?   ??? ;D

I was stalking it for the release, and now the site won't load.

Must...download...new....Beersmith....

Me too.   Kind of like what we were told would happen on Jan 1 2000.   I watched the clock on the site count down.  It hung up at 1 second, tried to refresh the page and then nothing. 


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: dry hop an Alt to add life to it??
« on: June 06, 2011, 02:02:16 PM »
I think what I am going to do is take some 22 oz and larger bottles and do some testing with different hop varieties.   Be a fun experiment to take a little amount of different hops and dry hop in bottles.  I know it won't be a perfect test, and I'll probably clog some bottles and get hop matter in my glass on some, but it will be interesting.

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General Homebrew Discussion / dry hop an Alt to add life to it??
« on: June 03, 2011, 09:35:45 AM »
Brewed 10 gal of a German ALT, which came out perfect for Alt.   Problem is the beer just seems a little boring now and I am only about 1/2 way through it.

I have a full 5 gal keg of it sitting ready to go on tap as soon as the first keg empties (1st probably has 1 gal or so in it still).

Question... I am thinking about opening the full keg and adding some (qty ??) cascade home grown whole hops for a dry hop in order to change the beer.   I know it won't give any bitter change and very, very little flavor change if any.   But, maybe even a slight change in the flavor and a aroma addition would make the beer more interesting.   Do you think adding a couple ounces of cascade at this point will do anything positive to the beer ?   I don't care if it falls out of style, just looking for something "extra" in this last 5 gal's so I can get excited about getting through this keg.

Beer was originally kegged in early March.   Made from mostly pils malt and some munich with magnum and tettnag.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: thread size for tap handle
« on: May 19, 2011, 12:36:37 PM »
Perfect.   Thanks. 

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Kegging and Bottling / thread size for tap handle
« on: May 19, 2011, 07:01:00 AM »
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/kegging/tap-handles/tap-handle-insert.html

Tap Handle Insert

Kind of a last minute idea.... I am looking to wip together a homemade tap handle for a get together tomorrow afternoon.   My local shop doesn't carry these inserts to make your own.   Anyone know what the thread size is of a tap?   I know I can pick one of these up at HD or similar place.


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All Grain Brewing / higher efficency w/ 10 gal batch than on a 5 gal ?
« on: April 13, 2011, 11:06:29 AM »
90% of the time I do 5 gal batches and batch sparge using a 52qrt extreme cooler as mash tun and a keggle to boil.    But, my last to beers were 10 gal batches on this equipment of moderate (1.050 - 1.060) OG's. 

When I do my 5 gal batches, I am consistantly in the 70 % range (+- couple percent.)    On these last 2 each 10 gal batches, I came in between 80 % and 85 %.

I crush my malt myself, and did not change anything regarding that.   I believe my volume measurements are accurate.   

I don't stress out about this too much.  If anything, would prefer to expect higher gravity and get lower, so I can adjust with extract if needed.   On a 10 gal batch, I didn't want to add water before the boil to dilute due to the limited space in the kettle, so I just went with it.

Has anyone else seen an improvement in efficiency by just doing larger volumes?


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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichman top tier
« on: September 10, 2010, 11:01:43 AM »
I got mine in the spring.   Top, down I have burner (HLT), shelf (mash), burner (keggle).   I love just having a stand and not having to set up saw horses and tables.   Never felt safe that way.   I'm a diy kind of guy, but with a 40+ hour a week job and 2 kids under 10, building one from scratch just wasn't going to happen.   I saw the top tier as a good alternative.   It's basically a kit, where you get to build it and feel like its your creation (sort of).

The thing is solid, but still mobile.   I have a old concrete driveway with cracks and it rolls good where I want it to go.   If you have a nice, smooth drive way, this thing will roll in and out of storage very easily.    The burners are nive also.   Took me a couple brews to get the feel for where to have the gas turned up to.   But, now I go full open, then back it off just a half turn or so and get a good flame and it heats up quick.     I don't think I am getting the fuel efficiency that they claim they get, but it's hard for me to measure this, so this is just a feel.   I guess I could measure it if I really wanted to, but....maybe some day.

All in all, I am really happy with the purchase.   I don't think I could have made one much cheaper, with similar quality. 

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Pimp My System / Re: I pimped my carboys
« on: May 06, 2010, 10:41:45 AM »
did you measure the volume in all 6 carboys?   Wondering how consistent the levels in the different carboys were from one the other.

I have only 2, and did a pretty detailed measurement on one.   But, lazyness took over and I copied the markings from the first to the second.  Always wondered how accurate # 2 really is. 

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