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Equipment and Software / Re: Crud in stainless fermentor
« on: March 11, 2015, 11:16:39 AM »
+1 to Barkeepers Friend. I use it routinely with one of those blue non-scratch sponges to clean all of my stainless equipment. Works great!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 13th annual Best Beers in America survey
« on: February 23, 2015, 11:58:28 AM »
All hail Nostrachumly and his amazing powers!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Horrific Infection
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:32:15 PM »
Which Yeast Bay yeast did you use? I have used several of their sour blends and that is exactly what it looked like. I wonder if they sent you the wrong yeast, or maybe it was mislabeled. Let it ride and maybe it will turn out pretty good!

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Equipment and Software / Re: new mash tun losing temp
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:28:35 AM »
I use a 10 gal Igloo water cooler for my mash tun. I always preheat it by putting two quarts or so of hot water into it for a few minutes and sloshing it around to heat the tun up. I then dump that water and add my mash water. I also put several thick beach towels on top of the lid, put a towel under the tun (granite countertop is cold) and wrap a down sleeping bag around it. I never lose more than 1-2 degrees during a 60 minute mash, even with the house at 66F. 



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Equipment and Software / Re: another burner recommendation thread
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:23:49 PM »
I love my Blichmann. I've used a few other burners (camp chef type), but nothing has matched the Blichmann so far. Definitely worth the money, and definitely get the leg extensions.

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Gotta love this, directly from the website: 

"How It Works: First thing you need to do is put Brewie in your shopping cart and wait"

Seriously?  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First Ever Brew
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:40:23 AM »
Great, thanks again for the info guys.  I did look at some photos of exploding beers.  Does not look fun.  I was going to use a bottle of vodka and a tube running from the airlock hole in carboy, but I couldn't get the airlock off. So I decided to leave and hope for the best.  I figure I have enough room (for now) in the carboy, but it's definitely moving up.

I'm engaged, we own a house, and have a Siberian Husky (dog).  If the beer exploded my dog would freak out (then probably drink the beer) and my fiance would take what's left of the beer and move it outside she said.  Then, of course, I'd have to clean it and listen to her yelling in my ear whilst cleaning.  Doesn't sound fun...

I wouldn't waste a whole bottle of vodka for the blowoff tube. Mix up a small batch of sanitizer (star-san solution) and use that instead. Much less expensive and will work just as well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Something fun I am doing today
« on: November 07, 2014, 01:20:16 PM »
I'm curious to hear what you think of the speidels. I've got my eye on some of those down the road a bit.

I have the 20L and 30L Speidels and absolutely love them. They are super heavy duty with built in handles (at least the smaller ones have handles) which is very convenient. Also love the wide opening for cleaning. The only drawback is that they aren't clear, so you can't see whats going on inside. I've had mine for about two years and will probably get another one at some point.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Broken thermometer in Wort
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:39:35 AM »
I've broken a lab thermometer in a beer before and just dumped it. My friends who have had that happen also dumped their beer. It's just not worth missing that one little chunk of glass that somehow ends up in a bottle or keg. The stuff inside the thermometer should be okay, but why risk it? IMO it's not worth one batch of beer. On the bright side, you get to brew again!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Aging Beer
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:25:46 AM »
I would add Imperial Stouts to that as well.

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Started in 1996 when I was in college. A friend of mine homebrewed and after helping with a couple of batches, I was hooked. Before that, I didn't even know homebrewing was possible. My first batch was some kind of lager kit. Yeah, I know, starting with a lager was pretty silly, but I didn't know better that time. Of course I fermented it in my closet, in Alabama, in the summer, at a nice cool temperature of 72F.  :P  Everything actually went pretty well. I thought the beer tasted great (probably didn't) and kept with it. I brewed a few times a year and then took a few years off when I got married the first time. After getting divorced a few years later, I rekindled my interest and then got serious in 2008. I switched to all grain, bought all sorts of equipment and books, built a keggerator, joined the AHA, turned a bedroom into a storage/barrel room/temp control chamber, and the rest is history! Oh, and two years ago I was fortunate enough to marry a woman who not only tolerates this addiction, but supports and encourages me as well! Now that I'm a "beer nerd" as she likes to call me, we spend a lot of times in pubs and breweries during our travels. Doesn't get much better than that!

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Have to agree pretty much across the board with Hoosier. 8 grains is too many. Keep your recipes as simple as possible. I don't have my recipe handy, but its: Marris Otter, flaked oats, Crystal 60 or 80, roasted barley and chocolate malt.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Suppliers
« on: November 03, 2014, 06:10:28 PM »
I've used Morebeer, MidwestSupplies, Northern Brewer, Rebel, Keystone Homebrew and Austin Homebrew. Have had excellent experience with all of them.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Bourbon stout without a barrel
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:22:44 AM »
I use 2oz of oak cubes soaked in bourbon for 2-4 weeks for 5 gallons of Imperial Stout, or 1-1.5oz of cubes for a lower gravity stout. Just pack them into a mason jar and top off with bourbon. Add the entire mixture to your secondary/keg and age until it tastes good. I like the cubes over chips since they have less surface area per ounce. This allows for a slower oaking process. I've done this to both RIS and Oatmeal Stouts with great results. FWIW I keg, though the extra alcohol isn't enough to kill yeast if you plan on bottle conditioning.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How was the weekend?!
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:52:31 AM »
It was a major beer weekend for me. On Saturday, our club filled a 15 gallon rye whiskey barrel with a russian imperial stout and I filled my 15 gallon rye whiskey barrel with a belgian dark strong. Sunday I brewed three beers. A farmhouse ale w/ rye using The Yeast Bay's Wallonian Farmhouse yeast, a farmhouse/saison type beer using Yeast Bay's Funktown Pale Ale yeast, and a northwest style pale ale packed with Summit and Cascade hops and WYeast westcoast IPA yeast. Trying to fill my keezer with some lighter summer beers. Plus, starting tonight I will be helping teach a homebrew class at the local brewery.

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