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I brewed it according to the recipe using Beersmith to adjust to my brewhouse efficiency.  My OG/FG was 1.070/1.023 and it's a fantastic beer.  You'll get a higher FG with all that lactose and it will be a little sweeter.  It should be tasty.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt conditioning
« on: September 04, 2016, 11:18:00 AM »
Biggest thing I noticed when I started conditioning the malt was dust-free crushing.  I used to crush out in the driveway so the cloud would blow away.  That was often brutal since I do most of my brewing in the winter.  Without the dust, I moved crushing into the garage where I brew.  Then I started getting lacto infections in some beers. :(  I guess there still is dust, just not enough to see it.

What kind of string?

I use dental floss tape with a glob of keg lube at the O-ring. Works great.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dedicated home-brew supply store?
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:54:50 AM »
I live halfway between a full-service LHBS, Maryland Homebrew, and a corner of the 3 Stars Brewery called the DC Homebrew Shop. Each is about a half-hour drive.  Because of its much bigger inventory, I will always head toward Maryland Homebrew unless I have another reason to go to 3 Stars Brewery.

The benefits of living in a crowded, East-coast metroplex, I guess.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 120F Whirlpool hop addition only
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:53:08 AM »
On a friend's advice, I whirlpool-hopped my last brew at 150.  My standard has always been 170, so I'll be interested to taste it.  Your 120 has my interest.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:49:07 AM »
Homebrewing allows me to embrace my geekiness and have beer available all the time.  And it also allowed me to join my homebrew club, which is a great bunch of friends that also have beer available all the time.  About 75% of my social life is homebrew-related, so either I'm a loser or I have a great social life. 8)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New MoreBeer Torpedo Keg Dimensions
« on: June 27, 2016, 08:02:29 AM »
I guess MoreBeer listened to feedback and is now offering torpedo kegs in a more narrow format. I might just need to jump on some of these. They caught me at a good time as I was about to order some 2.5 gallon kegs.
New slimlines, narrower than ball lock.
       Height (in.)    Diameter (in.)
1.5 Gal    10 7/16    8 5/16
2.5 Gal    14 15/16    8 5/16
   5 Gal    24 3/4    8 5/16

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:52:53 AM »
I was serving with my club in the Social Club and completely missed this. Farge.

Equipment and Software / Re: Getting ready to go electric.
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:23:34 AM »
I believe brewpi "Spark" is the hot-side development product, but it's not there yet.  I use a home-made version for fermentation and it's great.

Equipment and Software / Re: Some RIMS Questions
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:20:19 AM »
In my opinion, you won't be happy trying to step temperature with 120V.  I did that for years until I finally upgraded to 240V and the difference is night and day.  240 gives you four times the wattage for heating.  120V was good for maintaining a steady mash temp in a cold garage in the winter, but I never achieved a mashout with it.

Ingredients / Re: Do I need any additives for my water?
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:15:09 AM »
The salts in the wort that produced the extract have been concentrated, so ideally you would use distilled water to reconstitute the original wort.  In practice, if your water isn't too hard or alkaline, it will work for extract.  If you're not getting enough hop presence in your pales and ipa's some gypsum might help.

I've dumped a couple of batches long ago for band-aid wild yeast flavor.  Lately I'm seeing a lacto sourness showing up in some kegs after several months and I keep drinking those until I need the keg.  Right now I have and English Pale that is starting to sour and I like it.  I am working on isolating the problem.

Ingredients / Re: water for 1800s IPA attempt
« on: May 18, 2016, 06:42:57 AM »
Steve, your water looks like surface water. You get the low numbers during monsoon and the high numbers during drought.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop storage lifespan ?
« on: May 18, 2016, 06:11:01 AM »
I've had hops from 2014 in Food Saver with success, metallized vacuum seal would be even better.

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