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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Edge Mash and Boil
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:33:47 PM »
Anybody using one of these?  Any tips or comments?

I’ve done three brews on mine. I use it for 3 gallon biab. The mash temperature has a fairly large temperature swing. It reads the temperature from the bottom near the element. The range is 6 degrees ( +/- 3 ) from where you set your mash temperature. Most people stir every 20 minutes or so of the mash to  equalize the temperature.

It’s a great platform for diy self mods. Many have turned the unit into a Grainfather with  pumps and added sparging.

I’ve never done a 5 gallon batch. I really like it for 3 gallon biab. Easy cleanup.

There’s a automatic timer to start heating your mash.

Check out Mash and Boil group on Facebook. There is a lot of info there.

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Equipment and Software / Brewer's Edge Mash and Boil
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:32:40 PM »
Anybody using one of these?  Any tips or comments?

Ingredients / Hop Heaven pre season sale
« on: April 23, 2018, 05:54:22 PM »
Looking for deals on hops?  These guys have great quality.

Thanks, MNWayne! So if I hear you correctly, controlling the ambient temperature is good enough? I guess I don't need to be that precise on the actual wort temp?

No, the wort temp is what matters.  But if you attach the probe to the outside of your fermenter, you get a very accurate representation of wort temp.

Classifieds / Re: Brewing Techniques Magazine
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:19:27 PM »
Twenty back issues of the much-lamented Brewing Techniques magazine, from 1996 to 1999. Missed by many, considered by some to be the best brewing magazine ever.

See my ebay auction here:

And sadly out of date today, but still a great read.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering airlock?
« on: April 22, 2018, 03:51:28 PM »
By the time you get to lagering, you don't need an airlock.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Since it’s 4/20...
« on: April 20, 2018, 06:47:01 PM »
That’s why you freeze them immediately if you can’t process immediately. Loss to mold or rot is virtually eliminated.

Here’s a bit of info on the process.

I'm guessing you don't know a lot about commercial hop production.  Freezing them until use is completely impractical.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Since it’s 4/20...
« on: April 20, 2018, 06:26:56 PM »
AFAIK, there is no talk of that at YCH.
Could you put a bug in their ear if you get the chance.

Logistically it’s probably cheaper than going through the drying process.

I'm not sure of that.  Hops need to be dried quickly.  I'm told that they will start to compost within one hour of picking if they're not dried.  For YCH, or anyone else, to undertake the project you describe, there would have to be a market, or the expectation of one.  I assume that becasue they don't do this already, they don't see a market.  But I'll ask if they've ever thought about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Since it’s 4/20...
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:32:07 PM »
AFAIK, there is no talk of that at YCH.

Equipment and Software / Re: Female Quick Disconnect Lubrication
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:56:18 PM »


The Brew is Out There! 

This week, Drew sits down with Kip Barnes of LA Ale Works in Hawthorne, CA to talk about his experiments running a professional brewery while holding onto his homebrewer spirit. In that vein, we talk about using a cool ship for his next "odd" beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How's your LHBS doing?
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:50:08 PM »
we have 2 here.  One is doing very well, the other not so much.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Anchor Liberty Ale
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:42:19 PM »
Liberty is the Luke, Han, and Chewy of IPAs. Everything else is Jar Jar

Without Liberty, there may not have been an American IPA.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Oregon Hop farms
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:57:55 PM »
Thanks for the input.  I hadn't thought about the seasonal aspect of hop farming and there wouldn't be a lot going on.  Good point.

At last year's conference in Minneapolis I was lucky enough to go on the trip to Rahr Malting.  The largest single location malt-house in the world.  It was well worth the trip with railroad cars of grain arriving and the grains being steeped, malted and dried.  Well worth the visit - especially the on-site brewery, food and beer truck!


Great Western melting is a short hop over the border in Vancouver, WA.

We asked them about tours and they're not really set up for it.   Plus since they're in the Port of Portland there are DHS regs to deal with.

Re: Culmination and Breakside....EB and Brewcraft are sponsoring a party at Culmination on Wed. night and Breakside will be serving there.  No entry fee.

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