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Equipment and Software / Re: brew bucket
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:36:15 PM »
I have 2 Speidel fermentors, a 20 liter and a 30 liter. Large mouths so easy to clean. The handles on the sides are an additional benefit.

Beer Recipes / Re: suggested fruit to add to blonde ale recipe
« on: December 31, 2017, 01:34:51 PM »
Honestly, good Belgians are so good it's hard to pick a fruit that wouldn't take away from it.

And the crowd answered "Amen!"

Unless it's a lambic.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Struggles carbonating (milk) Stouts...
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:45:29 PM »
It seems the issue may be related to the fact that I'm calculating my priming sugar based on the temp at bottling - right after cold crashing.  Apparently you're supposed to determine it based on their temp at the end of fermentation?  That's a considerable difference in the amount of priming sugar...

This is my understanding and how I do it.

I will ferment my beers in the 55*-68* range (depending on style), then cold crash for clarity. When I bottle I base the priming sugar amount on the maximum temperature during fermentation (55*-68*), not the cold crash temperature (35* or so).

CO2 will degas from the beer with higher temperature. Once out though, CO2 won't re-enter the beer once the temperature is cooled down.

At least, that is my understanding. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Ingredients / Re: Using sodium, Gose style
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:29:05 PM »
Most table salt that you buy in grocery stores contain iodine. I'm not sure how much or whether iodine would make a difference but I would spend the extra money and buy something other than table salt. I've seen recipes with sea salt, pink Himalayan and some other types. But never table salt.

Disclaimer---never brewed a gose

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Been gone for about 10 years...
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:58:24 AM »
Denny seems to be barely alive....;)

Hey, another day above ground is always a good one!!  ;)

Like my boss says, "Upright with a pulse."

Beer Recipes / Re: Gluten free chestnut beer
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:22:20 AM »
I haven't tried any gluten free beers or brewing gluten free. You might want to check out this:

Ground Breaker Brewing out of Portland has gluten free beers for all their beers. They posted their American Pale Ale recipe online.

Thanks to Denny and Drew for the discussion about this and the link. (Love the podcast.)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best of both worlds
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:51:30 PM »
I don't really have a problem with the mash to boil time in my GF.  I ramp it up to a boil once I pull the grain basket, and by the time my sparge is complete, I'm nearly at a boil.  I brew inside with it though- I tried it in the garage and it was just too cold for the element to perform very well.  Also, I've not had any issues with the pump clogging.  I do bag my hops, and I've started skimming the foam to reduce protein buildup on the heating element.  That cuts down on the particulate matter a lot.  Also, when I'm pumping through the chiller, I tip the GF and end up getting all but about a quart of the wort.  So far, I'm very pleased. 

I will say the same for me. I only had a problem with the pump once in the 3 years I've had the Grainfather. Every now and then I will use my cooler mash tun but most often the Grainfather when I brew beer.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:22:08 AM »

Heart of Gold--Neil Young

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Dirty Bastard - Ultimate Scotch Style Ale
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:34:24 AM »
AFAIK, I can get Traquair House in the US all year.

Or you could use Skotrat's clone recipe and not have to worry about when it's commercially available. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:08:41 PM »

"Brewing" a cider later today. My first cider. Just 4 or 5 gallons of apple juice, yeast nutrient, and WLP028.

The Pub / Re: Checking In
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:39:15 AM »
Good to hear from you again Jim.

I look forward to your brewing--and other--adventures.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:14:18 AM »

Johnny B Good(e)---Chuck Berry

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 19, 2017, 09:15:17 PM »

Good day sunshine--The Beatles

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:46:00 PM »

Honestly I haven't spent a huge amount of time on many homebrewing forums this year. When I do, it's usually over at milkthefunk on facebook.

The other group that is worth following on Facebook is Saison, Bière de Garde, & Farmhouse Ale Appreciation Society.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 06, 2017, 01:06:12 PM »

Big Boss Man---Grateful Dead

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