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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermowells and temp probes
« on: January 26, 2016, 11:48:32 AM »
I put the sensor underneath an old sponge that I duct tape to the side of my bucket, so that the probe is sandwiched between the sponge and the side of the bucket.

Yep! That's what I do. Took a chunk of foam, cut a groove big enough to fit the probe, and taped it to my conical. I just insert the probe when its time to ferment. I used the aluminum tape and the foam stays put, even when cleaning.

I do mostly the same thing except I attach the foam to the fermenter with bungee cords. Easy to put on and take off when needed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:25:10 AM »
Making my first foray into the Belgians.  Going to brew a Belgian Blonde.

what yeast you using?

I have a choice between WLP500 Monastery Ale and WLP 530 Abbey Ale.  I was thinking of brewing this batch with one of them, and then brewing a second batch next weekend with the other.

Any suggestions?

Maybe consider doing a split batch and try them both.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mistakes, Learned From
« on: January 02, 2016, 09:16:02 AM »

1/ pour strike water into the mash tun with the valve open.

Yep. Done that. Also not checking the spigot on the fermenter when filling. Duh!

But never both on the same batch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Brew Year - Happy New Beer
« on: January 01, 2016, 04:58:19 PM »
I've been thinking of doing a weizenbock. Never tried brewing one before although I have enjoyed a few.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:30:41 AM »
Just started my mash for an oatmeal stout.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: December 31, 2015, 12:08:14 PM »
Lack of bubbles in the airlock doesn't mean the beer if finished fermenting. The only way to check this accurately is to check the specific gravity. It it remains unchanged after 2-3 days, then it's ready to bottle or keg.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pre-boil volume
« on: December 11, 2015, 11:43:17 AM »
Volume in fermenter = original volume – losses

Losses can be from grain absorption, mash tun dead space, evaporation during boil, dead space in boil kettle, trub, and dead space in fermentor.

Everybody’s system is different in their losses so you should learn how your system performs. Like MDixon suggested, do a test run on your system using a small volume.

There may be some other losses I’m not thinking of offhand.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 02, 2015, 08:30:52 AM »
Angel's Envy is expensive but less than $100 and worth it. A bottle around here runs $60-$65.

Agree with Joe Sr about Sazerac rye.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Recipe WIKI broken?
« on: November 21, 2015, 05:27:27 AM »
Looks like it's up and working now.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: speidel fermenter 60L
« on: November 21, 2015, 05:23:20 AM »
What is your routine for sanitizing the spigot?  I have one of the 30s and have been a bit paranoid about using it as it hangs around the bottom of the fermenter and is likely somewhat nasty.

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I run star san through the spigot. As long as I am putting star san in the fermenter, it's easy to run some through the spigot.

Beer Recipes / Re: Suggestions on Belgian Dark Strong?
« on: October 17, 2015, 08:32:08 AM »
I'm still hopeful that this can turn violent.

Wait a minute. The hockey thread is on another board.  :)

The Pub / Re: Go Canucks!
« on: October 17, 2015, 06:33:39 AM »
I love hockey.   Blackhawks fan here.  Will be at a Blues Blackhawks game in November.   By the way a pale ale at the stadium is $10.

My grandson plays hockey. That goes without saying since he lives in Chicago. Anytime we visit, my step-son and I go with him to a hockey game (baseball, if hockey isn't in season).

Fan is short for fanatic, and no one is more fanatic about hockey than the rabid Blackhawks fans. (Meant in a good way.)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Anyone brewing today 10/10/15?
« on: October 12, 2015, 04:14:45 PM »

Brain bill is 50% bohemian floor malted Pilsner an 50% white hops

Yea. I've had days where my brain felt like pils and wheat!  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: October 03, 2015, 05:14:01 AM »
I'd be interested in membership, but I wonder whether it makes sense for people living in Europe....

Well, there's Zymurgy. I'm not sure if there would be an extra charge to mail paper copies to Europe or not. And you would have access to the e-versions.

Discounts on books and other items from AHA. Again, might be extra charge to send to Europe.

Attendance at the AHA National Conference and the Great American Beer Festival. You could do a vacation around either one of these and spend some extra time visiting craft breweries here in the US.

Just a few reasons off the top of my head.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shaken not stirred lager starter?
« on: September 29, 2015, 07:49:13 AM »
As far as I am concerned, posting anything on HBT that goes against the narrative is asking for trouble.  I am too old to waste my time fighting with trolls, strawman sockpuppets, and cult of personality fanboys.  The BN is a "for profit" organization. I post to this forum and a couple of British brewing forums.

And I am glad you do. I am sometimes lost in your explanations from my limited knowledge, but I am learning and trying things as I go along.

I visit other sites and take things with a healthy dose of sketpticism. I don't post on any other site and only post here a few times.

I think we are benefiting from your thoughts and the thoughts and ideas of others who "goes against the narrative."

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