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All Grain Brewing / Re: Teaching Trappists All Grain
« on: February 25, 2015, 10:13:57 AM »
Wow, maybe you're an incarnation of the person who got them going on brewing in the first place! History does repeat itself. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:04:33 PM »
BIAB=Brew in a bag. Essentially you put all your ground grain in a bag, put it in your hot water for the required time and just pull the bag before boiling. If you look around, there are lots of instructions and videos on the net that people have put up to show you "how to"  There are some on this site as well as on Northern Brewer and on More Beer's sites.

Don't know where you are, but I recommend finding a brew club or other brewer who can let you hang out and watch a brew day. Our club has members who mentor others and I have a full 10 gal. gravity set up that I will lend to new members in our club.

Welcome to the forum and prepare for a lot of fun and satisfaction. Don't be surprised if you pick up a bunch of new friends as well. People who brew, love people who brew.

The Pub / Re: Doctors Orders. Now what?
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:43:54 AM »
That sucks but you're not alone. Friends drink beer, neighbors appreciate beer, there's lot's to be given away. It's also useful for barter. The process is fun and many of my best friends are brewers so I continue to enjoy the hobby. I'm drinking less beer with lower abv and less hops. Seems to be making a difference. I take my turn as a designated driver too. Perfect excuse to go out with the group, but abstain.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Jordan Lindsey
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:47:06 AM »
Welcome to the forum Jordan.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Show off your foam!
« on: February 22, 2015, 02:46:50 PM »
Interesting. I sometimes use a grant. I'll have to start paying attention to any difference.
Thanks for sharing.

Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:10:13 AM »
Nice garage heater Dave! Seriously, nice job. What size plate chiller?

Pimp My System / Re: HopHouse Brewery & Taproom
« on: February 21, 2015, 10:59:03 AM »
Can I be your friend? Anyone who pays that much attention to tidy and clean and aesthetically pleasing undoubtedly makes fine beers.

Equipment and Software / Re: Spoon or paddle
« on: February 21, 2015, 10:52:13 AM »
I have a kitchen wire dough whip thing that I jammed into a piece of PVC tubing. Does a great job of busting my mash tun.

The Pub / Re: Ordered a nuc and hive
« on: February 19, 2015, 05:51:10 PM »
Beekeeping is not a pleasant little hobby. It's a lot of work. Depending on the nectar flows in your area, they can need constant attention. If I knew then what I know now, I may have never taken up the challenge. When my garden is planted and the little buggers are out there pollinating their little hearts out and my harvest is once again better than ever, I will retract the previous statement. I will never again bristle at the high price of good quality local raw honey.

The Pub / Re: Thanks!
« on: February 19, 2015, 05:44:22 PM »
Yup, well said Pete.

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith Efficiency
« on: February 12, 2015, 12:14:39 AM »
Nice metaphor. Explains it well.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: flbrewer
« on: February 12, 2015, 12:05:00 AM »
Nice Legs! No, really!  It is good to put a face to the name. You're on the forum quite a bit and ask some really good questions. I have a feeling you will be a formidable brewer soon if you aren't already.

You are among good and knowledgeable company here. Brew on!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Oh what a relief it is......
« on: February 11, 2015, 05:03:12 PM »
I'm there right now Mic. After assuming the reigns in 2008 with a handful of members meeting at homes, we've grown the club to 36+ members. It's a bundle of work. Last month I announced it was my last year as prez. If they wanted the club to continue, then someone needed to step forward and shadow me for the year so they could take over in 2016. Reluctantly, someone finally volunteered, when I assured them I'd be right behind them propping them up where ever necessary. I want to concentrate on educational activities for the club and sometimes I'm just too darn busy with the rest of the agenda to get anything put together. The friendships formed and social activities are fun, but it's really nice to take some new bit of knowledge home from each meeting as well. So, I'm looking forward to getting away from leading the meetings, but hope stepping down means I'll have time to bring more value to membership.

Ingredients / Re: Hop Retailers
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:41:01 AM »
Gotta +1 Denny on that.I bought a lot of hops from Hop Heaven and they were just different. The pellets were very resinous and pungent compared to some of the rather dry ones I have purchased. I got the impression they had been handled very respectfully and probably harvested at their peak.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing Starter
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:32:31 AM »
If your sanitation is good, and you refresh it regularly, it will be good for quite a while. I do this regularly. I buy 50ml sterile centrifuge tubes, ebay or Cynmar, and whenever I make a starter, after decanting, fill a tube or two, mark it and put it back in the fridge. The tubes are graduated, so after they settle, you have a pretty good idea how much yeast you have harvested, then you can use a calculator and just step it up next time.
I usually dump it after about the 5th generation as I know home conditions are not that sanitary, but you can taste the wort you decant and get a pretty good idea if you should use it again or not. Does it taste like the original batch or does it have a hint of sour? I have about 6-8 strains banked for use this way.

When I'm doing an all grain batch, after I've sparged, the runnings usually still have a lot of sugar, so I add a couple more gallons to the mash and let it run off while I'm brewing. At the end of the day, I then take that run off and either boil it down or dilute it to my desired OG of around 1.030 and pressure can it. That way I've always got readily available wort to start my refrigerated bounty.

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