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Ingredients / Re: Hop Retailers
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:17:50 AM »
Farmhouse Brewing has great quality and fair prices.



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help with finishing up a logo
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:57:29 AM »
Most definitely outsourced but I actually use this company often for logo work.  I found out about it from a work association my company belongs to.  My local graphic artist still gets my work for the very complicated stuff which is all he really wants to do anyway.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help with finishing up a logo
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:18:38 PM »
Depending on how clean it is to begin with, I might be able to just put it into CorelDraw X6 and have it vectorize it for you.  No guarantee.
However, there's a company online that does things like that for $15. My company uses them all the time to create and clean up art for promotional items.  I'm in no way affiliated with this company other than using them myself.
http://artworksource.com/Home

If you want me to try, PM me and I can give you my email addy to give it a try.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Buying Grains Online
« on: January 21, 2015, 09:37:16 AM »
I pay between $48 and $52 for a sack of 2 row at my LHBS. No way that, with shipping, any online store can beat that even with me paying tax.
A few years ago Austin Homebrew made a mistake and I got a sack of Rahr for $44 and free shipping.  It was corrected the next day but I got lucky.

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I've been doing BIAB for 3 years, the last 2 outdoors, usually 6 gallons each time.  I use a nice, strong mesh strainer and remove about half of the grain into another bag in a 5 gallon bucket.  It takes maybe 10 minutes max to remove half or more of the grain and then, with my nifty and beautiful orange heat gloves I can work with the original mash bag as well as the 'strained' bag removing the liquid from each.
I routinely get 78-80% efficiency and love the ease of BIAB.
But there are times like tomorrow when I am doing 11 gallons and 26 lbs of grain that it may take me 20-25 minutes to remove the grain and it may not be the best method for extra large amounts of grain.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Doing a BIAB with too much grain
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:38:01 AM »
I've been on your site many times and am familiar with most of it.  Sounds like a fun plan.
Thanks for all the help guys!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Doing a BIAB with too much grain
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:51:24 AM »
Yeah, I certainly could do that.  I like the idea of doing something different.
Thanks!

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All Grain Brewing / Doing a BIAB with too much grain
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:43:25 AM »
I am doing 11 gallons tomorrow and with 26.5 lbs of grain, I need 15.1 gallons of water (my post is only 15 gallons). Since that won't work and I really don't want to mash with a lot less water (which I'm still thinking about) I thought I'd use 2 pots to mash in and then mix the 2 to the proper, pre-boil levels to boil. However, that opens up other possible problems like getting the exact amounts of water in each pot.

So, do you think it's better to mash in with less water at first, mash for the full amount then add some 170 degree in after the bag is pulled or do 1 big mash and 1 smaller mash and mix the two? Or do you have another suggestion?
Since I've already crushed/mixed the grains, it's too late to reduce the total amount.......should have thought about that first huh?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cascadian Dark Ale Questions (pH & grist)
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:30:33 AM »
Can't help with the water question as I'm still learning how to treat my water but as for Carafa III, I use 3% and most recipes suggest no more than 5%.  But, I also add 3% of chocolate malt as well.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 19, 2014, 12:31:47 PM »
Sounds like a plan and something a few others have mentioned to me.
Thanks!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 17, 2014, 10:21:38 AM »
Well, what a bunch of smart folks here.....it does appear that after a slight chill down, a great majority of what was on top fell and it definitely wasn't an infection.  I kegged today and naturally carbed it (only 2 oz of corn sugar) and will check in 2 weeks to see how she is.
I still do get an alcohol  taste and now think the blame is on too many gens of the yeast I was using. Originally it came from a local brewery (007) and though I've not washed it, I made over size starters and continually kept some each time to use a few times more.  So, the new question for you yeast brains is......can a stressed and over genned (my new word) yeast cause an off flavor that is similar to fusel and will time help?  I've had fusels before and no amount of time helped.
No where near ready to ditch this one.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:37:23 AM »
Yea, I get the oil part as the last one I did have decent head but it didn't last and I can live with that.  But I can't wrap my head around why all this happened days after FG was reached.
You'd think with all the beers under my belt I would have seen a good bit by now but that's the beauty of this hobby.....each 'child' is different.
If it weren't for the semi strange taste, I don't think I would have even posted this.
I'm cold crashing in a few days and hopefully drop this out.

I guess I don't understand why having reached FG would have any bearing on this.
I've spent too much time reading about this but read where it could be off gassing that pushes the hop particles to the top.  And I thought that off gassing didn't happen if fermentation had completed but I guess I just showed more of what I don't know.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:55:23 AM »
Yea, I get the oil part as the last one I did have decent head but it didn't last and I can live with that.  But I can't wrap my head around why all this happened days after FG was reached.
You'd think with all the beers under my belt I would have seen a good bit by now but that's the beauty of this hobby.....each 'child' is different.
If it weren't for the semi strange taste, I don't think I would have even posted this.
I'm cold crashing in a few days and hopefully drop this out.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 13, 2014, 09:19:19 AM »
I sure hope so, I haven't ditched a batch in a long time and don't want to anytime soon.  The amount and the increase so late along with the unexpected taste got me.
I will just RDWHAHB and move on.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:23:58 AM »
Yea, SS BrewTech.  It's my 5th time using it and I love it.
It most definitely does look like hop scum but why 2 weeks after fermentation and when no hops were added?  I did dry hop yesterday but the difference between 3 days ago and yesterday was alot more at the top.
And, added to that, the loss of the coconut flavor I had 3 days ago and the addition of the semi fusel, makes me think the yeast might still be doing something and it could be off gassing.

I think I'll keg this Sunday as planned but naturally carb in the keg. I don't have room in the keezer yet anyway so I can let it sit 2 weeks carbing, take a taste then and if it's good, keezer it, add the rest of the baked coconut and Bob's your uncle! 
None of this happened in January when I brewed it with different hops than Ryan's recipe called for.

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