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All Grain Brewing / Re: Viking Malt Null-LOX Varieties
« on: Today at 12:14:32 AM »
But, the price is right for that malt on MoreBeer. I have wanted to try it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:43:03 PM »
The $150 price tag has me stuck though. At that point I could get into a counterflow chiller. I don't have one thought, just an IC, so I'm guessing the hydra is easier to clean and you only have one fluid to circulate though.
I don’t have a Hydra either. I do have a CFC and an immersion chiller. The immersion chiller is much easier to clean. Pull out of wort and rinse with the garden hose; let drip dry.

CFC requires recirculating want PBW solution; rinsing with warm water; finally, I shoot compressed air to dry it out.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mangrove Jack M76 vs M84
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:20:09 PM »
I have used both. I got 78% attenuation with M76 twice in a Helles. The beers were good. The one with more notes had just this: “Very nice beer. Clean, malty, smooth. Could go for a bit more crispness.”

I have used M84 once in a Amber lager. Attenuation was 70%. I chocked it up to lots of caramel malt (10%). The beer was awesome though. It was a very malty beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru'n Water files blocked by Gmail
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:09:13 PM »
Thanks a lot. I will try those steps as well.

I have already tried to "unprotect sheet" but it asks for a password I do not have.

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Hmm.  When I first downloaded the supporter version, Excel wouldn't let me open it saying it was password protected.   Martin said it wasn't.  Never solved that one, kept using the free version.   When Martin sent the next update,  I followed steps as outlined by Tommy, and smooth sailing, I'm using the latest supporter version.   You seem to be having the phantom password problem I thought was unique to me.   Hopefully Martin knows what the heck is going on.
If you are finding a place to click unprotect and then get a password request, you may be  trying to remove the protection that hides the formulas. Those are Martin’s intellectual property and we (customers) aren’t supposed to have access to see or change them. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru'n Water files blocked by Gmail
« on: October 16, 2018, 01:55:58 PM »
All I want for Christmas is a web based brun water app
+1
Downloaded it once, tried to open it in Excel app, won't run, decided maybe brewing gods are smiling on my never having used software.  But I'd give it a try!
Having the same issue. Finally got excel on my PC, down loaded free copy of Brunwater but excel won't let me edit the spreadsheet. If I click "edit anyway"  the sheet goes blank.
Mabrungard

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If it says it's an old format and you can't save changes, you just have to save a copy and you can edit that.  I ultimately had no problem with the free version.  The supporter version is also problem free and I'm running it in the Excel app on my phone.  I just still have to make copies for separate recipes because the Android version of Excel doesn't run macros.
Here are the steps I have to complete to edit a new Brunwater version.

1. Change the file extension to .xls
2. Open the spreadsheet: the file opens in “Protected View”.
3. Place cursor in the formula bar and click. Excel will tell you “Protected View is preventing you from editing. If you trust the source of this file, click Enable Editing.”  I click that once and it never asks again (until Martin releases a new version.)

The “formula bar” is the space above the cells where you can see and edit the currently selected cell contents.

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Looks good. Chinook is a great hop.

...and a great aircraft. It put food on my table over 36 yrs.


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Here you go...


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Looks good. Chinook is a great hop. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:56:03 AM »
I take less than 1/3 as long with the Hydra as I did with my old 25' SS immersion chiller.  It's pretty slick, though it plugs up like a bastard when using whole cone hops.  I'm still getting the damned thigns out of it.
Are you pushing wort or water through the inside of the Hydra?

Sounds like wort, huh?
I’ve always put the chiller in the kettle with the wort and run ground water through the chiller. Seems much easier to sanitize up front and clean after.
Aw,  you're probably one of those boring guys who put their underwear and socks on first and then their pants and shoes.
Most of the time anyway.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:42:35 AM »
I take less than 1/3 as long with the Hydra as I did with my old 25' SS immersion chiller.  It's pretty slick, though it plugs up like a bastard when using whole cone hops.  I'm still getting the damned thigns out of it.
Are you pushing wort or water through the inside of the Hydra?

Sounds like wort, huh?
I’ve always put the chiller in the kettle with the wort and run ground water through the chiller. Seems much easier to sanitize up front and clean after.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:16:10 PM »
I take less than 1/3 as long with the Hydra as I did with my old 25' SS immersion chiller.  It's pretty slick, though it plugs up like a bastard when using whole cone hops.  I'm still getting the damned thigns out of it.
Are you pushing wort or water through the inside of the Hydra?

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The Pub / Re: North Carolina ABC Rules for Homebrewing
« on: October 12, 2018, 01:42:07 PM »
Another thing you can do is have the legislator who sponsored the homebrew bill call the ABC and guide them on how to enforce the law. He/she can talk to the ABC about the law’s intent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: October 12, 2018, 12:57:41 AM »

American Pale Ale
2-Row+C60+Centennial+MJ M44

M44 at 66F came out very clean. Hops come through very well and it cleared up very well.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: a little help for a beginner?
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:26:35 PM »
^^^^
+1
Spigots (and valves) on fermenters scare the heck out of me.  Once you take your first sample, there's beer residue up in there growing all manner of nasties, and you can't properly disassemble and clean it out until you've emptied out all the beer -- through the contaminated spigot.  They're fine on a bottling bucket, because you start clean, and bottle the whole lot in one operation through the  clean spigot.
I have a spigot. I only use it once per batch: the one time I transfer to the keg. I douse the spigot with with Starsan before the transfer and keep the opening pointing downward while it sits in the fermentation chamber. I have big mouth bubblers. If I want a sample I go in through the top. I usually don’t sample though.
PS. I think mouth starting the siphon is fine. After fermentation there isn’t much chance of infection. I guess you’re blowing some (very little) oxygen into the fermenter though.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: a little help for a beginner?
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:25:14 PM »
^^^^
+1
Spigots (and valves) on fermenters scare the heck out of me.  Once you take your first sample, there's beer residue up in there growing all manner of nasties, and you can't properly disassemble and clean it out until you've emptied out all the beer -- through the contaminated spigot.  They're fine on a bottling bucket, because you start clean, and bottle the whole lot in one operation through the  clean spigot.
I have a spigot. I only use it once per batch: the one time I transfer to the keg. I douse the spigot with with Starsan before the transfer and keep the opening pointing downward while it sits in the fermentation chamber. I have big mouth bubblers. If I want a sample I go in through the top. I usually don’t sample though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watch that pricing!
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:15:57 PM »
It’s okay to say names. Your not them. You are just reviewing and helping other homebrewers.

I think Morebeer is the cheapest when buying in bulk. It takes a lot of grain to spend $59 though. Since I buy hops from Hop Heaven that makes it a bit harder for me to get t9 the $59, but, I can buy buying my grain mostly in 10 pound increments.

Well in that case: Morebeer is my preferred and Northern Brewer was the more expensive (but cheaper shopping cart total). As you stated Morebeer is $59 free shipping and NB is $30.  I guess NB can argue the whole "freshness" argument but good luck with that. I've never ever had a freshness issue with Morebeer. 5lbs of Briess 2 Row through NB is $7.90. Morebeer (same malt) is $5.59. Pretty significant and makes that free shipping not so free.
I think MoreBeer is a very large retailer. They have west coast and Eastern warehouses. In my opinion, they are going to have the same freshness as Northern Brewer. I think (just my guess) the 3 biggest homebrew suppliers are:

1. Northern Brewer/Midwest
2. MoreBeer
3. Adventures in Homebrewing/Austin Homebrew

There are several other large ones that I think are a tier below (size wise).

1. Farmhouse
2. Atlantic
3. Williams
4. Great Fermentations

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