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The Pub / Re: Modern work ethic
« on: April 09, 2015, 02:37:15 PM »
I have worked with some winners over the years. One guy in particular he had lost his drivers liscence and so I would pick him up on he way to the job site. One morning he is standing on the corner in his socks.
"yo man where's your boots"
"I uh left'um atta party last night we have to drive over there so I can geet'um"
   On another job I sent him back to the truck to get something while I worked on something else. After I while he didn't come back so I went to see what he was doing. He was sleeping in the in the front of the truck laying across the front seat. After that I told the boss it was me or him.
   And I have been know to take a nap on the job but I get my work done first, and don't do it where the client can see you.   ;)
   That's just one of the winners I've had to work with over the years.

Ingredients / Re: Longer boil, darker color?
« on: March 25, 2015, 03:46:37 PM »
I've heard a longer boil will darken the wort.
I think next time I do a 90 minute boil I'm going to take a sample after an hour and compare it to the wort after 90 min.
You can always throw in an ounce or two of chocolate malt to darken it up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second opinion on hydrometer reading
« on: March 17, 2015, 04:04:04 PM »
Split the difference 1.073
That's what it looks like to me.

Beer Recipes / Is the FG wrong in this recipe?
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:36:28 AM »
I know FG's in recipes are not to be relied on, but this has an OG of 1.052 and an FG 1.022? I'm thinking this should be 1.012?

Brewmasters Warehouse sort of let's you do that. Although the person who posts the recipe doesn't get a cut of the sales.
I bought a couple things from them years ago. I am in no way recommending them and have no affiliation, or interest in the company.

Beer Recipes / Re: first helles help
« on: February 28, 2015, 05:42:20 AM »
I brewed this and it came out well.

10 lbs                Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)   89.9 %       
1 lbs                 Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)                 9.0 %         
2.0 oz                Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)        1.1 %         
2.0 oz                Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [2.70 %] - First Hop   24.4 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Bohemian Lager (Wyeast Labs #2124)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: February 21, 2015, 05:52:39 AM »
  I've brewed in the cold before but it has been way colder then the usual winter weather.
  Last week end I did an all grain, partial boil, 3 gallon batch in the kitchen.
It actually worked pretty well and was easier then 5 gallons on the burner outside.
   Since I have a few 3 gallon kegs I can see myself doing this more often regardless of the weather.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Should I refrigerate dry yeast
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:26:49 AM »
From the fermentis website:
During transport : The product can be transported and stored at room
temperature for periods of time not exceeding 3 months without affecting
its performance.
At final destination: Store in cool (< 10°C/50°F), dry conditions."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:15:31 AM »
I'm finally getting a brew day in.
Mashing as I type.

10 lbs                Avandard Premium Pale Ale Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain         1        91.4 %       
8.0 oz                Cararye (89.0 SRM)                       Grain         2        4.6 %         
4.0 oz                Carared (Weyermann) (24.0 SRM)           Grain         3        2.3 %         
2.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)               Grain         4        1.1 %         
1.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt -130L (130.0 SRM)   Grain         5        0.6 %         
0.8 oz                Nugget [12.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           6        40.1 IBUs     
0.5 oz                Bramling Cross [7.10 %] - Boil 15.0 min  Hop           7        3.9 IBUs     
1.0 oz                Bramling Cross [7.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpoo Hop           8        0.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               American West Coast (Lallemand #Bry-97)  Yeast         9        -             

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: recipe resource
« on: January 16, 2015, 08:00:20 AM »
I'm not a recipe expert but the first thing I thought of is a Porter.

Beer Recipes / Amber Ale recipe
« on: January 10, 2015, 02:27:52 PM »
I recently got some hops some of which I never used before.
I came up with this recipe using Waldo Lake recipe as a guide.
Did I do OK?
The hops I have are
Amarillo, Cascade, Mt. Hood, Northern Brewer, Nugget, Chinook,Glacier, Bramling Cross, Horizon,WGV (U.K.), Pilgram, Target

I'm open to suggestions on either the gains or hops but, I want to use what I have on hand.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Amber x
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Amber Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 7.74 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.24 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.055 SG
Estimated Color: 18.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 43.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 73.33 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 80.0 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
6 lbs 8.0 oz          Avandard Premium Pale Ale Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain         1        54.7 %       
3 lbs 4.0 oz          Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        27.4 %       
14.0 oz               Carared (Weyermann) (24.0 SRM)           Grain         3        7.4 %         
14.0 oz               Cararye (175.0 SRM)                      Grain         4        7.4 %         
6.0 oz                Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)               Grain         5        3.2 %         
0.7 oz                Nugget [12.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           6        35.1 IBUs     
0.5 oz                Horizon [11.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min        Hop           7        7.9 IBUs     
1.0 oz                Amarillo [9.70 %] - Boil 0.0 min         Hop           8        0.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               American West Coast (Lallemand #Bry-97)  Yeast         9        -             

Mash Schedule: My Mash
Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs 14.0 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash Step         Add 19.71 qt of water at 165.2 F        152.0 F       60 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 4.24gal) of 168.0 F water

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Equipment and Software / Re: Share your brew stands!
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:12:02 PM »

I've since replaced the round orange mash tun with a rectangular blue one.
And I now have 10 gallon kettle that I just added a ball valve to.
My next task is to raise everything so I can drain from the kettle to fermenter with out having to set it on the table.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: I hope I'm not screwed
« on: January 04, 2015, 03:45:48 AM »
I'm no expert in this, but I would think it would be easier to adapt his kegerator to use a corny keg then trying to fill his Sanke keg.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: deal of the day
« on: December 09, 2014, 06:04:16 AM »
The kit I started with was
fermenting bucket with lid and airlock
bottling bucket (might have included a bottling wand)
racking cane and tubing
capper and caps

What I had been doing is using the immersion chiller till it hit it's limit, usually around 80. Then I would put the kettle in an ice bath and give it an occaisional stir. This worked well till I got a new kettle that doesn't fit in the cooler I use for the ice bath. With the cooler winter weather it doesn't matter but in the spring I am planning on switching to the pond pump with ice water method.

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