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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Not clear beer
« on: January 27, 2016, 07:01:40 AM »
Must be a trend.  My American Porter blew yesterday.   :(

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Explosive fermentation
« on: January 27, 2016, 06:57:48 AM »
If there was krausen on top of the beer, I wouldn't worry too much.  The krausen layer should keep out any critters.  Some brewers do an "open" fermentation with no issues.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: need some direction
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:32:24 AM »
Probably the best book with the most current knowledge is "How to Brew" by John Palmer. There are lots of other good books, but that's probably the best one to start with.

I still read through certain chapters of it every now and then.  Also, I would say that the best way to improve is 1) brew as often as you can and take good notes. 2) taste at each step of the process 3) pay attention to your volumes and temperatures. 3) lots of healthy yeast -look into yeast starters 4) control your fermentation temps

All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: January 14, 2016, 07:19:36 AM »
After smoking for the past 4 years, I've used my Bradley Electric smoker and the Weber for the past year.  Both have produced great and I mean great BBQ.  I was thinking of going with a horizantal smoker but for what the Weber does and how well it works, I don't know if i'll get another one.

I am, however, heavily considering a Kamado Joe or Big Green Egg.

I keep checking out the Big Green Egg whenever I stop by the local Taylor's DoIt Center.  I'm going to take the plunge one of these days and pick one up.

I smoke my ribs with a nine spice dry rub.

All Grain Brewing / Re: rice hulls
« on: January 14, 2016, 07:09:49 AM »
I've had a couple of issues with stuck/slow recirculation and sparging.  Mostly with wheat, and rye in the grist.  Maybe I recirculate to quickly, but for me rice hulls are cheap insurance against the headache of stopping the process, stirring everything up, and getting everything going again.

To each his own, I guess.

All Grain Brewing / Re: rice hulls
« on: January 13, 2016, 08:34:42 AM »
I go with 1 oz hulls per pound of huskless adjust/malt. In your case, 4 oz would be plenty. BUT, I also weight that against the amount of barley malt I'm using. In your case, you have a scant 4 pounds huskless to 12 pounds husked. I would probably skip the hulls altogether if it were me, and because I'm familiar with my system.

I actually double that amount.  I would use 1/2 lb. of rice hulls in my system.  I mash in a 10 gallon Blichmann Boilermaker with the Blichmann false bottom.  I also don't account for any additional water because the rice hulls make up such a small percentage of the overall grist.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: reusing brown beer bottles
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:36:47 PM »
Sierra Nevada bottles crack at the top of the neck with my hand capper quite often. Not sure if that's because of my capper or the bottles, but use caution.

Stone bottles are a royal PITA to get the labels off, BTW ;)

Stone bottles are the worst!!!

Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:22:19 AM »
Some of this depends upon the mineral content of your water. If you have softer water then running hot water for food or beer probably isn't a big deal. However for those of us not in that situation it's terrible water. When I flush the water heater out comes rocks about the size of aquarium gravel. The water from the hot water heater doesn't taste good and the mineral content changes the flavor of coffee and tea. Beer too, if one were to use it for brewing.

Definitely true!  We have good water here in Virginia Beach.  Very soft and a very low mineral content.  The last place I lived had similar characteristics.  I'm spoiled.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:19:05 AM »
well I like 570 or 575 for my blonde. the 575 is blend with Trappist and belgian ale, so i might lean towards 530. 500 is more fruity ester than 530.

I didn't even consider the 575 when I was looking at their list at the LHBS.  I'll try that in my 3rd batch.  Or I'll use the 500 for something else. I briefly considered the 570 but was talked out of it by the kid at the store.  There are a lot of Belgian yeasts to choose from, so it will be fun to try them.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Heaters...
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:08:06 AM »
I bought a "desktop" 200 W ceramic space heater at Wal-Mart. It has its own thermal cutout at ~40°C for added safety, and is plenty powerful enough to keep a 100 cu ft fermentation chamber warm.

I have one of these too.  It is controlled by a Johnson A419 Controller.  I want one of those BlackBox temp controllers though.

Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:03:33 AM »

And of course we can trust everything on the internet.  LOL

This PSA comes from someone in the Virgin Islands.  Maybe their standards are not the same.  My house has all PVC or copper lines, absolutely no lead that I am aware of.  My tank is relatively new >3 years old.  This particular tank has a sacrificial anode (magnesium, not aluminum) which I think all tanks now have anodes to prevent rust build up.  But you still have to flush your tank every now and then.  I do mine twice a year and rarely get any sediment out of it.  If I were to use it for brewing, I would filter it just like the cold water that I use.  If you take care of the tank, I see no reason why you couldn't drink or use the water for cooking.

But, like everything else, to each his own. I think a lot of wisdom that has been passed down from our parents may have applied to them, but doesn't apply to us because we have modern equipment and tighter standards.

Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:30:14 AM »

I cannot imagine that the hot water from your heater is suitable for drinking.

Well I won't be using it in my beer but why wouldn't it be drinkable? Other than potentially more sediment...

I'm curious about that too.  I would assume if you were to run it through a filter you could remove any sediment, but the water supplied to the tank its drinkable, and your tank is just heating it.  Why couldn't you drink it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:27:29 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?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:03:08 AM »
Making my first foray into the Belgians.  Going to brew a Belgian Blonde.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick Carbonation Question
« on: January 08, 2016, 06:57:25 AM »
Bleed off after turning down. Otherwise pressure will fill back in.

Here is what I do.
1. Turn knob to zero pressure.
2. Billed off from keg.
3. Raise back to new set point.
+1  This is how I do it as well.

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