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Equipment and Software / Re: Best grain mill available today.
« on: October 03, 2018, 04:52:45 PM »
Well a Millar is on its way posted by a friend in the US. 

Over 100 bucks shipping! I’ll dodge the tax and import charges this way though.   

Thanks all. 

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Make sure you let us know your impressions!  Thanks.

Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:57:21 PM »
Ok, thanks.

Might have to look into 1 or 2 of these.

Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:03:07 PM »
Ok.  I'm giving this round to the Tilt and calling it a success.  Beer is kegged, spunding valve in place, fingers are crossed.
Pictured here: Tilt reading after mild agitation, picture of Tilt after carboy is drained (some trub remaining on unit), & hydrometer reading. 
Edit: Not pictured but also being tested: Clear Beer Draught System in the keg. 

Got a quick question.  If I'm reading it correctly, the hydrometer is showing a reading of 1.015 and I'm assuming a calibration temp of 60F.  When I use the online temp correction software it tells me that the corrected reading is 1.014.  Here's the question.  Why is the Tilt showing an uncalibrated reading of 1.014?

The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:16:27 PM »
"Skinny," Alex Bevan

Kinda funny to watch him sing this song now, now that he's not so skinny LOL!

Equipment and Software / Re: Best grain mill available today.
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:12:36 PM »
Has anyone bought a Millar's Barley Mill?  I think they've only got the one model and while it's got everything you need, hopper, bucket, etc., I think it's kind of pricey at $280-300.  Would be interested to hear anyone's input on it though.

The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: August 29, 2018, 01:18:09 AM »
Warm Beer (Cold Women) - Cats On Holiday

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Personal Preference Terroir?
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:16:25 PM »
Everything I've read tells me not to put much stock in these tests.  Now I have half a mind to take one.  I know my paternal grandfather's family lived in the same house in the same town in Franconia for hundreds of years, and my paternal grandmother's family worked for the same rich family in that town for several generations.  My maternal grandfather's family, according to records I researched extensively myself, were in the same business in the same town in Ireland back to at least around 1800.  So if the test didn't tell me I'm at least 50% German and 25% Irish,  I'd say it was pretty much bogus.   I bet it would put me all over the map except Germany and Ireland!

23andme said that I was 37% Eastern European (Czech).  Which to me means that one of my grandparents was full Czech and one was just half Czech.  Unless you can trace everyone back, there's no real way to know!

My dad's family was from Mississippi.  The rest of my lineage is a hodgepodge of just about everything European.  There's a reason this country is called a melting pot.

And to get back to Jim's original question, I'm willing to bet that there's no reason for SOME people why that can't be true.  Doesn't work for me, though.  I love pasta and rice.  No Asian and only 1.4% "Broadly Southern European".

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Personal Preference Terroir?
« on: August 13, 2018, 03:32:05 PM »
My mom's parents came over from Bohemia in the early 1920s.  New Year's Day was pork roast, dumplings and sauerkraut.  And that was it.  Loved the pork roast and dumplings.  To this day I still can't STAND sauerkraut!  Go figure.

For Christmas my daughter got my wife and I 23andme DNA tests.  My dad kept photo albums and he had names (and dates) on almost all the photos.  Of all the people 23andme says are my cousins, there are just a scant few that match the names in his photo albums.  LOL!  Again, go figure!  LOL!

All Grain Brewing / Re: New Albion Recipe - water questions
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:41:50 PM »
anykine, you might want to check out  This is a blog by Renee DeLuca, who is the daughter of Jack McAuliffe, original brewer of New Albion.

Equipment and Software / Re: Anvil Bucket vs. SS Brew Bucket
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:39:42 PM »
I have both the BB Mini and the 4 gallon Anvil. I only use the BB when I need an extra fermenter. The biggest issue as others have pointed out is the rubber foot. Makes every task a much bigger PITA. I think the larger versions have welded feet. I do also like the slightly larger volume. I have less blowoff problems and can make slightly larger batches.
I've got a 4.4 mini-fridge for my fermentation chamber and right now I'm using 3 gallon better bottles.  Any idea if the 4 gal Anvil will fit in a mini-fridge?  Looks like those handle do stick out quite a bit.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:50:15 PM »

AB/InBev, by buying NB, is doing research.

I was wondering if they're analyzing data (which recipe kits are most popular, etc.) in an attempt to understand or predict consumer preferences for craft beer.

I'm willing to bet that is just one of the things they're looking at.  I think the first thing they're looking at is how to adapt their business plan to the homebrew market.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 14, 2018, 04:14:44 PM »
The big question is if walmart was all there was, would you shop there?

To answer this question, if walmart was the ONLY option, I'd have no choice.  But what happens when they are able to drive all their competition out of business and then they pull out of that market 'cuz it's not profitable enough?  And then the nearest grocery store is 25-30 miles away.  And the nearest hardware store, etc., etc.  And it has happened.  Walmart's business model is not to reduce their competition, but to eliminate it.

And I'm a home brewer.  I buy very little from any brewery, let alone anything from 'Big Beer'.   :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 14, 2018, 03:41:53 PM »
Me five and I live in Akron, Oh.  (Not as big as Tampa, LA, & Boston, but big enough.)

It was a joke.  :)

Nobody is laughing.  We see the problem.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 14, 2018, 03:06:51 AM »
AB/InBev, by buying NB, is doing research.  This area of brewing, OUR AREA, is a thorn in their side and what better way to get to know your enemy, which I am sure is how they characterize craft beer AND home brewing, than to buy into it.  The cost of craft breweries is for them small and to buy into the homebrewing market even smaller.  Sometimes we have to look past our own wallets to see the true costs we are facing.

And no, I will NOT shop at wal-mart.  Just because they are now America's largest employer does not mean they are a good employer. 

Ingredients / making invert sugar
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:36:56 AM »
In another thread, there was a post about a Ron Pattinson recipe ( and that recipe used invert sugar.  I contacted Ron and he was kind enough to reply with these directions.

No. 1 invert is a specific type of sugar used in brewing. It's very different to table sugar.

This is how to make it youirself at home:

Making invert sugar

As brewers’ invert sugars aren’t easily available, making them yourself is probably the best option. It doesn’t take a huge amount of ingredients or equipment. You’ll need:

•   cane sugar (not table sugar)
•   citric acid
•   water
•   a candy thermometer
•   a saucepan

This is what you do:

•   For each pound (455 g) of sugar you use, bring 1 pint (473 ml) of water to the boil.
•   Switch off the heat and add the sugar slowly, dissolving it.
•   Add 1/4 teaspoon (1 g) of citric acid per pound of sugar.
•   Turn on the heat again (not too high) and set the alarm on the candy thermometer to 230ºF (110ºC).
•   Stir frequently while it starts to simmer.
•   When the temperature hits 230ºF (110, reset the alarm for 240ºF (115.6ºC).
•   Heat slowly (the slower the better) until the temperature gets to 240ºF (115.6ºC).
•   Lower the heat to keep at 240ºF–250ºF (115.6ºC –121.1ºC).
•   For No. 1 maintain at heat for 20–30 minutes.
•   For No. 2 maintain at heat for 90–120 minutes.
•   For No. 3 maintain at heat for 150–210 minutes.
•   For No. 4 maintain at heat for 240–300 minutes.

The colors you’re aiming for are:

•   No. 1, 12-16 SRM
•   No. 2, 30-35 SRM
•   No. 3, 60-70 SRM
•   No. 4, 275-325 SRM

Thank you, Ron!

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