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Welcome aboard, you have gotten a lot more creative than I did in my first year of brewing

Equipment and Software / Re: Stir Plates
« on: June 28, 2015, 09:57:30 AM »
+1, unfortunately I had just purchased a stir plate before I really tried Mark's method.  I can tell you that I have not used my stir plate since and have been having great results with his method. For my American ales with WLP001, I have been getting 78-80% attenuation his way. I have played around with it enough to be convinced it works. But when I really want to dry out an IPA, I have been getting 80-82% with US 05 both dry and re-hydrated and have loved the results. Good luck and great brewing either way to the OP

The Pub / Re: Homebrewing and Children
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:29:07 PM »
Congrats! Here are my thoughts:
Marshall, this was a great post. My father grew up in the family winery (really just a tavern, did not produce wine, but that's what they called it.) While I was growing up, my grandparents in his side always had a tiny wine glass for me and my sister for Sunday dinner every week as far back as I can remember. That's how my father was brought up and that's how he brought up my 4 siblings and myself. I had my wild college days, but those are long gone.  As Keith noted, I probably qualify as a problem drinker medically speaking, but I usually only drink once or twice a week. I hate hangovers more than just about anything in life after those crazy college days, so I keep it responsible at all times. I did not know my father in his college days, but I can say that he is the most responsible adult drinker I have ever been around in my life. That helped shape me and I try to put that into work in my life now that I am helping raise my girlfriend's 3 children. They all got bored with helping on brew day or bottling day after about the first 3 batches I made. The important thing I see is that they see me work hard (with brewing magic) to create something I love, and I don't think they have ever seen my drinking as a potential problem in the 4 plus years that I have been around them. As a footnote, I think that it was either Alewyfe (?) Or Amanda K that said on here that SWMBO really stands for She Who. Must Brew Often. My significant other almost never helps me with brewing, but was a huge inspiration to get started in the hobby.  I don't think she has ever given me any grief over brewing as long as I keep life in perspective (and our calendar!) Thanks again, great post

The Pub / Re: Choose your obsession
« on: June 27, 2015, 06:29:17 AM »
Fun read, good early morning laughs or realizations...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:37:54 AM »
Nice work Jim! Enjoy the glory and the brew.

The Pub / Re: A Weird Kind of Anniversary
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:48:06 PM »
That's awesome Sean!  So glad you're still with us, you have so much knowledge to share/spread. Treasure every minute and let the Dr's know just how far off their predictions were

The Pub / Re: In the immortal words of Ken Kesey....
« on: June 22, 2015, 01:15:56 PM »
I was told to keep my head and arms inside the bus until it came to a complete stop

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Pale Ale 2.0
« on: June 22, 2015, 01:13:06 PM »
As a huge Stone fan, I also gave it a try.  Thanks for so specifically stating what I felt. My description of "I didn't like it "
Was about all I could put my finger on

Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:05:43 PM »
Or has a free version as well with a recipe builder

Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:05:10 PM »
On my way out of office, and on the road, maybe later when I get home if some else has not already

Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 22, 2015, 11:52:48 AM »
Software says at 1qt per #, you can mash those 17# with 1.42G of extra space for a 5G batch @ 1.086

Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 22, 2015, 11:11:35 AM »
Beersmith tools tell me that in theory I could mash 27.5# at 1qt/# for 5.5gall @1.127 in my 50 qt cooler. It says I would have 0.04gallons left empty in the cooler, really not enough room to stir or even work with. It does look like the max in the 50qt though. If I dropped to 5G batch, same 27.5# @ 1qt per pound, it would yield OG of 1.14 again, just in theory.

Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 21, 2015, 02:51:54 PM »
I can feel your pain Mark, if a little less painful. I brew mostly outside in our back driveway (house was built with an in law suite with separate garage and access down stairs around back). All of my brew day work is down and out there as well as fermentation chamber (chest freezer) but I don't have any good working space for bottling day. So my fermenter, bucket of star dan, bottling bucket, assorted parts and tools, bottles, etc all get lugged upstairs for use. It then all gets washed upstairs in the kitchen (previous owner converted in law suite kitchen into a bedroom) and then lugged back downstairs for storage.  Sooner or later I will turn that bedroom back into a kitchen/brewery space but that's going to take time and money I don't have right now. Good luck with your plans for reorganizing

Ingredients / Re: Water!
« on: June 19, 2015, 09:02:33 PM »
So sad I missed it! Really wanted to be there, but kid b day also very important. Maybe next time

Beer Recipes / Re: Blondie's Ale
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:22:14 PM »
Hey first taste tonight, very early in carb stage but I had to know. Carb level is developing nicely. It opens with a great hiss and pours with a thin head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is slightly fruity (best I can do as not much of a fruit eater) no off esters or phenolics. Appearance is a nice bright yellow and fairly clear for this young. Poured into a tulip and the picture I took sucked but as I drank, I was amazed at just how clear it is already. Nice smooth flavor, on the malty side with just a little bitterness to keep me interested. Overall, a great summer sipper especially for our RV trip next week. Enough flavor to enjoy and nothing to scare off bmc crowd except the label does not say s@$t light/lite. I will happily enjoy this brew at the end of every day of driving over the next 2.5 weeks. Thanks for posting your recipe, I will make this one again!

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