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Questions about the forum? / Re: did the board go wonky?
« on: February 23, 2010, 10:19:36 PM »
No problems for me

Pimp My System / Re: I give you THE BEAST
« on: February 09, 2010, 11:56:28 AM »
Very BEASTLY indeed, sweet!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oyster Stout?
« on: February 06, 2010, 12:25:22 AM »
Flying fish adds 100 live (in the shell) oysters to each batch (I think they do 20 bbl batches).  Denny is on the money.

The exit series is based on the NJTP, not GSPW.  They are not going in sequential order, so it will be even more difficult to figure out  where we'll be when we're real drunk  ;D.

Just this afternoon, I got an e-mail from Flying Fish that they are releasing Exit 4 (Triple with US hops) in six packs and making it a permanent offering.

Flying Fish is pretty good brewery.  I can't say that I love all of their beers, but I love most of them.  They are nice guys and good supporters of the local community.  The Exit Series beers have been pretty special IMO.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Controlled Temp. Fermentation Equipment
« on: February 03, 2010, 11:38:33 AM »
skiwithg, do you happen to know the make/model/dimensions of the wine fridge you picked up?  How do you find the effectiveness of the temp. control on it?  I assume that you do not need an external temp. controller like you would for a regular fridge?

I figure a wine fridge is a good move.  It will suit my need for something small and compact now.  Then later when I might have more space for something larger I will have a wine fridge to use as... a wine fridge.

It's a Magic Chef brand, model unknown, about 31 x 21 x 21, intended to hold about 16 to 24 bottles.  I do use a Ranco two-stage temperature controller:  one side for the wine frig, the other for a fermwrap heater.  I place the probe under bubble wrap  taped to the side of the carboy, it keeps the beer right at my desired fermentation temp in any season.  I'm in NJ so we do get big swings over the course of the year.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Controlled Temp. Fermentation Equipment
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:39:14 AM »
I found a wine refrigerator on CL for $75 that fits a bucket or carboy nicely.   Larger than a dorm refrigerator, but still pretty compact.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tinseth Hop Calculation Help
« on: January 19, 2010, 11:47:58 AM »
FYI - Tinseth was on a recent episode of Brew Strong podcast.

Equipment and Software / Re: I got a pump... now what?
« on: January 19, 2010, 11:43:39 AM »
I pump from the MLT (with a SS braid) to BK.  If you have a valve on the output of your pump, throttle that way back to avoid stuck sparge.  I usually give the mash a few stirs during the drain (batch sparging).

For cleaning, I just recirculate boiling or near-boiling water from my HLT for 10 minutes after use, but I don't use the pump to whirlpool, so less of a concern for me since my use is all hot-side.  I remove the head (with valves & QD still attached) each time.  One recommendation:  throw the screws that hold plastic head on in the trash immediately and get stainless replacements.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much did you brew in 2009?
« on: January 02, 2010, 06:06:10 PM »
13 batches @ 5 gallons each.  Got the last batch in on New Year's eve day.


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