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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pictures of turkey day brew
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:45:55 AM »
Nice system!  I'm just doing a gravity fed system but it is much easier now that I built a brew stand instead of stacking things up in a precarious balancing act as I used to.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chill Haze Flavor Contribution
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:42:11 AM »
Nope  8)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Ratio
« on: December 01, 2009, 07:20:47 PM »
I used to do 1 or 1.25 qt/lb mash ratios but have recently been increasing the ratio to try and improve my efficiency.  I think 1.5 qts/lb is a good place for you to start.  If you are happy with your results stick with that.  Sometimes its fun to change things up just to see what effect it has.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: December 01, 2009, 03:38:20 PM »
One 6 gal better bottle
one 6.5 gal carboy
three 5 gal carboys

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life of mixed Star San? Newbie
« on: December 01, 2009, 03:31:54 PM »
I've been using iodophor for a little while now.  I've been thinking about getting some star san and after reading this thread think I will definitely pick some up next time I'm buying brewing supplies!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: December 01, 2009, 03:28:01 PM »
My "RedHeaded Stepchild" is similar to this recipe.  It is 2 row, carapils, wheat malt, and 2 oz of roasted barley.  It has a very nice red color to it and a nice mild roasted flavor.

Good choice....I did the Saison on the last Big Brew Day and it came out great!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Water in yeast plates?
« on: November 29, 2009, 03:10:09 PM »

I need to get my but in gear and make up some new slants to transfer some cultures to

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Water in yeast plates?
« on: November 28, 2009, 07:48:27 PM »
I've been working off plates quite a bit and agree they are much easier to contaminate than slants.  I'm in the process of getting all of my cultures onto slants.  I've never done any stab cultures but I like the idea of doubling up the cultures with one slant and one stab.

When you make new slants to replace an old slant do you steak it out on a plate to check for contamination or do you just innoculate the new slant (or stab) from the old culture directly?

Thanks for posting the yeast culture log, I've been needing something like that! ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: November 28, 2009, 03:48:32 PM »
Sounds like an interesting beer.  I just made a red ale by adding 2 oz of roasted barley to my blonde ale recipe.  Fantastic results, completely different beer with just a little bit of roasted barley.  I'm sure that the 1/2 pound will make it quite black but I bet it will be fun to drink.

Sampled my sour mash Belgian cherry ale in the fermenter...... ;D <a href="http://Yum!" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://Yum!</a>

The Quadrupel is going into secondary tonight....<a href="http://Double yum!" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://Double yum!</a>

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Iron Brewer
« on: November 27, 2009, 06:37:33 PM »
That is awesome! ;)

The Pub / Re: 1000th member
« on: November 24, 2009, 07:45:39 AM »
WoooooHooooo!!!!  Number 1000!  Guess I will have to rack (and sample) my quadrupel and sample my sour cherry ale tonight to celebrate!  ;D

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