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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:05:21 PM »
They sent me another card when I renewed.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Does this sound right?
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:29:39 AM »

Thankyou for the replies. I used 6 ounces of Cascade hops in this beer. 1/2 oz @ 60 minutes, 1/2 oz @ 45 minutes, 2 oz @20 minutes, 2 oz @ 10 minutes, and an ounce for 5 minutes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Does this sound right?
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:59:49 AM »
I mashed at 150F for 90 minutes. It was my first stab at an IPA

Equipment and Software / Re: Software?
« on: February 21, 2012, 08:58:05 AM »
I have been having good luck with brewtarget. And it runs on my linux machine as well as my windows machine.

All Grain Brewing / Does this sound right?
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:38:20 PM »
Grain bill
11 lbs Rahr 2 row
1 lb Munich
12 oz Victory Malt
8 oz Rahr Malted Wheat

OG 1.076
FG 1.012

I checked the hydrometer several times on each reading. I used Nottingham yeast. Can it attenuate that much?

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: February 09, 2012, 07:49:55 AM »
Ty for the link. Believe it or not I am getting them at our local Lowes for the same price.

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:04:02 PM »
I was sitting in my kitchen having morning coffee when my lights went dim, then they went bright again. Then there was a buzzing noise coming from my light fixture followed by the smell of melting insulation. Being an electrician by trade, I turned the light off and climbed up to investigate. First thing I saw was a big burn mark on the base of one of my CFLs. I took it out and sniffed it and sure enough that is where the smell was coming from. I have since removed all of those bulbs from my home and am little by little replacing with LCDs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello...
« on: February 06, 2012, 05:02:31 PM »
Welcome. I am somewhat new here also. It is a great forum. Like some of the others, if it hadn't been for Mr Beer I wouldn't be here.

Equipment and Software / Re: Going Electric in Winter
« on: February 01, 2012, 08:25:19 AM »
2200 watts is pretty much the maximum that breaker can handle. If anything else at all is running on that circuit the breaker will trip. Personally I would also be concerned about what gauge of wiring you have in your home. If it is 14 like a lot of older houses used it might be getting awfully hot inside your walls. With that kind of current even 12 might be getting rather warm. I know some hair dryers pull this kind of current but you aren't using a hair dryer for a couple hours on end. I believe I will stick with my propane burner.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time needing a blow off tube
« on: January 31, 2012, 08:33:17 PM »
I have had this happen with extract and all grain brews. There is no rhyme or reason as to which brews it happens to. At least that I know of. I have decided I am just going to start using a blow off tube instead of an air lock from now on.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermenter beer loss
« on: January 28, 2012, 03:47:41 PM »
I lose 40 to 64 oz.

Ingredients / Malt percentages
« on: January 19, 2012, 11:26:42 AM »
Are there any websites with information on what the maximum percentage of the grist particular malts should be? I would like some kind of a starting point for experimenting with roasted malts.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency: How Good is Too Good
« on: January 19, 2012, 08:12:43 AM »
Your efficiency appears fine.  I'm typically at 78% to 82% for my system.  I find that efficiency falls off when I have a significant percentage of wheat in the grist.  I still don't really understand why.

My experience is the opposite. Mine goes through the roof when I have wheat in the grist. I have been trying to figure that one out.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What happened?
« on: January 17, 2012, 09:02:34 AM »
Thankyou for all the replies. I would like to figure out what I did so I can repeat it. But I have a feeling euge is right. It was the gremlins :)

I have had stuck sparges twice. Both times my grain bill was 50% wheat. I have never had one with an all barley grain bill. I have been thinking about replacing my false bottom with a screen because during the summer I like wheat beers.

I have also noticed that my OG goes up when I use wheat. Just not this much for this small of amount of wheat.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What happened?
« on: January 16, 2012, 10:31:01 AM »
I did make my volume. I had a little over 5 galllons after my 80 minute boil. Only difference between my process on this and my previous red ale was the penthouse of the boil. I gathered less volume and boiled that for 60 minutes.

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