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All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 05, 2011, 05:28:01 PM »
It's cold here in the winter, which makes it a great time of year to brew Alts and Lagers.  I do most of my brewing from the fall through spring.  One alternative, the one that I use when it gets too cold to brew outside, is to make 3 to 3.5 gallon AG batches on my kitchen stove.  That's just about the upper limit I can hit and still get a proper boil.

Thats my limit as well. That is the size of the boils I was doing when I did extract brewing. I thought about just extract brewing through the winter but I have a back log of grain I would like to use while it is fresh.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 05, 2011, 02:40:10 PM »
Suds I was thinking I might have to explore that option. But the other suggestion of a cheap pond pump sounds good too. I saw some at for $20

Problem with brewing outdoors and chilling indoors is that after 3 hernia surgeries I really don't want to carry a pot with 5 gallons of liquid in it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 05, 2011, 02:01:55 PM »
Seajellie I like how you only see the positives. Thankyou that was helpful. I will look into a pond pump.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:44:36 PM »
How do you do a partial boil with an all grain brew? Do you not sparge?

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 03, 2011, 02:26:30 PM »
I can't use my garden hose in the winter. When the temperatures really drop there is a danger of bursting pipes if I don't shut my outside spigots off. What does the acronym HLT stand for?

All Grain Brewing / All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 03, 2011, 02:03:40 PM »
I did a search on this before asking on the forum. Nothing came up so if I am rehashing an old thread please let me know and point me to it.

This will be my first winter all grain brewing. I did extracts the last two winters. My concern is the need to steep my grains in the cold, and how to cool my wort without a chiller (the garden hose will be put away).

I have a small unattached garage that I will be using for my brewery. I use a Rubbermaid 10 gallon cooler for a mash tun. Will that maintain the temperatures I need for an hour on a cold day? And for cooling the wort, should I just put the lid on my kettle and let it sit in the cold? Maybe put it outside to get the wind to blow on it? Stir it frequently?

Would I be better off switching back to extract brewing until the weather warms up?

I am open to advice and suggestions.

The Pub / Re: Why hide behind a Alias?
« on: November 03, 2011, 02:16:07 AM »
Thank-you punatic. I don't care to show up in search engines. If that makes what I have to say without credibility then don't read my posts. There are plenty of helpful people here who will interact with me minus the demand of my identity.

Hiding behind an alias? 
Not feeding data miners is more to the point.

Many of us prefer not to have everything we've ever written on the internet out there for anyone with a search engine to see - forever.  It kinda throws a wet blanket on the joking around with friends aspect of an informal forum.

On this forum, trolls get the message pretty quickly.  We're a friendly lot, and trollism is highly discouraged.

If you have a burning desire to know someone's name you can always send them a PM.

Beer Recipes / Re: vanilla java porter
« on: September 11, 2011, 09:32:12 PM »
Thankyou for your response. I understand about the Mr Beer system. It was how I started brewing, hence possessing the kegs, I did 22 brews in those before going to my 5 gallon system, then finally moving to all grain. I think 2 to 2 1/2 weeks in them is fine.

I just didn't want 5 gallons of an experimental flavored beer. 

Beer Recipes / vanilla java porter
« on: September 11, 2011, 02:59:51 PM »
I am planning on brewing a porter. I want to split in half between 2 Mr Beer megs so I can have some regular porter and some vanilla java porter. My question is about the vanilla beans. Do I "dry hop" with them? And how many should I use for 2 1/2 gallons?

The Pub / Re: drunken elk
« on: September 08, 2011, 02:27:28 PM »
That don't look like an elk to looks like a moose.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 28, 2011, 02:52:04 PM »
In my case, when I first started making beer as a new hobby I decided it would be disadvantageous for my health and life and I decided to go to a gym as a rule. I had years who did not exercise regularly and I think there is no justification to just do something like pleasure and do nothing for the health of your body to try to compensate. Im 37 years old and I think it should be esady drink from now on, forget about comercial beers and drink less but quality beer as once did,

 I like to drink my beer on Friday and Saturday
I know this is nothing to do with skills, knowledge or gadget for brewing but i recomend this option so that makes me feel better when I drink beer and think: Im a brewer! and also workout!
Do exercise!!

This was the intended quote.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 28, 2011, 02:49:58 PM »
Hmm. Quoted the wrong poster.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 28, 2011, 02:46:37 PM »
I think time of day plays a big part in having a beer or 2 while brewing.  I start no later than 9 AM usually and I just don't want to start drinking that early.  But since I'm always done by 2 PM, it's easy to hold off having a beer (or several) til then.

+1 on this one. I am no longer the " gym rat" I used to be. But at almost 56 years of age I can still do 15 pushups on each arm and nearly 20 chinups. I only drink twice a week. I am 4 years from retiring and ever so glad for the time I have invested in my health. I want to have the health to do the things I want to do after I retire.

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: August 27, 2011, 02:28:58 PM »
I invested in a really nice home theater system so I wouldn't have to sit in a room full of annoying people. I can drink all the beer I want while watching, and pause when I go to the bathroom.

Some of my favorite movies are;
Independence Day for sci fi
The Expendables for action
Blast from the Past for Comedy

I really like MOST of the super hero movies. Particularly the first Iron Man.
The last Superman movie sucked

For classics I like the 1953 version of War of the Worlds. Independence day was really just a modernized version of that. And very well done. The Tom Cruise version absolutely sucked

I do like the Jurassic Park movies

Mostly I like movies that really light up my big plasma tv and challenge my surround system  ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: So, how long to do a 5 gallon all-grain batch?
« on: August 24, 2011, 02:56:50 PM »
Set up to cleanup takes me 7 hours every single time. And I really don't see what I can cut to make it any faster.

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