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All Grain Brewing / 25-point gain in efficiency!
« on: January 09, 2010, 06:30:17 PM »
Happy New Year everybody!  I got a 15-lb barley crusher for Christmas from my wonderful wife.  I had wanted it because I have struggled with my effiiciency, I normally get 60% efficiency using grains crushed by my online supplier.  So I got 85% efficiency on my very first batch with it, awesome!  It turned my SNPA clone into SNIPA, I guess.  I am so stoked!  If anyone out there is debating whether a mill is worth the money, stop wondering and get one!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: what are your goals for 2 ought 10
« on: January 09, 2010, 06:18:34 PM »
My goals are:

1  Focus on my process to improve efficiency and consistency.
2  Begin kegging
3  Brew a little more often

I have to echo hamiltont's recommendation to take good notes.  I have the occasional issue with my beers, and good notes help me to figure out what I could've done better. 

The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: December 12, 2009, 06:17:42 PM »
I like to cook, which is how I got interested in brewing.  My two favorite sports are snow skiing and golf in that order.  I'm not much of a gardener, but I find working in the yard extremely therapeutic.  I read but don't make much time for it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle question
« on: December 12, 2009, 06:09:33 PM »
+1 on the bottom cracking.  I've had two crack, probably because I was too rough.  Much better than glass though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Random Beer Name Generator
« on: December 10, 2009, 03:47:48 AM »
Viscious Transgendered Wee Heavy

The Pub / Re: Lets get to know each other!
« on: December 10, 2009, 03:02:39 AM »
My name's Dave.  I'm 41, been brewing off and on for about 8 years.  I'm in the USAF, so my brewing gets interrupted by change of station or deployments, but otherwise I brew about once month/6 weeks.  I got into homebrewing after my mother-in-law bought me a kit for Christmas.  This has turned out to be extremely useful, because I remind my wife that it's her mom's fault every time I get a "comment" about brewing beer.

I have two kids (a boy 5 and a girl 19 months) and a wife which dominate my weekend time, plus having that much more homebrew would make me fat.  I brewed extract only the first four years I brewed, then switched to partial mash for 3 years, and last year I started all-grain brewing.  Since I partial-mashed for so long, I thought going AG would be easy, but I have learned over the last couple three batches that you have to be more precise.  I like all kinds of beer, but since I brew fairly infrequently I usually stick to IPA and pale ale.

I grew up in South Jersey and currently live in the opposite of New Jersey, which is Idaho.  Philadelphia Eagles are my team.  Besides brewing beer, i like to cook, snow ski, and play golf.

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: December 10, 2009, 02:53:25 AM »
Jimmy Buffett for me! ;D

All Grain Brewing / What are the practical effects of mashing too low?
« on: December 10, 2009, 02:50:17 AM »
A couple weeks ago I made an Irish Red.  I was supposed to mash at 153 degrees, but I forgot to preheat my mash tun (sitting in my cold garage), and I got busy and didn't check the temperature while it mashed.  After an hour, I opened it and the mash was sitting at 141 degrees.  At that point, I didn't bother to see if it had converted, I just brewed it anyway. 

Can anyone predict how it might turn out?  I assume it will be very thin bodied, at least, but I wonder if it will even taste remotely alright.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: campden tablets
« on: December 09, 2009, 03:00:54 AM »
Thanks for the replies.  I'm guessing I didn't crush it as fine as I should've.

General Homebrew Discussion / campden tablets
« on: December 08, 2009, 03:42:38 AM »
Hi everyone, new to the forum.  So, is there any magic to using campden tablets?  I crushed one, tossed it in my water, and the remains didn't appear to have dissolved at all.  Do they need to be crushed to dust or given a lot of time to dissolve?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: December 08, 2009, 03:09:11 AM »
I have two 5-gal glass carboys, and two 3-gal better bottles.  I used to have two 6-gal better bottles, but both cracked along the bottom, coincidentally within a week of each other.

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