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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop and grain bags cleaning
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:40:57 AM »
I just empty the bags into the trash, then rinse out the bags with plain water.
No issues after 13 years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:34:45 AM »
I use pellet hops in mesh bags. When I'm finished, I empty the bags into the trash.

Brewing at home is something I do for fun. I also enjoy hunting/fishing but I sure wouldn't want to be a professional hunting/fishing guide. I guess it's all about the responsibility. I had plenty of responsibility (CEO of company with $30 million gross sales) when I was working (retired now). So if I make a mistake while making 6 gallons of beer, it's just 6 gallons not a big hole in the checkbook.
That said, it is important that you like what you do for work, otherwise, the inevitable crap becomes intolerable.

The Pub / Re: Simplified BJCP Score Sheet
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:02:32 AM »
Finally, BJCP has accepted reality!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in a Minute
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:45:24 AM »
Just another great reason to join the AHA! Oh, wait! What day is it?

I've been homebrewing for a little over 13 years and I've always known that the quickest way for me to learn to hate brewing would be by becoming a professional brewer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: water to grain ratio for mashing
« on: March 29, 2015, 03:35:11 AM »
I've seen references to a range of ratios. 1.25 quarts per pound to 2 quarts per pound. You can go higher and lower than that range. Based on what I've seen/read 1.5 quarts per pound seems to be the most common.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:00:12 AM »
6 degrees above zero, 10 degrees below zero wind chill here in central Maine.
Just another day in Paradise!

Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Problems
« on: March 08, 2015, 12:07:55 PM »
I had a similar problem with my Barley Crusher.
I returned it to the company for repair/rebuild.
I paid to ship it to them, they paid to return it to me.
It was about a month from the time I sent it to them until I got it back from them.
It works better now than it did when I first bought it.
It appears to be a pretty small company.
I have a name and shipping address if you want it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 4 hours in the sun
« on: March 03, 2015, 04:03:19 AM »
A real hoppy beer like an IPA can skunk in 30 min or less (personal experience) if in direct sun light.
No experience with a porter in less than direct sun light for 4 hours.
But if it is skunked, you should be able to taste it before packaging.

All Grain Brewing / Re: When to measure mash pH...
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:37:17 AM »
I also check the pH 10-15 min after beginning the mash.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old yeast slurry
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:33:23 AM »
Does the yeast smell OK?
If it does, I would use a table spoon of it and make a starter.
Using Mr. Malty to determine starter size use a production date that matches the age of the yeast to see what size starter is recommended.
This should get you in the ballpark, you can adjust up or down based on your past experience.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Should I refrigerate dry yeast
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:32:34 AM »
Well, I don't have any scientific evidence either way. I always store my dry yeast in the 'fridge. I use liquid yeast but sometimes I need a backup and that's why I have the dry yeast. I've left the yeast packet in the 'fridge for a year or more and had no issues when I used it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling for competition
« on: February 11, 2015, 04:43:09 AM »
Since I keg almost all of my beer, I used a beer gun to fill bottles for comps.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Break-In
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:03:16 AM »
I have a Barley Crusher. Like others, after while (~1,000 pounds of malt in my case) the idler roller stops turning because the knurling on the rollers is worn and won't consistently grab the malt. To the manuf's credit, it does have a life time warranty and they did take it back, replace the rollers and return it to me. It takes about 4 weeks from the time you ship it until you get it back.
I'm guessing that the same problem will reoccur after I put another 1,000 pounds through the mill. For me that will be about 3 years from now.
At that point I don't know if I'll get it rebuilt again or just replace it with something else. Cross that bridge when I get there.

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