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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO 2 Questions
« on: June 22, 2016, 11:11:19 AM »
I get 3-4 months out of my 5 pound tanks.
That's pushing 5 kegs at a time and pushing cleaning fluids through the kegs and beer lines.
I also leave my tank on at all times.

Ingredients / Re: What hops play well with El Dorado?
« on: June 22, 2016, 11:04:15 AM »
Just finished the APA.
It's always interesting when I try something new!
I'll know if I made a good decision in a few weeks.

Ingredients / Re: What hops play well with El Dorado?
« on: June 22, 2016, 03:00:52 AM »
I'm brewing an APA today and my usual hop schedule is 1.25 oz. Magnum for bittering; Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe or Citra (1 oz. each) in the whirlpool;  2 oz. Amarillo dry hop.
Looks like I could sub the 1 oz. of El Dorado for the Simcoe or Citra in the whirlpool.

Ingredients / What hops play well with El Dorado?
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:40:55 PM »
At NHC there was an ounce of El Dorado in the registration goody bag.
What other hops play well with El Dorado?

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation fridge
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:43:26 AM »
Does anyone know what the inside dimensions of the Danby fridge are?
I'm looking for something to cold crash my lagers while still in a 6 gal carboy and then lager in a keg.

The Pub / Re: Live, from the NHC
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:03:19 AM »
Wish I could be there with everyone. Hopefully NHC makes it up to New England sometime in the next few years.

The post-conference survey they sent out had Providence as one of the cities you'd like to see NHC at.  Don't see that happening anytime too soon.

Boston would be great (and expensive) but I'd really love to see Portland (Maine...not that other Portland imposter :) )
Much as I'd love to see NHC in Portland, ME, I don't think it has enough hotel space to accommodate 3000+ people and I doubt if the Cross Insurance Center is large enough for the conference.
Probably the best those of us in New England can hope for is Boston.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st All Grain Recipe Review
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:21:44 AM »
I target a pH around 5.3 to 5.4 for this kind of beer. Also, for my taste, 285 ppm SO4 would be too high. As noted earlier, it's easy to get a session IPA out of balance and this would do it for me. But it's your beer, so try it. You can always adjust if necessary the next time. That's the beauty of homebrewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rut, but ok with it
« on: June 07, 2016, 03:16:00 AM »
Anyone else open this thread expecting to see deer pics?

I used both, I can't taste the difference but the BioFine Clear beer is a little clearer than the gelatin fined beer. For me the extra cost of the BioFine offsets the slight advantage.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 28, 2016, 06:22:26 AM »
Had to send it back a year ago to have the rollers refurbished.
Works better now than when it was new.

After 9 years of use, I'm in the same boat with my Barley Crusher.  I was considering replacing it with a Monster Mill, but I'll probably just replace the rollers. 

If I can get another 9 years of out of it for $50, great.

It was certainly worth the $35. shipping to me.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 25, 2016, 11:06:32 AM »
I've had a Barley Crusher for about 7 years, works great.
If you get a Barley Crusher get the 15 pound hopper.
It has (or at least used to, may still have) a life-time warranty.
Had to send it back a year ago to have the rollers refurbished.
Works better now than when it was new.
I've also heard good things about the Monster mills and the JSP mills.
I suspect you'll find that most people love the mills they have and use.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: HELP with adding Orange zest
« on: May 19, 2016, 08:51:37 AM »
I suspect the fermentation you see if from the honey not the orange zest.

All Grain Brewing / Re: ESB water profile
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:37:06 AM »
For my ESB I use the amber dry profile in Brunwater.
I like it but I haven't had it judged by anyone else.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Newbie question on yeast amounts
« on: May 07, 2016, 06:33:28 AM »
Four pack sounds right.
That's assuming that the packs are very fresh.
Another possibility is using dry yeast.
Two 11 gram packs would get it done.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping beer WTF
« on: May 02, 2016, 04:21:01 PM »
I always leave out any reference to "beer" in the address.
For example, Craft Beer Cellars becomes Craft Cellars, New England Regional Homebrew Competition becomes NERHBC, etc.
The folks at the local UPS drop-off location don't ask, I don't tell.

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