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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:59:07 AM »

Make sure, if you are using extract, you take the pot off the burner when you add it.  Electric stoves are notorious for darkening wort and scortching extract (at least in my experience and when i've talked with some people at my LHBS). 

I helped a friend brew last night using extract and we didn't take the pot off the burner (we did a full boil) and we noticed black stuff floating around every once in a while.  We came to the conclusion that it was extract that had scorched on the bottom, even though he stirred the whole time while he added the LME.  Damn...
I didn't think it'd add any adverse flavors, we got all the black floaties that we could out of there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:19:42 AM »
morti - know you said you have that book, but for those of you who don't it was 350 (that's treefitty for the loch ness monster) for 20 minutes. it is not really a table though, more of a listing with instructions.
I need about tree fitty...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 14, 2012, 11:11:52 AM »
What's the point?  Why not use wheat LME?  Now that Nateo has mentioned it, it makes a lot of sense...

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I can't brew, I'm going to Madison with the girlfriend to visit some friends and drink beer up there.  Think I'll have to pick up some New Glarus.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 14, 2012, 09:52:06 AM »
I really love wheat beers, but I hate brewing with wheat. Milling it is a PITA, and stuck sparges are a PITA. I'm thinking about going back to extract for my wheats just so I don't have to deal with it. Before I switched to AG, though, I made some great wheats with wheat LME.
That's a good call.  I've been wanting to brew with wheat, but have had issues with stuck sparges using rye, so I've been reluctant to brew with much wheat.  I think I'll use wheat LME when I want to brew one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 14, 2012, 09:48:58 AM »
I've heard about glass top stoves cracking with too much heat, so a huge boil on those might not be advised.  I only boil about 4.5 gallons so I'm not too worried about it.  Coil stoves suck because the coils aren't too stable when too much weight is on them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:44:09 AM »

It's just too bad the bridge dweller could not resist the compulsion to critisize your friend's acomplishment.

The bridge dweller...haha.  Let's not name-call, now...

But I agree, it is neat to hear about people who find that place and are happy with it.  I've often thought about going back and doing some extract batches, just for kicks. 

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You brew beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:27:35 AM »
I would definitely suggest downsizing to 3 gallon batches.  I brew 3 gallon batches on an electric stove.  The stove I have is a beast, it's one of those glass top deals and it can boil like 5 gallons or more.  But I usually boil about 4.5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon kettle.  I still use my 50' copper chiller and it works pretty awesomely.  Besides, brewing smaller batches is less to bottle and you get to brew more often!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 13, 2012, 08:11:37 AM »
It is possible that you did not intend it to be critical but it sort of came across that way. I often have to check myself when on the internet to make sure that what I am saying doesn't read differently than it would sound.
I have to do this too, speaking from personal experience of losing sight of that and saying things I wouldn't say in person.

I think it's cool that he's stayed with extract all these years.  He must get his extract fresh and have the process down to a 'T' to brew great beer.  No doubt that after that many years of brewing his beer is very good.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Food-grade buckets at Lowes
« on: March 12, 2012, 11:06:16 AM »

   Can you tell I don't buy that crap.
Ha, quite right!

I brew 3 gallon batches also, perhaps I should look into these here buckets.  I'd probably have to drill out the lid though for an airlock...hmmmmm.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:59:12 AM »
I saw that Cop's episode. He lived in such squalor I find it hard to believe any decent beer was made.
It wasn't Beerider, was it?  Just kidding, haha.

Oh, man....I'd forgotten about him.

He totally disappeared, must've been tired of getting so much crap.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:25:45 AM »
I saw that Cop's episode. He lived in such squalor I find it hard to believe any decent beer was made.
It wasn't Beerider, was it?  Just kidding, haha.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 12, 2012, 08:38:03 AM »
I don't think very many people like to be confronted about things they did wrong.  I know I don't. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is your perfect spring beer?
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:26:31 AM »
Never really liked the traditional spring beers that much or the summer ones for that matter.  But I guess I'd go with a nice pale ale, also.  I'm starting to not really care what season it is for beer, if I have good beer on tap, it doesn't matter what the weather is like.

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