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Messages - rob_f

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing a double recipe
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:55:38 AM »
I use a 10-gallon Igloo mash tun.  I can do 10-gallon batches of beers of 1.055 or less.  When going for something bigger, I just add a pound or two of extract to the kettle.

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Those heat wraps might struggle with a 20 degree lower ambient.  I'd wrap insulation around the outside of the heat wrap.  I ferment lagers in my garage in the winter with the heat wrap and insulation.  The water in the dog's bowl would freeze, but the beer hangs in there at 50 F.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Problem
« on: May 06, 2017, 06:56:14 PM »
You say you checked all settings, does that include the propane regulator?  I can make the wort almost jump out of the kettle on my TopTier burner if I turn the regulator up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Big Brew May 6
« on: April 25, 2017, 08:18:15 AM »
I'll be brewing an Irish Extra Stout alongside members of the Freestate Homebrew Club Guild.  It's a big event behind Maryland Homebrew.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/big-brew-events/?site_id=3960

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help with brewday nightmare
« on: April 11, 2017, 09:37:16 AM »
If it turns out unpleasantly bitter, blend it with Coors Light.  It's not just for rinsing off bleach.  ;D

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cali V
« on: April 10, 2017, 05:33:04 PM »
BRY-97 is a great yeast, just don't panic when it appears to do nothing for days after pitching.  I've witnessed this a dozen times.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:41:57 AM »
I'll be there with several club members.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:16:41 PM »
Made a three-quart yeast starter for a lager.  It was in a brown gallon jug.  I also keep my Star-San in a brown gallon jug and reuse it.  Used some Star-San and went to pour it back in the jug.  When the jug overflowed before half the Star-San was in, I knew what I had done.  Whoever says it doesn't kill yeast is wrong. I decanted and pitched the yeast.  That lager had a very poor ferment.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Using the thermostar dudal mode controller
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:01:54 PM »
Wouldn't hurt to have a computer fan moving the air in there

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:22:25 PM »
I got the rejection email late yesterday.  I was running a fever from the flu, so it was very well received.

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My first brew back in 2001 was an English Brown Ale extract kit.  I thought it was fantastic, but I really hadn't had any great beer back then.  If my current palate tasted it, probably a meh reaction,

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Recomendations On Using Gelatin To Clarify
« on: January 19, 2017, 08:01:04 AM »
I don't have a good way to cold crash a fermenter, so I use a cornie as sort of a "bright tank." I have one cornie with a shortened dip tube.  I rack the beer into and chill, then I add the gelatin.  After a few days I transfer the bright beer to another keg with a liquid to liquid jumper line.  Works great.

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Glass carboys make fine fermenters.

I sparge my mashes (No such thing as fly sparge: only sparge, no sparge, and batch sparge.)

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Equipment and Software / Re: HERMS RIMS HYBRID OPINIONS
« on: November 23, 2016, 11:17:22 AM »
That's exactly what I've been using since 2005.  Requires two pumps. I probably wouldn't do it way if I were starting today. Back then a lot of RIMS users were complaining about scorching.  The elements have improved greatly with ultra-low watt density.

I pump water from a bucket through a water-heater element RIMS tube an into the outer shell of a CFC and back into the bucket.  Mash liquor is pumped out of the tun through the center of the CFC in the other direction and back into the top of the mash tun.  A temperature probe in the hot mash liquor return is read by a PID and controls the RIMS element.  I'm very happy with it, but if I were starting today I'd probably get a RIMS Rocket.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash thickness
« on: November 20, 2016, 03:56:36 PM »
Just add water when you add the specialty malts in the same ratio you used for the base malt. If the amount of water you calculate isn't much, skip it.

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