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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 09:46:58 AM »

Got the goods from fmader. What a haul! Thanks, man.

@redzim - UPS says yours was delivered this morning as well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Great little lost oddity
« on: April 23, 2016, 08:25:04 AM »
My big sister and her family used to live in Milwaukee.  I remember visiting back in the 70's and they took us to Mader's.  I guess it was one of those institutions you took out-of-towners to.  Growing up in a very Irish family, it was a blast of German culture.  Fond memories.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Water Filter or RO System
« on: April 22, 2016, 08:18:21 AM »
You have very good water for brewing. It would be a waste to go to RO.  Just get a carbon block filter and dilute with distilled for pilsners.  I just put a loop of metal strapping on my brewstand and drop the canister in that.  I can leave it wet through the cool months, but once it gets hot I have to take the filter out and let everything dry.  I learned that by having to trash a moldy filter and tubing.

Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic Buckets vs Inox Fermentor
« on: April 10, 2016, 07:02:44 PM »
Conicals do have an advantage with the bottom dump valve.  You can dump cold break, yeast, dry hops for more dry hops, and so on.  Yes, you can use it as a bottling bucket by mixing in priming sugar and bottling through the racking port.

Equipment and Software / Re: need help choosing a pump
« on: April 06, 2016, 12:43:14 PM »
If you plan to control the glycol flow with actuator valve, go with the magnetic drive. If you plan to turn the pump on and off, the cheap 24V pump would be a good choice and buy a spare.  As the cooling demand changes during fermentation, you will need to control the coolant flow.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Flare washers
« on: April 06, 2016, 12:22:47 PM »
If you back off your tubing so it's not snug against the flare nut, you can just push the nut down the stem and the washer will come out.  Or you can dig it out with a nut pick or a small screwdriver.

I usually have 6-8 homebrews on tap, and I'm pretty much the only beer drinker in the house. So some kegs get pretty old.  Sometimes they sour, but mostly have just gone meh. I'd rather have the empty keg than these, so a couple of gallons gets dumped several times a year.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Belgian Saison fermentation temp and recipe
« on: March 31, 2016, 11:25:53 AM »
My method is to put a heat wrap and controller on it and just follow the temperature up as it rises, just don't let it fall as fermentation slows.  That has even kept the Dupont yeast from going to sleep early.  I've had them go as 86 F and have good ones that went into the 90's.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing a Lager for the first time
« on: March 31, 2016, 11:18:52 AM »
That's nice water, similar to mine.  You'll need to acid to cut the alkalinity for yellow beers, and for Czech pils dilute with distilled.

I don't mind a little hop haze in an IPA. I don't know what "brite" means.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lautering issue
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:16:54 AM »
Slip a nylon mesh hop bag over the end of your tube to catch those bits of husk.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing a Lager for the first time
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:12:25 AM »
What can you tell us about your water?  Pale lagers are less forgiving about water problems.

I have a RIMS setup, so I pretty much vorluaf full-time. I still end up putting a nylon mesh bag over my tube filling the kettle since listening to Colin Kaminski at an AHA conference recommending "no grain husks in your kettle."  To me a brewday is a significant investment of time and effort. Doing little things like that to make sure it comes out right are fine with me, even if they are unnecesary.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 74695A58
« on: March 25, 2016, 09:31:07 AM »
I use them. I don't put them in the dip tube because I would probably forget it's there.  I do put them in the draft line.  I also use them to make 10-inch picnic tap lines for serving outdoors.  You get less warm beer in your cup with the short serving line.

I brew in the garage, so the night before I pull my car out, drag out the Top Tier, fill the HLT and MT, and add water salts to both.  At 8-ish in the morning, I fire up my 240-V RIMS to heat my strike water in the tun.  Since that is hands-off, I get coffee and breakfast.  Then I mill my grains and dough in around 9.

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