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Pimp My System / Re: My basement electric brewery
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:38:38 AM »
I went with the pre-assembled controller.

Pimp My System / Re: My basement electric brewery
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:06:06 AM »
Thanks everyone. The system is really satisfying to brew on. No new adition to the house, just part of the finished basement. We have raised flooring in the basement so that made gettting the floor drain in easier. The rack behind the system is "Gridwall" I think? I have the same one behind the sink.

I don't cut or rivet SS so I made my hopper from particle board.

Pimp My System / My basement electric brewery
« on: March 11, 2014, 08:57:47 PM »
It took a long time but here it is:

Hot Liquor Tank

Mash Tun during recirculation

Mash Tun during sparge (with Morebeer sparge arm - not needed or necessary but very cool)


The Controller (it can launch missles when not brewing)

The Sink

The brewery "Guardian"

The Fermenters


The Brewery facing West

The Brewery facing East

The Grain Mill with the new hopper (outside on the patio)

Grain Hopper with 28 lbs of grain

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:31:03 PM »
Mexican Lager (aka Nego Modelo) / Biere de Garde

Same mash and boil, 2 different beers. The Biere de Garde will get an addition of sugar to bump up the gravity a bit.

For 10 gallons:

2 lbs Caramunich 60
3 lbs flaked maize
3 lbs Munich malt
11 lbs Vienna malt
+ 1 lb sugar (turbinado) for the Biere de Garde

1oz Magnum (14% AA) for 75 minutes

WLP Mexican Lager for half, Saflager s-23 and Belle Saison for other hal f(ferment at 60 degrees)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who got in?
« on: February 13, 2014, 03:40:32 PM »
I got 4 entries in Denver. my first choice. Hopefully the judging won't be on a duty weekend so I can judge too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 25, 2014, 02:59:18 PM »
61 in Denver today but I don't care since I brew indoors on my e-brewery.  :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Samichlaus clone
« on: January 21, 2014, 12:13:05 PM »
I brewed the beer this past weekend. The gravity turned out great. It is fermenting away right now. I only needed 23 lbs of base malt due to my efficiency. The color was not as dark as I expected coming out of the mash and since I wasn't using the dark sugar I crushed 2 oz of Blackprinz malt and added it to the top of the grain bed before sparging. That did the trick.

I will be adding regular sugar to the fermenting beer in a few days.

Beer Recipes / Re: Samichlaus clone
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:13:48 PM »
Thanks. I was looking for it on the recipe site but did not see it. I don't think I will go with the dark candi sugar though. Plain sugar looks like it will work just fine and will help me adjust gravity in the boil.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Annie Johnson in Smithsonian mag
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:02:10 PM »
So a mash-tun is not key to brewing but a boil kettle is?

Beer Recipes / Samichlaus clone
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:56:22 AM »
I am looking for a good recipe for a Samichlaus clone (all grain). If yuo have brewed a good one and are willing to share the recipe I would appreciate it.


Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:30:09 PM »
$14  >:(

That is ridiculous. A 45% increase in price over last year. What do we get for that increase?

Beer Recipes / Re: Strong Scotch Ale
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:32:02 PM »
Yes, Roasted Barley instead of Black Patent.

Wood/Casks / Re: General advice for a new bourbon barrel
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:23:05 PM »
After the first couple of beers (maybe 3) that I put in my fresh barrel I started washing it out with hot water, letting it dry for a few days (with bunghole pointed down), putting a fifth or whatever liquor I want to "refesh" the barrel, letting that soak for a few days, then racking whatever beer I want on that.

So far the barrel has not gone down the "sour" side.

Some examples of what I have done are as follows:

Scotch and Wee Heavy
Sherry and Baltic Porter
Rye Whiskey and Rye Wine (Barleywine with 30% rye)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend 1/4/2014?
« on: January 03, 2014, 01:37:54 PM »
Yesterday I brewed my ACC IIPA. OG - 1.090, IBU's - 158 with Amarillo, Citra, and Columbus hops.

Beer Recipes / Double Bastard clone
« on: January 03, 2014, 09:48:53 AM »
Does anyone have a good Double Bastard clone all grain recipe? The interweb searching I have done hasn't revealed much reliable info.

I have gathered that it is 10 to 11% abv, probably has some special B, srm of about 14 (from looking at it) and probably uses Chinook or Centennial hops (maybe both).

Does anyone have more accurate info?


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