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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency survey
« on: April 15, 2014, 05:07:33 PM »
I use a rectangular cooler with braided hose, sparge at around 180*, have my own mill, and consistently hit 80-85%.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on an IPA
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:29:54 PM »
Hop schedule looks pretty good. Centennial and Columbus play well together, too. Amarillo and Cascades are very nice.
The only thing I would do, (and this is solely based on personal preference) would be to add about 2 lbs of cane sugar, to dry it out a bit. Otherwise, your malt bill looks nearly identical to mine, and I've had very good results with it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoke Signal
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:24:31 PM »
Awesome!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:50:45 PM »
Buy kegs, wash them with PBR, sanitize them with Star-San, put beer in them.

I know PBR us not great but will it actually clean a keg?
Lol... You beat me to it!

Before I started kegging, I would clean out my bottles as soon as I emptied them. And to sanitize, I would throw them in the oven the night before, at 250* for an hour. In 60 batches in the bottle, not one infection or gusher.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Dry Hop
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:37:10 PM »
4 days, in my opinion, is way too early to transfer to secondary. If you pull the beer off the yeast too early, you could wind up with off flavors and a stuck fermentation. Like the others have said, leave it be for a while. I rarely even use secondary anymore, even when dry hopping.

I love dry hopping. adds a different dimension to a beer. I've enjoyed experimenting with beers that aren't traditionally dry hopped, like German wheat, tripel, stout,to name a few.

Airlock activity is a poor indicator of fermentation progress. Could just be CO2 just coming out of solution, and not actual fermentation.

Welcome to the forum, this is a great place to learn!

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Ingredients / Re: Two hops...
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:30:32 PM »
I am really liking Galena for a bittering charge, clean and smooth. I think, (with a little more experimentation) that this may very well end up as my go-to hop for the bittering addition.

I do like Mosaic a lot, but I have to agree with most everyone here on Cascade. Great hop, very versatile, and can be used in almost every style of beer.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Monks Cafe - Flemish Red Sour
« on: March 28, 2014, 06:54:08 AM »
I thought it was good, if a bit tame. I think the four pack is $15 at my liquor store. Not sure I would pay for them again, but if someone were to offer me one...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Introduction
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:39:56 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

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Construction/remodeling/building. That gets expensive in a hurry.

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Hop Growing / Re: Indoor Hops?
« on: March 08, 2014, 12:17:33 PM »
I knew a guy who was growing indoors, in a sunroom in his house. He had pretty good success, they were on their third year, and starting to produce. It can work, and we're at 6,200 ft altitude.

(Edit) He was growing Cascade and Centennial...

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Give the pot a good scrubbing and rinse.  You need to wash off the oil they use to form the pot.  Fill it up with more water than you plan to normally boil for a batch of beer.  Bring it to a boil for about 1 hour or so.  I have a 10 gallon Winware pot that I filled with 9+ gallons.  I boiled it for about an hour or so.  The pot will turn a bronzy color where ever the water touches it.  This is the protective oxide that you need to protect the pot for future use. 

Don't use oil... just boil water in it.
+1   

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ft Carson Colorado
« on: February 23, 2014, 08:34:37 PM »
Are you looking for a local club, or just want to start your own? We have a great club here in Colorado Springs, and have quite a few members who are, or were, military. I think more than half our membership have served at one point in time. Even if you want to start your own, there will most likely be a few guys who would be interested in helping and/or joining you...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Newb Question - bottle limitations
« on: February 15, 2014, 01:32:36 PM »
While I can't speak for this comp, in comps I've judged in the past, we have allowed these bottles, but they are frowned upon. I believe the judges have the right to reject the bottles, but rarely, if ever, do. You will not lose points for it, but there is a section on the judging form about appropriate bottles.

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The Pub / Re: For Valentine's Day
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:47:33 PM »
Better get me 2 dozen...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Extendo-mometer?
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:39:52 PM »
Copper is a good conductor of heat, I would think that would work.
Is your 10 G polar ware for mashing, or boiling? If it's for mashing, you could add something to the bottom to raise the level to hit the probe, like a water bottle filled with hot water, or maybe some other solid object in a sealed plastic bag?
Let us know if the copper wire works, please!

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