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Equipment and Software / Re: Digital hydrometer kickstarter
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:26:06 PM »
That thing looks like it will be a brewers best friend, I would love one, but out of the average homebrewers price range.

Equipment and Software / Re: promash vs beersmith vs others
« on: March 03, 2013, 01:50:11 AM »
I went from promash to beersmith2 just recently, I like it well enough and there is alot you can do with it once you get use to it. Promash hasnt been update since 2003 and from what i hear never will so eventually it will go by the way side, so I switched.

Equipment and Software / Re: Going 1BBL, how do I setup beersmith Equipment
« on: February 28, 2013, 08:33:54 PM »
Bummer.  Sorry for bad stear

Not a big deal, im just looking for a mor definate answer, maybe from someone that already has the same system and can just say here is how its done. Its ok just wanted to skirt some of the hit and miss.

Equipment and Software / Re: Going 1BBL, how do I setup beersmith Equipment
« on: February 28, 2013, 03:01:51 AM »
I'd go straight to Brad Smith on that question. He's always been super responsive to any inquiries I've made regarding tweaking the program with the correct profiles, etc.  I'm sure you won't be the first one asking that question either.

+1.  Also, there is a video on his website on how to set your equipement profile.

The Video is not that informative.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
« on: February 22, 2013, 08:47:34 PM »
Tried this today.  Very nice, thick imperial stout.  Bottled in September 2012.  Oaky, with vanilla and cocoa notes.  Thick and malty.  $6 a bottle though.  I think I'll drink Ron's instead. ;)  His is just as good.

Cant find it here, on the banks of the mighty Columbia River

Wood/Casks / Re: reccomendation for barrel
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:14:54 PM »
I used a 1 time used bourbon barrel from Woodenville Whiskey Co. for an Imperial Stout, absolutly the best beer I have made to date, (and I have made quite a few).
Just make a choice and try, sounds like you have a good source.

Equipment and Software / Re: Going 1BBL, how do I setup beersmith Equipment
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:06:06 PM »
In your equipment profile, you can set your hop utilization factor.  IIRC the factor for 20 gal is 110%, 1BBL volumes and above is 125% but I brew 10gal so what the heck do I know?

You seem to know somthing, at least it sounds like you do. Thanks

Equipment and Software / Going 1BBL, how do I setup beersmith Equipment
« on: February 20, 2013, 03:38:35 AM »
Secifically how do I ramp the hop utilization? Has anyone set this up in brewsmith?

Beer Travel / Los Muertos Brewing Puerto Vallarta
« on: February 18, 2013, 11:09:38 PM »
Would not recommend unless they get their Glycol system seriously bumped up, the beer had the potential to be good but is fermented too warm and gave it off flavors.
Food was great tho.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Rehydrating Dry Yeast
« on: February 18, 2013, 11:03:19 PM »
The yeast book I bought from AHA recommends to rehydrate at 105 deg, wait, stir, cool to pitch temp, and pitch.

Not only do I areate with oxygen, I will rehydrate the dry yeast, if you didnt you will kill about 20% or so and not get your maximum out of it.

Equipment and Software / Re: 23 Nozzle Jet Burner
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:25:12 PM »
These are meant to run on 0.5 lbs of pressure but in my experience not well I tried this with my 2 (32) jet burners one worked fine on .5 but to run both I went to 10lbs pressure, this now works fine, never had a soot problem either way.

Equipment and Software / Re: Gas Pipe Question
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:18:04 PM »
I went from 1/2" black pipe to 1/4" needle valve back up to 3/4" black pipe on (2) 32 jet, burners im using a 10Lb regulator and they seem to burn just great.

Equipment and Software / Re: Zip ties in the brew kettle
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:07:02 PM »
I contemplating buying some nylon paint strainers to use instead of the muslin grain bags. If I happen to buy the kind without a drawstring, would it be a problem to use zip ties to close the tops when used during the boil? I not concerned that they'll melt but maybe some off-flavors?

Use zip ties all the time, no problems 8)

Going Pro / Re: Recipe Scaling
« on: February 13, 2013, 02:48:47 AM »
Thanks for the words here, posted a similar ? elswhere got 1 reply, then found this after searching, a lot of posts here to sift thru.

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