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Equipment and Software / Mcmaster Carr Shipping Question
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:10:43 PM »
Has anyone had any dealings with Mcmaster Carr? I'd love to order some angle iron for a brew-stand build but they don't list shipping charges anywhere. There are a lot of places that 'pad' shipping and I don't wanna find out the hard way. I tried e-mailing them but I've gotten no response. Thanks

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Kegging and Bottling / Bottle conditioning in a growler
« on: July 23, 2011, 06:26:36 AM »
This may have already been answered indirectly with the metal growler post. With that said, is it safe to bottle condition in a traditional 64 oz. glass growler with a metal, threaded cap?

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All Grain Brewing / Maintaining water temperature...
« on: April 26, 2011, 02:33:35 PM »
Does a thinner mash make it more difficult to keep your temperature up? During my first AG attempt, I missed my target mash temp by a degree, but that was after continuously adding hotter and hotter water to get the temp up. I ultimately ended up adding about 6 gallons of an 8 gallon total volume. I use a converted 48 qt. Igloo Ice Cube cooler which I've read good things about but it lost about 3 degrees every 20 mins. and that was while it was wrapped in blankets. I was wondering if my soupy mash contributed to the rapid heat loss. Thanks again!

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Beer Travel / Hey Carl....
« on: April 19, 2011, 07:18:38 PM »
I had this posted in The Pub initially but noticed this category was a little more fitting. Know of any good locations for local brew on Oahu or Kauai? I'll be in your neck of the woods next month and I'm looking forward to some tasty Hawaiian microbrew!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Legal Question
« on: April 10, 2011, 09:03:25 AM »
My first real brew was a RIS that I let a beer snob/aficionado friend of mine taste. He liked it so much, he gave a bottle of it to a beer snob/aficionado/bar owner in Indianapolis. He has asked me if I'd like to give him a case or two to sell at his bar and I don't wanna violate any state and/or federal laws so I'd love to find out how to legally do that. Any help is much appreciated :)

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I think I figured out how much water I'll need so that I end up with 5 gallons in the fermenter. Please have a look at my math and correct if necessary (go ahead, I can take it)  :)

I'm starting with 10.13 lbs. of grain.
I'm figuring 2 quarts per pound of grain in mash for a total of approx. 5 gallons.
I'm figuring .12 gallons of loss to grain absorption for a total of approx. 1.2 gallons.
Equipment dead space loss = approx. 1/2 gallon.
Evaporation loss due to boiling = 1.5 gallons.

Total water needed = 8.2 gallons.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Do I need a starter?
« on: March 19, 2011, 09:10:50 PM »
I just bought all the ingredients for my first AG brew (woo hoo) ;D  I opted for an oatmeal stout with an OG of 1.052 and with Wyeast 1084. Do I need a starter? While I have your attention, the guy at my LHBS said if I wanted the beer dry then mash at 148. If I wanted it sweeter, mash at 151. Does this sound accurate? Thanks again!

Disregard the first part of that, Mr. Malty answered it for me. :)

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All Grain Brewing / Water loss to absorbtion and evaporation.
« on: March 18, 2011, 05:44:44 PM »
So how much water is lost to grain absorbtion during mashing and evaporation during boiling?

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All Grain Brewing / Water to grain ratio for mash tun.
« on: March 13, 2011, 09:43:11 PM »
I've been inching towards all grain brewing and I'm trying to learn as much as I can so I have as much info as possible to make for a nice, stress free brew day (ha ha ha). I have noticed that John Palmer recommends as much as 2 qts. of water per 1 pound of grain but I've seen it as low as 1 qt. per 1 lb. What determines the actual amount? And has anyone heard of using glass marbles in a brew kettle to control boilovers? Should you add the strike water to the grain or the grain to the strike water? I'm sure I'll have a few more questions before I make the leap.

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Equipment and Software / 1/2 barrel kegs.
« on: March 02, 2011, 05:13:17 AM »
Does anyone know a place to get 1/2 barrel kegs (15 gallon)? I'm easing my way into AG (finished my home-made mash tun last night thanks to John Palmer :) ) and really like the look of converted kegs. I've tried the obvious web sites (Craig's List and eBay) but there are slim pickin's. I've also called my local micro-brewery with no luck and even called my LHBS who informed me they no longer 'handle' them because it's considered theft to be in possession of a keg with a commercial brewery's name on it. I've heard you can actually buy them new but I've had no luck in finding any online or otherwise. Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Another cloudy Star San question.
« on: February 27, 2011, 04:17:22 PM »
I didn't want to hijack the other Star San thread so I thought I'd start another :) My water also gets cloudy when I mix in the Star San although I don't have a foaming issue. My water is hard so I'm assuming (after reading a response on the other thread) that this is the reason for the clouding issue. Is this affecting the effectiveness of the Star San? If so, what do I need to do to correct this?

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Just curious :) I saw a kit on Northern Brewer that had an OG of 1.123! Being a newb and all, I didn't think that was possible. So what's your highest?

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General Homebrew Discussion / First real brew in bottles and ready?
« on: February 09, 2011, 08:29:56 PM »
I've had my Russian Imperial Stout in bottles now and it's ready for drinkin'. I'm a big stout fan but this one was lacking in what I've found in store bought versions. My RIS had no body, was a tad bit bitter, not an inkling of sweet and it finished pretty bitter. The head was gorgeous and the color was spot on but it was definitely a weak first attempt. I'm going to give a couple of bottles to some guinea pi....er I mean friends of mine who are dark beer drinkers and try to get a critical analysis. I would love some critiquing on here as well if you would. I can provide any pertinent info you may need to diagnose. Thanks!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Oops!
« on: February 04, 2011, 02:04:57 PM »
When I was transferring to the secondary (not necessary I know but I'm a voyeur) I must've thought I was bottling because I proceeded to add priming sugar to the secondary and put the contents of the primary right on in there too. Was this bad? How bad? What should I do next?

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's next?
« on: February 01, 2011, 07:41:00 PM »
So I got my first Mr. Beer kit brewed and into the fridge and immediately went out and bought a kit that would allow me more versatility (it was love at first sight) :) I used that kit along with an immersion chiller I made with my own two hands (very fulfilling but laborious) to brew my first extract w/specialty grains (Imperial Stout). It's is in the bottles conditioning and by the taste of the sample which somehow found its way into my mouth, it's not bad for a freshman effort. I'm basing that solely on my own experience with store bought Imperial Stouts so it's likely to be a tad bit biased. I made an APA small batch called Tongue Splitter from a recipe I found and it's fermenting quite nicely now. I can't wait to taste that one! I'd really like to try a bunch of different recipes for s***s and giggles before starting the fine-tuning process of any one style. I've got my eyes on a Watneys Cream Stout clone I've found but noticed it has flaked barley and flaked oats among other things. I'm pretty sure these need to be mashed, correct? Should I get into mini-mashes yet or am I too green? If I throw caution to the wind, what kind of additional equipment should I be looking for to start with partial grain brews? You guys have been a tremendous help thus far and I'm certain without some of the advice I've gotten, I'd be cleaning Imperial Stout off of the ceiling and drinking a flat Mr. Beer while signing divorce papers! My fate in is the hands of the homebrew gurus!

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