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General Homebrew Discussion / Beer tasting books?
« on: October 08, 2012, 01:28:09 AM »
Any recommendations for books that would help me learn how to identify what I'm tasting?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:21:02 AM »
I just completed my first 10 gallon batch (foreign extra stout) this weekend! I used two converted 15 1/2 gallon SS kegs I got for cheap and a newly acquired 60qt cooler. I actually have a third keg I'm considering using as a mash tun but I'm not sure how to keep my mash temp and not confident that a direct-fired option won't result in some burnt wort. I also used a home-made three tiered rig I put together using those slide-together wire shelves and some angle iron. I used a home-made IC and had my S.O. help me put the BK into an ice bath after flameout. It took me about 1/2 an hour (with an occasional stirring) to get down to 75°. As a side note, I mashed at 1.3qt/lb. with 37lbs of grain and it filled my cooler up to within an inch of the top. And, with 13 gallons of wort, made about 15 minutes of vigilance (and a good spray bottle) at the beginning of the boil a necessity.  :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tired of bottling...already
« on: February 07, 2012, 02:37:26 AM »
Are both types fairly common as far as finding parts for? Oops. I see that question was already answered!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tired of bottling...already
« on: February 07, 2012, 02:03:08 AM »
After doing some research thanks to the advice I've gotten here, I have another question: Ball lock or pin lock?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tired of bottling...already
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:33:26 AM »
Lots of great advice once again! Thanks!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tired of bottling...already
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:31:08 AM »
Thanks Euge! I have an extra full-sized fridge I could use after removing unnecessary items :)

Kegging and Bottling / Tired of bottling...already
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:51:37 AM »
I've been brewing about a year and I'm already tired of bottling. I dread the thought of all the prep needed to bottle. What do I need to start kegging and what are the ballpark costs?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello...
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:42:45 PM »
These guys on here are awesome! You'll get good (and accurate) answers within minutes sometimes :0)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping
« on: December 05, 2011, 05:16:49 AM »
i just throw them in as well. after a week or so they seem to settle out. plus, i little hop debris in a dry hopped beer isn't a bad thing IMHO

When I go to bottle, I line the bottling bucket with a 5-gallon paint strainer bag, rack in the brew, and then very gently lift out the bag.  So I don't even get "a little hop debris".

Great idea!

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry hopping
« on: December 04, 2011, 10:48:21 PM »
I'm about to dry hop an APA with pellets. What's the best way to add them? Sanitized grain bag or just toss em in?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:41:38 AM »
Just out of curiosity, how long would it be viable in the fridge before I had to throw it out?

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast starter
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:13:25 AM »
I was going to brew tomorrow night so I got my starter going last night. I won't be able to brew now so what should I do with the starter in order to use it this weekend instead?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is PBW safe?
« on: November 22, 2011, 01:33:58 AM »
A few years ago on the brewing network a guy from five star drank star san...
Is he still alive?  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is PBW safe?
« on: November 21, 2011, 10:10:26 PM »
My hands are already dried, cracked and flaked so I'll never notice the difference  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Is PBW safe?
« on: November 21, 2011, 09:49:32 PM »
Is it okay to submerge my hands in PBW while cleaning when mixed according to the label? There's a warning on the side about skin contact, but there's also one on StarSan and I heard a rep from FiveStar say StarSan is completely safe when mixed appropriately. Thanks

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