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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Doctor I have this friend.....
« on: April 16, 2011, 06:40:59 PM »
At least he's a halfway decent drummer.

a drummer?  As a bass player for the last 45 years, let me just say...

That explains everything!

What does a drummer do to park in a handicapped spot?
Leaves his drumsticks on the dashboard.

How do you know the stage is level?
The drummer drools out of both sides of his mouth.

What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?

As a bass player myself I can't believe you guys missed this one:

What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians?
A drummer.  (Please, try the veal!!!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Legal Question
« on: April 10, 2011, 09:26:26 AM »
You can't sell homebrew, as that is part of the Federal law.

You need to get all of the licenses, and most places don't let you make it in your house. An unattached garage may work.
You'd be better off asking a local lawyer who knows your laws, but in general you'll have to go through licensing and production regulations.  In general, it won't be cheap.  I'd tell them thanks for the nice comments, but unless they want to cover legal fees it isn't worth your while.

I was pretty sure it would be an arduous and expensive process and that's without factoring in that I'm brewing in my garage. Thanks for the quick replies!

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 :)

We need to know what kind of set up you'll be using.  And remember it will take a couple of times to get your volumes and procedure down.

My mash tun is a converted 48 quart Igloo Icecube cooler. I'm using a 1/2" braided SS hose in the mash tun connected to a brass 1/2" ball valve. My kettle is a SS 30 qt. pot and an 80,000 BTU propane turkey fryer. I'm using 6.5 gallon HDPE buckets for fermenting and bottling. I have a home-made 3/8" copper immersion chiller. If there's anything else you need to know, let me know and I'd be happy to post it.

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.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do I need a starter?
« on: March 19, 2011, 10:35:30 PM »
Mash temp advice is solid.  I'd say if you go for 148, mash for 90 min. to ensure complete conversion.

I'm leaning toward 151. I tend to like mine a little sweeter. Is a 60 min. mash long enough?

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. :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water loss to absorbtion and evaporation.
« on: March 18, 2011, 07:10:30 PM »
How would I calculate the amount of water needed for a given recipe from mash tun to fermenter for a 5 gallon recipe? I'm having a little trouble wrapping my head around how to end up with the correct amount of wort to boil. I guess I should've stayed awake during math class :)

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?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to grain ratio for mash tun.
« on: March 15, 2011, 07:51:15 PM »
I certainly appreciate all the informed info! I'm now a couple of steps closer to AG :0) BTW, I'm now the proud owner of 3 nice, empty 1/2bbl SS kegs!  God I love Craig's List. I was looking for kegs for a month. Posted an ad on Craig's List last night at 9pm, had 3 kegs in the backseat of my car at 4pm today! The internet ROCKS!!!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to grain ratio for mash tun.
« on: March 15, 2011, 03:03:04 PM »
Would a nice cream stout be too ambitious for a first all grain?

For a dark beer, you may have to deal with water issues.  If you're prepared to deal with that, go for it.  Otherwise, something middle of the road like a pale ale may be a better choice.

My water is definitely hard which is good for dark beers, correct? Any other water issues I should be worried about?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to grain ratio for mash tun.
« on: March 14, 2011, 07:46:53 PM »
Would a nice cream stout be too ambitious for a first all grain?

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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My LHBS employs a style nazi
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:44:08 PM »
@JKL. Style Nazi, that's great! NO BREW FOR YOU!!!

Equipment and Software / Re: Sight Gauge
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:32:01 AM »
Oh, Hi. I'm the owner of and I just wanted to mention that I do, in fact, ship internationally. There was a brief time during the holidays, and shortly afterwards, where order volume was so high that I couldn't justify standing in line at the post office to ship. I'm sorry if that seemed like a lame excuse, but I can drop off 30 domestic shipments in 3 minutes, but it can take up to 30 minutes to stand in line with the customs form, just to ship a single international package.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.

Hey Bobby. I work for the USPS and just wanted to let you know that you can get everything you need for international shipping  with the USPS online right here You can have the forms sent to you free of charge or you can pickup a hand full next time you're at the P.O. I believe you can even print them using the online service as well.  Then just request a carrier pickup free of charge  :)

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