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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black and Tan
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:56:14 AM »
Had a few snakebites yesterday at the Friendly Spot here in San Antonio. Great place to hangout with friends and they have excellent beer selections.

My snakebite was guinness and a pear cider.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:36:47 AM »
All these titles are great guys

Looking for both light reading and more detailed indepth books as well.

Wife and I have a book shelf in our room, I have one shelf to myself that are all pretty much DIY type books for my various hobbies. Aquariums saltwater and fresh, reptiles, classic cars and now beer! I think this is going to be one of the most rewarding hobbies ive ever had because other get to really try my beer and share with me what they think.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:08:16 AM »
extreme brewing
the brewmasters table
designing great beers

These three are my favorites. I'm always coming back to them, although Designing is not quite bedtime-friendly reading. I like to have a calculator with me when I read that one.

yeah, im trying to get used to using some of the math involved in brewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:40:52 AM »
sweet, thanks everyone. This is a great list to start with.

going to hit up my local 1/2 priced books 1st and then go from there.

The only book I currently on came with my brew kit

Home Beermaking by Wimmiam Moore 3rd edition

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:10:57 AM »
Thanks deepsouth,

im going to check them out

General Homebrew Discussion / beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:00:29 AM »
To those die-hard home brewing fanatics

What is the must have book for great home brewing knowledge. Looking for some light reading before bed, cant hurt to learn at the same time.

Would love to add a couple of beer books to my library.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging Newbie
« on: February 20, 2011, 10:02:23 AM »
Cool, good to know on the manifold.

And if I understand correctly, because im using the C02 there is not a need to prime the beer like I would if I was bottling. The C02 will force carbonate the beer, correct?

Man this stuff is fun! Already invisioning a work shop and bar..

Kegging and Bottling / Kegging Newbie
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:32:31 AM »
My 1st batch of beer is ready to be bottled or kegged.

Ive decided for convience that I want to keg my homebrews, plus I like new toys (kegs, gas tanks, gauges etc..)

I want to buy something thats good quality and going to last a long time. Can easily be converted to use with my chest freezer kegarator once I build it. A C02 gas tank that can run several 5g corneys.

Any recommendations on a setup to buy would be great appreciated. Theres a lot to choose from out there and I want to be sure im spending my $$ wisely.

Another question.

I should have had this already, but thought I would be bottling. Is it cool that the beer stays in the fermenter another week untill what ever I buy arrives? Beer began fermenting on Feb 10 it is now done. From my understanding it will just continue to age in the fermenter so do not think there is a issue leaving it for another week. Sorry for the newbie questions.

Classifieds / Items Wanted in Texas
« on: February 09, 2011, 10:25:08 AM »
Any South/Central Texans have anything beer brewing and Kegerator related for sale. Im in SA,TX and am just getting started. Let me know what you have, thanks.


Homebrewer Bios / Re: Ray Allen
« on: January 18, 2011, 07:33:50 AM »
Oh yea, the boys are on fire this year. GO SPURS GO!

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Ray Allen
« on: January 17, 2011, 08:54:08 PM »
Welcome Ray.

Flagstaff is a good base to jump off of for some big adventures.  Still small enough, and isolated to have its own vibe.  Spent a lot of time there in the last 20 years.  Last few not so much. 

If you understand water for your fish.  Read on the water in the mashing all grain part.  Should make sense to you.

Thanks for the welcome, I will check out the link you provided. Anything to help me on my brewing journey is a plus.

Welcome to the AHA Forum Ray!  8)
Thanks! Glad to be here.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Ray Allen
« on: January 17, 2011, 06:52:46 PM »
you guys live up in Flagstaff?

No, but my wife and I stayed in Flagstaff on a Vacation to the Grand Canyon. We loved Flagstaff, reminded us a lot of Austin, TX except with mountains and a little colder.

We have put Flagstaff on our list of places to visit often.

Again thanks to everyone for the warm welcome and beer advice!

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Ray Allen
« on: January 17, 2011, 06:50:31 PM »
Howdy Ray!

Welcome to the... er, obsession.

Our water not so good for beer. More on that later but for your beginning efforts you might as well go get some Ozarka from HEB. If you have a RO system that should suffice for the extract brews but if you plan to move into grain brewing then you'll need a heads up about what to do.

You'll find a wealth of information, experience and opinion here at the AHA.  Don't feel that any question is too silly or ridiculous. Please ask away...

Good to see a fellow south/central Texan.

Thank you for the water advice. My house has a water softner and I do have a RO/DI unit for drinking/cooking and my saltwater aquarium. The TDS reads 0 on that baby.

Pimp My System / Re: My kegerator - keezer
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:05:16 PM »

That is a beauty. If you dont mind can I get a estimated ball park figure on total cost. Im going to show this to my wife because I want one, and you know what the 1st question would be...

Id would want to run probably 3-4 taps on mind to begin. Already have a collection of tap handles to use.

Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:00:20 PM »
All of you guys are a inspiration to a newbie. Im about to brew my 1st beer this week and have been wanting a kegerator for while now, but damn they are expensive. Looks like Ive found a few ways to save some money.

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