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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to Homebrewing
« on: July 02, 2010, 01:22:34 PM »
And my fiance likes having the idea of beer always on tap when we buy a house :-) 

My kit came yesterday and I'll be out most of the weekend, but with monday off, I'm thinking it'll be the perfect time to brew the first batch of "Mad Scientist"

Edit:  My fiance has already requested her own batch of beer... Something along the lines of a blue moon.  Doesn't need to be an exact copy, but something with an orange-citrusy flavor (I guess even something along the lines of a magic hat no. 9 but with orange), so if anyone knows if this is too difficult to do yet, or has a link to some kits, let me know. 
Fly, do not drive to Vegas and marry that girl NOW ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Let's talk about pumps!
« on: July 01, 2010, 07:08:23 PM »
Name the pumps "Hans" and "Franz."  "Und ve just vant to pump... (clap) ...YOU UP!"  :P

Ok, I have 3 pumps, but one is a wimpy one just for the RIMS recirculation.  What should I name him?

Equipment and Software / Re: Let's talk about pumps!
« on: July 01, 2010, 07:06:25 PM »
Any prior experience with pumps and brewing? I just did my first batch with one last weekend and the main issue was clogging from the hops and hop seeds.

I'd suggest nailing that down before actually trying to brew since it will become a nightmarish hassle if you don't.

As it is when I get my stand built there will be two pumps as well.

Whole hops (or bitter orange peel)+pump=bad brewing day
You can use a coarse hop bag, anything to keep the big crap out of the impellers.  I use pellets and have no issues with clogging, although I have not tried to recirculate anything with more than 40IBUs worth of hops.  When I do I'll probably use a hop bag for the bittering addition.

The Pub / Re: What does “craft beer” mean to you?
« on: July 01, 2010, 03:55:45 PM »
A beer whose inspiration stems from the imagination and skill of the brewer, not some advertising or market research group.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Windsor yeast
« on: June 29, 2010, 02:42:07 PM »
I picked up a handful of Windsor yeast packs from Danstar. Never used it before and the LHBS' price was half that of the S-05 they were out of. My web search reveals that it finishes high.

What do you consider high?

The Pub / Re: Got a new job
« on: June 28, 2010, 07:23:06 PM »
I assume you have an extension and internet in the brew shed!

The Pub / Re: Got a new job
« on: June 28, 2010, 04:08:17 PM »
So your sister works without pants also?

Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle and weldless valve
« on: June 27, 2010, 12:08:29 AM »
dak - i like the idea of putting the valve on the bottom of the bk but have you had any problems with heat damaging the valve?  I suppose i could actually make a fitting that connects to the bottom and runs out away from the direct heat a bit.

Envisioning what he has done, my only worry would be wort scorching inside the tubing that is in direct contact with the flame. Dak- what are your experiences with your setup as you've described it?
My kettles are conventional, the mash tun has the hole drilled in the bottom, and I use a RIMS setup with an Auber programmable PID controller.  I fill with strike water, fire it up and two hours later the system has stabilized at strike temp and I mash in, hit the run button on the controller and it keeps my mash temp within .2 degrees (that's not a typo - 2/10 deg) for as long as tell it to.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Corn vs. Cane
« on: June 25, 2010, 04:48:45 PM »
Maybe for those who want to add it to secondary?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 25, 2010, 02:33:17 PM »
Racked 10g of Oktoberfest to the lagering freezer last night (WLP833 Bock Lager)
Tonight racking 5g of Honey Blonde Ale (WLP005) to lagering fridge for cold conditioning to keg for July 4.
Tomorrow 10g of Light Pils (for my BMC addicted friends) 3.8% ABV 8 IBU with the above WLP833 slurry)
Sunday 10g of Best Bitter (with above WLP005 slurry)
July 5 - 10g of Irish Red using Denny's WY1450

Otherwise the cupboard is bare! That hasn't happened in a couple of years!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Epoxy Mixers in the Dip Tube ?
« on: June 25, 2010, 01:01:19 PM »
Does anyone have the McMaster part # for those mixers?

Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle and weldless valve
« on: June 25, 2010, 12:55:28 PM »
For my keggle mash tun, I just drilled a hole in the center of the bottom, plugged the hole in one of those 12" domed SS false bottoms, dropped it in the bottom, and ran a 90 deg fitting w/pipe out to the edge.  It's sort of up on blocks to leave room for the pipe and ball valve but - no dead space.

The Pub / Re: It's that time again.
« on: June 25, 2010, 12:49:03 PM »
Apparently, If his brewery is not there, there's not much incentive to stay!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Muslin Hop bags hinder utilization?
« on: June 23, 2010, 05:24:42 PM »
Do you use pellets, whole, or combination?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Muslin Hop bags hinder utilization?
« on: June 23, 2010, 04:46:37 PM »
Do you guys weight the hop bags to the bottom of the kettle or just free range 'em.


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