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Ingredients / Dark Beet Sugar Candi
« on: May 06, 2011, 10:00:49 AM »
For my birthday this year I was given a 5 gallon Brewcraft kit for  Rogue's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout (RSOS).  I wasn't all that excited about it at first but when I finally got around to preparing to brew it I was intrigued by a new ingredient the kit contained that I had not used before; dark beet sugar candi.  Straight, I prefered it's flavor to cane table sugar (which I hate in my coffee so I have a hard time with the notion of adding it to my beers).  I went to the LHBS to get enough ingredients to amp up the batch to 6.5 gallon fermentation volume and brewed it up. I expected to like the final results but not have this beer reach favorite tap status.  Once again I am happily incorrect as this beer is outstanding and going fast. Even the Brewmistress and her minions dig it.  I've caught myself "rinsing" my weekend coffe cup with a bit of the Billy Shakes as we affectionately refer to it. 

Yes, well to the point. sorry.  I've been looking for some good RSOS clone recipes to do my second AG batch with and I'm finding that none seem to call for dark beet candi sugar. This concerns me for a couple reasons. One, I really want something very close to what we produced with the extract kit and candi sugar. Two, since this kit product seemed "licensed" ie, the Rogue logo and Shakespeare label were all over the box I assume that the Rogue brewers had something to say about the ingredients that went into the kit.  Is there a reason that one would want to use the beet candi sugar in an extract kit and not in an all grain clone recipe?

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All Grain Brewing / First All Grain batch in the fermenters!
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:05:24 PM »
After an all night Saturday/Sunday brewsession incorporating lots of tips learned here on the forum I can proudly say my first all grain batches are fermenting steadily.  I decided if I was going to set up my new equipment and figure out how it all works I might as well try and get some beer out of the deal.  I tested the rebuilt cooler tun for water tightness and found that the ball valve gasket was not sealing so I had to make an emergency trip to HD in order to scrape together material for an effective seal.  Once home I convinced myself that I understood how I was going to move the water and wort around it was time to go for it using the recipe of the week for American Pale subbing some Zeus hops for the the Goldings. My first slip up was underestimating the temp of the initial strike water in order to establish the mash at 152 degrees. We had to add quite a bit of extra water to get it there but at least we were working in the right direction.  The second tricky spot was sparging. I tried to pull off a continuous and ended up leaving a good gallon and a half behind by the time I had the 14.5 gallons I wanted to boil. We had a great time and learned a ton by doing, er brewing. I was really excited to use the new (to me) gear and the march pump and therminator were amazing. We pitched 6.5 gallons with WL 002 and 5 with us-05.  The OG was only 1.046 so there's clearly lot's of room for improvement but that just means this batch will make a nice session (brew session that is) to keep practicing with.  Thanks for all the inspiration and help gearing up to this big day for me!  Cheers! ;D

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Equipment and Software / Initial Therminator sanitation
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:55:50 AM »
Would boiling the therminator prior to its first use be the best way to sanitize? Do folks ever use StarSan with these things. I had to buy the display unit so I didn't get a manual.  Do you have to blow the thing out prior to running it? 
Brewing makes me feel like a little kid... what this? what does that do? why? why?  how come?  Thanks for all your help AHA forum!

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Equipment and Software / Working with a pump
« on: April 22, 2011, 10:24:28 AM »
So I picked up March pump to help with my all-grain transfers.  I've heard (and would like to verify) that a ball valve isolation/restriction should only be installed downstream of the pump outport.  My real question is about operating the pump and restricting the flow.  Are there any rules of thumb about this?  I'm concerned about restricting the flow too much and damaging the pump.  Or running the pump too long.  Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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Equipment and Software / transfer hoses and quick connectors
« on: April 22, 2011, 08:43:09 AM »
I need to stop by my LHBS after work to pick up the final pieces of equipment that I will need to asseble my all-grain system.  The shop owner (who's old shop system i have aquired and re-built) uses what I believe are silicone hoses to transfer hot water and wort through his system. He also uses the plastic quick connections to swiftly reconfigure the transfer hoses as needed. 
Are there any concerns about using silicone hoses with fluids heated close to the boiling point?
Do any of you have suggestions on the best way to oriend the M/F couplings of a quick connection assembly?  In other words should the male or female coupling go on the hoses or the tanks and pump or does this a non-issue. Finally, I noticed that s ome of these quick disconnect assemblies also are available with an "auto-stop" check that prevents flow when disconnected.  Would this be a good feature to have at some or all points of the system where quick connections are used? 
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated as always. I'm almost there!

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Kegging and Bottling / Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
« on: April 21, 2011, 09:35:25 PM »
My kegerator is full with four flowing taps and I'm not sure I'll have an open spot by the time my next batch is ready to keg.  What is the best practice for storing a freshly filled corny keg if you don't have refrigeration space available? Or, is this just a bad idea.

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Equipment and Software / Whole hops and the hopblocker
« on: April 17, 2011, 10:04:37 PM »
Does anyone have experience using whole hops and the cylindrical Blichmann hopblocker?  I've heard it's prone to clogging with loose whole hops.  Any custom retrofit ideas? I'm not completely opposed to hopsocks but prefer to leave them free.

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Kegging and Bottling / Transporting kegged beer...in bottles?
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:19:49 AM »
A colleague of mine recently  got motivated to brew up an IPA so he went down to a  LHBS, bought some ingredients, then came home to discover that he could only find about half of his brewing gear and was not able to proceed. Aparently he used to brew with a buddy and they shared the equipment, dude eventually moves away and yada... yada.. half of Bill's gear is gone.  So in disgust and disappointment Bill brings the ingredients to Pinski to do with as I will... and I will, or did. After substantially cranking up the recipe and brewing the beer, by this Sunday I should have a very nice keg of IPA to try.  I'd sure like to bring some to Bill and I'm wondering if you can bottle (traditional, not screw top or growler style)  force carbed, corny kegged beer from the taps?  Seems like it would be difficult considering head from the pour. Any thoughts and/or suggestions are appreciated as always. Cheers to free ingredients!

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... before you kick it down to 8-10 psi for service? 

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Equipment and Software / 20 gal. Blichmann Boil-off estimate?
« on: April 07, 2011, 09:55:35 AM »
I recently picked up a gently used Blichmann 20 gallon boil pot for a great price. I remember the guy I bought it from saying he lost a lot to boil off.  Does anyone have experience with this boil kettle to provide a tip on what I can resonably expect to boil off per hour of vigorous boil to evaporation?  Thanks in advance.

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Equipment and Software / Keezer built!
« on: April 04, 2011, 12:18:26 AM »
Here is my version of the BillyBrew keezer collar model.
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50225248@N05/sets/72157626424875484/

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Equipment and Software / Best material to build potable water hose?
« on: March 31, 2011, 12:15:20 PM »
Need to build a potable water hose for the all grain set up in the garage.  What is the best material to use considering safety, health and taste? 

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General Homebrew Discussion / What does oxidized beer taste like?
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:43:05 PM »
Does it have a distinct taste or is it more of a pronounced and rapid fading of original flavors?

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Equipment and Software / favorite keezer faucet?
« on: March 28, 2011, 11:10:59 PM »
I'm diving into the collar project this weekend and curious to hear your preferences and opinions regarding beer faucets. I'm thinking the Perlicks. Any objections?

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Kegging and Bottling / dry hop- sock in a corny?
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:25:03 AM »
What do you think about dry hopping in a corny keg?  LHBS guy said he likes to stuff a hop sock and then wedge it in the corny keg behind the line-out down tube.

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