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All Grain Brewing / Re: 2 - Weeks to get it done
« on: April 29, 2011, 07:13:00 AM »
I'm with Hokerer. Good beer that should be ready in 2 weeks. Make the starter now, brew tomorrow or Sunday.


All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain batch in the fermenters!
« on: April 26, 2011, 07:23:58 AM »
Congrats on your first all grain. Brewing is truly a process where we learn by doing and from our mistakes (and most important how we correct them). It sounds like you we able to work through your issues without panicking. Believe me there will be other times when things aren't quite going like they should.

Hope it turns out great!

Did the brewmistress help?


Equipment and Software / Re: or plastic?
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:02:55 AM »
I just moved up to a stainless steel conical. Expensive, but worth every penny. Clean up is easy and much safer. I broke two glass carboys, but full of fresh wort. No injuries but I hate to lose beer!

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort Chillers
« on: April 15, 2011, 08:00:30 AM »
I've used an immersion since I started in the early '90s. The last 2 batches I have used my new counterflow and really liked it. In my system, it appears to be faster than the immersion (50' of 1/2" coiled copper). The only issue I see is cleaning and sanitizing. I've been recirculating from my conical through the pump and chiller back to the conical while boiling. Then after the beer is in the fermenter I run cleaner through it while cleaning my brew pot.

Both beers are nice and clear. The first one is almost toast.

Next test is a Kolsch, then a Czech Pils....


Beer Travel / Re: Seattle area September/October 2011
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:56:32 AM »
Just got an email from Ralph Olson (HopUnion) saying the Fresh Hop Ale Festival is a go. Different people running it. Hopefully they will get back to you.


I'll buy an occasional sixer and a couple times a year Costco will have a beer I like so I'll buy a case. A growler or two a month from nearby micros.

Depends on the time of day. I never have one before noon (Eastern time) and never more than one at a time. May sound like I enjoy drinking beer while brewing and I do. Only got sh--faced once (while brewing). Woke up in the middle of the night trying to remember if I pitched the yeast.

I guess it'd be the same answer as Tubercle....

Oh and I light up a stogey during the mash.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mariage proposal
« on: April 09, 2011, 11:01:48 AM »
Oh sure, he like your beer, be a nice guy, and give you money before you get married..... I'd just milk it out as long as you can without making a commitment.

This from some one whose been married 26 years....


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The sadness of the *pffffffffft*
« on: April 09, 2011, 10:20:53 AM »
One of my first oatmeal stouts was one of my favorites. Toward the end, I was in a hoarding mode. I quit offering it to others. I bottled the last of it and put it in the back of the freezer. It is indeed sad when it is done. But like has been mentioned, it opens space for the new keg and a new creation!

Denny, you need to step up and get a temp controlled fermenter. That's to long to go without a lager (Pils in my case).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've never had a Kolsh
« on: April 05, 2011, 07:22:28 AM »
I like Alaska Summer Ale. It might not be a true Kolsch, but it is a nice beer IMO.



Beer Travel / Re: Seattle area September/October 2011
« on: April 01, 2011, 04:48:46 PM »
I think it still on. It's an all volunteer so maybe they aren't geared up yet. I'll do some checking and get back to you.

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle area September/October 2011
« on: March 31, 2011, 01:42:48 PM »
I live just outside Zillah. Cherry Wood is a neat place, nice people. That will be a good time to be there as it won't be near so hot. Lot's of wineries close. 

Fresh Hop Ale Festival in Yakima is October 1st. Lot's of great beer. Google it for more info.

Hop Museum in Toppenish (just accross the river from Zillah) is good for a few minutes while you are close.

Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:59:55 AM »
I do have a pump that I use to move wort from my brew pot through my counter chiller into my conical that sits in a temp controlled freezer. I just starting using it the last two brews. I just haven't put the valve on my water vessel yet. I will also have to make a "dipstick" so I know how much water I'm adding. Guess I didn't want to add too much too fast. I also needed to build my beer inventory. 

Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:37:46 AM »
I haven't quite caught on to the posting quotes, bear with me...

Beer gun??? Guess I got room for it in my safe. Like the idea! You can never have too many bullets for shooting or cashing in....

Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:32:31 AM »
Only complaint is I got done too early, had to take the wife out to dinner....

Showing her that you can take time to brew AND give her HER time - priceless!

Yep, I did get a few points with her...

BTW Monger, your system is similar to the way I built mine. My hot water tank is directly below the mast tun (orange, like yours). I use a 2 quart pitcher to bail my water for mashing and sparging. I didn't have enough head room to be totally gravity.

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