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After schedule conflicts the past several years, I'm going to attend this year's class. I really have no excuse and after all it's only 20 miles away. The homebrewer class is being held after the pros class on September 12 and 13.

Should be informative and fun. Anyone else going to be there??

Bruce

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brew day
« on: July 18, 2013, 07:28:21 AM »
Looks very similar to my house pale ale. Should be good.

Bruce

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation where are you?
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:21:47 AM »
Thought I could smell the hops and malt on my way through G'dale yesterday.

Bruce

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False bottom with a center pickup tube work for me. I put my hops in big paint strainer bags. The false bottom will typically have 1/4 to 1/2 inch of material on it when I'm finished.

Bruce

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Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill MM-3
« on: June 26, 2013, 04:43:07 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I'll leave it where it is for now and do a house pale recipe and see how it goes. I have a RIMS system so I like to leave some husks.

Bruce

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Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill MM-3
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:14:50 AM »
After about 20 years, my old Valley Mill got tired so I bought a new MM3. I got it set up with a 1/2 hp motor last night and ran about 5 pounds of 2 row through it. I'm impressed at how fast it ate the grain. Seems to be a nice crush at the factory settings.

Did you guys who have the MM3 leave yours at the factory settings? It's at little more complicated to change the gap than my Valley was.

Bruce

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this homebrew?
« on: June 11, 2013, 08:09:15 AM »
Very nice view Jim. I climbed Adams a few decades ago when I was in my 20s. It was a clear day and the views were fantastic.

If I do some cropping, we have a great view of Adams and Rainier from the east. We have an "accumulator" who lives between us and the mountains that detracts from a sweeping view to the west. Should have bought that place when it was up for sale a few years ago.

My brewery however is in my shop east of our house. The shop is surrounded by our soon to be planted alfalfa field. Even if the brew doesn't turn out perfect, I enjoy the day.

Bruce

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers for the non-craft drinker
« on: May 15, 2013, 07:39:04 AM »
Kolsch and Vienna Lager have been the two most popular of the beers I have on tap with the lite beer people. I am surprised at how some people who I thought were lite beer drinkers for life eventually come around to liking more flavorful beers.

I haven't found any connection with age and liking good beer. There are from my observation as many youngsters as there are people around my age (59) who are lite beer drinkers. I would guess the average age of people at the brew pubs that I frequent to be around 45. Would be an interesting study though.

Bruce

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Ingredients / Re: Hop suggestions for White IPA
« on: May 13, 2013, 08:24:59 AM »
Here's the "recipe" from Deschutes, which I believe is similar to Boulevard. Doesn't give all the information, but gives you a starting point.

 http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/recipe/chainbreaker-white-ipa-clone

Good luck!

Bruce


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Birthday Beer Awesomness
« on: April 27, 2013, 08:39:38 AM »
Nice birthday gifts indeed. I'm sure you'll put them to good use. Thank you for your service to our country.

I also did well a few weeks back. I got the "Turtle" (for making black and tans), a couple carbonator caps, a gift certificate and some money from my wife to help buy pups to replace my two Golden Retrievers that I had to put down in the past few months. We got two little Goldendoodles. Been a while since we've had puppies around. They sure have lots of energy, but very loving little guys. Great birthday present.

Bruce

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yakima Valley Hops ROCK!
« on: April 06, 2013, 07:48:31 AM »
I'll have to check them out some time. 20 minutes up the freeway.

BTW Micah, ONLY reason I'd head to the Wet Side is to see the in-laws :)

Have a great weekend.

Brews

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Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen aeration with tank
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:15:38 AM »
I used the stone with flex tubing for 10 plus years. I found it was hard trying to move the stone where I wanted it. I bought the wand (can't recall if it's Williams) and love it, the flex tube is retired.

Bruce

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenter
« on: January 17, 2013, 08:37:16 AM »
I have my conical inside a converted upright freezer. The freezer is on a hydraulic cart I bought at Harbor Freight (around $130). I can control my temps and wheel the fermenter around and raise it up if I need to. Been very handy.

Bruce

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Calculating Losses to hoses
« on: January 16, 2013, 10:23:21 AM »
Can't you drain the hose into a sanitized beer pitcher then dump into the fermenter? Hate to waste 2 plus pints of potentially good beer!

Bruce

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenter
« on: January 14, 2013, 05:21:28 PM »
The bottom valve is for dumping trub and yeast. The side valve is for pulling samples and transfering. There will only be a couple cups of liquid below the side valve.

After cooling wort and transfering to the conical, let it settle for at least a couple hours, then dump the trub out the bottom before adding O2 and yeast.

Congratulations, you'll love it.

Bruce

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