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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I was surprised...
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:39:24 AM »
I don't know euge, if you go to another brew shop, it could be the opposite. The people at the shop are probably more familiar with Papazian's book (it was my first brewing book 20 years ago) than Palmer's so they feel comfortable selling it. My company, for fun, sells pellet bbq's. Each of my employees prefer a different model grill therefore when talking to people recommend a different model. I wish they would try to sell the same one for inventory purposes but oh well....

Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:46:56 AM »
Pinski- you won't be sorry. I've had a 14 gallon from Stout for 3 or four years now, love it.


The Pub / Re: This is where...
« on: February 03, 2014, 12:30:46 PM »
Is that a submarine in the water? We're headed near there (Depoe Bay) next June.


Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrading
« on: January 30, 2014, 10:01:09 AM »
Nice system Jim. Those pumps are back savers.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fining agents
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:28:34 AM »
Keith- It has always made me thirsty just looking at it, even at 7:30 AM.

I use Irish moss and gelatin, if needed.


Ingredients / Re: I'm excited
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:50:11 AM »
Congrats on your score Steve.

I remember the "old club" used to have a meeting at Hop Union a couple times a year. Ralph used to get a kick out of turning us loose in the packaged hops cooler. Then we'd go upstairs and smoke cigars, drink some brew, and BS for hours. Last summer at brew school brought back a lot of memories at we toured that area and the "rec room".

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:17:47 AM »
Kolsch- a gift for one of my employees.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:53:50 AM »
I got one of those hoists last year. I use it to lift the mash tun when it's got hot, wet grain in it. Many other uses around the shop where I can't get the tractor loader.

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric RIMS tube question
« on: November 07, 2013, 10:38:31 AM »
The systems that I've seen, including mine, have the sensor after the water comes out of the mash tun before the element. If you do it the other way, you only get the temp of the water your putting back into the mash tun and not your mash temp.

Equipment and Software / Re: Direct heat recirculation mash tun
« on: November 07, 2013, 10:30:03 AM »
I sent you a PM.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Building Water
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:58:41 AM »
Here is my well water report from Ward Labs. I'm about 20 miles SE of Steve and I'd guess 60 miles NE of Jim. As you can see it's hard and alkaline.

PH        7.9
TDS    251
EC      0.42
Cat/An  4.8/4.4

Na       17
K          1
Ca        46
Mg         20
Hard CaCO3     198
Nit        1.3 (safe)
Sulfate    2
Cl           4
CO3       <1
HCO3      249
T Alk CaCO3      204

This put my water in the "ok for stouts and porters" category. I use about 50% RO for pale beers and 100% RO for pilsners and lighter beers.

Jim, like Steve said your water is more than likely going to be closer to the west side's water, which is good for brewing. Kind of ironic that where 80% of the US hops are grown, we need to manipulate the water to properly utilize them.   

I've had a Stout 14.5 conical for about 4 years. I have been very happy with it. I know there are better conicals out there for more money, but I'd do it again. I love the ease of dumping yeast and clean up with the tri clamps. As stated earlier, there isn't a lot of room under the dump valve but putting 2 X 4 blocks under the legs solve that. I can get a quart jar under it.
At the time I bought mine pushing with CO2 was an option with this model so I put the conical in a converted freezer that sits on top a Harbor Freight scissors cart so I use gravity to fill kegs. This also allows me to wheel it around my shop.

Bend is about 200 miles South of here. I go there about once a year. As a matter of fact we spent a couple days in Bend last week. We had a great time. Deschutes has their Black Butte XXV Anniversary Imperial Porter out now. I thought it was already a darn good beer, but has a "best after 7/2014" on it. I bought 12 bottles of it. I still have about 6 Black Butte XXIV left from last year that I'll have to compare sometime.

I'll look forward to meeting you guys at brew school.


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??


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.


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