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I have a drill press so made it easy for me to control step drill pressure.

lucky  ;D

Drilling Stainless requires a bit of care, but should not be a big issue.

1.) Drill a pilot hole for the step bit, to help keep it on center.
2.) Using plenty of pressure, and going slow to allow the cutting action to work, drill.
3.) After drilling, sand the hole with a bit of sandpaper. (not Steel Wool) This removes the burrs.

For the pilot hole would you use a standard metal drill bit or does this require a special tool.  I believe my step bit would do the job but I want it to look like it was fabricated not hacked together.

Equipment and Software / installing ball valve and therm well in S/S pot
« on: August 03, 2010, 04:10:39 PM »
Since making the leap to AG I have been pondering the fate of my old brewpot. 
I have a spare ball valve and brewmometer that I would like to install in this pot.
I have read that I can drill a hole using a step drill bit. Or would finding a friend with the ability to weld be more appropriate?
Thanks for the help.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2010 Longshot finalists
« on: August 03, 2010, 03:06:20 PM »
I swear if something with peppers wins I'll lose it.
Would that technically qualify as Cat21 Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: oxygenation tips
« on: August 03, 2010, 12:32:18 PM »
I use a mix-stir rod with an electric drill. It incorporates alot of air in a short amount of time. I find that this method works well for me.

I use this method too but I have a mix rod with two fans on it attached to the rod with a pin.  The mix rod fits inside a carboy and when I run the drill the centrifugal force opens the fans.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stout issues
« on: August 03, 2010, 10:32:17 AM »
I think still more information is needed. Yeast type, did you make a starter, fermentation temp, etc. 

All in all, I probably wouldn't reuse the yeast. Just my 2 cents.

Ingredients / Re: Cocoa Powder
« on: August 03, 2010, 09:53:26 AM »
IMO, the best way to get chocolate flavor in beer is with extract, like Rogue does with their excellent chocolate beers.  Starkay White is about the best brand of chocolate extract around, if you can source it.

Other Fermentables / non-alocholic sparkling cider
« on: July 29, 2010, 09:54:59 AM »
I know, I know a non-alocholic cider question on a homebrewers forum...  ;D

We are expecting our first child in December and my wife/co-brewer is feeling a little left out of our favorite hobby.

Do anyone have any ideas on making a non-alcholic sparkling fruit cider?  Is it as easy as mixing 5gallons of apple cider, adding some fruit and force carbonating?

Beer Recipes / Re: Maple Porter
« on: July 28, 2010, 02:10:36 PM »
FWIW, when I use to live in the NE I would made a few Maple Porters (5 batches in two years).  I would take my basic Porter recipe (Robust Porter) and add either syrup or use maple sap as my brewing liquor.  IMHO using maple sap as the brewing liquor is my preference to get a nice maple flavor.

For syrup I used 1/4 gallon (64 fl oz) for a 5 gallon batch.  I experimented with adding it at the beginning and end of boil.  I would have to dig up my notes but if my memory serves me adding it at beginning of boil was my preference since it subdued the sweet aroma and gave a good maple flavor which I though played nicely with the malt.

One note that I distinctly remember is you have to babysit the kettle and stir often as the maple syrup will scorch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how much fruit in the beer?
« on: July 23, 2010, 02:17:50 PM »
The general rule is 1-2 lbs per gallon. But I am not sure about cranberries since they can be so tart and bitter.

That is what I have read and have done in the past with fresh/frozen fruit but have never tried cranberry since it can be tart. Plus I have never used fruit flavoring extract.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
« on: July 23, 2010, 02:12:20 PM »
Yeah, if brewing was more of a concern than hanging with Morimoto and getting to develop recipes with him and eat his food!

Does sound like second fiddle!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Congrats, Majorvices!
« on: July 23, 2010, 02:09:51 PM »
Congrats! Love the pics.

General Homebrew Discussion / how much fruit in the beer?
« on: July 22, 2010, 02:40:27 PM »
I brewed 6.5 gallons of California Common (Anchor Steam clone) last weekend and for my inlaws anniversary I would like to add cranberries to recreate a Cranberry Steam Beer my mother-in-law had in college and has told me about ever since I met my wife.

This was my recipe...
9 lb 2-row
2 lb Munich
1 lb Crystal 40L
0.5 lb Victory
1/8 lb Light Chocolate
1 oz N. Brewer (60 min)
1.5 oz N brewer (15 min)
1.5 oz N brewer (1 min)

So... How much cranberry should I add?  I have a 96 oz can of cranberry wine base and a 2 oz bottle of cranberry flavoring.

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop pest
« on: July 21, 2010, 12:26:42 PM »
This is the second year that I have grown hops.  The first year I didn't really pay too much attention since I started them late and they spent most of the energy developing the root system.  However this year, since we finally warmed up here in the PNW they are growing nicely. 
Having said that, I have noticed a 1/2-inch long brown and black, slightly furry looking bug on the under side of the hop leaves.  Has anyone seen or heard of these?  Should I spray my hops with a pesticide?
Thanks for the help,
Mike  ???

All Grain Brewing / Re: First time all grain
« on: July 20, 2010, 09:51:10 AM »
I agree with the consensus here.  I went all-grain just after the new year and have made 11 batches so far and now my brew day is smoother.  Take as many notes as you can the first time.  It will help when you make a big beer.
I did an iodine test on the first cople of batches. Now, sometimes I will if I brew a style that I have never done all-grain before to confirm that the startchs are converted (must be the engineer in me).
For the water I typically like to heat extra for the HLT in case I got into the barleywine and mis-calculated something ;D


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