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What Denny said. Perhaps the location importance should have been pointed out in the solicitation.....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency survey
« on: April 15, 2014, 03:45:28 PM »
I use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid with a false bottom, mill my own grains and both my mash and brew house efficiency are pretty consistently 80% equal.

On my biggest beers, 1.070 or greater I average 75% on both due to the larger grain bills.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:28:03 PM »
Here's a picture of my Allagash White Clone that was mentioned in the Wit yeast thread as well as the thread on summer beer styles
Notice the snow in the background, nothing like a little winter in Chicago. On April 15th!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:49:04 PM »
I smiled yesterday when I noticed some stems emerging yesterday as well:)

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Going Pro / Re: Woohoo!
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:46:57 PM »
That's awesome! Congratulations!!

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I was one of the unlucky ones. Do they ever show the vote count? I was just curious. Being here in AZ it’s hard to rally the troops to get out and vote. I wasn’t sure where to campaign or let folks know what I wanted to do/help/get done if elected.  :-[
really? Here in Chicago everyone votes more than once! Somehow even dead people get to vote:D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:13:11 PM »


here's a shot of my Belgian IPA I get to finally enjoy on a day that actually feels spring like!
I prefer my IPAs in the shade... So I can actually enjoy them ;-)
not sure what that means..... It's been below freezing in Chicago since November and was 60 today so after work I kicked back on the porch and enjoyed a beer;)
haha no worries.  I was just joking around.  the UV light from the sun reacts with isomerized hop oils in the beer to create the lightstruck/"skunky' aroma and flavor in beer.  The reaction can happen really quickly is a light colored highly hopped beer.  So I was just joking about the IPA in the sun... Like in the Corona commercials where you always see them sitting their clear bottles out in direct sunlight on the beach lol.
no worries, we're all good, just tried to snap a nice pic:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:36:21 PM »

Just a few of my recent beer, Edinburgh Immigrant. It's an American Scotch Heavy.








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that sure does look tasty! Great photo as well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:34:39 PM »

here's a shot of my Belgian IPA I get to finally enjoy on a day that actually feels spring like!
I prefer my IPAs in the shade... So I can actually enjoy them ;-)
not sure what that means..... It's been below freezing in Chicago since November and was 60 today so after work I kicked back on the porch and enjoyed a beer;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:32:41 PM »


Looks good Gary. What strain did you use ?
thanks! I used WY1214 Belgian Abbey, the beer comes in at 9%

Wow, that packs a whallop !  Sounds good.  WY3522 makes a pretty solid one too BTW.
it does and the first couple times I used 3522, also a great strain. I'm not happy with it though as I find when I bottle it just refuses to pack down and stay down, got tired of dealing with the yeast floaties. This summer I'm going to build a bigger kegerator to accommodate more kegs so I may try it again in a kegged batch and see what happens

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:53:34 PM »

Looks good Gary. What strain did you use ?
thanks! I used WY1214 Belgian Abbey, the beer comes in at 9%

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 09, 2014, 03:20:06 PM »
here's a shot of my Belgian IPA I get to finally enjoy on a day that actually feels spring like!

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:51:46 PM »
Can you build mine next:)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:49:22 PM »
I have the barley crusher now going on 3 years with no problems.

I run 300-500 lbs of grain through it each year on average.

Once every couple months I'll do a good cleaning/ lube of the rollers but otherwise I simply blow it out with compressed air and it seems like a good maintenance program.

The rollers still have good bite to them as well so I'm happy with it.

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Hop Growing / Re: Recommended Hop growing medium
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:39:01 AM »
My entire garden is basically a 70/30 mix of basic Illinois topsoil and composted manure and the hops grow really well. The site is regularly irrigated and once per month I hit them with nothing more than Miracle Gro through a jug sprayer. Last year was their second year in, 22' feet and each plant yielded about half a pound wet.

This year has been slow to take off, soil temperatures are still in the low to mid 40's below grade, just saw some tips emerging over the weekend, all looking healthy. They are pretty hardy plants and not really difficult to grow.

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