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Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrade
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:56:12 PM »
yeah. probably a better bet. i just really like getting new hops.

Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrade
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:39:07 PM »
buy any hops you want! they still have to go into extract batches.

what are your favorite beers? what beers do you want to brew? find out what hops go into those beers!

Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrade
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:07:57 PM »
a chiller if you don't have one, the dishwasher is a wonderful bottle tree. or hops.

congrats on your first brew day by the way!


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Storage
« on: May 07, 2013, 06:14:25 PM »
i just washed some yeast from yesterday's bottling. i used pint glass jars because that's what i have on hand(no where near new parent) and there is plenty of space. 2oz containers seem a bit small but i don't know for sure. it seems if the containers are washed well and sanitized they should work.

Equipment and Software / Re: New MT ordered
« on: May 04, 2013, 06:38:17 PM »

like I said, don't know if it's any better, but it's the tool I wanted to try. I also have read a good bit about plate chillers and cleaning issues. anyway, just the direction I went.


Ingredients / Re: california select 2 row
« on: May 04, 2013, 04:24:28 PM »
ha! if only we could work for google where they encourage outside projects. i think i'll give it a try. i'm sure the difference between it and other base 2 row is hard to distinguish. like i said, i like the idea of using some ingredients from my current state. i have recently decided just to buy from my local shop, williams brewing and morebeer. maybe just occasionally somewhere else for hops i need to stockpile.

thanks again for the input ts and morticai.


Equipment and Software / Re: New MT ordered
« on: May 04, 2013, 03:59:51 PM »
i just picked up a new 50' 1/2' ic chiller with whirlpool and pump. sadly i can't use it until i get back from france and belgium though. i picked mine up because of the greater surface area contact the wort has with the chilling coils. maybe it's better, maybe it's not.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Mills- Barley Crusher
« on: May 04, 2013, 03:33:49 PM »
i got a stiff bristled paint brush and use that to clean the bottom and rollers after every grind. i haven't had mine long enough yet but it's supposed to get a little oil once a year.

Ingredients / Re: california select 2 row
« on: May 03, 2013, 08:10:44 AM »
thanks fellas. crazy that it's shipped to washington and back. i hadn't even thought about where it would've been malted. i was born in yakima so i suppose that's okay too.


Ingredients / california select 2 row
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:36:25 PM »
morebeer has it and i'd like to try, mainly because i love the idea of using some malt from the state in which  i live.

has anyone used it?

All Grain Brewing / Re: FIRST all-grain: Apricot Ale
« on: May 01, 2013, 09:05:20 PM »
yeah, goosing is fine. I used a towel and then a down vest. but not both. that would be a nasty fire hazard.

All Grain Brewing / Re: FIRST all-grain: Apricot Ale
« on: May 01, 2013, 09:04:26 PM »
 also I'm guessing you will be topping off the fermenter to achieve your 5.0 gallon batch as the pot seems to be too small to do a full volume biab and end up with 5 gallons.

All Grain Brewing / Re: FIRST all-grain: Apricot Ale
« on: May 01, 2013, 09:00:15 PM »
looks good to me but I'm not sure about the -apricot- flavor addition.

biab doesn't need a sparge since the full water volume is added at mash in. you could certainly do one but at that point you might as well get a cooler and do a batch sparge. do raise temp to mash out if you can. I had good success doing biab. my efficiency never got above about 75 but it was consistent. make sure you do a good job wrapping the kettle during the mash.

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: April 28, 2013, 10:26:24 PM »
best song, either a or b
b waits song and every season was a different version & also, if you haven't watched the wire, you really should. epic.)

best score/theme

i have a bucket with star san i store some of my gear in (hoses and 02 stone). the rest is washed and stored in another older bucket on top of my mash tun(72qt cooler) in my brewing closet.

i have a few bins for odds and ends that is also in the brewing closet. everything is together. i have to pull it all out when i brew but it's not that much trouble.

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