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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: March 28, 2017, 04:31:49 AM »
I'd love a yellowhammer in 2XL, Keith, if you are still offering. 

My wife and I will be attending this year again.  We enjoyed Baltimore and Grand Rapids, but missed San Diego...  judging again, if all goes as planned and will volunteer at at least one session during the seminars.

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It sure beats a floating thermometer - break one of those in a chilled wort whirlpool and you won't think twice about getting a Thermapen or mounting a hermometer on the kettle!  I still can feel the pain from that happening to me years ago!!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mangrove jack m76 Bavarian lager
« on: March 27, 2017, 06:42:03 PM »
I have not, but I would love it if it turns out to be the equivalent of 2206...I've been waiting for that one to be available in dry form.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DME or LME for adjusting my Low OG?
« on: March 27, 2017, 05:48:24 PM »
Ultimately, don't sweat it.  But ultimately, get your process dialed in and you can almost proceed without thought on most aspects.  Welcome back to the hobby - there have been a lot of improvements for homebrewers in the interim!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: March 27, 2017, 05:37:47 PM »
Its good to hear that the regional sites are filled up, because my experience this year is that most competitions are down a bit in terms of entry numbers.  Definitely a trend toward more sours everywhere.  I'll judge Chicago and the NHC again this year, as the local comps kept me from other regional sites.

Good luck to all.  I have noticed generally higher scores/better beers this year in the comps I have judged this year.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: False Bottom Question
« on: March 24, 2017, 12:48:29 PM »
Sounds like the run off was just a bit too quick.  If the grain bed doesn't get set, my experience is that the false bottom will suck grain through occasionally with a fast run off.  I never had that problem with a cooler and braid arrangement, but I wanted to be able to step mash by direct fire and went away from the cooler quite a while back.  Now I am pretty much an electric BIAB guy, but I occasionally go back to the propane burner set up and I try to run it off clear by vorlaufing and I have also used a nylon BIAB as an extra filter (suspending it off the bottom with a colander or similar item).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 24, 2017, 12:40:55 PM »
I think you are right about the Autosparge, but I just don't know enough about it and self-actuating arrangements, generally.  I would not walk away from the action until I dialed it all in with a few batches, just to be sure.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Container for Holding Grain
« on: March 24, 2017, 12:36:56 PM »
I gotcha - you keep the grains in the sacks and store the sacks in the container - I do that with smaller bags of specialty grains in a gamma seal bucket, but I never thought of storing larger sacks that way in a big container like a garbage can - great idea and reasonable cost alternative!  My large vittle vaults are a bit pricey, but they hold a full sack (which I just open and pour in then screw on the lid for an airtight seal).  I typically have 4 grains on hand in large volume (still only a sack or less): Weyermann's FM Pilsner and German Pale, Maris Otter (by varying maltsters, depending on the LHBS selection when I run out) and Vienna (often just 2 or 3 small sacks of 10 pounds each). 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:37:11 AM »
So I'm now looking at building my own kRIMS system like the Blichmann BrewEasy having decided against the Grainfather. I'll use some of the kettles and materials I already own and do a simple two vessel recirculating, compact, easy to move system (that's the plan anyways.)  I have some stainless ball valves (new in box), a 7.5 gallon kettle, 10 gallon boil kettle, hoses..etc.  I'll buy the AutoSparge arm, pump, controller.  But I have a burning question: Blichmann has a tube with quick detach with gaskets used to control the flow so you can keep the valve wide open coming out of the MT/LT.  I was going to use a quick disconnect on silicone hose and hang it down into the boil kettle. Do I need to do a gasket system or will I be able to control the flow by moving the ball valve open/closed???  This part has me perplexed why they did it the way they did.  Thanks.

The thing that keeps me from trying it with my current set up is the fear that the electric heating element in the boil kettle could be exposed - which would fry it.  The recirc must be continued at a rate and with volumes that keep the element fully submerged.  If you are doing a propane burner approach or a HERMs style, the issue is not present.  But I wanted to go electric, so if I give the KRims a try, I will have to be careful about monitoring flow.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Container for Holding Grain
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:46:33 AM »
Wow three sacks in one container...I brew a fair amount of 10 gallon batches, but I would be concerned storing 3 sacks of grain in one container.  You must brew a lot of beer!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 23, 2017, 03:00:05 PM »
I condition mine too, and set the mill gap on my JSP as tight as it goes.  Malt conditioning is pretty cool - post crush, I have to pick up a handful to make sure the grains are crushed, since the hull stays so intact.  Often times I'm looking at empty grain hulls with a fully crushed endosperm.

FWIW I set the gap on my JSP as tight as it will go and don't condition.  Never had a problem.  My hulls don't stay intact, but I don't know what benefit that would be anyway.  I guess it comes down to I don't have a problem that I see conditioning as fixing.

How tight is "as tight as it will go"?  I found with my fully adjustable JSP Malt Mill that tightening too far would cause too much torque to use my 20V cordless drill with it, so I returned to ".030" as a reasonable setting.  I have been conditioning the grain lately and like the "less dust" created with that.  I BIAB with recirc mostly now, so I could go finer if the mill can still turn the rollers with the tighter setting.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can you make good beer in 1 pot
« on: March 23, 2017, 04:33:13 AM »
I have done it with a simple beer rather than making a large starter.  I just put the lid on the pot and let it ferment out in a fermentation chest.  But it was a very basic helles that I kept the hops low on.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Uses for a corny that won't seal?
« on: March 22, 2017, 11:08:19 AM »
Is there a preferred orientation for ball locks?  For consistency, I put the "in post" to the left when viewed from the top and I use red o-rings on the "in posts" for my kegs, so I don't mix them up as badly when hooking lines up. 

Sorry for the double derail of the original thread.... one use for a cornie that won't seal would be to store StarSAN in it, but like everyone noted above, I would try to fix it first....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewversary 39
« on: March 21, 2017, 04:08:22 AM »
That is quite the milestone, for sure.  I would suggest brewing something special to put up for your for your 40th celebration.

I always tell folks that I wasted a big chunk of my life before discovering homebrewing!  But you didn't do that!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:06:36 PM »
I talked with one of the Omega Labs owners at a presentation to our club and as a startup, it is hard to take issue with Omega essentially taking "an offer you can't refuse", to be able to bring greater financial stability to its business and assure a quicker larger outlet for its product...though, yes, I am not happy that it did so, but I take issue with the bully not the bullied.  I don't have a problem with NB selling out, just that I feared that the market forces of A-B might be so great that it would result in adverse results for the homebrewers and the LHBS.

Take it to the extreme and it might be malts or hops that are next "cornered".  Likely not, but some unexpected adverse result could be felt to the hobby.  But, if you think it has brought a better situation to the fore, then good for you.  I tend to be "concerned" about the big guys controlling things in my life - but this one isn't causing me to lose sleep over it, just to be a bit saddened.

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