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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: getting started
« on: December 14, 2012, 05:13:31 AM »
Midwest Supplies has always treated me well.  What part of the country are you from?  Hopefully there is a decent Homebrew Supply store close to you.  Half the fun is parousing around and talking beer with the owner.

And thank you for your service!  Safe travels.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:08:47 PM »
+1 to rinse the hell out of it right after pouring, then in the dishwasher on the "Sanitize" setting before bottling.

Yep. +1 to ^^^^^^^.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter
« on: December 13, 2012, 05:26:19 PM »
+1 to yeastcalc Mort!  It's great for calculating stepped starters.  Of great use when you have an older pack of yeast and need to ramp it up.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 13, 2012, 05:17:50 PM »
Gotta put another shout out for the dishwasher.  No chemicals to worry about.  One tbs of B-Brite and 1.5 hours later you are ready to fuss, no muss!

Equipment and Software / Johnson Temp Controller
« on: December 13, 2012, 05:14:40 PM »
Just had to shout out about my Johnson Temp Controller.  It's now below 45F consistenly here in PA, so I bought a little heater and placed it inside my chest freezer to keep it at 50F.  The controller has been on cool so I read the manual and was surprised how easy it was to convert it to heat.  Four screws and one jumper later and it was changed.  Now I have a consistent 50F again and ready to brew a lager tomorrow.  Very psyched!  The little heater only cost $10 at WalMart too......


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 13, 2012, 01:24:14 PM »
+1 to the soak for removing labels. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:25:16 PM »
When I bottle I put one tablespoon of B-Brite in the dishwasher and run a wash with the sanitize cycle.  Works great.


Beer Recipes / Re: ? Ale made with german lager yeast ?
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:08:21 PM »
If Mr. Malty is right and 830 is the same as Wyeast 2124, then go for it.  It's good for a Cali Common.  Agreed to ferment as low as possible and use Mr. Malty on Hybrid for your pitching rate.


Pimp My System / Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:45:55 AM »
Very sweet!  And I'm very jealous.  Still working on some of the parts for X-mas for my Brutus 20......


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What are you tappin'?
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:35:11 AM »
I stocked up for the holidays!  Got:

-2 kegs of Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale Clone
-a keg of my famous holiday Stout
-2 kegs of "Pale Ale Goodness"
-2 kegs of Pilsner Urquell Clone
-a keg of Steam Beer

And I'm bottling my holiday Pumkin Ale tonight with a Chimay bottling a few days away!


Beer Recipes / Re: Critique this Irish Red Ale Recipe
« on: December 12, 2012, 06:27:43 AM »
Found this old thread in a search for "Smithwick".  I'm brewing this for my second annual "Holiday Man-Day" on the 21st.  My bro-in-law loves Smithwicks.

Roguejim, I still see you every so often on the forum.  Hope you see this resurrection of your old thread and can let me know how your recipe came out.

I'm looking at this for a 10g batch.

16# Marris Otter
1# Crystal 80
1# Crystal 60
1# Flaked Barley
.22# Roasted Barley
EKG at 60, 20 and 2 with some Fuggles at 2 for 22.4 IBUs
Have some Wyeast 037 in the fridge from a Nut Brown Ale I was going to use instead of Irish Ale-1084.

All thoughts appreciated.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My beer in a brewery!
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:11:35 AM »
Very cool!  Wish I was 1500 miles closer.....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:54:55 AM »
There are definitely times when you do not want to pitch the entire starter, especially when making lagers.  You make a lager starter at room temp, so the "beer" is filled with esters and sulphur.  It's not as much of an issue when making ales so if you want to figure it in to your recipe, pitching the entire starter keeps the yeast from going dormant. 

However, I think most let the starter finish out and place in the fridge until brew day.  The yeast typically falls out in a day, but I find that waiting 2-3 days allows for a more compact yeast cake.  This makes it easier to decant. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Slowing Fermentation advice
« on: December 11, 2012, 05:20:29 AM »
What temp are you at now?  Try bringing it up a few degrees if you can.  Otherwise, another vote to not aerate at this point.  It may just be done.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Infection Because of Chamber Mold?
« on: December 10, 2012, 05:40:25 AM »
I would fill up your fermenters with hot water and 2 cups of bleach and let them soak for a day with as much of your equipment that can fit.  Submerge the hoses so they fill up as well as your siphon.  You'll be good to go.

Just make sure you rinse everything very well with hot water.  Spray the fermenter walls down as well as the equipment.  I have a short hose hooked up to my faucet to accomplish this.  You can pick one up at any hardware store.  Wear old clothes as you invariably get a drop or two on yourself.....


Edit:  Still using my original siphon tubing and blow off hoses using this method.  Zero infections....

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