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All Things Food / Re: The Flavor Bible
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:50:07 PM »
I also have it. Good reference book.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Grain Mill
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:48:08 PM »
I thought about cleaning it, does that count?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3724 Fermentation Temperatures
« on: February 14, 2015, 03:39:16 PM »
Drink fresh, pitch a LOT of yeast, and pitch high with 3724. Love this yeast.

PS: if you your want the email from Wyeast themselves about the high initial temp, I can post it when I get some time to dig it out of my gmail.

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 13, 2015, 03:53:49 PM »
Oh brass and golden oak... I am on a mini crusade to rid the house of it all.

Speaking of nasty brass, here's the before:


And after:


I'm still tickled to death that I found a hop light. :D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Synec
« on: February 13, 2015, 10:42:52 AM »
Yeah, this got posted on my FB wall about 5 or 6 times last year. I don't even like the concept of Keurigs (or things on my counter for that matter), so this thing is not something I'm interested in.

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We had one entrant enter the same beer (same name, saw it at sorting) into 3 different categories. I'm curious to see how it does.

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:04:48 AM »
Got some new lights in!  8) Custom lights from Wine Country Craftsman out in CA.


Pretty illustrative, no?  :D I didn't get a picture of the main light, but I did get one of the hop light.

HOP LIGHT!!


The nasty ceiling fan is getting replaced. I mean, look at this thing! GROSS. And yes, I still need to install the bathroom door and door trim in the back of the picture.


This is what's replacing it, sort of - mine is flush mounted. (Stock photo from Wine Country Craftsman's etsy site.)



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Am I Doing This?
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:54:34 PM »
If you're not concerned about storability, then you likely don't need to worry about it.

That being said, I purge nearly everything with CO2 and transfer without splashing. Why? Because I've put this much effort into it already. Why would I cut corners on the tail end of the process just to save a tiny smidgen of CO2?

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Oh what a relief it is......
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:49:27 PM »
I don't think most folks really understand the work involved in running a club.

^^I know this to be a fact. Source: Board member for 3 years now.

Congrats on passing on your baby to a new group! May they treat it with the same care are respect that you have.

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 11, 2015, 06:45:22 AM »
As always, Jon, Diane, and everyone that posts here: thank you for the kind words of encouragement! I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I'm not learning all this stuff to keep it to myself! If I can pass on something I've learned from another homebrewer, then this thread is a success.  8)

Steve, I hand ground down the 7mm keyway until I could get the 6mm Lovejoy on the shaft. I bought a hand grinding stick-thing at Lowes and just went at it. It's not pretty or easy, but no one will notice except me.

Basically, you have this setup: motor -> 6mm keyway -> spider -> (whatever Lovejoy fits the Schmidling shaft) -> schmidling mill.

Depending on the mill's shaft height, you'll have to make a spacer from where you mount it to raise up the mill shaft to approximately the height of the motor shaft. It doesn't have to be perfect, just pretty close - that's the joy of Lovejoys. The wiring diagram you'll likely need to use for the Power Grinder is #2 in the hand drawn packet. #1 makes my MM3 run backwards. IDK which way the shaft is facing on the Schmidling, but I'm sure you can figure it out from the pictures I've posted and by looking at your mill.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:47:40 PM »


to each their own.  I only care that the beer a system makes is beautiful.

Yeah, I like nerdy math as much ad the next brewer, but relaxing a bit still produces winning beer, so I dont see the point in getting any more spun up about it. :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:15:49 AM »
I also copied your MM3/Powergrinder into a stand last week. First brew with the new mill. Killed 25 # of grain in about 1.5 minutes flat at 180 rpm. Loved the crush, but the numbers will tell if I am hanging around where I expect.


Sweet!  8) Pics?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:12:36 AM »
Yeah, I've gotten higher numbers when I either fly sparge or when I really take proper measurements for strike water used, first runnings volume, strike water needed/used, etc.

I'm basically leaving sugar in the brewery by being a bit lazy. Sure, I could fly sparge (but it takes too long!) or actually use math, but it's more relaxing to me to just grab all the sugars I feel like grabbing and make volume adjustments in the boil kettle. If I end up with more or less beer, so be it! Grain is cheap, so high efficiency is not a priority. Shaving an hour or two off the brew day is a priority!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:09:04 AM »
Ha.

The hefe will be brewed the day after our comp, 2/22. I think it's going to have to be a group effort to get that thing brewed after the banquet.  :o  So sometime in mid-March? Let me know when you're coming up here and we'll get you some.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:32:57 AM »
Very nice setup!  I've gotten noticeably better extraction with Avangard pils, so I'm curious to see how you end up. Great February weather.

I've seen this reported from some . i haven't seen any big difference- besides a point or so and that's within the variability expectation. perhaps though i'm not going to see much difference as I do crush pretty tight.

I also didn't see much of a difference. I got 72% efficiency, which is my normal. Not sure why it was similar to a no sparge from last weekend, but I estimated that I'd get 72% anyway so I nailed my numbers (1.049 OG) - just didn't get the extra beer I was kinda hoping for! Perhaps next time I'll take better mash notes. Yesterday was a laissez-faire type of brew day. The weather gave me a case of 'don't really cares'.  8)

Hey Scot, when do I get to try the cyser? :)

I think I figured out the no sparge/batch sparge similarity. I don't really do a no-sparge. I just mashout with the extra water, recirc, and drain. It's basically a quick batch sparge.

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