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Other Fermentables / Re: mead in a beer competition
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:58:35 PM »
1) You listened to the BN for real information. Unless you can filter out the d*ck jokes and insults, then don't apply their opinions to the rest of us.
2) I am a beer judge who makes beer, cider, and wine. I have never made mead or judged mead. I think it is too difficult and time consuming to make on my own for my level of consumption.

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You rinse the shampoo off of your dog and you feel like you're sparging.
You do anything that involves rinsing and think of it as sparging. :D


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anything Brewing 2day kids?
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:28:17 AM »
Will brew tomorrow, two batches with no sparge on each one. Brewed two batches on Sunday with single batch sparges, and I think I can shave a little time on the day by adding more grain and no sparging.

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you segregate your beer drinking guests into who knows the difference and appreciates great beer and so-so beer. the so-so class always drinks from the keg you want to get rid of (guilty) ;D

EDIT: admit it...you've done it  ;)
Haha. SO GUILTY. This is exactly what our outsourcing parties are. We have older beer on tap and have a fresh batch waiting in the wings. Solution? Invite friends over who accept the challenge. :)

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Ha. Solo cups. Thanks for reminding me! I have to pick up clear solo cups for the outsourcing party this weekend. Small gatherings get normal glassware, larger parties get clear solo cups. (I'm not going to serve homebrew in opaque cups! )

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When your weekend revolves around your "production schedule."
What? Non travel weekends are brew weekends!

I'll add: when you keep a hydrometer on the kitchen counter. How many of us do this?

^^^I'm guilty of this. I'm also the only one to wash the beer glasses, because only I "can do it right".

^^^^  I'm the sole beer glass washer, too. Gotta be done right.   ;)

my wife and girls know to never touch my beer glasses..breaking one is not going to amuse me >:(
I'm not too attached to any glass. If it breaks, no need to get upset, I'll just grab another set when we break 4!

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Freezing sweet corn is so much easier now that you can blanch 3 dozen ears at a time.

Paul
And because you already have a FoodSaver for your hops!

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You've fired up the 10-gal with false bottom for the whole-family pasta dinner. Lifting heavy pots is for suckers.
In this same vein: using your old boil kettle for crab legs. What? Who has a pot big enough for crab legs outside of a boil kettle? :)

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Do your dishwashers not clean well enough or am I doing it wrong? We just put the Spiegelaus in the dishwasher and run it. Dry with microfiber and done.

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When your weekend revolves around your "production schedule."
What? Non travel weekends are brew weekends!

I'll add: when you keep a hydrometer on the kitchen counter. How many of us do this?

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: January 19, 2015, 03:13:42 PM »
Well that settles it, I'm crankin' the sucker down.  8) I like the mark idea, I'll have to do that.

I use rice hulls in the Sabco since I still don't trust it to recirc via RIMS without the rice hulls, so I'm not too worried about keeping the husks intact just yet.

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:20:12 AM »
The extension should make brewing 10g batches very nice. I figured it was $25, why not?

What is the gap setting on your MM3, Jeff? I used it at the factory 0.045 setting (as recommended) and was fairly disappointed in the efficiency. 65% for the Dry Stout and 51% for the Maibock. I'm used to running 75-76% with a single batch sparge and the ol' Barley Crusher. I think I might drop it down to 0.039 since the crush looked pretty coarse. All cracked and nicely separated husks, but still fairly coarse. I used to run the BC at 0.038 I think.

And yeah, I guess you guys could start calling me 'AmandaB'. :D

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: January 18, 2015, 07:50:34 PM »
Yes, it's a Power Grinder motor, a MM3, and the hopper extension.

I think it's supposed to hold 35 lb of grain, but today is the first day I've used it. We did a 10 lb batch and a 16 lb batch. Here's a shot of the 10# batch:



We are making good progress on the bier hall table and benches, and did two batches of beer back to back today. Man it feels good to get back in the swing of it!


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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: January 17, 2015, 05:29:23 PM »
Finished the grain mill today. I'm getting much better at this basic electrical stuff!





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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: help me spend my bonus
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:56:13 AM »
It is a keggle. The dimensions of the one that fit it are the limiting factor, and the biggest one that fits is 3750w (I believe... That's from memory).

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