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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 21, 2014, 08:01:11 AM »
>90% homebrew for me.
making 4-5x as much as I drink is ridiculous enough.  if I bought much more commercial beer I might as well stop brewing.
 
side note:  picked up some Tocobago on Dec 26th that had been canned Dec 24th.  Great, great hoppy amber!

We need to start having "outsourcing parties" where we have people over just to drink our beer so we can make more beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 21, 2014, 07:30:27 AM »
We usually drink only homebrew, but we make exceptions for limited release beers or things I want to drink, but not have 5 gallons of.

Lately, we've had a pretty constant supply of free commercial beer and other club member's beers, so drinking our own has been put on hold for a bit so we can clear out the fridge.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: question for comp organizers/staff
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:26:55 AM »
I'll be rubber banding my bubble wrap from now on. Sorry Seattle!

Whadya do? Duct tape the bubble wrap on?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:25:47 AM »
22 gallons conicals??? My God, man! I thought I had problems!  Hahaha. ;)

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If you have a RIMS with direct heat, you won't need to stir it.  ;)

I've actually done this a few times inadvertently. When dialing in the new system, it's hard to figure what strike temp you need when the weather is just so and with how much water. So I've hit 120F a few times as my dough in. No big, just do a quick protein rest to let the grain bed settle, then start ramping it up to the normal rests. I did a wicked long Hochkurz step mash like this with rests at 145, 158, & 162 before mash out. Better than usual head retention was noted.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 18, 2014, 06:13:26 AM »
gmac, you've inspired me to start thinking about beer more.  8)

I think I'm going to do a couple of saisons for this housewarming party. LOVE saisons. Saisons + spring = heaven. Perhaps I'll dry hop one with Amarillo, a la Tank 7.  :) Maybe I'll zest some citrus into the other half, like from Zymurgy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 18, 2014, 05:50:07 AM »
I committed to brew for our housewarming party at the end of April, so I should really get on it.

No one's gonna actually go in the house.  This is where the party will be.   ;D

That's another project I have to start and finish before then. Having proper taps in the adjoining room to keep the drunks out of the toys. Ugh, more beer projects!  ::)



But gmac, why not brew something to help inspire spring to come a little faster? Like a Helles? Or a cream ale?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 18, 2014, 05:25:25 AM »
I get in brewing funks too. It happens. I just get too excited, do too much beer stuff, and then get burnt out on it. Then I get excited again and the cycle starts anew.

I think I'm on the upswing for this one. I haven't brewed in nearly a month (which is very, very long for me) but I'll be brewing on Sunday. And again on next Friday. I committed to brew for our housewarming party at the end of April, so I should really get on it.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: question for comp organizers/staff
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:23:23 AM »
My favorite is when entrants use packaging tape to seal their entry labels, then use color coded rubber bands to identify the matching pairs of entries.

It's pretty sad that I have a favorite way for entry packing...

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 14, 2014, 09:46:17 AM »
Must be rough, Jim!  ;D

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: March 14, 2014, 09:08:32 AM »
Collar is on the freezer. 100' spool of beer line ordered.

Next steps:
  • Get lid on freezer
  • Remove all of the crap in the way of the wall mounted tap box
  • Build insulated tap box with room for 6 taps
  • Run PVC to tap box from collar
  • Insulate PVC runs
  • Install fan to push (or pull, haven't decided) air from/to freezer - turn on later
  • Figure the final size of the box, order acrylic sheet for back
  • Install back of box
  • Test, drink, test, fix problems

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Pimp My System / Re: Re-purposed 'Gin Bucket', now 2-tap Jockey Box
« on: March 14, 2014, 08:56:59 AM »
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pimp-my-system/amandas-gin-bucket-jockey-box/

Now a featured Pimp My System! Knowing the cooler's former life as a gin-holding, party-starting hangover-machine... it's a bit odd that some people take it seriously.  :o Hahaha.

My college friends sure are getting a kick out of this though!  ;D

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Pimp My System / Re: My basement electric brewery
« on: March 12, 2014, 10:34:57 AM »
Gridwall. Thanks! Found a local supplier here in KC.  8)

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Pimp My System / Re: My basement electric brewery
« on: March 12, 2014, 05:48:47 AM »
Sweet!

What is that SS rack behind the sink? Looks like I need one of those

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I was really surprised to see how many candidates there are! 

I think that all are good candidates who would all do a great job, so I know it makes choosing tougher.

First post?  Geez, lady, where ya been?  ;)


Haha- I've been a forum member since 2010 but I figured I needed to shut up on someone else's forum!  ;)

Hey Yoop! Good to see you here!

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