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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frickin cleaning time
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:43:45 AM »
I'm having a sink with a hot/cold valve installed in my garage this Sunday. It's next to crazy to brew without a water source nearby.

I used to have to drag a 100 foot hose around the house for chilling and cleanup, dragging it inside to thaw was not fun as well as rinsing with cold water when its freezing outside. 

I did this one time. Just one. I will never do it again. Freezing, thawing, freezing, cursing, etc. Never again.

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For what it's worth the old Brew Magic forum is gone, but a new one was started last year, here.

http://www.brewmagiciansforum.com

It's user runned, with no persuasion from Sabco ;D

Cheers,
Hooch

Neat. Thanks Hooch!

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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2 & Inventory
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:11:53 AM »
I got BeerSmith 2 for Christmas and I'm about to set up the inventory for the same reasons you stated.

From what I can tell, you can't see that on the mobile app (which would be very helpful) but at least I'll know what I got in stock. It's starting to turn into a homebrew shop down there...  ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frickin cleaning time
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:10:07 AM »
Best move I ever made was to install a Pex line to my garage - I hook it up manually to a slop sink in the basement and run either hot (for cleaning) or cold (for chilling) through the line.  A hose bib is the terminal end in the garage.  Makes cleaning a keggle and mash tun a snap!

I'm having a sink with a hot/cold valve installed in my garage this Sunday. It's next to crazy to brew without a water source nearby. Luckily, my mom had been saving a 2'x5' SS wash basin and mixing valve for me (from when she used to process her own photographs, aka "the darkroom chemistry sink"). The valve has a tolerance of 1*F, totally unnecessary, but neat. I can't wait for it to be done so I can brew without pulling my hair out!

Any concern about your garage sink water lines freezing? Is your garage heated or well-insulated? My garage is neither and tends to stay maybe 10 -15 degrees warmer than outside temps, but at this time of year, outside is often in the teens or less.

Very well insulated. When the "polar vortex" came through town, it was low 40s in the garage. Figured that was an extreme test.  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frickin cleaning time
« on: January 17, 2014, 06:59:15 AM »
Best move I ever made was to install a Pex line to my garage - I hook it up manually to a slop sink in the basement and run either hot (for cleaning) or cold (for chilling) through the line.  A hose bib is the terminal end in the garage.  Makes cleaning a keggle and mash tun a snap!

I'm having a sink with a hot/cold valve installed in my garage this Sunday. It's next to crazy to brew without a water source nearby. Luckily, my mom had been saving a 2'x5' SS wash basin and mixing valve for me (from when she used to process her own photographs, aka "the darkroom chemistry sink"). The valve has a tolerance of 1*F, totally unnecessary, but neat. I can't wait for it to be done so I can brew without pulling my hair out!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wow!
« on: January 16, 2014, 07:21:29 PM »
I'm going to give the hybrid another week just to be sure on Diacetyl.

Google "forced diacetyl test" and save yourself a week.  ;)

And yes, it's possible. I like getting my Dupont strain as a fresh dump from a good friend's fermenter. It ferments to 1.006 from 1.050 or so in 8 days. Yes, the Dupont strain can finish in 8 days. There. I said it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frickin cleaning time
« on: January 16, 2014, 12:53:16 PM »
Hmm. I've always just used our kitchen sink. I've never thought that it was any bigger than anyone else's sink, but maybe it is if all you guys are saying you can't fit everything into yours. Once in awhile I will take a carboy outside and hose it out, if the weather is decent and it's a time of year when we have the hoses connected anyway. But generally our sink works fine for me.

My kitchen sink isn't all that deep. Apartment living sucks sometimes. A spray hose would be nice.

I rigged my old apartment sink with a garden hose attachment so I could hook up a small length of tubing as a "sprayer". Not perfect, but worked okay for what it was.

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Pimp My System / Re: Re-purposed 'Gin Bucket', now 2-tap Jockey Box
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:05:22 AM »
This little guy snuck in as #10 in Zymurgy's 2013 Gadget issue! My friends really got a kick out of that.  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:47:01 AM »
Here's my solution to the "I can't lift heavy things" problem. Individual control, don't need to lift over a freezer wall, can easily get down to 35-40 for crashing and they all have pretty tinted glass so I can look at the beers but not a lot of light gets in. :)

That's nice Amanda. Did you score them used?

I bought two of them new and another off Craigslist. Not bad when they were new though, on sale for $120 two or so years ago.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:15:26 AM »


Here's my solution to the "I can't lift heavy things" problem. Individual control, don't need to lift over a freezer wall, can easily get down to 35-40 for crashing and they all have pretty tinted glass so I can look at the beers but not a lot of light gets in. :)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Classic American Pilsner
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:09:32 PM »
Amanda, I'd be in the same quandary if I hadn't tasted Jeff Renner's and a couple other versions influenced by him.  Maybe try Cluster and see if you get better comments.

Denny, that'd be like suggesting that you should use a bit of Fuggles in your wort.  ;D  Cluster is naaasty (read in Cleveland's voice) in my world.

Continuing on the good discussion though, anyone care to post Renner's CAP recipe?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:03:14 PM »
This works for me!


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I was wondering when somebody would pop in with an engine hoist.

That is the cleanest engine hoist I've ever seen, especially in a kitchen. I'm not even mad, I'm impressed.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Classic American Pilsner
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:42:42 AM »
Full Sail's Session is a pretty good example, IMHO.

http://www.fullsailbrewing.com/session-lager.cfm

It is a good beer, but I don't think it's hoppy enough for a true CAP.

This is one of the many reasons I'm looking forward to the guideline update. "Medium to high hop aroma/flavor/bitterness" leaves a lot to be interpreted if you don't have a classic example. I brew a CAP with 6 oz of Saaz - usual comments are 'not hoppy enough', whatever that means. I might just enter a Prima Pils type German Pils as a CAP and see if that's hoppy enough! HA!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 15, 2014, 05:43:05 AM »
If everyone is so concerned with the chest freezer vs back thing, why not use wine coolers for each fermenter?

I have three of those for fermenting and can control each fermenter individually.

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Pimp My System / Re: Dual BrewPi True GDM-12 Fermentation Chamber Build
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:58:37 AM »
I've been lusting after a brewpi for a while. Glad to hear you love it.

Same here, but I can't wrap my head around it. :(

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