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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another thread about plastic buckets (sorry)
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:43:45 AM »
... plus I can start a siphon with co2 and the carboy cap. I just soak to clean, siphon liquid out. Semi- clean-in-place kinda deal. I feel it's safer anyway, instead of lifting a full carboy and dumping the water out. Dangerous...

Are you pressurizing a glass carboy?? THAT would be dangerous.

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I've tried a few things on my Sabco to reduce debris getting into the chiller and/or the primary.  If I'm using all leaf hops, I go with just the false bottom and a ball of stainless scrubbies around the dip tube but under the false bottom.  If I'm using pellets, I use the hop stopper attached to the dip tube without the false bottom.  It's a tight fit with the center kettle dip tube and it does get kind of mashed, but it works great and I haven't had any suction issues so far.

Thank you so much for the response. I'll have to try the Hop Stopper on my next brew day. 10 gallons of a German lager seems like a good idea.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:58:40 AM »

Holy hell what a brew day. I don't think I'll look back on the idea of "let's figure out a new system in a new house during a freezing cold snow laden day" as one of my better ideas. BUT, I made beer and the first batch is done. Whew! What I do know now is that I will need to plumb the garage with hot and cold water and a wash sink. That was the major issue. Frozen hoses were my arch enemy.

At any rate, here's the eye candy:


Hey, is that the brand new Sabco unit?  How do you like t so far?

LOVE IT. It is second hand though, not brand new. Just new to me. :) The previous owner was a very accomplished brewer and is a Master level judge. Hopefully I can do the system proud. 8)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Counterflow chiller questions
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:26:41 PM »
If you are using a counter-flow chiller - can't you still just recirc it back to the BK until it's at pitching temp?

I started putting a few gallons of sani in the BK while I'm mashing, recirc that, then pump it into a nearby bucket and cover everything with aluminum foil. Ready and waiting for when I need it

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Question about center kettle tube pick ups.

The dip tube in the Sabco comes from the spigot straight to the center of the boil kettle. It has a false bottom in it as well. From what I can tell, this would be great for leaf hops. I use pellets exclusively.

I'm thinking of smashing my Hop Stopper screen on the stock dip tube (and hoping it doesn't lose suction) because the first batch came out with a lot of break material even though I used a hop bag in the boil.

What have other people come for this? And do you have pictures?

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Questions about the forum? / Re: homebrewersassociation.org login
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:40:29 AM »
IE11 won't let me insert the emoticons on the forum unless I turn on the compatibility settings.  I hate use IE but it is the default browser at work.

My default browser at work is IE7. Yes, seven. We are not allowed to upgrade or use Firefox/Chrome. If I said that it makes me want to light my computer on fire, that would be an understatement.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 09, 2013, 07:02:15 AM »
I'm doing the first batch on the new brewery on Sunday. High of 27F, probably going to snow. I'll be huddling by the burners for warmth!

Let us know how the new system works out!  Myself, no brewing but I'm bottling a dubbel from a keg, kegging a gingerbread stout, adding the bourbon soaked oak to half an imperial stout and bottling the chocolate raspberry port wine...all done inside as it's low single digits here in the Denver area.

Holy hell what a brew day. I don't think I'll look back on the idea of "let's figure out a new system in a new house during a freezing cold snow laden day" as one of my better ideas. BUT, I made beer and the first batch is done. Whew! What I do know now is that I will need to plumb the garage with hot and cold water and a wash sink. That was the major issue. Frozen hoses were my arch enemy.

At any rate, here's the eye candy:


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Single malt and high mash temp
« on: December 06, 2013, 01:09:31 PM »
So I figered out a better recipe for celebration ale for the homebrew scale than the one given from SN.

Care to share?

FWIW Nate, the beer you brewed from the original recipe is quite good. I'm very happy that I have another bottle of it in the fridge waiting for me when I get home.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 06, 2013, 06:42:02 AM »
I'm doing the first batch on the new brewery on Sunday. High of 27F, probably going to snow. I'll be huddling by the burners for warmth!

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The Pub / Re: White Whiskey
« on: December 06, 2013, 06:26:07 AM »
So..  white whiskey is just moonshine?

I'm more of a gin lady myself. Hendricks is my go to gin. Negronis are my go to drink. Drop a bit of Angostura Orange and Fee Brother gin barrel aged orange bitters in there and you're in business. 8)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Temp
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:50:51 PM »
I am a crasher like Steve. But I can't get over the word "excrete" right now. Eww. Excretions in my beer.

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The Pub / Re: Happy Repeal Day!
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:35:00 PM »
Brewing a CAP on Sunday. :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:33:40 PM »


Truth is I really don't care about the beer- the audacity though, that cheeses me totally.
Agree with that. Beer will always be there, you can brew more, that's not the problem. It's people taking advantage and taking you for granted that isn't okay.

Something my dad taught me was to never hang around people who take advantage of you. Perhaps that's why I don't have the OP's problem... hmm. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 05, 2013, 06:04:10 AM »
  The first thing he noticed were my 6 taps and his comment was that he wished he had come to my house first with a few growlers instead of going to the beer store. 

That's just rude. Or as my mom would say, "tacky"

What if he had said the same thing about something else? Maybe he takes a look in your fridge and remarks that he should have just taken the food out of your fridge instead of going to the grocery store. No one would do that.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: December 05, 2013, 05:58:13 AM »
This year, I'm not sure I see much point in brewing specifically for something I might not even have a spot in. If I get in, great. I'll send what I have.

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