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Beer Recipes / Re: German Pils - hop and malt questions
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:20:03 AM »
Nothing wrong with 100% pils. Some say to use a couple of maltsters to get some complexity.

Interesting... I had never thought of that before. Perhaps I blend Best Malz and Weyermann? <drool>

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Beer Recipes / Re: Session IpA recipe critque
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:14:59 AM »

"Session IPA" or "Extra Hoppy Pale Ale?" ;)

Kind of my thought.  What's the difference between "Session IPA" and "Pale Ale"?

There isn't much - like bigbaker said a "Session IPA" is just a pale ale with more aroma/flavor hops than usual. AKA a really good pale ale.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:11:29 AM »
I also have one of these - I wonder sometimes how I got along without it. Cleaning lines is SO EASY now!
I know! I've been looking at that Pimp My System post for ~9 months wanting to build it, never got around to it. It is so simple to clean lines now.

I had been looking at it on HBT and never made it to Home Depot. I had an extra post, so this literally cost me $7.56.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Stir Plate Starter
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:04:26 AM »
I'll be doing mostly 1000ml starts, a few 2000. I bough two of them so hopefully they last a couple years

You should take a listen/read Neva Parker's Fermentation Mythbusters here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/homebrewing-seminars/2012

She'll go into why a 1L starter isn't really worth it - 2L starters are much better.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 06, 2013, 05:49:39 AM »
I also have one of these - I wonder sometimes how I got along without it. Cleaning lines is SO EASY now!

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and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

I found it at Kohls, in the store, for  $99 and I had a $10 coupon  to bring it down to $89

For anyone who is shopping right now, Kohl's has the V3250 model on sale for $99 - there is also a 15% off Father's Day coupon now until next Wednesday. Paid $85 for mine!

euge, how much is that sous vide thing when it's in stock? I'm curious.

Amanda,  Where did you get the 15% Fathers Day coupon...   Also was that in store or online...

kohls.com, upper right hand corner, print it out, bring it in store.

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and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

I found it at Kohls, in the store, for  $99 and I had a $10 coupon  to bring it down to $89

For anyone who is shopping right now, Kohl's has the V3250 model on sale for $99 - there is also a 15% off Father's Day coupon now until next Wednesday. Paid $85 for mine!

euge, how much is that sous vide thing when it's in stock? I'm curious.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 01:09:09 PM »
All grain ingredients are cheaper. But the path you follow may lead to Blichmann brew kettles, march pumps, kegerators, a brew shed...
 
But it doesn't have to be expensive.

THIS^^^^ is what I was gonna say!  I've stuck with the Cheap'n'Easy method for 15+ years and 437 batches so far and I have no intention of changing.

But some of us are a bit ADD and get excited about new gadgets... so it's not very cheap for us.  ::)

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One thing no one has mentioned. These things are great for Sous Vide cooking, if you are into that kind of stuff. Most homebrewers already have all the equipment to do it.

I'll have you know that this sent me on an hour long tangent. I think I must build one of these from my spare parts...

At any rate, back to the discussion. FoodSaver's website has a comparison tool if you want to see the exact differences of those above mentioned models.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:33:43 AM »
1) what are the major components needed to jump from extract to AG?
       You can brew in a bag and still brew all grain. Or you'll need a mash tun and a kettle possible of doing full boils. The AHA just did a video on all grain brewing.
2) is the learning curve steep?
       Depends. Can you do it? It's not hard. Can you do it well? It takes a bit of fine tuning to get everything right.
3) how much longer are brew days?
      My extract brew days were 2.5 hrs on average. Now they are 4.5 hrs.
4) is there any noticeable taste difference between AG and extract with similar recipes?
      No. If you aren't brewing good beer with extract, don't switch to all-grain. It will likely not help. Or in other terms, riding a motorcycle makes no sense if you can't ride a bicycle with training wheels.
5) if not, what's the point?
       More control, more experimentation, more gadgets, etc, etc.

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and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Gelatin fining and FC Question
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:59:09 PM »
Recently did  a 10 gallon Gratzer (Oak-smoked wheat beer) and fined with gelatin. i was gonna force carb by setting the pressure on a 28* corney and rolling it around on the floor. Will this cloud the beer up again? Or will the finings drop back out after a few days?

Yes it will redistribute all of the "stuff" you dropped out of solution with the gelatin.

I doubt it will re-clear because the gelatin has already been introduced and congealed. If you take a jello mold and shake the s*** out of it, it wont set back up in the mold; it will be water on top, jello on bottom. So you'll have some "chunks" of stuff fall out, but it will redistribute some of the haze.

If this is the case, can he clear with gelatin, pull the gunk out and then force carb by shaking?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:22:18 PM »
Oh, and I like Joe Sr.'s idea of keeping a couple jars of wood chips soaking in booze around. You know, just in case you suddenly and without warning NEED to oak a stout.

You know, I have the RIS that's ready to keg.  I could split the batch and oak it with different toast levels... just cuz I can.  And I might.

The fiancé does the same thing. You know, for emergencies.

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My Seal-a-meal by Rival promptly failed after a couple uses. I've had it's replacement (Foodsaver) for 5 years now.

I love my Foodsaver...I bought it in 1991 (or thereabouts) and have used it for both food and brewing stuff. It still pulls as good a vacuum as ever.  I've had sero issues with it. The only maintenance I've had to perform is to run an ounce or two of a warm, diluted vinegar solution through it to clean it.  One of the best appliance purchases I've ever made.

This is exactly what I was worried about and why I want a FoodSaver. I would rather not buy it twice. As my mom says, only rich people can afford to buy cheap things.

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I grabbed this one when it was on sale along with some seal-a-meal plastic rolls.  If you're doing a lot of food, you might want something more full featured, but it works fine for what I want.

http://www.amazon.com/Rival-Vacuum-Sealer/dp/B004JPU6XI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1370280209&sr=8-8&keywords=vacuum+sealer

How long have you had that narvin? I was looking at that a month ago but was concerned with durability.

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