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All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: May 11, 2012, 07:08:45 AM »
I just recently wrote a post that takes you from stovetop extract to all grain outside, using current deals, for $191 shipped...
http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2012/05/from-stove-top-extract-to-all-grain.html

That is a very helpful writeup. 200 ain't bad either. So that tube screen goes inside the mash tun and keeps the grain out of the wort?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:57:15 PM »
I think I paid between $50-75 for my setup at a hardware store.  Included a burner/stand and a 7-7.5 gal. AL pot which I still use.

Thanks, looks like I'll be doing all grain sooner than I thought. making a mortgage payment and a rent payment at the same time for a month will slow it down a bit. Gives me time to think about my first all grain recipe.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:43:54 PM »
Thanks for all the info guys! I have been brewing a little while with extract and grains. Just moving into a place with more room for me to store my equipment. I use a bucket of water right now to keep fermentation temps constent. It works for now. The place I am moving into will have an extra full size fridge and my girlfriend has said it's dedicated to beer and drinks. So I have that to play with.

But after reading I will stick to 5 gallon batches but will upgrade to a bigger pot to go full boil. And I will pick up a cooler for mashing. One thing I want to get though is a turkey fryer and brew outside. Anyone have useful info about those? I've seen them at the LHBS but don't know about pricing on those.

I can't wait to finally get some money saved up to start brewing all grain and have full control over my beer.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop combination question
« on: May 10, 2012, 01:42:27 PM »
I made a pale ale with columbus, cascade and amarillo. I was going to use citra but the LHBS didn't have citra, or I just couldn't find it. Anywho, it was great. Was a citrusy nose and flavor with a bit of a bitter at that end.

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Zymurgy / Re: What's number 1 on your brewer bucket list?
« on: May 10, 2012, 01:35:35 PM »
Brewing with Brett. I am doing that this summer though so I suppose something I am not already doing would be to win a medal (any color) in a brew comp.

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Zymurgy / Re: Denny's Article in the Current Zymergy
« on: May 10, 2012, 01:32:27 PM »
I just started brewing this past summer and have tried my hand at my own recipes with some moderate success, the beer taste good to me. But I have noticed that my first batches always need improvement. After reading the article combined with what I am tasting from my own beers I need to research more of what I put in the beer and how it melds together to create what I want.

Thanks for the awesome article.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing with my dad
« on: May 10, 2012, 07:19:28 AM »
Thanks for the recipe. Since I am doing extract with grains I will get some pilsner DME instead of the pilsner grain. And probably add some biscuit malt in there. The blonde I had that made me want to brew this had a decent amount of bready, biscuty flavor that I really liked. I have never used vienna malt before though, whats it bring to the table? And I think I'll take your advice and do just one hop addition at the 60 minute mark, I tend to over hop my beer and I want to get away from doing that. How much hop do you think I should do. I don't really want that much of a hop presence in this beer. Just really a bittering effect.

I'm glad I inspired you to brew with your dad. It seems like it will be a blast. Drink beer and making beer with your dad should be awesome.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing with my dad
« on: May 09, 2012, 12:08:22 PM »
So I am doing either a Blonde or a Saison. I had a blonde today that was so good. I'll ask him what he wants to brew and will make it. Will come back after brewing with the recipe we used and how it went.

Leffe Blonde is my favorite. I just bottled my first Belgian blonde yesterday, I wish mine could be as good as Leffe.

I saw your thread about it. Looked good. Extract or all grain? Care to share your recipe or tips on brewing a blonde? Really any help would be great!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing with my dad
« on: May 05, 2012, 07:35:09 PM »
So I am doing either a Blonde or a Saison. I had a blonde today that was so good. I'll ask him what he wants to brew and will make it. Will come back after brewing with the recipe we used and how it went.

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Zymurgy / Re: Why should I renew my subscription?
« on: May 04, 2012, 03:26:09 PM »
Being new to brewing AHA is well worth the money. I learn something new every magazine and get some recipe ideas and such. Plus using my AHA card for discounts at pubs is extremly worth it, not just for the discount but for the look on the drunk peoples faces when I save money. For instance, one old drunk was arguing with me how much a growler would cost. Sundays a growler is $2 off for everyone and with the AHA card it's $2 off as well. So she kept yelling at me saying I am getting a good deal for $10 bucks. I whip out that card and BOOM $8. She went ballistic. Well worth my money to AHA.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Entered my first beer
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:33:39 AM »
Good luck with your beer! I entered one contest and it gave me some good feedback on my pale ale. Hope you get some good feedback and a BOS medal and prize. It's addicting. I can't wait to enter my next contest.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear(er) Beer
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:23:23 AM »
I had the same issue. My beer was tasting how I wanted it but it was always cloudy. I bought some whirlfloc tabs and a copper wort chiller. Before the wort chiller I was just using an ice bath. The wort chiller was about 60 bucks but after using it my beer is much clearer and it takes a lot less time to cool the wort.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing with my dad
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:01:23 AM »
A good time will be had thats for sure. The time he is here we are going to New Belgium for a brewery tour, brewing the next day and going to Avery's Sourfest the day after that. He will be in heaven.

Was also thinking of a Belgian Blonde or a Trappist Style ale. Anyone make any of these?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: That extract "twang"
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:56:30 AM »
I have noticed it in few of my beers, and it was real prominent in the English bitter I brewed. I only tried a few about a week and two weeks after I bottled so it might have toned down a bit, will find out tonite. But most of my beers have been fine. One of them even scored well in a competition scoring a 37, and the guys in the brew club were amazed it was an extract beer. I always ferment in a big bucket of water to control temperature, if that helps.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Agave Nectar Wheat Beer?
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:49:25 AM »
I know Breckenridge Brewery has an Agave Wheat beer. It taste more sweet to me. I have not used it but am thinking of trying something with Agave this summer. Let us know how it tastes.

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