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Thanks for the recommendations. I got 8 stackable quart size ziploc containers for super cheap that I am hoping will suffice. They aren't super thick but they appear to be one molded piece of plastic with no seams. If they fail, I will move onto two liter bottles...

I hadn't really considered that because I assumed they would be difficult to source in near gallon sizes. I will see what I can find.

My milk jugs keep splitting from expansion/contraction of the water as it freezes and thaws. I have started filling them about 3/4 of the way full but it isn't preventing this. As they thaw, water gets in the chamber and I am continually having to wipe it down and dry it out.

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations to replace them with something else that is easily attainable. 2 liter soda bottles seem to work well but something closer to a gallon would be idea.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% pils malt. Too light?
« on: June 13, 2015, 10:24:32 PM »
Thanks for the pics. My wheat beer which was causing my concern for such a light SRM rating has clarified and gave me a better idea. Before it clarified, it was murky straw and very ugly. It is now brilliant straw/yellow.

I seem to be having a similar problem.

I brewed a rye 3 weeks ago that is about 50% 2-row, 25% rye, and then some honey and a pound of flaked wheat. Estimated SRM was just shy of 4 but the current appearance is like SRM 1. It currently looks, as you described your wheat, like dirty dish water.

Hopefully it will look better when the yeast drops and it clarifies.

It will be fine when it clarifies. My wheat is now crystal clear and basically a brilliant straw yellow. The cloudy samples were extremely deceiving. After all of the feedback and brewing a lot of light beers lately I am not worried about the 100% pils beer.

The Pub / Re: If I could bother my friends here for a little help...
« on: June 12, 2015, 01:57:19 PM »
If you win, could you start shipping your beer to the Northeast?  ;D

and to the rocky mountain region?

Ingredients / Re: Please help me understand my water additions
« on: June 12, 2015, 08:26:28 AM »
You want to add the salts to the mash and the sparge so that they are already in the kettle when you have collected all of your runnings. You can use lactic acid instead of acid malt for recipe simplification as well. Bru'n Water should tell you how much of everything to add to the mash and to the sparge depending on your mash/sparge volumes and concentrations.

I am pretty new to water treatment myself and really don't understand the ins and outs other than what each component is supposed to add to the finished beer. Others here will be able to help you with more specific information.

Beer Recipes / Re: German themed IPA
« on: June 11, 2015, 06:26:03 AM »
So what was your impression of the hop character?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Using Mint
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:32:12 PM »
Keep us posted on your impressions of the final beer. I find mint to be an interesting ingredient in beer. It is probably better that it wasn't noticeable in my beer as I had a lot of other things going on ingredient-wise.

Ingredients / Re: Pepper Tincture
« on: June 10, 2015, 01:20:09 PM »
It just so happens that I have habaneros in the keg right now. Are you bottling or kegging? If you are kegging you can just throw them in until the beer is to your liking and then pull them.
Kegging. I assumed a tincture would be more measured. Can you expand on how you pull them? Are you using a bag, or are you transferring to another keg to rack the beer off the peppers?

I have had the best luck by dicing a deveined and deseeded pepper then putting it in a muslin bag that is to be suspended in the keg by plumber's tape. I was lazy this time and did not dice the pepper, just quartered it. I may have to add some more to speed up the process.

A tincture would definitely be more measured but I find this easy because I can taste it every day to see how the flavor develops and halt the process when it is perfect to me. Also, I don't have to worry about measurements for future batches.

Ingredients / Re: Pepper Tincture
« on: June 10, 2015, 12:43:22 PM »
It just so happens that I have habaneros in the keg right now. Are you bottling or kegging? If you are kegging you can just throw them in until the beer is to your liking and then pull them.

The Pub / Re: Hard knocks sports in Cleveland
« on: June 10, 2015, 12:40:45 PM »
Man I used to be a huge NBA fan and now can't really stand it. I guess that's what happens when you go from having George Karl, Melo, and relevancy to one of the worst teams in the league...  I don't like Melo but it was nice to be on the good end of the 'superstar' calls back then...

I like Lebron but am a Jordan guy. All the comparisons bug me when they are completely different players. Kobe and Jordan are much more similar than Lebron and Jordan. Rant over...  :P

The Pub / Re: American Pharoah vs Secretariat
« on: June 10, 2015, 12:37:41 PM »
Interesting. I don't know anything about horse racing and didn't even hear about the triple crown winner until Monday. I just made the assumption that the current horses are faster. I was expecting pharaoh's time to kill secretariat's...

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Mash Tun made
« on: June 10, 2015, 08:26:16 AM »
Cool I was just curious. I am all about doing things on the cheap as well so I get where you are coming from.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Mash Tun made
« on: June 10, 2015, 08:12:58 AM »
$30 seems pretty cheap. I just had to replace my cooler for about $45.

Is that a 5 or 10 gallon cooler? Why not use the hole from the spigot?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Using Mint
« on: June 10, 2015, 07:47:25 AM »
Thats what I thought, I just didn't want to go to crazy and make it taste like a stick of gum.

Exactly. Maybe mix some fresh chopped mint with the hops for a late addition? As far as amounts I am not really sure but maybe keep it close to 1/4 oz to be safe.

Another option would be making a tincture with vodka and adding it at packaging. You will be able to control its impact much easier this way...

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