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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: JIB free
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:35:49 PM »
Wow, really interesting articles.  Thanks for the heads up Denny!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:35:52 PM »
I've got an 8 gallon Megapot that I normally do 3 gallon batches in but have done a couple of 5 gallon batches with no problem.  I was lucky enough to get mine off Craigslist for $50 and it came with a thermometor and ball valve.  I've very happy with the Megapot, however, those Blichmann kettles sure are nice. 

Edit:  Although I didn't have any issues with the few 5 gallon batches I've done, when I start to move to brewing mainly 5 gal batches, I will be getting a 10 gallon kettle.

Beer Travel / Re: Oahu or Maui?
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:46:06 PM »
So we didn't make it last year, but we are this year.  Maui.  Any new recommendations?

Hey Tom, we have a place in Kihei.  Not sure if you have already made your reservations, but we'd be happy to share it with you and give you our friends & family rate of $60/nt.  Our place is in the Kihei Kai Nani, which is directly across from Kamaole II beach.  Shoot me a PM and I'll be happy to give you a ton of tips, what to do, where to eat, etc...


Ingredients / Re: Quality Vanilla
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:37:48 PM »
Thanks for the tip!  Not planning on brewing with vanilla until the fall, but I just may order some of these at this price. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 04, 2013, 11:30:22 PM »
For me, kegging is quicker.  I've only bottled a couple of times, so my bottling process may not be the best.  I do intend on bottling a few batches for the fall and winter. 

The Pub / Re: Forum attendance
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:12:49 PM »
If it wasn't for the help I've been receiving from you all, I'd be moving on to another forum.  It's the people that make the forum what it is.  Thanks everyone.  Cheers!

+1!  Thanks to everyone for all the advice, input and entertainment provided over the past year (I've been a member for just over a year now). 

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:05:31 PM »
Many of the companies I support are moving to Macs, especially since we are moving them to the cloud and they can get rid of their Windows infrastructure. 

Just about all systems at my house are Mac based and the only reason I have my Windows systems at home is due to the fact that I support so many companies and businesses that rely on Windows systems.  Actually, when I'm using remote desktop to troublshoot a system or network, I'm on a Mac.  With Windows 8, it just seems like it takes 1-2 more steps to do anything compared to Windows 7 and XP.  If mine started asking me if I would like a beer, then maybe I would like it a little more ;D

The Pub / Re: Final Four in Atlanta
« on: April 01, 2013, 02:02:07 PM »
I have no dog in this fight, but I'm gonna pull for Louisville.  After watching perhaps the worst sports injury that I can remember happen to one of their players yesterday, I think it's going to be tough to beat Louisville.  They were probably already the best team in the nation, but now they have a little extra to play for.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Extreme Efficiency Boost!
« on: March 31, 2013, 01:45:35 AM »
Did you switch from an orange cooler to a blue one? ;D

I don't think the pH stabilizer would make that big of a difference.  I've never used the stuff, so I couldn't give you any actual data to back that up.  The first thing I would do is check the calibration on the device you took your OG with. 

Beer Travel / Re: Belgium 2010 52 beers, 7 days
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:44:23 PM »
Sounds like a great trip.  I've yet to make my way over to Europe, but when I do Belgium is definitely a place to stop.  Like Euge, I would definitely want to stay at least a week.

Pimp My System / Re: 1 BBL garage system with automation
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:51:18 PM »
Wow, great set up and really like the touch screen!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: recommended homebrew shops in CO.
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:01:48 AM »
Although not near Wheat Ridge, the best place is The Brew Hut! Everyone there is great and like mentioned above, they are connected to Dry Dock which is one of the best breweries in CO.  Of course, I live only a few minutes from Dry Dock/ Brew Hut so I'm a little biased.

The Pub / Re: The right tool for the job
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:07:39 PM »
Wonder how far that bottle cap flew...not that I'm going to do any experiments to find out.

Ingredients / Re: how long for dry hop pellets to settle out?
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:04:51 PM »
If you chill it, the pellets will fall out pretty quickly.  Otherwise, you might be waiting a while.  You can siphon from underneath.  A mesh strainer bag tied over the end of the racking cane will help filter out any debris.

+1 for tying a mesh bag over the end of the racking cane.  I've never done this to filter any dry hops, but have used this technique to filter out coconut in my Coconut Milk Stout and it works great.  Dry hops are mostly settled by 5-7 days for me.  Whatever gets into the keg as I rack will settle to the bottom of the keg. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Pale Ale Recipe
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:07:36 AM »
Also try bumping up your dry hops from .5oz to a 1oz ounce each of Cascade/Amarillo for a total of 2oz.  Like others stated above, try something like Mangum at 60 mins as your bittering addition.

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