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Messages - Mark G

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Zymurgy / Re: Charlie's gluten free recipe....
« on: January 21, 2011, 04:03:07 PM »
Yup, my bud is willing to try, and if after the first few it turns out it's a no go......well, I'll sacrifice myself and drink it.
You sir, are a true gentleman.  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Topping Up with water...
« on: January 21, 2011, 03:57:35 PM »
I've done it many times with no ill effects. I brew outside, so sometimes it's tough to nail down the boil-off rate. For example, today, I added half a gallon at the end. I just use regular tap water through the sprayer for more oxygenation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
« on: January 21, 2011, 08:44:20 AM »
Well, just started the timer on my boil on the back patio. Thermometer outside is reading -6 degrees F. At least the sun is out  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
« on: January 20, 2011, 09:55:52 AM »
I mash in a cooler in the kitchen, then conduct the boil outside. I set up my burner on my back patio so I can watch it from inside.  I'm brewing tomorrow morning with temps in the single digits. I don't think it really takes any longer to get a boil, but your boil-off rate will be a bit higher. I store my hoses in the basement and don't bring them outside to hook up to the chiller until I'm close to flame-out. Cooling definitely goes much faster in the winter!

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The Pub / Re: Who ya got?
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:17:17 AM »
Bears and Jets, Bears take it. Ditka has another heart attack but survives by ressucitating himself with a polish sausage. BEAR DOWN!
Da Coach! Go Bears!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sight Gauge
« on: January 19, 2011, 05:42:56 AM »
After exhaustive research I found the best deal HERE.

So far so good.



Did you buy this? If so, how'd you like it? Unfortunately they don't ship internationally ("too much paperwork" is always a super lame excuse in my opinion) so before I have it shipped twice (to my dad, then he sends it to me) I wanna make sure it's a good solution. Does it seem like it'd fit any size kettle? I'd probably order the sight glass/thermometer combo, as it seems neat.
I have two of these, one for a converted keg and one for a 10 gal kettle. Both fit great and are top notch quality.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First AG batch......
« on: January 18, 2011, 04:22:57 PM »
I brewed this morning and measured the runoff times. For the record, I have the 70-qt Xtreme with a stainless steel braid, and use a single batch sparge. Both the first runnings and the sparge runoff each took 6 minutes. I usually give it a minute or two with the valve about halfway open, then let it fly full blast.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: I think I messed up???
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:23:07 AM »
Take it as a lesson-learned, drink it all up quickly, and start your next batch.

I'd change up the order there slightly... Take it as a lesson-learned, start you next batch, and drink the first batch all up quickly  :)
Absolutely correct!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: I think I messed up???
« on: January 18, 2011, 08:28:45 AM »
Well, 95F won't kill the yeast, but it won't make the best beer either. Pitching more yeast at this point probably won't accomplish much since the existing ones are already going. I'd just let it go. I'd expect you'll end up with beer with off-flavors. Take it as a lesson-learned, drink it all up quickly, and start your next batch.

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All Things Food / Re: My new discovery
« on: January 17, 2011, 08:52:39 PM »
It's fine... kosher salt brings out the bacon in bacon salt.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Poll: Keezer/kegerator temperature settings
« on: January 17, 2011, 07:08:35 PM »
42 for me.  I'm another one who keeps it colder to satisfy my wife. Otherwise I'd probably be in the upper 40's.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Ray Allen
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:42:49 PM »
Welcome to the forum. You'll find lots of great people and great advice here. Good luck with your first brew!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« on: January 16, 2011, 05:49:54 PM »
Along these lines, I am using a (blue) Coleman 48 quart right now, and have brewed one 5G batch in it. Has anyone brewed a 10 G batch in a 48qt cooler? We're talking 22 pounds of grain and 8 gallons of water here......
It should fit as long as your mash thickness is below ~1.8 qt/lb. Check this website out: http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« on: January 16, 2011, 08:00:47 AM »
Any Disadvantage to using the 10 gal round Igloo or Rubbermaid water cooler?  Does anyone know how well they hold heat as compared to the colman
I have a round cooler in addition to my Coleman Xtreme, but I stopped using it. It holds heat great, I rarely lost more than a degree during an hour mash. I was just tired of running out of room and having to adjust mash thickness to compensate. It was also more prone to stuck mashes due to grain bed depth it seemed. I haven't had that problem with the square cooler.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« on: January 16, 2011, 07:05:43 AM »
Has anyone seen the cooler cheaper than $40 for the 70 qt?
I think I paid around $35 with free shipping through Amazon. That was about 6-7 months ago.

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