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I'm looking for ways to limit how much I have to lift since I had surgery earlier in the year. Since Jax water sucks I fill two 5-gallon jugs at the grocery store with RO water. I want to pull the water up from the jugs and into my pot to heat up. Other than the hose that comes with it not being good for drinking water, is this ok for pre-boil water?

General Homebrew Discussion / My new brewing assistant
« on: August 01, 2013, 01:18:45 AM »

2013 New Belgium Bike by ccfoo242, on Flickr

I won this last Saturday night at the First Coast Cup. Pretty stoked...

Beer Recipes / Help with Evil Cousin scaling
« on: July 18, 2013, 03:22:56 AM »
Wondering if anyone can help me scale this recipe down to homebrewer size.

I emailed Jamil to get his Evil Cousin recipe and he gave it as he brews it:
For 37 bbl:
2300# GW pale ale malt
50# C15
100# dextrose

600 g hop extract 60 min
8.55 kg columbus 0 min
8.55 kg apollo 0 min
11.4 kg cascade 0 min

6.65 kg columbus DH#1
6.65 kg cascade DH#1
8.9 kg apollo DH#2
5 kg simcoe DH#2

OG 16.4 FG 1.4

Ferment around 69F with WLP001. Mash is 149F.

For the 0 min hops how long is that in the whirlpool?

It used to be 90 min now it is just 30 as we can knock out at a bbl per minute.

Here's what I put into Beersmith. I realized the percentages are different, I was rounding... should I not do that? Also, I had no idea how to translate hop extract to regular bittering hop. This uses my best guess.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Evil Cousin
Asst Brewer:
Style: Imperial IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 7.50 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.50 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.10 gal
Estimated OG: 1.070 SG
Estimated Color: 6.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 96.8 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 80.8 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
13 lbs                Pale Ale Malt, Northwestern (Great Weste Grain         1        91.2 %       
4.0 oz                Crystal 15, 2-Row, (Great Western) (15.0 Grain         2        1.8 %         
1 lbs                 Dextrose (Briess) (1.0 SRM)              Sugar         3        7.0 %         
19.00 g               Magnum [12.10 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           4        30.7 IBUs     
50.00 g               Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min         Hop           5        12.3 IBUs     
37.00 g               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min         Hop           6        28.2 IBUs     
37.00 g               Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.40 %] - Boil 20. Hop           7        25.6 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [35. Yeast         8        -             
28.35 g               Cascade [5.50 %] - Dry Hop 4.0 Days      Hop           9        0.0 IBUs     
28.35 g               Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.40 %] - Dry Hop  Hop           10       0.0 IBUs     
38.00 g               Apollo [17.00 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days      Hop           11       0.0 IBUs     
22.00 g               Simcoe [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days      Hop           12       0.0 IBUs     

Mash Schedule: My Mash/Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 14 lbs 4.0 oz
Name                Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In             Add 5.00 gal of water at 160.2 F        149.0 F       60 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun, , 4.39gal) of 168.0 F water

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Newcastle Bombshell
« on: July 04, 2013, 02:09:03 AM »
This isn't getting great reviews on the various beer sites, but if you're looking for a light, refreshing session ale to drink this summer give it a try. Lots of cascade on the nose with a tangy taste. Wets my whistle while I wait for Lagunitas to ship this years batch of Daytime to Jacksonville. (of course it's no where near as hoppy as Daytime)

Going Pro / Why Plato?
« on: July 04, 2013, 02:02:46 AM »
Why is it pro brewers use plato for beginning and ending measurements instead of specific gravity?

Do pro brewers use a different instrument than a hydrometer?

Yeast and Fermentation / Odd looking yeast
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:54:40 PM »
Check out this tube of WLP400. It's dated Oct 3, 2013 (so packaged June 3, 2013?)

Pretty sure it's fine but I don't think I've noticed a yeast slurry from White Labs that was two different colors. I shook it up and when it settled it went back to having the darker yeast clump together like in the picture.

All Grain Brewing / Belgian Wit water question
« on: June 26, 2013, 02:15:20 AM »
Anyone have a suggestion for the SO4/Cl ratio for this style? I assume it should lean toward more sulfate but by how much?

Also, should I shoot for 5.2pH? I can get down to 5.3 with 2ml phosphoric acid in the mash. 2.5ml gets me in the 5.2 range.

All Grain Brewing / Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 18, 2013, 04:02:43 AM »
Would I achieve a similar flavor by pulling a gallon or so of first runnings and boiling down to, say, 50% volume? (like some people do with wee heavies)

Kegging and Bottling / Stupid noob question - gas vs liquid posts
« on: June 08, 2013, 05:15:26 PM »
Are these really different? When I took my keg apart to clean I never bothered to note which post went where. Now I see that these are sold as gas or liquid side. Did I just get lucky when I put it back together?

Last year when I brewed an imperial stout my efficiency dropped to 53%. I'm about to brew the same beer and I was wondering if there was a way to predict this change in efficiency?

I am crushing my own grain this time and get around 72% with a 1.063 gravity beer. If I'm shooting for 1.100 is there a formula I can use to estimate the lower gravity?

I am making this with first runnings if that makes any difference.

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Kegging and Bottling / 5 gallon plastic kegs
« on: June 04, 2013, 05:12:47 PM »
LHBS has these for $60 (before 10% club discount)

Anyone have experience with them? They use sanke connection.
From the outside:

Unscrew lid and giant plastic bottle is inside:

Obviously not as sturdy as corny kegs. What would be the benefits?

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Kegging and Bottling / Is there an adapter for this?
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:30:16 AM »
I purchased a Danby kegerator at Costco this weekend. It's setup for the bigger commercial kegs. I'd rather not cut off the connector it came with. Is there an adapter that will let me hook up to this?

Untitled by ccfoo242, on Flickr

The Pub / Do you hate to be corrected?
« on: May 12, 2013, 02:37:12 PM »
-You share some infographic on Facebook that makes some claim (political, food science, etc)
-I comment with a single link to a snopes or politifact or factcheck article with references that demonstrates that the claim is wrong.

What is your response?

I've been accused of being ANGRY so I stopped including my own commentary when I post the link. Now I'm accused of being offensive because I shouldn't correct family members like that.

Personally, if I make a statement that is demonstrably incorrect, I want people to correct me.

Equipment and Software / O2 regulator noise
« on: May 09, 2013, 05:10:41 PM »
I purchased an o2 kit from Williams Brewing back in December. For various reasons I haven't taken it out of the package until the other day.

When I put the stone in some water to test and turned it on a) I have to turn it a lot before any o2 comes out and b) it makes a whistling type noise.

Are these normal?

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I'm sure others probably do something similar, but I thought I would share how I organize my boil additions:

The containers are Glad 4oz disposables, like these:

Just write the minutes on the lid with sharpie.

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