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Equipment and Software / Re: Experiences with a Penrose Kettle
« on: November 16, 2010, 06:50:47 PM »
Not sure I like the term "mastermind".......Anyway, congrats on the vigerous boil! I tend to loose about 1.5-1/75 gallons per hour myself and folks tell me I boil hard! The plus side is, as your batches get larger, you'll boil off the same amount, as loss is do to surface area not depth. You have two choices, collect your wort as usual and add water to equal your loss or turn down your heat. I, myself, like the hard boil, better hop utilization and more undesirable flavors/aromas driven off.
Am glad you like it, a little fine tuning and everything should be good to go.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Old Ale Blend
« on: November 08, 2010, 01:44:55 PM »
I used it last year, made the best old ale I ever had! Only "special precaution" I used was to use an old racking cane. This was over a year ago, with no issues in the dozens of meads, ciders, and ales I have made since. Proper sanitation, discard the plastic tubing after use, no worries.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 03:08:28 PM »
Any welding supply shop should be able to help. I get a 20 pound canister filled for about 23 bucks here in St Louis, Mo

The Pub / Re: homebrew gifts
« on: November 04, 2010, 08:07:26 PM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Your FIRST all grain?
« on: October 31, 2010, 01:25:16 PM »
Mine was an American Barleywine. Never was one to start something timidly!
It was awesome, too.

Homebrew Competitions / Win a Stainless Steel Conical at the HHHC
« on: October 29, 2010, 01:41:17 PM »
St Louis Brews is offering the Brewhemoth, a half barrel conical fermenter, as the Best of Show prize. It will be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 free of charge. You can only win if you enter. Competition information at


The Pub / Re: Cask Ale vs Alcopop
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:23:04 PM »
St Louis has plenty of cask ale, which I drink happily. Schlafly puts out quite a few casks in there different offerings,.
Love them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you take your AIPA, sir?
« on: October 27, 2010, 03:28:30 PM »
Balanced is good, use Maris Otter with about 5% 30L Crystal. Good malt background. Mix of Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade

Equipment and Software / Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:16:54 PM »
If you can do without a lid, the Penrose Kettle is 16+ gallon, stainless, 14 gauge, with a half inch ball valve for only 139.99 which includes shipping to the lower 48 states. Details email me at dpenrose at essexind dot com

Wood/Casks / Re: small casks for mead
« on: October 26, 2010, 04:26:49 PM »
I have a 5 liter barrel that I have used for ciders. I filled it with boiling water let it soak a few days, drained, repeated several times then filled with a pear cider. The pear cider picked up a nice oaky character after several weeks in the course of drinking it. Was quite pleased.

Equipment and Software / Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« on: October 26, 2010, 08:57:38 AM »
I do it all the time. No issues, no worries about boil overs either.

Pimp My System / Re: Copper clad conical
« on: October 17, 2010, 02:28:54 PM »
The various holes are taped off or capped, then the entire conical was lowered in a tank of weak acid with electrodes attached. Chunks of solid copper are atteched to the other set of electrodes. Between the current and the acid, copper is moved from one the chunks to an even coating on the fermenter. Not sure if any more will be made, there are a couple glitches that need to be worked out first. But it does look nice, gives the pub an older look. Now to finish the kegerator and redo the walls and floor....

Pimp My System / Re: Copper clad conical
« on: October 17, 2010, 01:24:47 PM »
Its actually copper plated. A light rub down with CLR every few months, or as needed.

Pimp My System / Copper clad conical
« on: October 17, 2010, 01:00:13 PM »

We took our standard fermenter at work and copper plated the outside. Gives my Pub room a bit of class!

Made an American IPA today!

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