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Questions about the forum? / what happened to wanted to buy and sell?
« on: September 13, 2010, 09:41:27 AM »
I can't find these forums???????

Equipment and Software / A couple new toys to play with.
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:00:07 PM »
On old pizza place in tow was shutting down, and I picked up a 10 foot wide, three basin SS sink with returns on both sides.  All one unit.  $100.   It's very cool, and I will be pluming it in this weekend.  And then I found a full sized chest freezer on Craigslist for free.  Woohoo.

Maybe now I can "forget about a keg" as I hear some of you doing.......

Equipment and Software / thermometer calibration
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:51:13 AM »
Hi folks-

As I was cleaning my keggles last night, I noticed one thermometer read 75 and another 85 in the same conditions.  Can someone post a link or describe the best way to calibrate?  I've heard ice water and such, but can't find a good article on specifics.


- Mic

Ingredients / Chinook hops
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:48:43 AM »
I need help.

In the spring when I did my hop ordering, I picked up two pounds of Chinook whole leaves.  My intent was to get a good variety and range of Alpha% so I could brew most anything.  Well, I've used the cascades, willamettes, ammillos, simcoe, EK goldings, but am yet to even open the foil bags on the chinook. 

What is a good beer for chinook hops?  I know I could add to anything, but is there a beer that "shows off" this variety of hops?

Equipment and Software / price of wyeast 125ml smack packs in your area
« on: August 10, 2010, 05:11:36 PM »
I believe my LHBS has the best prices.  $4.98 per for almost all.  What are you paying?

All Grain Brewing / Confused brewing
« on: August 07, 2010, 12:51:00 PM »
Today, I was debating on brewing an American Wheat or ale version of a Marzen.  Well, I got the recipes mixed up, and this is what I'm now boiling:

10 gallons
12 # domestic two row
12 # Munich 10l

I'll add an ounce of Willamette 60 minutes
half an ounce each of willamette and cascade at flameout.

Beersmith has the SRM at 9.3

I have no clue what to call this.  It should just be a basic pale ale.....

Any thoughts?

Commercial Beer Reviews / 21 A's "Back in black"
« on: August 05, 2010, 08:32:16 AM »
Anybody had this yet?  I havn't seen it up here in Washington yet. 

All Grain Brewing / Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:17:10 AM »
A while back I argued on this board that fly sparging was far superior to batch sparging.  Well, with my new Top Tier, I tried batch sparging.

I was wrong.

Batch sparging works great, it was much easier to hit my OG, and I had plenty of good wort to make a ten gallon batch, really ten gallons.  Plus, I filled three mason jars for starters....

(I'll listen better next time, Denny, LOL)

General Homebrew Discussion / My first Lager - Munich Helles
« on: July 06, 2010, 08:06:48 AM »
Well guys, I started carbonating my Munich Helles yesterday morning.  Should be ready to try tonight or tomorrow. 

I used JZ's recipe from Brewing Clasic Styles.  Fermented primary for two weeks at 50 degrees, transferred to secondary and let it sit three more weeks.  Then, transferred to kegs (10 gallon batch) and gased it just to pressure.  Then let it sit at 40 degrees for another two weeks.  And now it's carbonating.

I sure hope it is worth all this.......   Lagers are a bit of a pain.  But if it's good, then all is good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Cascadia Dark Ale (Black IPA)
« on: June 28, 2010, 09:29:11 AM »
Both Zymergy and BYO have articles on this "new" style of beer.  One actually opined that The Sam Adams Longshot was Cat 23 this year becasue they want a black IPA to compete with Widmer W10.

Well, as I live in "cascadia" I jumped on the bandwagaon yeesterday and brewed the W10 recipe from BYO.  Although I did add some oak chips to the fermenter that was not part of the recipe. 

Anyone else trying these recipes? 

Equipment and Software / Blichman top tier
« on: June 09, 2010, 08:27:19 AM »
I'm thinking of purchasing Blichman's top tier system, as my self-made flat system is on it's last legs, and for less than $1,000 this would be turn key to make things right in the world. 

Anyone have any comments good or bad about this system?  I would get three burners and pump form HLT to mash, but then gravity to boil pot.  I also use a RIMS process and would like to continue that. 

Label says cascade hops kaffer (sp) lime leaves

General Homebrew Discussion / Maryland Homebrewers!!!!!!!!
« on: May 19, 2010, 07:27:03 PM »
Hey guys, I live in Sequim, Wa.  About as northwest as northwest can get in this great country of ours. (except Alaska)  Anyway, planning to visit a friend in Gaithersburg, Md, sometime this summer.  Would love to combine with meeting some home brewers for the East Coast.  Any events going on in Montgomery County?  Or within an hour or so of Gaithersburg/Rockville?

I am excited, because Dogfish Head now has a place there.

General Homebrew Discussion / steeping vs mashing
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:06:37 AM »
Our home brew club presented a demonstration brew at a local farmers market over the weekend.  I'm the only one doing all grain brewing, so we decided to do an extract brew.  (plus we only had three hours)

So a guy comes up to our booth, who obviously knew a little about brewing.  We were steeping the grains at that point.  (crystal 20, 60, and some Victory)  The guy was stating that steeping during an extract brew is the same as mashing during an all grain batch. 

I tend to disagree, because I know some grains just can't be steeped. 


General Homebrew Discussion / 2011 NHC
« on: May 13, 2010, 09:57:03 AM »
Anyone know where the conference will be NEXT year.  (I have to plan way ahead of time)

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