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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)

Equipment and Software / Co2 tank - - inside or outside the fridge?
« on: May 07, 2010, 08:40:06 AM »
Most home kegerators are designed for the tank to be inside the fridge.  Is this a good thing?  Or would it be better to have the tank on the outside of the kegerator. 

Classifieds / SOLD: Brew pots
« on: May 03, 2010, 08:52:15 AM »
Hi folks -

I've got a 15 gallon pot with fitting for valve and thermometer, plus a five gallon with no fittings.  Dirt cheap, but must pick up in the Sequim, Washington area.

Events / Farmers market Home Brew demonstration
« on: May 03, 2010, 08:50:30 AM »
Hi folks -

The North Olympic Brewers Guild will be doing a home brew demonstration at the Port Angeles, Wash. farmers market on May 15th.  We are promoting our club, and the LHBS.  If you are in the area, come on down and say hi.


Yeast and Fermentation / A stopped, starter.
« on: April 21, 2010, 10:55:02 AM »
So, I got a starter going.  on a stir plate, 2000ml flask, as I step up for 10 gallon batch.  After step-up, life happened, and couldn't brew.  I have just stuck in my fridge, and it's all settled down. 

I plan to use it to brew this weekend, I'll create more starter wort, decant it off, let it get to room temp, and add the new starter wort.

Anyone see a problem with this?

All Grain Brewing / Light Munich Malt
« on: April 20, 2010, 04:40:46 PM »
I find myself with about 70 pounds of Munich malt.  all light.  Anyone got a good recipe to use this as a base malt for a 10 gallon system.  I'm looking to use 20-25 of the Munich per batch.  I have a pretty good selection of specialty malts, so all suggestions are welcome......

My favorite beer styles are Ambers, IPA's, Reds.  But would sure like to try a lager, but Munich is probably to dark for that, eh?

Kegging and Bottling / Old Diamond Tap keg
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:40:31 AM »
Trying to recondition an old diamond tap keg to brew a cask beer.  I've got cleaned out pretty good, working on re-taping the threads and such. 

Any thoughts of cask conditioned beer in one of these old style stainless steel beer kegs?

Commercial Beer Reviews / yuengling lager
« on: April 12, 2010, 10:54:19 AM »
Hi folks-

I live in Washington state, and sadly had never heard about Yuengling beers until I watched "Beer Wars."  I've searched and searched, and can't find a place to get this beer or ship this beer. 

Anyone Back East willing to help a fellow homebrewer out?  I could send you an empty six pack box with a few dineros sto fill it up, and return? 

I only ask, because a good friend of mine works for the Budweiser distributer in town, His name is Yuengling.  And I'd like to give him a couple (I have to try it) as a gift.  I'm sure he's never heard of it.  I have to tell him what beers to get, and being a bud distributer, he can't get much good stuff.

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