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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichman top tier
« on: September 12, 2010, 05:09:30 AM »
you'll love it dude.  The quality of the burners is amazing. 

Equipment and Software / Re: A couple new toys to play with.
« on: September 11, 2010, 03:10:53 PM »
That's awesome, want to trade for some kegs?  ;D


Nice try Tom. ;D ;D ;D ;D :D

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichman top tier
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:01:24 PM »
I started using a nail and hammer to put a little "punch" in the main support post to count how many brews.  8 so far......

Equipment and Software / A couple new toys to play with.
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:00:07 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.......

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/10 Edition
« on: September 10, 2010, 02:43:37 PM »
I'm brewing the old stand by:  Hoppiness is an IPA, from BCS.

Equipment and Software / Re: More Beer 1100 BrewSculpture
« on: September 04, 2010, 01:40:46 AM »
I built my own flat system and it worked great for a couple years.  I'm now using the Blichmann Top Tier, with three burners, all gravity. 

I love it.  Pumps suck.  Gravity rules.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 21 A's "Back in black"
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:40:14 AM »
OK, I got a case of this today.  Had to special order though the local distributors big warehouse out of town.  I'm not all that impressed.  I like my own of course, but dechuttes CDA is good, as is Iron Horses, and the Widmer w10 was tasty.

It's good and all.  But I expected more.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: what is your "dream" piece of equipment
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:37:13 AM »
A walk-in cooler has been mentioned a few times, and I noticed this on ebay:

I could probably cobble something together for a lot less, but this sure looks nice.

That is a neat little product......

I have one temp controlled chest freezer.  I'd really like another so I could have a fermentation chamber and a lagering/serving chamber. 


All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 30, 2010, 02:13:53 PM »
Besides I have a real problem with calling it ANY kind of IPA if it's darker than deep amber/copper.  Hell, I've had Porters that fit the description some folks hang on "Black IPA".  

There seems to be a lot of arguing on the interwebs about this "style".  For what it's worth, I believe that it originated on the commercial level with Greg Noonan, but it's a pretty safe bet that such a beer as brewed up in a few basements somewhere long before he put it on tap and tagged it with a most puzzling name.

(written as I sip on a suspiciously hoppy and hop-aromatic dark dry ale from a 19 year old recipe... ::) ;D  )
I hear ya, and I really don't care what it's called, if it's a style, or what.  What I do is since the W10 recipe in BYO, (that I tweaked pretty good) I have brewed 40 gallons of this beer.  While the last 10 gallons are still fermenting, the rest has been the best beer I've ever brewed.  Friends are wanting to buy cases of this beer from me.  SWMBO tels me to keep it all for us........

So, call it what you will.  I call it darn good beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Recipe scaling
« on: August 24, 2010, 06:35:15 PM »
I scale my recipes in an effort to achieve the same end product.  By that I mean the same OG,  FG,  IBU's,  ABV,  color ,  etc...

For the grain bill I adjust the weight while keeping the same percentages.  Hops are scaled by keeping the IBU's the same.  Yeast is adjusted by unit volume and OG as per mrmalty.

Water is adjusted in accordance with the final volume desired. 

Starting volume = final volume + grain absorption + evaporation (boil-off)

Thanks dude.  You explained what I was trying to say much better than I did.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Recipe scaling
« on: August 24, 2010, 02:47:21 PM »
Great tips!  Thanks for the feedback and advice.  I had not thought of the boil off difference and that makes sense; I'm sure I would have gone with percentage rather than volume.

I only brew ten gallon batches, and as most recipes are written for five, I simply double everything.  However, The local brew-pub did like one of my recipes, and to scale it up to the four bbl ssytem did take some tweaking.  Considering efficiency differences and such.  Beersmith made fairly easy though.  change the % efficiency, then start tweaking grains and hops to get back to your iriginal IBU, and OG targets. 

He went through the eight kegs pretty quick.

I'm gonna have my black IPA on tap there this fall. 

Classifieds / Re: Kegs near Seattle
« on: August 21, 2010, 03:02:07 PM »
I might make it over there Mic, but you're likely to know someone heading over here sooner than I'll make it there. :)

Are any of the corny's single handle by chance?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 21, 2010, 03:00:34 PM »
Ah so I guess there is a use for emoticons after all...  It was clearly a joke. I've known Tom for years and was yanking his chain.

Then I'm sorry for buttin' in. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 21, 2010, 04:24:36 AM »
Way to have faith in your beer.  Judging BOS is a consolation prize.

You know dude, I'm a newbie here.  And when I first read this post I thought "what an a$$" but didn't want to say anything for fear of being such a newbie.  But, the more I think about it, I realize that 99% of folks would think that being BOS judge is an honor. 

I'm sticking with my original thoughts.

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