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Going Pro / Re: new keg product
« on: September 03, 2014, 09:12:51 AM »
Still haven't had time to give them a try.  Plus, I want to practice a bit with just water, to make sure I don't waste any beer.  I've been having some medical issues, so time is hard to come by these days. 


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I don't understand why no LHBS demo brews. I understand not having samples, but demo brews? What about shops that offer classes?

I was wondering the same thing. As long as you don't pitch the yeast, it's really no different than making soup...

You got it.  Our club did a demonstration at a local farmers market.  In our state, making beer at that event is not legal.  We just didn't add yeast until we got it home.  That's an easy and simple way to handle it. 

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Equipment and Software / When the therminator is not enough
« on: August 19, 2014, 08:34:02 AM »
I've been using the Blichmann plate chiller for several years, but now considering a larger unit.  The next step up seems to the Plate-Pro from Sabco, but it's about $800. 

Are there any plate chillers out there bigger than Blichmann, that don't cost so much?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:42:20 AM »
Hey, I met Denny at NHC.  Nuff said!

Yes, one of the things I like best about being a member is the friendships that are created.  Homebrewers are generally great folks, and always willing to share their expertise. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Where to start?
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:01:33 AM »
Never done anything besides drink beer.
Searched a few phrases here, but seems most of you guys are way more advanced.

Where is square 1 for learning to brew beer?  (the right way) 

I'm an IPA guy for sure.

Thanks for your time and input.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/beginner/how-to-make-beer/ .... some of the best info around.

I would also suggest checking out the Let's Brew section on HomebrewersAssociation.org. There are step-by-step tutorials for various methods of brewing across different experience levels. I would suggest starting in the Beginner section or with the "Extract w/ specialty grains" tutorial in the intermediate section. Both utilize malt extracts for all the fermentables, but the specialty grains gets your feet wet in using raw grain ingredients without too much more hassle.

Also, check out Zymurgy: An Introduction to Homebrewing. It is free to download and covers the brewing process for beginners.

And, of course, ask us forum-peeps questions, too!

Cheers,
Duncan

Definitely a +1 on the Zymurgy pamphlet.  We got a bunch of them for the Big Brew Day and handed out to anyone who's never brewed before.  It's rather brief in some areas, but for a beginner, it really does a good job of telling you what your in for when you start this wonderful hobby. 

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Going Pro / Re: Yellowhammer Article
« on: July 28, 2014, 03:29:44 PM »
If you guys are that close, You better come by Dungeness Brewing. 

(and th)n take me with you for the rest of the trip)

Since it's all imaginary, you bet!  :)

Way to kill a man's dream Denny.   ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Going Pro / Re: Yellowhammer Article
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:01:20 PM »
If you guys are that close, You better come by Dungeness Brewing. 

(and then take me with you for the rest of the trip)


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Going Pro / Re: Yellowhammer Article
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:11:01 PM »
Denny stole my line.  Except it was beer. 

Congrats Keith. 

Us Americans are gonna kick the sh*t out of those wannabe's in Belgium and Germany.  LOL


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Equipment and Software / Re: Newbie Carboy question
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:48:56 AM »
I just can't find any cheaper than the carboys.  I'll keep looking for a 6 gal.

Dude........here ya go. These are all I use, except for long term secondary :

http://shop.greatfermentations.com/product/7-9-gallon-fermenting-bucket/plastic-fermenters


EDIT  -  The other thing I love about these buckets is that you can make a 5.5 gallon batch and have plenty of headspace, even for really vigorous yeast strains like WY3068, 3787, etc.

+1 on the 7 gallon buckets.  Here's a source about half the cost of others:

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23470&catid=752

If you are close to Port Angeles, WA, I have about 20 of these you can have for free. 

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Classifieds / Re: NHC glass
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:55:27 AM »
I got one to replace, thanks Colin!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or new burner
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:32:08 AM »
If you get the kab4 on amazon it's $70 less than a blichmann burner. The blichmann burners are nice and work with near any kettle/keggle you can throw at em. The centering tabs are a smart idea.

+1, I use three Blichmann burners, and love them all.  We even use one for 37 gallon boils.  Blichmann doesn't recommend using their burners with their biggest pot.  But, I do, and it works. I get fire under the boil pot once there is about an inch of wort from the MT.  By the time my fly sparge is done, it only takes another 10 minutes or so to start the boil.   

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Wood/Casks / Re: Bourbon Barrel Aging
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:08:19 PM »
Well, we've had the Imp Stout in  the barrel for just under a month.  Did a side by side tasting with the same beer, in a corny for a month.  The barrel beer is quite tasty.  Nice whiskey notes, and very smooth.  We've decided to go at least another month. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash vessel size
« on: July 17, 2014, 08:16:45 AM »
Im going to be upgrading my mash tun soon from my 10g igloo cooler. I want to be able to do higher gravity brews for my 10 gallon batches.

Would people recommend going to a keggle or buying a larger rectangular cooler?

I will be upgrading to a e-HERMS or e-RIMS system in the future.

I know many folks use coolers with great success.  I use a boilermaker, so my vote would be for the keggle.  The way my RIMS system (tower of power) works, you couldn't do it with a cooler, as there is a burner under the mash tun. 


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Pimp My System / Re: GCBC 1BBL Pilot Build
« on: July 16, 2014, 09:53:05 AM »
This is a pilot build? Are you planning on something bigger?

My plan is to use this to pilot a bunch of recipes and understand yeast handling etc.  In a year or so ill start looking for a location, write a business plan, apply for permits etc etc.  Ill buy new 2.5bbl vessels and use it on this system since i dont have the kind of money needed for anything bigger.  It will be a lot of work for not much, but other companies around here have been very successful with the same scale brewery.   I also know of pro brewers on this forum who didnt start with much, and with some hard work have done a bang up job of it.

Yep, we we're one that started with a keggle system, and still fermented in buckets for the first year of sales.  Even now, we just have a 1bbl solution, with only the tower of power for automation.  Looking at some of these pictures, my pro-brewer system, is quite archaic as compared to many home-brewers.

Its not about how shiny it is, its about the beer that comes out.  I am quite sure that the beer you make is of better quality then the beer that i make.  Looking to catch up in that department mic;)  If only there where a way to cram years of experience into a short time frame.

My best advice:  Brew as much as you possibly can. And then brew again. 

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Pimp My System / Re: GCBC 1BBL Pilot Build
« on: July 16, 2014, 09:22:59 AM »
This is a pilot build? Are you planning on something bigger?

My plan is to use this to pilot a bunch of recipes and understand yeast handling etc.  In a year or so ill start looking for a location, write a business plan, apply for permits etc etc.  Ill buy new 2.5bbl vessels and use it on this system since i dont have the kind of money needed for anything bigger.  It will be a lot of work for not much, but other companies around here have been very successful with the same scale brewery.   I also know of pro brewers on this forum who didnt start with much, and with some hard work have done a bang up job of it.

Yep, we we're one that started with a keggle system, and still fermented in buckets for the first year of sales.  Even now, we just have a 1bbl solution, with only the tower of power for automation.  Looking at some of these pictures, my pro-brewer system, is quite archaic as compared to many home-brewers. 


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