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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: January 30, 2012, 03:37:41 PM »
Years back, when I broke a hydrometer, I not only bought a new one, I also bought a spare.  Haven't broken one since!

So your saying I can head down I-5? 

Just kidding, I think it's time for a refractometer. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: January 30, 2012, 12:02:05 PM »
OK, so I've now broken my third Hydrometer in five years of homebrewing. 

Is it time to spend the $50 yet?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011--> 2012
« on: January 03, 2012, 08:49:16 AM »
We got our first ten gallons done yesterday as well.  We brewed a variation of a Black IPA, Dark IPA, Cascadian Dark IPA, or a bigfoot beer.  Whatever you want to call it.  OG was was 1.082, and the only the second time using straight O2 to oxygenate.  Hopefully the 1056 can handle that OG, it was bublling within three hours.  Plus, BeerSmeith said 147 IBU's, but we used some older hops.  Also, someone once said it's impossible to go over 100 IBU's.  Any thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011--> 2012
« on: December 29, 2011, 10:34:49 AM »
For the past three years, I have brewed one gallon less than the legal limit.    LOL

Best thing I ever did is convert a chest freezer into a fermentation chamber.  It will hold eight buckets of liquid goodness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 34 days and counting
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:27:07 AM »
Hopefully Jamil will bring a couple kegs of his Heretic brew up here as there is no way to get in Washington State right now. 
If he does not have Washington license he would be asking for trouble.
Something about tax.
Just saying.

Unfortunately true....we're having a heck of a time with the WA liquor control over beers for pro night.

Yea, the WSLCB isn't in a friendly mood since we took away their monopoly on hard alchohol.  Craft distilleries are really having problems in Washington State. 

I listened to this last night Denny.  I thought you and Gordon were gonna duke it out there for minute.  It's good to hear such opposing views on step mashing from such well respected homebrewers.   

I can assure you that I would never duke it out with Gordon...he's bigger than I am!  But I do think it'd good to hear differing opinions so that people interested in the subject have a range of options to try for themselves.

I agree.  When I started brewing 5-6 years ago, I remember thinking I HAD to do everything according to John Palmer's book, but over the little time I have been brewing, I've learned at the end of brew session, it's almost always beer.  And how can that be bad? 

General Homebrew Discussion / 34 days and counting
« on: December 28, 2011, 03:23:21 PM »
Until NHC registration opens up.  There will be less room in Seattle than there was down in San Diego, so I would suggest registering early.  Last year was my first, and I'm lucky enough to be within driving distance this year. 

Hopefully Jamil will bring a couple kegs of his Heretic brew up here as there is no way to get in Washington State right now. 

I listened to this last night Denny.  I thought you and Gordon were gonna duke it out there for minute.  It's good to hear such opposing views on step mashing from such well respected homebrewers.   

All Grain Brewing / Time to fill up the keezer
« on: November 29, 2011, 02:34:05 PM »
OK, so I've got ten gallons each of my IPA and Bigfoot beer for a local competition fermenting nicely.  But, this weekend, we are going to brew two batches back to back.  My standard Amber, and more IPA.  This will be the first time back to back.  Should work pretty good though.  During the mash of the first batch, I can start heating strike water for the second, then when I go to boil, time to start mashing the second batch, and so on, and so on. 

I'm sure some of you have done this in the past, if not doing it as practice.  Any hints or such I should be considering? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewer's Tithe
« on: November 29, 2011, 12:04:36 PM »
A while back I posted about donating some of my beer for a charity auction at work. Well I decided to go for it and my colleague helped me make a "brew basket" with a six pack (2 Oatmeal Stouts, 2 JubelAle clones and 2 CaliCommons) a bag of Rolled Gold, can of beer nuts, 2 nice Pilsner glasses, a jar of Stout Dijon and some beer pads and stickers from local brewpubs; that and a bomber of each of the beers mentioned.  They went nuts for the stuff! Pulled in $347 from all combined. I'm a little nervous to hand out bombers that folks shelled out $30 bucks for!  We ended up raising $5277 in a little over an hour that we donate 100% to three different local charities that we select every year.  Felt good. 

I donate a case of 12 ounce bottle to two silent auction charities each year.  This year, a case of my American Amber went for $130.  It makes me feel good. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All grain batch
« on: November 29, 2011, 11:54:58 AM »
I would suggest something more common for first batch.  Convert one of your extract recipes.  That way, you'll know more about your process, than trying to figure on a new style. 

General Homebrew Discussion / First runnings only (no sparge)
« on: November 23, 2011, 11:20:07 AM »
I've been considering trying this method, I heard about at last years NHC.  I brew on a Top Tier system with keggles.  And I always brew ten gallon batches, fermenting in 6 gallon buckets.  (No secondary)

Anyway, even the big beers I brew wich call for at most a 37 pound grain bill fit with room to spare.  Just wondering what's the MOST grain any of you ahve gotten into a keggle for your mash?  I'm thinking I'll only be able to do a 5 gallon batch this way. 

Any thoughts?

I'm brewing a "Sasquatian Ale" in preperation for a local competition for next years NHC.  If successful, y'all will get to try it.  Remember the theme for the Seattle NHC is "Brewing with Bigfoot"

Going Pro / Re: I just want to be able to sell my beer
« on: November 04, 2011, 09:45:24 AM »
thanks everyone, I apprecaite all the information.  My GF knows some folks at our county planning department and has started talking with them.  I paid the $100 to my state for the microbreweries license, and that seems to get the ball rolling.  At least I'll find out where the barriers are. 

And just FYI, I'm now looking to really make a profit per se.  But, as I live in a fairly rural area, and one of just a few homebrewers, I get requests to purchase my beer, or even brewing a special beer for things like Real Estate office Christmas gifts and such.  And if I were to choose to do that (hehehehe), I'd like to be legal.

Going Pro / Re: I just want to be able to sell my beer
« on: October 27, 2011, 07:51:23 AM »
There may be some exceptions, but pretty much no. Among other reasons because I don't think you can get a Federal license for residential zoned space. Perhaps if you lived on a farm or had dual-zoned property.

My home is in a place zoned rural-farm, and home based businesses are allowed.  I wonder if that means a bar coulde open next door???   hmmm.  Where to start?  Years ago I got a business license "Dungeness Brewing Co." Mostly just for kicks, but to also give me some protection of that name.  I wonder if I amended that license to include brewery operations, if that would start the ball rolling, and I would see what walls present themselves......

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