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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......

Going Pro / I just want to be able to sell my beer
« on: October 27, 2011, 07:31:43 AM »
Not looking to give up my day job, or open any type of brewery, brewpub, or tasting room.  Just want to be able sell beer from time to time. 

Can this be done, while still brewing at home?

All Grain Brewing / Re: my last night brew, trouble and stress
« on: October 14, 2011, 07:54:59 AM »
Oh that made me smile. We've all been there (and some still visit) at some point man. Way to work through it!  Next batch will go better and you'll experience new 'learning moments'.  I wonder what mine will be before every batch.

I'm with ya there.  I always figure if nothing went wrong, well, then SOMETHING went wrong.....   LOL

So... besides AirGas, where do y'all take your CO2 tanks to get filled cheaply?
I go to Central Welding, but they are limited to the Puget Sound area.

We only have one place in our little town.  5# is $18, 20# is $22.  (don't ask me)

Equipment and Software / Re: Plate chiller
« on: October 12, 2011, 09:29:21 AM »
So I was looking to pick up a shirron plate chiller for around a 100 bucks does anyone has experience with them? Are they worth the investment?

I currently have a homemade counterflow wort chiller but it's big and clunky and I want to upgrade.

Not sure about the shirron, but the one from Blichmann rocks.  I get wort down to 65 degrees with valves fully open. 

Classifieds / Re: WTTrade: new/unused 5# Al CO2 tank for stuff
« on: October 12, 2011, 09:27:38 AM »
did they say why not exchange.  Years ago, even before homebrewing I bought a kegerator from Costco.  It came with a brand new 5# tanks as you describe.  I exchanged it, and never looked back.  Well, until someone needed to get rid of a 20# tank.  Got that for a case of Blue Moon.  LOL.

Ingredients / Re: Licorice sticks
« on: October 12, 2011, 09:12:56 AM »
I've added half a stick to the boil around 20-30m for stouts...

Can I assume that's a five gallon recipe?  Any other styles that the licorice might be good for?

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