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The Pub / Re: I promise
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:44:00 AM »
A big group of fat, bearded, farting dudes, naked. I think I'll pass.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Epic mash fail
« on: April 20, 2014, 10:08:03 AM »
I would've gotten the temp down into a standard mash range and given it a try at least. Maybe added of couple of pounds of crushed grains to get some more enzymes working.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cheap and Easy bottle drying
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:51:12 AM »
Looks good. I use the racks from an old dishwasher I had to replace.

Ingredients / Re: EXP 1210 Hops - Good? Bad? Ugly?
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:18:48 AM »
Never tried them before. Open up a bag a give them a good sniff, that should tell you if they will work well in the beer you are planning for them. For a new variety, I like to smell them and then smell a variety, like Cascade, that I am familiar with. It gives me a way to compare intensity and type of aroma.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:56:05 AM »
When you guys use the dishwasher, how can you be sure that the spray is getting up in to the bottles? It seems like that is a pretty small hole for the spray to get all the way up in to.

Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:40:07 AM »
Yeah, refractometers are easier to use and less likely to break. They are definitely less accurate post-fermentation, but an estimate is close enough for me.

The Pub / Re: Spring Brewing Inspiration
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:10:47 PM »
Headed to Hood River and Bend for a few days. I hope I can get some good inspiration there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop question
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:42:19 PM »
Depending on your efficiency you can have a nIce low gravity pale ale with that much malt, but please don't put 3 lbs of crystal malt in. Try to keep the crystal malt under 10 percent.

Ingredients / Re: Two hops...
« on: March 31, 2014, 05:38:27 PM »
Here's a general list of hops that I like in IPA's and Pale Ales (no particular order):

If I were forced to choose just two for these two styles:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Temperature controllers
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:27:17 AM »
I have never used this temperature controller but the price is incredibly cheap.

Beer Recipes / Re: Is this a good recipe?
« on: March 28, 2014, 05:33:57 PM »
I've never used honey in a bitter before, so I am not too sure about that. I also like a decent charge of crystal malt, which seems to be lacking. Hops seems pretty good, though

Ingredients / Re: Efficiency of raw wheat
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:29:15 AM »
A cereal mash is pretty easy to do and should help you extract more sugar from the wheat.

Equipment and Software / Re: Plate chiller clogging as it cools
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:44:24 AM »
When you are recirculating for the last 15 minutes or so you are really filling those small crevices up with hop pellet gunk. You should find another way to sanitize the plate chiller and then wait for the pellets to fall down to the bottom of the kettle. Pull clear wort off above the level of the pellet pile at the bottom and you shouldn't have any problems.

Beer Recipes / Re: Single hop saison idea
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:53:21 PM »
I've done really well in competition with Great Western NW Pale ale malt as a Saison basemalt. Maybe not as traditional as a Pilsner malt, but I prefer it.

Oh yeah, and a little bit of Caramunich.

Equipment and Software / Re: Water heater element for boil kettle?
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:34:40 PM »
Check out A ton of in depth information there.

You will want a gfi outlet. A 50amp spa panel is by far the cheapest and easiest way to pull this off. Just install one on the wall in between the outlet and the kettle.

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