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The Pub / Re: almost there...
« on: September 27, 2013, 08:22:16 PM »
I do not post as often as I used to, still working my way through life and in general coming out on top every day.  I find myself in a better mood nearly always than I would have thought possible a few years ago.  Anyway, looks like the divorce will be finalized in the next month or so..  and then .. who knows, but the direction is upward and forward. 

Raising an early pint of Octoberfest for my beer brethren..  prosit! 
to freedom and integrity.  may you all have it and live it.

Good to see ya around again!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction Tips?
« on: September 26, 2013, 06:53:12 PM »
Ha! Was waiting for you to come in and say that! As Michael Dawson says on the "Decoction Day" episode of Brewing TV, "it's just another layer of involvement you can have with your beer". Whether you feel it adds anything or not, it's fun to do on occasion, I think.
Do you feel the same way about step mashes? Feel they add nothing?

I do both decoctions and step mashes occasionally to see if maybe there was something there I missed.  So far, I haven't found it.

Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: September 26, 2013, 06:50:51 PM »
Good article. A lot like starting a restaurant or being a working, as opposed to TV, chef. Lots of long hard hours. I've done the chef thing...loved it but when I was ready to stuff an associate manager into the steamer one Sunday morning I went back to IT. Still cook, a lot, and recently started the homebrew "hobby". I'm thinking this "hobby" will get out of control like my BBQ fetish did a few years back and I got inot competition...burned out after 5 years and now just cook and que for fun! Working in beer, bbq, or other service/food industries is hard, hot, dangerous, and some of the most rewarding work you can ever do...but it's not for everyone that gets a compliment on the beer/food. Again, good article.

Thanks for your insights...good to have you here!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: belgian blonde cidery/acetaldehyde aroma
« on: September 26, 2013, 05:43:00 PM »
Second, large quantities of adjunct sugar can impart a "cidery" quality to a fermented beverage, although this isn't necessarily due to acetaldehyde.

What do you consider "large quantities"?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 26, 2013, 04:36:02 PM »

I am trying to determine my need for a pump with my set up. I currently brew 5 gallon batches and use a 10 g HLT, 10 g cooler mash tun, and a 15 g kettle to brew. I'm considering a pump for moving water from my HLT to my cooler. Right now, I have to pick up the 5+ gallons of 150 degree + mash water and dump it into my cooler, and I know it's only a matter of time before I dump this on myself in some capacity. My question is this: Are there effective alternatives to investing in a pump? I don't have the materials to use a gravity fed system to simply drain it down. Any suggestions regarding alternatives or additional info on pumps would be greatly appreciated! Happy brewing!

I have a 2 quart pitcher that I use for sparge water. Pretty low tech.

Yep, same here.  Dip with the pitcher until the kettle is light enough to lift.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pine in the Neck Clone
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:35:06 PM »
Steve, I assume you are aware of this website and its recommendations for Piney hops:

I am!  I got the list of ingredients from Blue Moon's website.  They just don't mention percentages or ratios, so I'm trying to work that part out.

I think you've got too much wheat and carapils.  I'd cut both in half.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction Tips?
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:33:31 PM »
Just hate standing over a hot, boiling kettle having to constantly stir for 10+ minutes. It's brutal.

Yeah, especially when there's no benefit to it!   ;)

maybe all of this already exists and I don't know how to access it.  I would like to create my own forum follow page.  for example there are post I would like to continuously follow for new posts and would like to see comments on some posts I have made/created.  I know some of this is already available just not instantly accessible when I log in.

That's a good point and AFAIK there's no way to do it now.  Maybe in a future software upgrade.  I'll put it on the wish list.

The Pub / Re: Good vibes
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:25:05 PM »
This is my house....

Equipment and Software / Re: The Right Stuff
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:14:31 PM »
Recently, as I was cleaning my cooler mash tun, I dropped it on one of the corners and cracked it.  So I took a cooler that we already had and put together a new mash tun. For this new mash tun, I used a 12 inch Watts stainless 3/8 inch faucet connector from Lowes (part # 76301). 

The new mash tun is a Coleman 40qt (Blue!) cooler and although it's not a coleman extreme, like the extremes, it has a nice channel that leads to the drain.  My last tun had a long braid connected to a T-joint bulk head.  Since I realized that the all the draining happens near the drain, I went with a smaller braid and crimped the end (similar to Denny).  I mostly do 3 gallon batches, so the most amount of grains I will put in there will be between 9- 10lbs (recently did an imperial stout w/ 9.5lbs). 

I know it's not a large sample size, however, with 4 brews through this mash tun, the braid has worked great and has held its shape.

Thanks, Jeremy!  It's great to have a part # from Lowe's.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Right Stuff
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:12:50 PM »
Denny, do you think this would also work as a hop/trub stopper at the drain inside of the kettle?  I need to do something about my system to keep things from clogging up when chilling.

Jeff, I've tried the braid in a kettle a few times and each time it clogged up right away.  I think the mesh is too fine and gets coated with proteins, especially of you use Irish Moss or whirlfloc.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Right Stuff
« on: September 25, 2013, 09:04:53 PM »
Yeah, I know that there must be more than the Lasco that work fine, but I wanted to finally give people a heads up about what I know works.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:44:40 PM »
I usually dry hop in the fermenter for a week or two, than add more to the leg which stay in for as long as the keg is on tap...2-3 months.  I have never gotten the fabled off flavors.

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