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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cooler for all grain
« on: August 31, 2013, 08:25:00 AM »
The Igloo is BPA free

FWIW, all coolers I know of are made with HDPE and they're all BPA free.

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Cane sugar won't add any flavor (most sugars won't), but at the same time it won't do any harm.  Personally, I'd follow the directions and use the amount of sugar called for.  That's how you;ll get the correct body and gravity for the beer.  For priming, don't use extract....it's not 100% fermentable.  Table sugar works great for priming.  I use about 1 oz. of sugar for every gal. of beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 10:51:41 AM »
By the way, if you go dennybrew (which is a great way) be prepared to spend the rest of your life thinking every time you go in Lowes or HD, what can I buy that I can use in my mash tun or Boil kettle.

My wife no longer allows me to go into home depot alone.

I've gotten to the point where I can visualize the entire plumbing dept. of my local home improvement store in my head.  I have my route planned before I walk in the door!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:38:57 AM »
You know, I can't help but feel cry baby-ish about this topic,  but where I live, I am the only homebrewer I know and, in my excitement to finally meet someone else and have conversation, I was really taken aback by the reception I received. I take my process very seriously and have an "all grain fund" building slowly.  Because that has been my goal from the start. I must have read How to Brew five times before I bought a single thing. I really appreciate the responses I got from you guys because it was pretty discouraging.  Normally,  I'd stand up and put jokers like that in their place,  but it did actually make me wonder how extract brewers are viewed among the masses.  What a great community this is! Thanks again.

FWIW, all grain doesn't have to be expensive.  Check out www.dennybrew.com

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The Pub / Re: Can you get drunk on Non-Alcoholic Beer?
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:29:37 PM »
My understanding is that none of those beers are totally non alcoholic.  All have at least a fraction of a percent. So I suppose if you drank enough you could get drunk.

Read the link old man. ;)

Theoretically, it would take 56+/- of them to reach 0.08 BAC.

Hey, you didn't say I was supposed to read it first!  ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How low can you go?
« on: August 29, 2013, 10:37:10 AM »
I guess I should have filed this under "all grain". More attenuative yeast is the obvious answer especially posted under "yeast and fermentation ". How would one mash to achieve a wort that is 100% fermentable with no long chain sugars?

Use alpha amylase powder.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help
« on: August 29, 2013, 08:08:45 AM »
Brewing today. Preboil volume high by .5 gallons and preboil sg low by 5 points.

Any thoughts on how long i should increase my boil?

As long as it takes.  I simply measure the gravity about 20 min. before what I think will be the end of boil and judge by that.

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The Pub / Re: Can you get drunk on Non-Alcoholic Beer?
« on: August 29, 2013, 08:05:20 AM »
My understanding is that none of those beers are totally non alcoholic.  All have at least a fraction of a percent. So I suppose if you drank enough you could get drunk.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning and passifying question
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:08:03 AM »
Along with being a really nice guy, John is a Metallurgical Engineer, so he might now something about it.

http://www.howtobrew.com/appendices/appendixB-1.html

So the BKF is that oxalic acid based cleaner you use to get the SS to passivate itself....

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: dry yeast question
« on: August 28, 2013, 08:48:06 AM »
Nope, just typed it wrong!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning and passifying question
« on: August 28, 2013, 08:47:29 AM »
AFAIK, neither Oxi or PBW will passivate.  I've always heard that BKF will, but there's been some debate about it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: dry yeast question
« on: August 27, 2013, 07:57:53 AM »
My trick question is this.  Are the folks that are just sprinkling the yeast in adjusting their pitching rates?

Nope, there's no need to.  I get great performance from a single rehydrated pack on beers in excess of 1.075.  Statistics are great, but it's performance that counts.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Beer and Wine survey
« on: August 27, 2013, 07:54:23 AM »
When do we know the results?

Sometime in Sept.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 26, 2013, 11:18:19 AM »
+1 to concentrating on conversion efficiency.  And big thanks to Kai for getting us all to think about it!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: dry yeast question
« on: August 26, 2013, 11:15:52 AM »
I'm another one who has tried both ways and settled on no rehydration.

So, Rehydrated < Dry

But is a yeast starter better than just sprinkling the dry yeast in? Or is that really just to boost pitching rate for higher OG beers?

A yeast starter is not only unnecessary, but can even be detrimental with dry yeast.

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