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All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks Denny
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:59:16 PM »
He is even a good guy in person!

See you next year in Grand Rapids, Denny.

Looking forward to it, Jeff!  My biggest regret in missing NHC last summer was all the friends I didn't get to see!

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I have tried to mash breakfast cereal before back in my stupid, stupid youth.  Please don't.

It was the secret ingredient at one of our Iron Brewer comps a few years back.  I'll never forget the color of a Froot Loops mash....

Hahaha. I love homebrewer 'war stories'.

I received many death threats that day.  I never realized homebrewers could be so vindictive!

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If you look around here you'll find other threads weighing the merits of refridgerators vs freezers as fermentation chambers.

Yep!  I got a lot of great info when I asked a couple weeks ago, but I still haven't decided which way to go.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: equal amounts for 1st and 2nd runnings
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:46:20 PM »
I disagree.  I've done it and conversion is just fine.

I agree with you, Dave, but that seems like so much extra effort when you could just mash thinner in the first place.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: equal amounts for 1st and 2nd runnings
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:45:01 PM »
Thanks everyone. I will start with the new grain mill and adjusting my mash water ratio in order to get my collected volumes from 1st and 2nd runnings closer to the same amount.

I may be posting a pic of what my crush looks like in a separate thread to get advice on how it looks...

Sounds like a plan.  I know my efficiency went up a few points when I went to a thinner mash.  In addition, I didn't have to mess with adding more water before the mash runoff to equalize the runnings.  As mentioned, if your runnings are within about a gal. of each other it's plenty close enough.  In addition, there's a school of thought that getting more first runnings will increase the quality of your beer.

Go ahead and post a pic of your crush, but I really don't think it will help you.  None of us are brewing on your system, so none of us can tell you if it's too fine.  Sure, it's easy to spot if it's not crushed enough, but beyond that you just have to crush and brew, and see how it works for you.

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I have tried to mash breakfast cereal before back in my stupid, stupid youth.  Please don't.

It was the secret ingredient at one of our Iron Brewer comps a few years back.  I'll never forget the color of a Froot Loops mash....

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The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 10, 2013, 04:00:17 PM »


A bass player!  No wonder we hit it off!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks Denny
« on: September 10, 2013, 02:54:35 AM »
Unfortunately for me, I learned all the bad brewing practices on my own before I even heard of Denny, so I don't have a blue cooler or any other color cooler for that matter.  I'm stuck doing fly sparges on a modified SABCO system.  If I had only known.

Yeah, if only....:)

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The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:57:47 PM »
Oh, man, those are gorgeous!  Wish I hadn't sold mine years ago!

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All Things Food / Re: Tomato sauce
« on: September 09, 2013, 06:03:02 PM »
We make a sauce/paste that can be used as the base for many sauces.  Just cut tomatoes in half if they're large (we use Romas) and put them along with a bunch of garlic cloves on a sheet pan.  Roast in the oven at about 350 until garlic and tomatoes are soft.  Whiz 'em up in a food processor and freeze.  The advantage of this method (besides being dead easy) is that after you thaw it and heat it up, you can add whatever herbs you want for whatever you're making.

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The Pub / Re: Where are you?
« on: September 08, 2013, 09:27:55 PM »
New here, first post. Been active for a long time on the B3 forum.  Location - East of Raleigh, NC

Welcome and dive right in!  Nice group of folks here!

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All Things Food / Re: What to do with my fresh hops
« on: September 08, 2013, 08:03:12 PM »
Someone in my club made and fed us hop pickles.  There are recipes out there for them.  Soooo good.

Hops or hop shoots>  I have made pickled hop shoots before, but not pickled hops.  I'm not sure I even wanna think about that!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks Denny
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:39:12 PM »
You guys are bringing tears to my eyes and making me blush.  It's fantastic to have so many friends, even if you've never met some of them!

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All Things Food / Re: What to do with my fresh hops
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:36:48 PM »
To answer the OP question and thread topic, dry your hops and BREW beer with em.... 8)

THIS^^^^^


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2112 - Lagering Question
« on: September 08, 2013, 04:47:10 PM »
Lagering for a couple months will greatly improve your pseudo lagers.

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