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Equipment and Software / Pump Selection
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:15:34 PM »
I have the March 809 with the 815 impeller and I've never buy the 809 again. What a huge difference in priming and flow after upgrading the impeller!

I also have a Chugger stainless head with the larger impeller. I think they come with an impeller almost the size of the March 815, and the impellers are interchangeable between brands as well as I've done it.

The March 809 although becoming a standard is clearly not the best for our hobby. The 815 or Chugger works better than the 809, and the center input model with the larger (3/4"?) input I've seen work even better, and would be the one I'd buy next if I needed another pump.

My installations are textbook proper per the manufacturers so the only variable has been the impellers. Don't buy the 809 if at all possible.

I just got the 815 impeller for my 809but I haven't had time to install it yet.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hydrometer Conspiracy
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:56:46 PM »
Years ago, after I broke my hydrometer, I decided I'd buy 2 so I'd have a spare in case I broke another one.  I haven't broken one since.  I think having a spare is why!  ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: German Pils - hop and malt questions
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:52:43 PM »
I use just under 10% Munich in mine.  I wouldn't recommend going any more than that with Vienna.  Hops look good.  I usually shoot for more like 40-45 IBU, but that's personal preference.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 yeast strain advice
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:23:58 PM »
I'd split the batch and pitch each yeast into half, then blend when it was finished.

Beer Recipes / Gluten Free ale experiment (w/pictures)
« on: June 01, 2013, 11:02:24 PM »
A brewery in Portland just put out a GF dubbel that's pretty good.   The style seems to lend itself to lighter body, they use stuff like tapioca, and the candi syrup really covers a lot of the GF "flaws".

General Homebrew Discussion / Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 01, 2013, 02:50:44 PM »
Number 8 for me this year.  No name tag for me...just look for the red Chuck Taylor hi tops.

Ingredients / Hops is toxic and could be deadly to dogs...
« on: June 01, 2013, 02:47:51 PM »
My first batch was Irish Red and my son's puppy was roaming around.

I'm no prude, dog's can enjoy a bit of beer if they like. But a puppy? If alcohol hurts a human brains development, it should also hurt a puppies brain. So I am on the record that dogs under the age of one should not drink beer.

AFAIC, dogs should never have beer.

The Pub / Re: Is Staples your office supply store?
« on: May 31, 2013, 07:28:14 PM »

Come to think of it, a keggerator should be considered office equipment like the coffee maker....just for after my coffee goes cold (around 9am).

Beer Recipes / Re: Good Ale for BMC Drinkers
« on: May 31, 2013, 07:24:21 PM »
Look into a cream ale.  Here are a few....

Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on a Rye Amber?
« on: May 30, 2013, 06:15:55 PM »
10%??  Jeez, just leave it out!  ;)

Events / Re: Need AHA logo for banner
« on: May 30, 2013, 06:13:26 PM »
Matt hooked me up with a logo!


All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grist Ratio
« on: May 30, 2013, 05:35:11 PM »
Good observations.  I suppose the grain crush also is a factor in tannin extraction.  Temperature and pH makes sense.

Grain crush and temp are factors IF the pH is off.  If the pH is correct, those have virtually no effect.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: ~40 gallon plastic coke barrels
« on: May 30, 2013, 05:27:38 PM »
Baking soda and hot water works wonders to remove odors.

Ingredients / Re: high sulfates
« on: May 30, 2013, 04:38:47 PM »
I tried a 258 : 78 ratio of sulfates to chlorides. Does that sound about right for an American IPA ?

Sounds good to me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed Grains Life
« on: May 30, 2013, 04:35:07 PM »
I had a batch milled and then had a heart attack.  It was 3 months before I used them and they were fine.

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