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Beer Recipes / Fresh Hop/Wet Hop IPA
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:20:42 PM »
This upcoming Fresh Hop Ale Fest ( is going to be my first entry into a competition.  I will be brewing an IPA.  I do not yet know what hops will be available to me in time to brew, but I am hoping for Citra and Amarillo.

I'll be maxing out my capacity by brewing an 8 gallon batch, hoping to get as close to 5 gallons as possible.  I'll be entering 3 12 oz. bottles and serving the rest via our homebrew club at the fest.

Any advice?

The Pub / Re: Fractional grain amount
« on: August 13, 2015, 09:55:21 AM »
To put things as simply as possible, being a Deck Ape can be a less than pleasant experience (lots of "chipping and painting" and other non-pleasant tasks), which is why many Deck Apes who manage to stay out of trouble eventually strike for a different rating.

Haha!  I told my recruiter that I wanted to drive the small boats.  "You want to be a Boatswain's mate!" he cried.  A year later I became a signalman.  Boatswain's mates are the ships janitors.  Yes they are also the true seamen in terms of doing actual nautical stuff, but the ratio was not sufficiently slanted toward seamanship to keep me.

The Pub / Re: Fractional grain amount
« on: August 12, 2015, 11:12:02 PM »
I'm tempted to repeat myself.  I'm just glad someone gets it.  I would feel stupid but I know most people feel the same way when I start talking theology.

The Pub / Re: Fractional grain amount
« on: August 12, 2015, 09:35:54 PM »
I ordered 1 lb 12 oz of Munich malt from Austin Homebrew.

My invoice shows:

"Amount: 1, Fractional Amount: 0.7500001875000468"

I hope they measure the fractional portion correctly. I wouldn't want to get short changed.

That's bizarre because 0.75 is not one of the fractions that cannot be represented in binary floating point, and there's no way that their scale has that kind of precision.

Gosh I wish I could say stuff like that and know what I meant.

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 12, 2015, 06:34:28 PM »
Is that their 9" version?  That is cheap enough I may just do that rather than bugging my son in law with a new project.  How much grain to you get passing through it?  You mentioned fluid dynamics, what specifically is better about this design?

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 12, 2015, 05:13:00 PM »

If I decide to work part-time after I retire, I definitely plan to contact the department head, or at least a major rainmaking principle investigator.

Well see, there you go - Yakima!  My wife is a Dean of one of the colleges at Heritage U.  They have undergrad degree programs in computer science.  And right in the heart of hop country!  The price of property / homes in Eastern Washington is low, and 300 days of sunshine per year.

Obviously I I'm twisting your arm only in a humorous way, but I do like Yakima, and plan to retire here.

The Pub / Re: Fire season
« on: August 11, 2015, 09:58:54 PM »
Yike.  Does this mean extra time at work?

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:53:47 AM »
I retired early, and am still in the same place. One more brutal winter and I might change my mind.

One tax strategy that I read about is to retire in Vancouver WA, no state income tax, and then shop in Portland OR, no sales tax.

That is frowned on.  There are even laws that won't allow you to come from WA to purchase some high dollar items (cars, motorhomes) in OR.

That happens in when the vehicle is licensed.  It works the same way with buying a used car from a private party.  If the stated purchase price is less than Blue Book price, they charge the tax on the BB - unless one can document why the vehicle is worth less.

That said, a lot of people go to Oregon for a shopping spree.  There are no border guards, no revenuers or customs agents.

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 11, 2015, 12:41:00 AM »

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:00:56 PM »
One word: Yakima.

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 10, 2015, 11:47:35 AM »
I just think the Blichmann false bottom is the best.

I am not a fan of the Blichmann design.   In my humble opinion, it's a bit of a hack.  If you are going to use a false bottom, your money is better spent on a slotted design (that's what's used on commercial tuns).  A 16 to 20% open-space slotted design false bottom is a work of art from a mash bed fluid dynamics point of view.  What is the diameter of your tun?

The Blichmann is the best one I have used.  And I still have it so I might as well use it.  The only other one I have used is similar to the one that came with this unit and what you show in your pics.  Just holes in a stainless plate.  I would definitely like to try the slotted design you speak of.  Now I wonder if it would be easier for my son in law to make a new slotted one than cutting a bit from the circumference of the Blichmann...  I'll have to ask.  They do have a water jet cutting device.

The diameter of the new MT is ~15.5".

Equipment and Software / Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:04:29 AM »
I participated in a Kickstarter (, because I wanted a stainless insulated MT.

It arrived late last week.  I quite pleased with it with the exception of the false bottom - which isn't bad, I just think the Blichmann false bottom is the best.  So I am going to have my son-in-law who is a pipe fitter make the Blichmann false bottom to work in the new MT.  I need to try it soon!  Here are the pics:

Classifieds / 10 gal Blichmann G2 Brew Kettle
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:54:18 AM »
Upgrade time! I have one "BoilerMaker™ G2 10 gal Brew Pot by Blichmann Engineering" for sale. I have used it for a BK for less than 10 brews. It is in great shape. it comes with all the original peripheral items - even the shipping box! These sell for $355 new. I will sell this one for $200 + actual shipping.

If you are wondering why I am selling it, I just bought a new MT which has made this kettle redundant. PM me if interested.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop and Brew School
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:37:18 PM »
Denny, what does a decent hotel run in the area?   How long does it take to drive from Portland to Yakima?  I was thinking about piggybacking a trip to Oregon with Hops and Beer School.  I could hit Bend, Eugene, and Portland before driving up to Yakima.
I'm right in the middle. Portland to Hwy 97 is about 100 miles (Biggs Junction) At that point you are about 135 north of Bend and about 75 south of Yakivegas.

We should think about a collaboration brew day, bbq, and bottle share day...

That sounds really good.  I hope everyone has the time.  If at all possible, I'd say the day before would work best, but that is up to the attendees.  What say you all?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature of US-05
« on: August 08, 2015, 09:43:01 PM »
I wanted to ferment low because I am nearing the capacity of the fermenter and I don't want an eruption. 

I wonder if a fermentation eruption sounds like this to the yeast cells?  :)

No, that is how they sound inside the fermenter - happily jamming away.

This is how they sound dying on the outside:

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