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All Grain Brewing / Re: Doing a BIAB with too much grain
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:30:49 AM »
You can find a video on building a Denny-style mash tun here:

What's up Forum-folk?

I think it's pretty cool when commercial breweries post clone recipes of their brews for homebrewers to try making at home. For example Avery Brewing Co posts quite a few of their recipes that can be accessed, no questions asked.

I was wondering if you guys knew of any other breweries that do something similar? Ideally, I want to write a post for that compiles some of these instances so they are all in one convenient place.

I'd appreciate any leads!



Hey AHA Forumites,

We just launched a really cool contest called Battle of the Bottle Labels! All the contest details are highlighted here, but in short we are accepting entries of self-designed homebrew labels. We'll put togethor a selection to display on the web and allow the public to vote for the winning design. The winner and runner-up will get some awesome prizes from GrogTag!

Spread the word and enter your designs!


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Getting Back
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:42:57 PM »
-Is anyone here doing solid one gallon batches?

I did a lot of 1 and 3 gallon batches over the past two years since I was tight on time/space. It was actually pretty awesome because I could brew a few batches at the same time with minimal mess.

Here's an article on covering some tips and such for small batch brewing:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Im renewed!
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:58:47 AM »
Welcome back, welcome back, well-come back.  8)

Zymurgy / Zymurgy Mobile App Issues
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:19:22 AM »
Hi AHA forum users,

I wanted to let everyone know we are aware of and working on fixing the current issues with the Zymurgy mobile iOS app. We are waiting on Apple's approval of the new version which will then allow the app to be available for download.

I'm very sorry for the inconvenience this poses to our members.


edit: Also, if you are experiencing issues and have the time to provide the specs of your mobile device and describe the issues you are experiencing, posting that info here will help us in the future. Thanks so much!

Beer Travel / Re: DEN to boulder on Halloween. Need lunch
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:43:22 AM »
Love Fate, too. It's a good place to go on weekends since it's bigger, so usually the waiting time isn't ever that bad. Nice big bar, some TVs with sports, and a big patio if the weather is nice....oh and LOTS of great beer brewed in house. And it's on Member Deals--bonus.

Fate is in the general area of Avery, Upslope (Flatiron Park location), Wild Wood and Bru, too, so you could do some jumping around with minimal driving.

Beer Travel / Re: DEN to boulder on Halloween. Need lunch
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:06:03 PM »
I'd recommend Mountain Sun and/or West Flanders. Both are brewpubs on Pearl St walking mall, so you can do some obligatory Boulder people watching. There's also a burger/belgian bar called Reubens that has a pretty extensive beer list and weekend happy hour deals.

Twisted Pine, Bru Handbuilt, Boulder Beer and Avery have pretty tasty menus, too. Then there's Sanitas, Wild Wood, Upslope, and Redstone Meadery for tap rooms (usually these places have small bites available or schedule food trucks). I am sure I am forgetting some stuff....

There's so many food/drink options in Boulder. Member Deals can be a good way to make decisions, too :)

The short version: Check out Mountain Sun. Great beers. Great food. And very Boulder-y.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fall/winter beer styles
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:17:29 AM »
I plan on brewing this dark, spiced "winter saison" in the next couple of weeks.

Ingredients / Re: Pumpkin starch
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:23:41 PM »
From my recent experience, I'd expect a little haze but nothing off putting. In my last brew I used pumpkin in the mash and mid-boil, used SuperMoss in the boil, only did a primary, and cold crashed for a few days before kegging. The first few pints from the keg were foggy, as you'd expect, but now it is nearly crystal clear with the slightest haze. I was pleasantly surprised considering the minimal effort I put into ensuring clarity.

I'd say use some form of Irish Moss, consider a secondary and cold crash and you'll likely end up with something that isn't super foggy.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: how to keep beer lines cold in a keg tower
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:14:33 AM »
I've heard some people rig up a computer fan that pushes cold air from the fridge up into the tower. Copper pipe sounds like a decent idea.

Sorry I can't be better help...

Pimp My System / Re: Build Your Own Temp Controller
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:52:18 PM »

The instructions on this say to wire black to 1, 5 & 6 but the diagram says 1,5 & 7.  You may want to fix that.

Perfect timing on this since I just bought one of these temp controllers a couple weeks ago.  Thanks!

Good catch. I updated the directions to be inline with diagram.

Yeah, and it looks like the white wire for connection #2, and the upper outlet should actually go to the white wires' orange connector. The internal relay is good for 10A but larger freezers can draw 12+A on spooling up.  When I build my second controller I bought a couple of 25A solid state relays that I drive with the TC.

I hadn't seen anything about this in my research. Are you saying just go from STC-1000 connection #2 to the orange wire connector instead of going into the outlet? Where do the solid state relays come into play?

Edit: Found this pic from someone who gutted the STC-1000, which I think shows that the relay is rated to 15A

I'd recommend checking out our brew in a bag tutorial. It's a technique to all-grain brew without having to buy an overt amount of equipment: . Jeff's link is a good'n, too.

Zymurgy / Re: iOS 5.1.1
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:03:09 AM »
Sorry for the delayed response. There is a fix request in to our app dev team to address this issue. Hang in there!!

Other Fermentables / Re: using some malt for making cider
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:01:36 PM »
I've brewed "graff" (cider with malt and hops and fermented with ale yeast) before and it came out great in a reasonable amount of time (started tasting delicious after being bottled for 2-3 months). Might be worth a look...

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