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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lagering Freezer
« on: October 08, 2013, 04:32:55 PM »
Currently at 4:

1) 5.0cf freezer w/Ranco, originally bought for fermenting but now packed to the gills with hops.

2) 7.2cf freezer w/Ranco, now used for fermenting, cold crashing, and pre-carbing kegs.

3) 4.4cf mini-fridge (no freezer), converted to two-cornie kegerator with twin tap tower.

4) 4.7cf mini-fridge w/freezer for bottles, yeast and additional hops in the freezer compartment.

Good thing the bride likes good beer and supports my insanity. Would like to replace #1 & 4 with a standard fridge/freezer to consolidate space in the garage. Let's see what happens for Christmas....

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Recommendation
« on: October 03, 2013, 05:18:27 PM »
Google 'Corona Grain Mill Homebrew' and you'll find a mill that will get you going for much less than a standard two roller mill. It will take a little tweaking and adapting, but great if you like DIY.

Ingredients / Re: Popping My Cherry Cherry
« on: October 03, 2013, 05:14:25 PM »
Google 'Vintner's Harvest Chery Puree', pre-sterilized and ready to go into primary or secondary.

Equipment and Software / Re: Choosing The Right Brewpot
« on: September 27, 2013, 05:22:11 PM »
I've got a 15gal Blichmann, the first thing I did was drill a lower hole for the thermomenter. Since I do BIAB, the thermometer comes in handy during mash. It's also handy when chilling after boil rather than constantly dipping a hand-held thermometer in the kettle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 27, 2013, 05:12:34 PM »
Just checked my Amazon pre-order, hasn't shipped but says estimated delivery is 10/1....  :D

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort chiller
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:07:38 PM »
Check out fleaBay, 50' x 3/8" chiller for $70 for stainless or copper with all hoses and connectors.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:50:25 PM »
Cream of Three Crops Cream Ale, all grain BIAB. Looks pretty good coming off the keg, damn tasty too....

Zymurgy / Re: Reminder: 8th annual Gadgets issue!
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:34:13 PM »
I'd sent something in last week, never received an acknowledgement that it was received. Don't know if I was supposed too, just checking.

Patriot Supply on FleaBay is a great source for cheap Ranco controllers, even less than they're commercial website and free shipping.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 06:23:21 PM »
Mufasa from BJ's doesn't consider extract brewers to be brewer's, but he's not an a$$hole about it.

Ironic, since a large percentage of BJ's own beer isn't even made by BJ's and Mufasa is in charge of their contract brewing operations. Out of their 130 locations it appears that only three actually brew on premise and supply only 30% of their total requirements.  ::)

But I digress, back to the topic at hand. Any brewers who demeans another for their methods or processes should be ashamed of themselves. At the end of the day, making good beer is what it's all about and some prominent gold medal winners were extract beers. Heck, even Jamil Zainasheff has made extract batches using slightly tweaked recipes with Cooper's-style pre-hopped extracts that he has presented to respected beer aficionados with great reviews before telling them they were drinking a 'kit and kilo' beer.

Make what you can, make it well, and tell those jerks to go to H*ll....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: dry yeast question
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:12:28 PM »
I'm in the rehydration camp, no big deal and feel it helps the yeast assimilate better. Just saw an interesting article on an easy way to rehydrate using Rubbermaid containers that I'll try on my next batch:

Equipment and Software / Re: anyone use a hop spider
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:58:45 PM »
I flipped the coupler upside down so the neck keeps the bag "poofed" out during the boil. I think it does have a little impact on hoppiness, though with small-batch brewing the answer is... throw in more hops. (That's not me about to fire up my burner on the office carpet... it's just where I stored my burner and kettle until I got a nice big shelving unit.)

I may try flipping the coupler over next batch. Though the bag already 'poofs' out quite large in the section that in the wort. I haven't really noticed any impact on hop utilization using the bag versus just throwing in, and it makes for a much cleaner transfer and fermentation.

Equipment and Software / Re: anyone use a hop spider
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:22:47 PM »
I use a homemade hop spider with a reuseable skinny nylon bag from the LHBS, and drain my wort into the fermenter through a Duda Diesel bucket filter. Keeps most all the trub and hop crap out of the fermenter.


All Things Food / Re: Pickles and other fermented foods
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:34:12 PM »
I've got a easy go-to recipe for hot and sweet dills:

- 1 gallon jar of sliced dills, any brand works fine
- 4 pounds sugar
- Peppers, chopped garlic etc based on your preferences.

1) Drain all the liquid from the pickles.
2) Remove all but an inch of pickles from jar.
3) Put drained pickles back into the jar in 1 inch layers, interspersed with sugar and the hot/garlicky stuff.
4) Tighten lid securely, place jar in refrigerator.
5) Turn jar upside down after 12 hours. Place jar in large bowl in case of lid leaks.
6) Turn jar rightside up after another 12 hours.
7) Repeat 4 & 5 for a week or so, allowing all the sugar and goodies to go into solution and become liquid.
8) Open jar and enjoy.

I also keep the liquid drained off from step 1 to use in cold pickling other things like beans/garlic/carrots/onions, why waste?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy National IPA day!
« on: August 01, 2013, 05:55:31 PM »
No IPA homebrewed for today, but will be busting out a six month old Dogfish 120 from my limited stash....

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