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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mosaic
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:13:04 AM »
Looking forward to trying Mosaic myself. A local brewery (Lone Pint) came out with a SMASH using Maris Otter and Mosaic, just freaking great flavor and nose.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann floor burner review
« on: June 03, 2013, 11:02:20 AM »
+1 on the Blichmann, and the legs. Gets your kettle up to the right height so you're not breaking your back bending over all the time. I even made a sparker to light mine with so I don't have to mess with aim n' flames anymore.

Go to and check the link for vacuum sealers in the right hand sidebar, target has a basic FoodSaver on sale for about 50% off. I've got a FoodSaver and love it, for hops and more. I get my rolls and bags off eBay, same quality as the brand name and a lot cheaper.

General Homebrew Discussion / Feedback On My Water?
« on: May 21, 2013, 10:09:40 AM »
With half a dozen extract batches under my belt, and satisfactory results, I'm moving into all-grain using BIAB. Everything so far has been with RO water from the store, but I'd like to use my tap water if possible. My report from Ward Labs is below, any feedback is appreciated.

pH                   7.8
TDS                 237
Elec Cond         0.40
Cat/An me/L     3.9/4.2

Sodium Na 30 ppm
Potassium K 5 ppm
Calcium Ca 43 ppm
Magnesium Mg 4 ppm
Total Hardness CaCO3 124 ppm
Nitrate NO3-N 0.5 ppm
Sulfate SO4-S 18 ppm
Chloride Cl 42 ppm
Carbonate CO3 6 ppm
Bicarbonate HCO3 103 ppm
Total Alkalinity CaCO3 95 ppm
Total Phosphorous P 0.22 ppm
Total Iron Fe <0.01 ppm

After about six months and eight batches of extract/steeping grains. Have done two batches of all-grain using BIAB, and have been very pleased with the results and the lower costs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers for the non-craft drinker
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:28:08 AM »
The last couple of extract kits with steeping grains I did were from the MoreBeer 'budget' series, a blonde and a porter. As a homebrewers and craft beer drinker, I was actually surprised at how well they came out for the price point. They have also been well received by BMC drinking neighbors and friends.

Though I've started doing all-grain now, it's good to know there are some inexpensive and quick extract brews I can throw together quickly if needed.

Yeast and Fermentation / Belgian Pale Ale Fermentation
« on: May 14, 2013, 02:05:05 PM »
I made a batch of the More Fun Blonde Belgian Pale Ale on AHA Big Brew Day on 5/4/13. My second all-grain batch, done with BIAB. The recipe fermentation schedule was to pitch Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity Ale at 65F, ramp to 75F over 36 hours and finish at 75F. Since I didn't want to mess with a starter, I pitched two smack packs to make sure I had enough viable cells. I probably took 48 hours to ramp from 65 to 75 in my chamber, and it's been in the chamber for a total of ten days now.

This is the highest temps I've fermented at, most of my ales have been in the 62-65 range. At those temps, I leave beers in primary for 3-4 weeks, skip secondary and go straight to keg. How long should I ferment this BPA for, and is there any need for a secondary? TIA for the inputs....

Pimp My System / Re: Temp control options in Florida garage
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:51:24 AM »
Check out the Cool Brewing bag, I used one on my first half-dozen batches. I kept it in a spare bedroom with a few frozen bottles and it worked great, no water needed.

Events / Re: Big Brew Day 2013
« on: April 19, 2013, 11:11:59 AM »
I don't know how I missed seeing the recipe link on the BBD page, must've been a Homer moment  ???

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 19, 2013, 10:50:53 AM »
I started with an entry level 9 gallon pot that was a 'scratch and dent' from Austin Homebrew. Over the period of a few months and a half dozen batches I added a kettle valve and a sight glass/thermometer combo from Brew Hardware. Quite pleased....

....until I decided to try BIAB and wanted the capability of doing high gravity beers or 10 gallon batches. Hello Blichmann 15 gallon Boilermaker  :)

Built like a tank and I'll pass it on to my heirs when I die. Pricey, but I don't regret it. Just getting the last of the parts I need to turn it into a gas fired BIAB RIMS system, I love being a engineering geek almost as much as brewing.

My first kit when I got back into brewing was an Oktoberfest style ale. Even after a three week primary it had acetaldehyde undertones after I kegged it. About a week later it started fading, a week after that it was just plain good. Of course, the keg blew shortly thereafter.... ::)

Events / Big Brew Day 2013
« on: April 19, 2013, 10:35:23 AM »
This will be the first year that I (and my local LHBS) are participating in the AHA Big Brew Day. The AHA home page currently has a splash story on the More Fun Blonde Ale being 'one of the recipes for this year's BBD', are there other recipes coming as well? I had heard that BBD is focused around a single recipe rather than multiple ones.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: budweiser yes, but kind of cool
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:29:03 AM »
Hmm... let's do the math here... assuming they'll charge the same price for these packages compared with 12-ounce packaging, they will bring in revenues of 12/11.3 what they did before... this is a 6.2% return.  Surely the average Bud drinker knows and cares that this is the real reason for the "bow tie" design.  Ha.  Worthless gimmick.  Anything to make more money.

If you don't have good beer, have good gimmicks....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: budweiser yes, but kind of cool
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:27:56 AM »
Almost an ounce less beer, and comes in an eight-pack to further confuse consumers. They'll set the per can price the same or slightly higher than a standard 12oz can for the 'cool factor', and most people won't do the math with the eight pack added. InBev laughs all the way to the bank....

Zymurgy / Re: DIY version of "Pimp My System"
« on: April 15, 2013, 10:13:23 AM »
I think it's a nice idea, maybe each month have a high-end and entry level DIY system in the magazine.

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