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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer Calibration
« on: November 27, 2014, 07:42:19 PM »
I think that you should calibrate with your regular brewing water ( tap, well,  ro,  distilled) since we aren't really interested in true sg but in the contribution of our extract over the initial sg of our water right?

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It certainly has become an expansive hobby. Close to half my garage now

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For my first Father's Day in 2011 my wife and her friend bought myself and her husband a deal at the local on premises place.  We brewed there and had a lot of fun despite poor instruction.  They lost our batch (a common occurrence at this place) we ended up reading a few books each and rebrewed there a few weeks later.  Being a scientist (me) and an engineer (my buddy Ryan) we were not content with the recipes they had available.  We put together our own recipe and went back.  We were pleased with the results and decided to get setup at home.  I spent the next 6 months reading like crazy and got my first equipment for Christmas 2011. I brewed my first 5 gal batch on new year's day 2012. Just brewed batch 51 at home plus a few more at friends houses and the local brewery.  Ryan started doing 1 gallon batches about the same time and just jumped to 10 gal a few weeks ago.

Our wives say it was the most expensive father's day present ever.

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Ingredients / Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« on: October 11, 2014, 08:49:43 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  I will not boil it

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Ingredients / Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« on: October 10, 2014, 08:44:19 PM »
Just harvested about 100 prickly pears yesterday.  Processed them today, flamed off the glochids,  peeled and pureed, strained the seeds out.  I got about 1 gallon of juice.  I will add some to the boil and some in secondary.  I tried a little in my agave wheat  tonight and love it. I decided to brew my agave wheat substituting local cactus honey for the agave nectar and adding the prickly pears.  I will brew next week.  Froze the juice tonight. 

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Ingredients / Re: Your Grain Inventory?
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:34:55 AM »
Maris otter and American 2 row. I buy by the sack.
Wheat and rye 10 lbs a time.  Carapils 3 lbs at a time,  crystal 40, 60, 75, honey malt, 2 lbs a time.  Chocolate malt, roasted barley,  crystal 120 1 lb at a time.
And 3 lbs of rice hulls

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:43:27 AM »
Easy. I filed down the edge a bit

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:55:18 AM »
I used a coping saw

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The Pub / Re: Denver to Boulder in September
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:07:23 PM »
Yesterday went to West Flanders,  BRUboulder , and Upslope.  Today went to Left Hand and Oscar Blues. New favorite of the trip is left hand

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The Pub / Re: Denver to Boulder in September
« on: September 14, 2014, 06:02:46 PM »
Went to crooked stave and great divide as well.  As much as I try to like Brett, farmhouse, sours and such. They are just not for me.  Loved great divide.  Going to Avery for dinner

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The Pub / Re: Denver to Boulder in September
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:44:51 AM »
Just got to dry dock. Cool place with a homebrew shop in back. Hop abomination was their best. Vanilla porter is overpowering vanilla.  Citrus stout was very enjoyable. 

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Beer Travel / Re: LA and San Diego
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:59:30 PM »
Have a great trip

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Ingredients / Re: Dumb question about candi syrup
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:37:17 PM »
In beersmith I add it into my recipe.  Write down the expected og.  Delete. Write down the og without.  The og without the post boil sugar is your measured og

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The Pub / Re: Denver to Boulder in September
« on: August 16, 2014, 08:49:53 AM »
Thanks guys. I have been to Fort Collins before.  And have had something from most of the breweries you mentioned at beer festivals.  I will check out Avery and left hand for sure. Probably give crooked stave a shot as well.

I'm mostly interested in trying stuff that I can't get in California.

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The Pub / Denver to Boulder in September
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:41:20 PM »
I'll be in Boulder for three nights in September.  Looking for some good places to check out.  I will be flying into Denver and have time maybe for fort collins on my way to Boulder. Otherwise I will be in Boulder the rest of the trip.


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