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All Things Food / Re: Wings
« on: March 29, 2017, 01:11:32 PM »
i pretty much stopped frying my wings, so much mess and cleanup.  I still slightly prefer fried, but i find baked to be almost perfect, a bit healthier and much easier to make.  i bake them on a rack in a sheet pan at 425-450 after some olive oil and S/P beforehand.  takes about 45 min to an hour, dependent on how crispy you want the skin.

then proceed with your prep.  i like fairly hot, but my gf does not.  so i often make different types of sauces - maple/Dijon/pepper, raspberry with Frank's etc.  if they're just for me, all bets are off.

actually making some wings tonight!

Pimp My System / Re: Our system
« on: March 29, 2017, 12:37:51 PM »
We had the glycol at 40°F and to chill down 20 gallons of wort it took 30 mins. It would be nice to know what other people with a similar set up are getting for chill times.

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your question may be directed towards people who have a similar chilling system, i.e. glycol, so apologies if so.  I have a similar system otherwise, but i don't use glycol - i run a double ganged counterflow chiller, one with groundwater and one with ice water on a continuous loop from my HLT. 

I get 12gal of wort to 50df in about 20-25min. 

Pimp My System / Re: Our system
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:29:22 AM »
sweet setup. 

how quickly does the glycol chill it down?

Ingredients / Re: Sterling Hops in a Kolsch
« on: March 29, 2017, 08:09:27 AM »
I was really enamored with Sierra Nevada's American kolsch they put out a couple of years ago in their summer pack.  I made a kolsch recently in homage to that , and I following their stated ingredients I added a small amount of simcoe (didn't have strisselspalt though) late boil and during short whirlpool. 

The lemony and piny aroma from the small amount of simcoe along with the winey pear aromatics of the yeast complement each other well, and those all together almost smell like lemongrass to me.

just sharing.

Ingredients / Re: Favorite hop mix?
« on: March 29, 2017, 08:02:12 AM »
Equinox is just amazing in my opinion and will become a permanent part of my APA/IPA if I can ever settle on one recipe...

yeah - this hop has worked its way up the priority line, I'm using it in a lot of recipes now.

doing a simcoe/ekuanot mix next.

to the OP:

Citra and Galaxy also work really well together.  or alone - for a Red IPA, all Citra or Citra plus a little Willamette is money (Tocabaga Red IPA from Cigar City is predominantly Citra with some Will - I devised an homage that is ridiculously good).

Ingredients / Re: Favorite hop mix?
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:54:39 AM »
Citra Equinox (now Ekuanot) is one of my all time favorite mixes.  I make a IIPA with it and when its on tap, becomes dangerous because the hop aroma and flavor keep me filling my glass. 



Kegging and Bottling / Re: Balancing beer line
« on: March 25, 2017, 10:20:45 AM »
Thanks guys.  If it's too long what would I expect?  Seems to be pouring fine at the moment.  Maybe a little fast, which is the opposite of what I would think if the line were too long - I'd think it was slow.

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Kegging and Bottling / Balancing beer line
« on: March 25, 2017, 06:58:34 AM »
hey all

using this equation:

L = (keg_pressure – 1 – (Height/2)) / Resistance

assuming most beers at 12psi, and 1.5 height change, i only need about 3.4 feet of 3/16" tubing (3# resistance).  but I can't actually use less than 6.5 feet.

if i use 1/4" tubing, i'd need 12' of tubing, which with a bunch of taps is kind of a lot.

what would you do?

Looking good sir!  What is that pump/vent with flexline?

Thanks. That is for the coolant fan pumping cool air into the tower

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 23, 2017, 12:04:31 PM »

"Far Far Away" Pale Ale

94% 2row
6% carared

magnum for bittering
rest Galaxy

Are you going for a Chewie texture?   ;D

haha - another name I was thinking was "These Aren't the Hops You're Looking For" lol

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 23, 2017, 11:41:51 AM »
Love both carared and Galaxy hops together. You got me thinking about some hoppy deliciousness now!!

cool - ive really been digging carared and I initially wrote it with c-45l but swapped this in when rethinking it last night.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 23, 2017, 11:17:32 AM »

"Far Far Away" Pale Ale

94% 2row
6% carared

magnum for bittering
rest Galaxy

thanks guys!

When the time comes that the freezer has problems or dies, how hard will it be to repair or replace?

the front façade is only kept in place by 4 hidden screws.  if and when that happens, zip-zip, the whole front covering the freezer comes off, pull the freezer out and insert a new one.  there's 4 inches to the left and about 8 to the right, so shifting it inside is also very manageable.

of course, I'll most likely have to build a new collar, but I might be lucky and they still make the exact same model, but Murphy's law suggests not. 

Made a lot of progress.  Not finished yet but I figured I'd post some update pics.  Granite guy drilled 3/4" holes which I filled with epoxy as well as put a good layer of silicone underneath the base of the column.  Made a stem with PVC to also add stability.  I think the counter will come off before the tower does.

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Beer Travel / Re: It's good to be in Asheville
« on: March 14, 2017, 07:33:55 AM »
We went to both Wicked Weed's, Burial, Hi-Wire, Wedge, Green Man, Thirsty Monk, and the enormous Sierra Nevada brewery and tap room.  The Wicked Weed Funkatorium had some amazing sours.  There is more to try for next time, but we did a pretty good job for a weekend.
Just will say the Sierra Nevada Chico brewery is much bigger. The one in Asheville is the most beautiful of all I have seen, and I have seen a lot. The second most beautiful is Chico.  ;)

indeed I can't wait to go back.  I'm shocked that Chico is bigger

I was about to say the same thing. Mills River is literally the most beautiful brewery I have ever seen. Simply stunning.

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