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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 13, 2015, 06:14:37 AM »
For adding it to keg:  1 tsp for every 5 gallons. Bloom in ~ 1 cup colder water for 15-20 minutes, then microwave for about 1:20 or so until it hits about 150F (that's what I've found with my microwave). Stir, then dump into cold beer.

I fine in the keg using this method.  Just plain old unflavored Knox gelatin.  I've had great success in clearing most beers.  I also have used Bentonite.  Follow the instructions on the package.  It's a PITA to get it to completely dissolve, but it settles nicely in the bottom of the keg and stays tightly packed. 

I prefer the gelatin fining though.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter Hot Break
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:08:01 AM »
I have never even noticed any hot break in my DME starters.

Equipment and Software / Re: PBW Question
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:10:01 AM »
I had problems with it not dissolving easily until I started using my kitchen/mash whisk to get the job done. I thought that might be overkill, never thought of putting it in the blender though
I use a drill motor and a stir stick. 

The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:10:52 PM »
I use Beersmith.  It just makes life easy.

I never tasted Pliney the Elder, but I wonder if it will be voted #1 again. I wonder how many people rank a beer that they have never tasted, and rank it highly because "everyone else does"?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermopen sale
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:12:15 AM »
I bought mine on sale a few years ago.  It appeared to be "New in Box" as well.  I do admit that spending $75-$80 on a thermometer seems a little outrageous, but I love the accuracy and the speed of the reading.  I checked mine against a lab grade thermometer recently, and it was very close at every calibration point (>.5F).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash pH
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:00:07 AM »

If you're worried about your mash ph not getting to 5.2 you can buy this stuff. Works great!

Didn't work for me at all.

Didn't work for me either.  I tried it 3 times with 3 different grain bills.  I didn't get any off flavors that I could detect, but it just didn't work for my water.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 29, 2015, 05:57:57 AM »
Why not go digital?  Judges, bring your smartphones/tablets.  Log in to a central scoring site.  Each beer receives a control number for scoring.  Brewer gets feedback same day.  No paperwork to lose.
Requires one technical oriented individual to set up the database/survey, but the time and hassle elimination seems obvious.

^^ I like this idea.

Going Pro / Re: Been gone for awhile...
« on: January 29, 2015, 05:53:23 AM »
Congratulations!  The family and I are going to visit relatives in Fort Collins this summer.  I'll have to add you to my brewery tour plans.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Absorption
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:24:50 PM »
I was wondering if my system was freakishly efficient for a minute there.  I actually get .10 gal per pound too. 0.15 gallons left for mash tun deadspace. 

11've mopped the ceiling.
...the only time you clean up the dishes is when you need to use the kitchen sink for beer related activity.
...the "door beers" are only for special occasions and guests.
... your kids drink their juice from pint shaker glasses because that is all you have room for in the cabinets, (and they have their favorite logo/brewery).

Brewing is my Hobby, Beer is my Reward!

Mopped the ceiling - check (twice that I remember)

Clean the dishes so I can clean the brewery - check

door beers - check

Shaker glasses - my daughter likes the "Red Seal" glass.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making progress with SWMBO
« on: January 26, 2015, 06:29:32 AM »
The wife isn't much of a beer drinker at all, and only likes sweet wines.  We have discovered that any beer with 30 IBUs or less is tolerable to her.  Anything else gets bitter beer face.  It's a start.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing the Basic/Classic styles
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:30:15 AM »
Mine would have to be:

Kolsch (trying to get the diacetyl under control AND make it crisp)
IPA  ('cause HOPS!)
American Brown (I like it year round)
Wit (same here)
Lite American Lager (because I'm close and still haven't hit it out of the park yet)

When your weekend revolves around your "production schedule."
What? Non travel weekends are brew weekends!

I'll add: when you keep a hydrometer on the kitchen counter. How many of us do this?

^^^I'm guilty of this. I'm also the only one to wash the beer glasses, because only I "can do it right".

When you are the only guest asked/allowed to bring beer to any gathering you attend


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