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When you say stove, do you mean an electric stove? I remember reading way back that some carmelization could take place when using an electric stove. I know there are lots of folks out there who use electric, so maybe they could weigh in.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometer Recommendation
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:19:06 PM »
Martin, what do use for a reference for a mash temp without relying on another thermometer? I understand your point about using ice - boiling water, but I'm racking my brain trying to think of what else to reference.

I have a NIST-certified mercury thermometer that serves as my reference.  Clearly, you wouldn't want to use one of those anywhere in the brewery due to its fragility and hazard.  I suggest that homebrew clubs may want to invest in something like that and they can have calibration events at their meetings a few times a year so that members can check their thermometers.

Thanks. That's a good idea. I recently joined a club and maybe some one already has a reference.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometer Recommendation
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:49:35 PM »
I've used the digital and dial thermometers both. The dial are more robust IMO. Just tossed another digital when it read 140* in my fridge.

Martin, what do use for a reference for a mash temp without relying on another thermometer? I understand your point about using ice - boiling water, but I'm racking my brain trying to think of what else to reference.


Equipment and Software / Re: The Right Stuff
« on: September 29, 2013, 08:01:38 PM »
I checked Denny's web site many moons ago when I was looking for an alternative to false bottoms. Saw the braid on the mash tun and then the the perforated copper tube for the kettle. Well, I had the tubing and the braid so I just combined them. Probably didn't need the tube inside the braid from what I've read, but it's been in there a long time now and works ok.

Equipment and Software / Re: Directly heating Erlenmeyer flasks
« on: September 29, 2013, 07:46:00 PM »
I boil in my flask on a gas stove sometimes. No problems. It's typically easier for me to boil in a pot and transfer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 29, 2013, 03:01:52 PM »
Pulled mine out of the mailbox this morning. Must have come Saturday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:00:21 PM »
A big one for me is a well stocked, knowledgeable staff. I shop at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Hope the plug helps them out (is that OK? I didn't read the FAQ on this). They have a great selection of homebrewing stuff and it's an awesome liquor store, so the hours are wide open. They're active in the beer scene, sponsor competitions, etc. A real pleasure to do business with them. I think that you're going to be OK on this side of the business simply because you cared to ask. 

Something that's also tremendously important is competitive pricing. The LHBS doesn't ahve to be THE lowest price on EVERY item, but be in the game. There is another store that I'll not visit again. I picked up a bunch of stuff for a party and slid by there home brew stuff. I didn't pay attention and paid about double for some Iodophor. I'll still buy beer there when it's convenient, but maybe I'll never purchase another brew supply item.

Good luck if you go forward with the new business!

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann burner first impression
« on: August 09, 2013, 04:58:02 PM »
The blichman I bought is in a SS frame. The burner itself is cast iron. I'd love to have a ss burner for the longevity; probably the weight, too. Not sure what the weight difference is with ss, but it could be thinner-walled than cast iron which would probably keep the weight down.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 09, 2013, 04:30:06 PM »
I used to pre-heat. Haven't lately. It's summer, I brew outside when I can and it just hasn't been necessary. Come winter, I'll mash in the kitchen. I'll probably pre-heat again because everything is just cooler. It's not that big a deal really. I throw a couple quarts of water in the ol' microwave while I'm getting stuff together and dump that in the tun while I'm milling my grain...bim, badda-boom, done.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Surprise
« on: August 09, 2013, 12:03:26 AM »
You guys are giving me hope. I have a pale fermenting now and tastes aweful at only three weeks. I think it's acetylaldehyde, rotten apples, but I figured I'd let it go another month or three to see. Figured aging may not help, but won't hurt. Must be some good karma reading about your past brews. Timing can be everything

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 05, 2013, 04:35:25 PM »
Little pink houses - John Mellemcamp

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yesteray's (mis)adventure
« on: August 05, 2013, 03:02:42 PM »
Been there. Had the connection blow clean off once. It was immediately obvious - water everywhere. Beer turned out fine. I believe, and it's just my optimism here, that I've run so much water through the hose before I ever get to chilling (cleaning, filling mash tun, etc) the hose is pretty well rinsed. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want to add too much. But you're right, I think. 2-3 ozs in 5 gallons of 200* water probably took care of itself.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roggenbier!
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:56:20 PM »
I used the WLP 380 and got all the flavor I was looking for. Fermented at about 68* ambient air temp. I have a lager in my fridge. Anyway, thought it turned out well for me. Took to a club pic-nic and got some good comments; nothing too critical.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roggenbier!
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:06:25 PM »
Yep. I had their roggenbier. IIRC, it's all from their own farm or something. They say the produced everything that goes in the bottle. I liked the beer, but didn't find it to be what I thought should be there. I was looking for more banana, clove and some something more from the rye.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann burner first impression
« on: August 04, 2013, 07:47:25 PM »
They are the same; or so close I cant tell the difference. My first burner was the bayou sp10. Lasted about 12+ yrs before the cast iron port just crumbled where the gas line ties in. Bought a banjo burner thinking it would fit the stand. It didn't. Bought a Blinchman cause that's what my LHBS had in stock and noticed right away it was the same burner as the new banjo I had at home. So, bought it off the shelf and sold the extra on to a buddy.

Don't know who actually casts the burner, but it appears he's selling to both Bayou and Blinchman.

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