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Pimp My System / Re: Show us your Son of a Fermentation Chillers!!
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:19:04 PM »
Fermoire, awsome!

Pimp My System / Re: Temp control options in Florida garage
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:16:46 PM »
IMHO, buy a used refrigerator and add a thermostat.  Thermostats run between $50 - $80.  That will give you more time to sit and sip a brew instead of making ice and tending to your swamp cooler. 

Ingredients / Re: Wyeast Nutrient Blend how much to use?
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:04:42 PM »
I've been adding .5 tsp to the starter and another .5 tsp to the wort (5 gal).  That 5 gallons is churning in 4-5 hours and I have to say that my primary requires a blow off tube.  Too much?  Maybe next time I will go with a pinch instead of .5 tsp in the starter.

Ingredients / Re: Java beans in coffee porter
« on: April 23, 2013, 11:51:26 AM »
Perfect timing for this posting.  I was just thinking the next brew will be a coffee enhanced porter or stout.  Aschecte, thanks for passing along the tip from your brewer friend.

Ingredients / Re: Interesting Hop Article
« on: April 23, 2013, 11:46:27 AM »
Thanks for posting the link to this article. 

I just moved to all-grain brewing and moved the brewing operation to the garage.  I bought a Blichmann 10 gal. boil kettle with a ball valve, thermometer and view glass along with a Blichmann burner.  If money is no object then you could consider doing the same and that would get you and the wonderful aromas that your wife doesn't like, out of the house.  The kettle pretty much stays in place for heating my water, boiling the wort, chilling the wort and finally transferring to the primary.  Since I don't plan on doing anything over 5 gallons, I think this will be sufficient for me, for now anyway. 

You got to love the comments, "heavy", "unusual", "bitter", give me some of that.  Poor Corona guy will have a hard time adapting. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 21, 2013, 12:18:46 PM »
Flbrewer, You will get plenty of help form the guys/gals on this forum.  My son and I started brewing this year after he received a kit for Christmas.  Being new to the hobby, we had a lot of questions and I am getting great advice through the posting here on the forum. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The journey
« on: April 21, 2013, 12:04:36 PM »

I jumped to all grain about two months into it. Great move. It got me into the science side of things and much more fun.

What a cool hobby!

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

I can relate to your story...very addictive, can't wait for the next Brew Day to arrive.  I'm at the all-grain step in your story and need to master that process with proven recipes before moving on to my own.  Still having some issues but I'm confident we will get there with some help and guidance from the forum.

Indeed! This is a very cool hobby.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starter Cells Created
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:40:33 PM »
Thanks for all the replies...I'll check out the site as well.  I am using a stir plate and my primary is like a volcano so I must be getting good cell counts.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dead Space
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:51:17 PM »
Not everyone picks up the kettle and dumps it out.

I would venture to guess that most people don't actually. I have a spigot on my kettle that drains through a hop stopper screen.

I was just looking at a hop stopper screen at  I have a 10 gal blichmann with a spigot so perhaps I should place an order.  Thanks.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Starter Cells Created
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:42:53 PM »
If I start a 1 quart yeast starter using Wyeast 1056 (100 Billion cells), how many cells can I expect to gain?  I use BeerSmith2 and it tells me I need a starter plus 1 pack for 237 Billion cells.  I'm assuming it means that I need to create a yeast starter in addition to another yeast pack.  Since each yeast pack is 100 Billion cells I guess my gain from the starter is 37 Billion cells?  Am I understanding this correctly?  BS also says if I don't use a starter then I would need 3 yeast packs.  Is there a way to know how many cells I'm really gaining from a yeast starter? 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dead Space
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:27:58 PM »
Why would you have dead space in the brew kettle?  Wouldn't you just pick up the kettle and pour everything out?  Of course there would be the grub issue.  I will try the recommendation for both my tun and kettle and see what is left.  Thanks guys.

All Grain Brewing / Dead Space
« on: April 19, 2013, 12:47:19 PM »
How do you measure dead space in the mash tun?  I am using a 10 gallon orange cooler with a 12" false bottom. 

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