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Yeast and Fermentation / ~40 gallon plastic coke barrels
« on: May 30, 2013, 01:57:57 AM »
My wife procured several a coke barrels from my local coke bottler for rain collection.  She brought home a skinny one that I was considering to steal and use as a primary fermenter(with a few mods).  It smells like Sprite, so I figured I would fill it with water in the sun for a few days to soak the residual flavor out.  Questions are: will soaking work to remove the favor?  If not what will?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reality
« on: May 29, 2013, 02:09:05 AM »
My wife laughed her @ss off...true stuff!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st All grain today
« on: May 26, 2013, 01:20:50 PM »
I had read that 30 min @ 133 degrees, then 40 min @ 155, then 5 min @ 159 would bring a balance between fermentability and mouth feel(Joy of HB, by CP)...I already knew I did need to do that with the grains I was using, but I figured the exercise wouldn't hurt.

We're looking good in about 1 1/2 inches in foam.  Smells great...I may not have screwed it up!

Thanks again for all the support...I open to more suggestions

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st All grain today
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:42:06 PM »
Successfully in primary ferm...I'm buying a counterflow chiller!  The immersion method is no good with AG.  Had to use my kid's kiddie-pool and four bags of ice.  Also need a ball-valve for the lauder tun...slow leak or not, it cost me some beer.
Thanks for the support!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st All grain today
« on: May 25, 2013, 04:23:17 PM »
Things are going well...haven't burned the garage down yet.

I'm at 158 degrees after being at 138 for 30 min.  Got a slow leak on my Lauter Tun, but I'm now really concerned about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / 1st All grain today
« on: May 25, 2013, 03:17:59 PM »
Doing an APA extract(big deal for me).  Been brewing offandon since '01, but it's been mixed steeping grains and extract.

Here's what I'm using(thanks to BrewMatersWarehouse in ATL):
7 lbs Briess 2-Row Brewer's Malt
2 lbs Weyermann Munich Type II
1/2 lbs Briess 2 Row Caramel 10
1/2 lbs Briess White Wheat
4 oz of Cascade

Going to step mash...wish an all-grain rookie luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Hop yard...any advice?
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:07:01 AM »
All is still good...had lots of rain in TN
Hops have grown well.  Hit them with the left over "insecticide" again.  Should have some yield soon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Nanomashing...anyone tried this?
« on: May 24, 2013, 01:40:06 AM »
In the latest edition of zymurgy, there was an article called nanomashing...has anyone tired this?  Sounds like a good idea, but I'm new to writing my own grain bill so I wanted to ask.  I'm trying to develop a "flagship" APA.

Pimp My System / Re: Speidel Braumeister...anyone have one?
« on: May 11, 2013, 09:33:50 PM »
thanks for all the replies...I'm going custom

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking while brewing
« on: May 09, 2013, 02:02:01 AM »
I can't brew beer without drinking it simultaneously...just can't.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Hop yard...any advice?
« on: May 09, 2013, 01:55:19 AM »
I added fresh compost to the base about a week ago.  Lots of rain later, we're up to three ft on 1st, two ft on the 2nd and 3rd.  Also, I used the fish-oil organic "insecticide" the wifey found from last season...seems to be keeping the bugs off the leaves.

Pimp My System / Speidel Braumeister...anyone have one?
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:07:16 AM »
I've been casually looking to upgrade my cooler mashing process for the last few months and came across the Speidel Braumeister system.  From what I've seen of the custom systems that people smarter than I have put together, these machines would not be that dramatically move expensive.  Has anyone purchased one of these or heard of someone who has?  If so, how do ya'll/they like it?  Worth the dough?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Hop yard...any advice?
« on: April 27, 2013, 11:47:25 AM »
el_capitan:  Thanks...I haven't read that about digging up and replanting.  Make a lot of sense in controlling the growth.  I'll do that this coming winter.

Update:  I was at Auburn's spring game last weekend so I wasn't able to update (War Eagle!).  2 out of 3 vines are growing well and have attached to the trestles.  The 3rd is slow going, but is making progress.  I've noticed that some insects are making a small meal out of my leaves.  Wifey suggests spraying with manure tea...what do ya'll think?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Hop yard...any advice?
« on: April 14, 2013, 12:46:28 AM »
reverseapachemaster:  Thanks for the advise.  Yes, I would normally agree the overwatering is a death sentence for most plants...I've killed my more than my fair share.
However, the book I read "The Homebrewer's Garden" by Joe Fisher & Dennis Fisher recommended daily watering early on in the development, along with a good prepping of the soil for good drainage.  Additionally, it recommended planting them to be planted on a "mound" which would allow for extra drainage and favorable root pruning in the spring. 
They're growing like weeds so far so we'll see...I'll update again next week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Hop yard...any advice?
« on: April 13, 2013, 01:16:52 PM »
After on week, hops are growing well.  1 vine is at 3" and the other 2 are at 2' tall.  I'll begin training up the trestle next week.
Watering every afternoon.

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