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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 22, 2017, 05:04:21 PM »
And you're assuming one that buys a kit like this wants to learn about it beyond the process. You don't think some see box mix convenience in a kit like this? Betty's brownies and my scratch brownies are different, yet they are both still brownies and I learned to bake.

Beat me to it.  I know plenty of brewers (and there's probably alot more them than "us") that care less about the kit ingredients and just want to make good beer/brownies quickly and effectively with a minimum of fuss.

Well, that makes absolutely no sense to me. Why not just go buy the commercial beer? If you are that careless as a homebrewer the actual beer is most likely gonna taste better than your half ass homebrew anyway.  ;) Perhaps I'm an over-achiever.
Again, the process.
"Am I doing this brewing thing right? Hey look, a kit of that beer I like. If I can make it taste close, I'll know if I'm doing well. Add-to-cart."

And why is it careless or half assed? Do we need to be like the video below with our ingredients to be full assed and really care?
https://youtu.be/ErRHJlE4PGI

I'm mostly playing devils advocate here. I find the ABI boogeyman outrage ridiculous.

I lost love for northern brewer when some of their products magically had 4.5 star ratings while getting trashed everywhere else. Can't tell me a homebrewer cared enough to complain on a forum/Reddit and not offer an "I'd give it zero stars if I could" rating. That and their ingredient prices have always been pretty outrageous.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 22, 2017, 06:58:50 AM »
And you're assuming one that buys a kit like this wants to learn about it beyond the process. You don't think some see box mix convenience in a kit like this? Betty's brownies and my scratch brownies are different, yet they are both still brownies and I learned to bake.

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Events / Re: SAVOR pre-sale codes
« on: March 21, 2017, 09:22:38 AM »
Got mine moments ago

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 21, 2017, 08:59:53 AM »
I'm not buying Betty Crocker brownie mix anymore. She doesn't share her recipes. What a b****.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Infection in 5 Years
« on: March 19, 2017, 06:38:10 PM »
Acetobacter requires oxygen, so you might have an oxygen issue as well. It's required for both reproduction and acetic acid production.

You mention open fermentation. Where are you doing this? Do you take any precautions to prevent bugs from contacting the wort? Do you seal up the vessel as co2 productions tapers off?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:14:35 PM »
New kitchen circuits are 20A these days.

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The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries 2016
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:06:45 PM »
 IMO yuengling is fine. It doesn't deserve to be crapped on, but also doesn't deserve the fanboyism that it has. Solid inexpensive beer is always welcome in my belly.

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Ingredients / Re: Red X malt (Best Malz)
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:02:51 PM »
My last use at 90% is still in the fermenter but has promise over the previous batches. I targeted 5.35ph and overshot at 5.6. Overall the flavor is better and the color seems deeper and more red.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: "Slip Slide sparge method
« on: March 16, 2017, 08:34:58 AM »
It refers to fly sparging in the spirit of a device called a "Slip n' Slide" which is a piece of plastic that water is sprayed onto while you run and slip and slide on it.  Mostly for kids but I enjoy a good run every now and then.

https://www.amazon.com/Wham-Surf-Rider-Slip-Slide/dp/B004XHWGCQ

Don't forget the batch sparge version "Crocodile Mile"

http://totally-90s.com/crocodile-mile/
Splash pool is key to the success.

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The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries 2016
« on: March 16, 2017, 08:21:23 AM »
Numbers don't matter. All that matters is me filling my Instagram feed with beer pron.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:32:28 PM »
Sounds normal

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:12:47 PM »
Did you use any fermcap when boiling the starter?

FYI - 5 minutes is plenty of boil time for a starter. Some just heat to sanitize and chill.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Is this too many hops in session APA?
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:11:14 PM »
I think your are right about the Columbus. If I use it to finish or dry hop an IPA, I use it about 15-25% of the addition.

As for the rest, it's more than I would use, but not out of line. Consider moving a good portion to 0 and allow to steep.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room AC control by-pass
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:52:54 PM »
I'd be careful about powering an AC unit with the STC-1000- the STC is rated for lower power applications only.  I'm guessing an AC unit would fry it.  The coldbot was created to handle this application.

Or, you should be able to run the SSR that I linked to with the STC-1000.
Exactly. The STC 1000 can be used to switch a higher amperage SSR.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Celleraring vs storage
« on: March 15, 2017, 10:13:29 AM »
Colder is better. All chemical reactions slow as the temp drops. No need to cellar If your beers are will not benefit from it.

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