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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Going to rehydrate
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:42:36 PM »
Just give it time...if it isn't going by 24 hours, you can have my next batch!   ;D

So,'s been 25 hours now, and nothing......... ;)


Equipment and Software / Re: Brew kettle thoughts
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:41:24 PM »
My opinon, get as much pot as you reasonably can afford.


All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: February 13, 2010, 10:52:49 AM »
I'll pass.

Pimp My System / Re: Brutus 10 Build
« on: February 13, 2010, 10:39:02 AM »
Guess we are not working on it this weekend either?

Man I cant wait for this s***e to melt. Sucks!

Suppose I could of PM,ed but this thread was about to fall off the first page.  :)

Hopefully next weekend eh?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bourbon added to secondary
« on: February 12, 2010, 02:17:49 PM »
mmmm...I love me some bourbon in my porters.  ;)

The Pub / Re: BFI Sighting!
« on: February 12, 2010, 12:24:03 PM »
No way. That's so .... I don't even know what to say.  :D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grain Ratio
« on: February 12, 2010, 11:51:05 AM »
I've played around with different ratios and I can't say I've noticed a difference in mouthfeel or flavor either.  I went from a 5 gallon cooler to a ten gallon cooler, which gave me the opportunity to use a higher water/grist ratio and the only thing I've noticed is that I don't need to sparge more than once after the additional run off.

agreed - I sort of let the ratio 'find itself" so that I get equal runoffs from the first run and sparge.  as long as it is within 1.25 qt/lb and 2.0 I don't worry about it.


...equal amounts for first runnings and sparge is my target.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chiller Suggestions
« on: February 12, 2010, 11:02:39 AM »
Sorry you mean a hopback which is a sealed chamber that is inserted in between the brewing kettle and counter-flow wort chiller. Hops are added to the chamber, the hot wort from the kettle is run through it, and then immediately cooled in the wort chiller before entering the fermentation chamber.

I don't use a hopback but I'm sure others could chime in and offer advice.

Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: February 12, 2010, 10:58:21 AM »
And my friends say I'm crazy.
Excellent job, wait one minute...
you're missing something:
A floor drain!

Sorry Mate ,.......I gots 2 floor drains ....the best idea in the whole shed !

A must have for any brewery shed.  ;D

The Pub / Re: Best Days To Brew?
« on: February 12, 2010, 10:56:04 AM »
For me, the best DAYS to brew are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Oh, and Wednesdays are good too. :)



General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping ?
« on: February 12, 2010, 10:52:02 AM »
Perhaps the lupulin gland oils that are dissolved at 150F vs boiled at 212F react to form different compounds that affect the perceived bitterness in various ways. There have been studies on the effects of temperature on alpha acids in the lupulin glands of hops. I would be interested to understand the findings, but it's $30.00 per study.  

This is what I've always heard and gone on.  It seems to be backed up by this...

Yes. It appears the effects of oxidation on first wort hops are less therefore lending a rounder hop flavor and aroma. I'm sur Kai will chime in on this if he has time.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chiller Suggestions
« on: February 11, 2010, 06:48:46 PM »
Check out this thread.

I use an immersion chiller for my 15 gallon keggle. It can be used for 5 or 10 gallon batches. I used 60 feet of 1/2" soft copper that I wrapped around a corny keg. It can be set-up for whirlpool as well. I can chill 11 gallons of wort down from 212F to 60F in about 20 minutes. It will vary depending on your water temp.

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: February 11, 2010, 06:42:08 PM »
George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. Known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many other guitarists, Guy is considered an important exponent of Chicago blues and a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

My band opened up for Buddy Guy in 1996 at The Stone Balloon in Newark, Delaware.

An iconic blues guitar player and singer.

Without further ado.

Mr Buddy Guy!

Buddy doing "Sweet Home Chicago"

Here's Buddy with John Mayer on "Damn Right I Got The Blues"

Here's BB King/Eric Clapton/Buddy Guy/Jim Vaughn doing Rock Me Baby. Four great blues artists together on stage.

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:57:41 PM »
Does anyone find good results using MO in American APA/IPA's?

that's what I use as my basemalt for everything, so yes, it produces great results.

I knew you did. I definitely counted on your response, but are you the only one?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Chris Colby on malt conditioning
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:56:10 PM »

Maybe this isn't the proper place to ask, but could you post a procedure for the FFT and iodine tests. Maybe you could start a new subject.  :-\

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