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Ingredients / Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« on: November 13, 2009, 06:14:28 PM »
Same answer as the others - only using Marris Otter.  Picked up 3 sacks yesterday from North Country Malt @ $40/sack.  Works out to about 0.73/lb.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg, bottle or both?
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:52:24 PM »
I switched entirely to kegging (hated dealing with all those bottles), but now realize I'd like to bottle some of each keg (sometimes).  Good thing I only gave away my bottles (which are easily replaced) and not my stand capper!

Ingredients / Re: Where do you buy your ingredients from?
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:48:40 PM »
LHBS (was there today)
North Country Malt Group (was there today)
Austin Homebrew Supply (UPS dropped an order off today)
Hops Direct (in the freezer)
Northern Brewer
Midwest Supplies

Haven't yet tried Brewmasters Warehouse, but will.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: November 07, 2009, 06:34:50 PM »
4 - 6gal Better Bottles (so far, really liking these)
2 - 6gal glass
4 - 5gal glass

By the end of the day, I hope to have something fermenting in all but 1 of them.

Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: November 07, 2009, 04:02:44 AM »
Very nice! I remember seeing that on another forum and you saying that it was 5 minutes from your house. Is that still the case? I understand the appeal of escaping home for a beer, but it sure would be nice to have that in the backyard!

Don't know about the OP, but where I live 5 minutes from the house is still the backyard!

Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: November 07, 2009, 03:00:54 AM »
Only 4 taps?  Slacker...

Seriously - that's some awesome beer pron!

Questions about the forum? / Re: Forum RSS Feed
« on: November 07, 2009, 12:57:37 AM »
If you include the "limit" keyword in the url (reference), it looks like you can get up to 255. 

Here's an url for the 255 most recent posts in rss2 format.;sa=recent;limit=255;type=rss2

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
« on: November 07, 2009, 12:11:41 AM »
Got a Belgian Abbey starter going, hoping to get both a Fat Tire clone and Belgian blonde into the primaries tomorrow.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Plate Chiller or CFC
« on: November 06, 2009, 11:51:28 PM »
I think it's all been said, but I'd start by adding the pump and whirlpooling.  You're going to love having a pump around for other reasons as well.

Then, if that's not enough - look at adding a pre-chiller. 

While I love the stats for plate chillers and CFC, I love the simplicity of sterilization and cleanup of an IC.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starting gravity vs. volume
« on: November 06, 2009, 11:47:28 PM »
+1 - OG is more important to retain the characteristics of the recipe.  If you target volume, you'll still get a beer - but different than expected (which you might like better or worse).

All Grain Brewing / Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« on: November 06, 2009, 11:44:11 PM »
10gal Rubbermaid with false bottom.  Also started using a large grain bag as a liner which has made getting the grains to the compost pile a breeze and pretty much eliminates the need to Vorlauf (though I still do as I'm not yet convinced it will always run clear from the start).

Equipment and Software / Re: How do you brew?
« on: November 06, 2009, 11:39:48 PM »
As someone else said - always evolving.  Current setup:

Mill with a barley crusher.
Mash in the kitchen with 2 rubbermaid coolers - 1 for HLT and 1 for MLT.
Boil on the patio in a 15gal pot on a Blichmann burner.
Cool with an immersion chiller w/whirlpool.
Ferment in either glass carboys or Better Bottles (really liking the latter).
Keg in cornies.

Equipment and Software / Re: How do you chill your wort?
« on: November 06, 2009, 11:35:30 PM »
50' immersion chiller w/whirlpool and VT well water.  Can cool a 5gal batch in under 10 minutes.  Love that I don't have to worry about cleaning the insides of a plate or CFC chiller.

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