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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewers Association books and swag
« on: June 21, 2018, 05:13:36 AM »
Yes what Bob said, but my address instead

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:46:05 AM »
JT, did you find a better solution, or just don't like the Hellfire? I am interested, especially with the leg extensions

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:14:17 AM »
RC are you using it with the standard 0-10 PSI regulator that More Beer says it comes with? And with that, you're hitting those kinds of boil times?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:10:33 AM »
Thanx RC, good notes. Not sure I can/want to swing that kind of price, but it's on the list of potentials

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 20, 2018, 10:17:13 PM »
Just now seeing another option in the Anvil Burner, built by Blichman. Only 2/3 the cost of Blichman, no idea on quality.

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Equipment and Software / Burner preference
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:37:32 PM »
Looking to upgrade my burner for when I want to make 10 gallon batches. I see several options, including Blich Hellfire, Edelmetal Bru Burner (Northern Brewer), Brewbuilt Afterburner(big$$$), Brewer's Best Element Burner(10psi regulator) and I am sure there are others. What do you all prefer, and why? Have you tried both, or several options. My last brew day with 13.5 gallons of preboil took almost 2 hours to come to a boil ( small bayou classic, not the jet or the banjo). Are there other options you would prefer besides what I have already mentioned?

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That ssbrewtech system looks nice, but guess I'm not really in the market for a $16k brewhouse. Wow, caught me by surprise after seeing Ruby Street and sabco in the $5-$10k range

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I brewed for the second time this year last Saturday, June 9th. Did not do as much pre-brew day prep as I would like. Grain, hops, water salts all not weighed out prior to starting my day. Home printer would not work, so my beersmith brew sheets were not printed out. Let the fun begin.
    Go to start my brew day by opening my laptop. It tells me it wants to do an update. Not paying attention to the fact that it's a big one, I ok the update. I'm not even sure how much water I need for my first no sparge brew day. I get 12 gallons heating up while I wait for the update to finish. Over an hour later, the update finishes. My mash water turns out to be a little shy, and a couple degrees over target but I can fix that by adding the necessary water. I get the water straightened out but now need to weigh and mill my grain....
     Get all the grain weighed out, add some to my mill, and turn on my drill. Nothing. Absolutely nothing happens except the powered wheel spins. Gap is off, knurls are a bit dirty from my last experiment with wet milling. Spend an hour getting the mill up and running; which includes emptying it at least 3 times, taking it all apart twice and then it works.
     Turn the mash water back on to get the last couple degrees I need. Mash in with no issues, but wind up 3 degrees higher than intended, still need to figure out my target for no sparge. I did reset my beersmith default for grain absorption, as I am using a mash in a cooler bag, but forget to change my default dead space. After draining mash tun, I am over a gallon high. Boil for an extra 45 minutes to get close. In the end I get 11 gallons of 1.046 ish instead of 10.5 gallons of 1.049 so really did not take a hit with no sparge, just needed to boil longer.
     Boil goes off without a hitch, thank goodness. After chilling, I realize that my yeast (for my pilsner) has been sitting in my ferm fridge for at least 3 weeks at my target ferm temp of 50, as I had to postpone brewing. I pitch anyways, not expecting anything. Getting nothing is exactly what I get. 48 hours post pitch, no signs of fermentation, even upon visual inspection and a new hydro test. I do happen to have 2 "fresh" vials of WLP 860 helles lager yeast that obviously had a different destination and I pitch that. Projection is for a 0.5% difference in ABV and I can live with that. That was pitched last Monday and today I transferred to spunding kegs. Fingers crossed that all the drama with this batch is over. You're welcome for the entertainment.
    My usual 5-6 hour brew day turned into a 10 hour nightmare, and that did not even include yeast pitch. Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. The 6 PS would have saved me this day.

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Jweiss, I hate to laugh as I have had plenty of mishaps. But man your post got me laughing pretty good.

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All Things Food / Re: What’s cooking for Father’s Day Sunday?
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:51:00 AM »
Looks great JT!
Project complete!


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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: June 15, 2018, 12:20:43 PM »
I plan on harvesting yeast as well after racking to sound, so won't really be swirling with them in there. I suppose I wouldn't take a chance with a $100+ purchase, but the plastic is pretty hard. Don't think you could crack the case easily, but the insides would have to be pretty sensitive to do what it does

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: June 15, 2018, 03:14:14 AM »
JT, Will at Listermann's says he loves them but they were over MSRP in store. When eBay was kicking back 20% up to $100, I got the 2 for $108 each, free shipping!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: June 15, 2018, 03:12:57 AM »
Like I said, I have two working and it does seem pretty damn handy. Like Martin said, no need to pull samples, I can get a good idea of what's going on withoit even opening the fermenters

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: June 14, 2018, 01:43:46 PM »
Almost a year since anyone talked about the Tilt. Any further thoughts? I just picked a couple up off of eBay when it was 20% off site wide. Have them both in batches right now. I like the idea of not needing to sample to tell when ferm is slowing down. Did not calibrate for temp or gravity before using. They seem to be doing fine, reading same exact temp, same wort, same yeast, gravity within a point of each other. Any tips or complaints from those of you who have been using for over a year? Are you still using them? Mine are in buckets, inside a chest freezer, in the basement. I can get a reading most places in the house, even upstairs, that's a big plus for me.

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Beer Travel / Re: Asheville, do not see any 2018 updates
« on: June 01, 2018, 03:55:24 AM »
White Labs was great, tour very neat. Kind of surprised that all they are doing there is commercial Pure Pitch: all domestic Homebrew is propogated and shipped out of SD. They are still small in Asheville but built enough room into the facility for growth.
We also stopped and had brews and dinner at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. Pizza was great, tried the house IPA and enjoyed it quite a bit, no complaints on any of the beers we tried all week. Great little beer town, but you didn't need me to tell you that. Thanx again for all the suggestions

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