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Thanks guys!  I will play around with recipe scaling in Brewsmith and see what kind of grain bills I get for different volumes and beer types.   It is quite a hobby.... one year ago I brewed my first batch from an extract starter kit...... and now I find myself thinking about a 20 gallon kettle for larger batches.   I would need at least a 15 gal to do an 8 gallon batch I think, so it prob makes sense to spend a little more and get the 20 gal. 

getting a fresh 16-18" of snow here today so I won't be brewing for a little while.
Tom, just another note, since you are using Beersmith, there is a section on the mash page that tells you your mash volume and will highlight it in red if the mash tun listed in your equipment is not big enough to handle the given mash parameters. The other calculator is also accurate, but if you are already in beersmith, it will save you a step

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The thicker your mash, the slower it will drain, but not necessarily make it any more likely to get stuck. At least in the ranges provided by BigMonk

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Pimp My System / Re: Guess who's building a keezer!!!
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:26:31 AM »
Laying in bed here with SWMBO and she just informed me she bought me a chest freezer that we're going to pick up tomorrow! Man is she awesome. And did I mention she's stupidly hot?  ;D
  Pics of build to follow.
Good stuff weaze!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:11:33 PM »
Thanx again Jon

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:47:57 PM »
German pils this weekend. 1.048/35 IBU. All Mittelfruh. No need to reinvent the wheel.

I need to brew another Pils here soon. Are you still using Barke Pils malt Jon? Is that 35 IBU with just a 60 minute addition?

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Equipment and Software / Re: RO Water and BeerSmith
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:18:40 PM »
The water calc in Beersmith will do it and the Bru'Nwater app will do it. I bought Bru'nWater before I even knew there was a water calc in Beersmith. So I have never really played with that one to know how accurate it is. The reviews I get on here for Bru'Nwater are always glowing and I have had no issues at all myself. I use it for every batch I brew and would not brew without it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: RO Water and BeerSmith
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:01:01 PM »
You can add through the ingredients tab. Once you have that open, click on water in the drop down, there should be an icon at the top left that says Add Water. Click that icon, and input your mineral levels. This can be done, but I usually just make a note in notes that I was using RO water, and I always use RO now so have even stopped doing that. I adjust my water through Bru'NWater though, if you want to use Beersmith's water calcs, you will have to add the mineral content on that calculation, but still should not need to have RO in the list of available water, unless I am missing something

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All Things Food / Re: Tom is on
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:43:00 PM »
Looks great. Happy Thanksgiving.
Oil is at 185 for mine, should be dropping it by 2 and eating by 4 after letting the bird rest while trimmings get finalized

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:10:58 PM »
Gone Daddy Gone
- Violent Femmes
Girl gone bad, Van Halen

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: November 03, 2017, 02:43:43 AM »
Frank, just curious - was that Azacca only dry or a 1:1 blend with Mt Hood? As for the dry hop haze, it diminishes greatly in a week for me. Azacca has always been a nice mango-peach, with a little citrus and pine when I've used it, never non-descript and generic. If it isn't like that at all, I wonder about the hops' condition/harvest/vendor/age.

OTOH it may be a different beer in a week. Let me know.
It was only dry. The beer was finished and at a club meeting for a hop comparison. Getting it back with only Galena to bitter and a small dose of Mt. hood at 5 minutes, whirlpool and dry. Then 2 weeks later added the Azacca.

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Here's a couple shots of it Jon

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And a third much later in the glass, as it warmed. Guess I have a chill haze problem:


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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: November 03, 2017, 01:38:39 AM »
Frank, just curious - was that Azacca only dry or a 1:1 blend with Mt Hood? As for the dry hop haze, it diminishes greatly in a week for me. Azacca has always been a nice mango-peach, with a little citrus and pine when I've used it, never non-descript and generic. If it isn't like that at all, I wonder about the hops' condition/harvest/vendor/age.

OTOH it may be a different beer in a week. Let me know.
It was only dry. The beer was finished and at a club meeting for a hop comparison. Getting it back with only Galena to bitter and a small dose of Mt. hood at 5 minutes, whirlpool and dry. Then 2 weeks later added the Azacca.

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Here's a couple shots of it Jon

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 31, 2017, 11:45:26 PM »
Frank, just curious - was that Azacca only dry or a 1:1 blend with Mt Hood? As for the dry hop haze, it diminishes greatly in a week for me. Azacca has always been a nice mango-peach, with a little citrus and pine when I've used it, never non-descript and generic. If it isn't like that at all, I wonder about the hops' condition/harvest/vendor/age.

OTOH it may be a different beer in a week. Let me know.
It was only dry. The beer was finished and at a club meeting for a hop comparison. Getting it back with only Galena to bitter and a small dose of Mt. hood at 5 minutes, whirlpool and dry. Then 2 weeks later added the Azacca.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 31, 2017, 01:57:11 AM »
Azacca is the mildest of those and would work great 1:1 . It'd be my pick. Equinox deserves the praise but is much stronger than Mt Hood, so 3:1 would be better there. Any of those could work nicely, though I'd rank El Dorado last with Mt Hood.

Edit - For 5 gallons,  I like 5 oz-ish to keg dry hop IPA, Frank. 2.5 ish oz for APA.
Thanks Jon, looks like I need to find my Azacca

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If you use it I'll be curious to see how it comes out!
I'll let you know Jon. Found the hops

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Jon, I wound up using 4oz Azacca for the remaining 4 gallons. I think that's what you were suggesting. Its definitely a lot cloudier now than before the dry hop. As for flavor, I think it's a bit muddled. More flavor than before the dry hop, but nothing jumping out at me as far as my sensory perception goes. I'm no super taster though, but it definitely has more hop flavor just nothing specific. The Azacca were 2015 from Niko. Vac sealed bag, in my freezer. Never opened until I went to use them. More experimenting needed for me with Azacca. My first kegging experience is going well enough that I bought 4 more from AIH when they had them on sale 2 weeks ago

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 25, 2017, 12:39:07 AM »
Azacca is the mildest of those and would work great 1:1 . It'd be my pick. Equinox deserves the praise but is much stronger than Mt Hood, so 3:1 would be better there. Any of those could work nicely, though I'd rank El Dorado last with Mt Hood.

Edit - For 5 gallons,  I like 5 oz-ish to keg dry hop IPA, Frank. 2.5 ish oz for APA.
Thanks Jon, looks like I need to find my Azacca

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If you use it I'll be curious to see how it comes out!
I'll let you know Jon. Found the hops

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 25, 2017, 12:05:54 AM »
Azacca is the mildest of those and would work great 1:1 . It'd be my pick. Equinox deserves the praise but is much stronger than Mt Hood, so 3:1 would be better there. Any of those could work nicely, though I'd rank El Dorado last with Mt Hood.

Edit - For 5 gallons,  I like 5 oz-ish to keg dry hop IPA, Frank. 2.5 ish oz for APA.
Thanks Jon, looks like I need to find my Azacca

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