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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 23, 2011, 02:57:13 PM »
Thanks, Denny.  Do you download from the site or does it update from within the software?

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 23, 2011, 02:44:05 PM »
The new version has some awesome new features (specifying grist percentages, tabbed recipe browsing), but has some paradigm shifts as well.

Can you directly set the evaporation rate, or do you have to extrapolate from the starting volume/ending volume measurements?

You have to enter a volume.  The old version had an editable percentage (i.e. 9% boil off/hour) and the new version has an editable volume instead.  I wish you could still edit the percentage.

Another change is in mash thickness ratios.  You can only edit the amount of the infusion (8 qts) instead of being able to specify a ratio, such as 1.5qts/lb like in the old version.  Something to get used to for sure.

I think you can still do % for evaporation rate in 2.0.  I just went into my equipment and found it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Natural gas burners
« on: June 23, 2011, 02:41:42 PM »
I can't tell if that's a Hurricane/Banjo burner or the smaller type of outdoor propane burner.  If it's the former, you can buy the orifice for NG from Williams brewing and it will work.  I used 3/4" air hose rated for 200 psi from grainger and cobbled together fittings to attach it to my brew stand.  On my gas line, I screwed in a quick disconnect fitting for NG south of the shut off valve and have the other QD on my air hose.  The air hose is very thick and won't collapse even with my standing on it.  Works like a charm and I have been really pleased with the upgrade.  On my stand, my gas line goes down to 3/8" for about 3'.  My gas pipe is 3/4" from the meter about 20 feet to the edge of the garage and another 12' of hose to the stand.  Plenty of volume as it worked out.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 23, 2011, 02:36:06 PM »
Since this dead horse as not been beaten enough, I'll add my two cents.

I live in a small town.  There are several homebrewers here, but none of them are interested in a club.  Sometimes, it's like we don't even want to say hello when we see each other in the grocery store, much less get together and brew!  There is a small club in a town about 25 miles south of here.  Then there are clubs in San Antonio and Austin, about an hour and a half from me.  I don't feel comfortable that far, having a few beers, then driving home.  I am an honorary (i.e., non-dues paying) member of a club in Midland/Odessa, four hours away.  But that's because I run their website.  While I wore the colors on club night, I entered my beers under the BN, because that's where I get most of my information. 

This whole argument seems to boil down to meetings.  I would agree that an annual party is not a meeting.  But I have entered a BN forum competition, did a judging on Skype, and we passed along the results to the greater community.  There were several of these judging sessions.  I would say that they qualify as meetings.

Okay, so 1.5 hours from Austin or San Antonio and four hours from Midland.  Where are you, Fredericksburg?  Kerville?

I'm on the other, dryer (sigh) side of the state.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 22, 2011, 09:48:38 AM »
Thank goodness for the Brewing Network, my home brew club.  I have no local club.  Were it not for the Brewing Network, I would have probably given up on brewing a long time ago.  Instead, I have poured hours of thought and effort into this hobby and have gained a ton of enjoyment from it as a result.  I entered a couple of competitions last year with the BN listed as my home brew club.  I didn't win, but the feedback I received was very valuable.  I can honestly say my beers have improved dramatically over the last several years because of my "virtual" home brew club, the Brewing Network. 

I know it's not the same playing field to which the brick and mortar clubs, so to speak, have become accustomed.  But it enables the rest of us (those of us who don't have local clubs) to play for a team.  And I do not doubt that those of us who list the BN as our club truly believe it to be just that.  It's a club, it's a family, and I'm proud to watch it continue to grow.

And, yes, I pay dues.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bigger fermenter
« on: June 16, 2011, 09:47:47 AM »
Most of this has been covered, but I'll add my upsizing experience.  I went from buckets to a 15 gallon corny with the dip tube shortened.  First thing this required was putting a 12" collar on my chest freezer to account for the height.  Next, I had to figure out how I was going to get it in there with it full.  Since my brew stand isn't close to my fermentation chamber, I built a cart with casters on it and lifted the chest freezer into that.  On brew day, I unplug the chest freezer with the 15 gallon corny fermenter in it and roll it over to my stand.  I pump my chilled wort into the fermenter and roll it back into place. 

Transfers from that point on are closed under CO2 pressure and easy as can be.

For cleaning, I just fill it up with hot water and oxyclean and let it soak for a few days.  Pump out the cleaning fluid until it's light enough to lift and dump.  Little to any brushing is necessary 98% of the time. 

For a while, I used an airlock on a drilled corny lid.  But now, I just throw a qd onto the gas poppit with a blow off hose going to a jar of sanitizer.  I have plenty of head space and don't blow off anything other than gas.

Tank geometry on this scale has been a non issue.  My beers have never tasted better.

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 13, 2011, 03:32:49 PM »
Anyone notice that if you hot one of the tabs in the recipe window and then makw an adjustment, i.e., mash profile, it covers up the tabs, making it difficult to return to the previous tab. Overall, I like it. Really like the style sliders. adjusted recipe by adjusting SRM.  Worked geeat!

Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Bohemian Pils Malt
« on: June 13, 2011, 03:22:53 PM »
Did a hochkurtz double decoction.

Scored 44 in recent comp.

I did this schedule as well and, after six weeks of aging, I had the best bopils I have ever brewed.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 10, 2011, 11:28:21 AM »
I got my registration number last night for the update.  I know it will still require a working website, but with that number do you just update it through your existing software or is it an update download that installs over what you have?

I have been reading the Kindle version for a while now and bought the hard copy because I have enjoyed the book so much.

Classifieds / Re: SOLD - 50' B3 Immersion Chiller - SOLD
« on: May 13, 2011, 01:11:48 PM »
Chiller has sold.  Thanks for looking.

Classifieds / Re: 50' B3 Immersion Chiller
« on: May 09, 2011, 04:58:50 PM »
Half inch. Same as this one, only less shiny at the moment. Could probably change that.

You can email me at dnortonames(at)yahoo(dot)com

Classifieds / SOLD - 50' B3 Immersion Chiller - SOLD
« on: May 08, 2011, 08:59:11 PM »
Had it for a little over a year. Hose fittings. Works well, but I'm switching to a cfc.  $50 plus shipping.

Ingredients / Re: Advanced Software for Brewing Water Analysis
« on: March 18, 2011, 08:23:45 PM »
Thanks, Martin!  Did you adjust to allow a little negative RA?  I have a bohemian pilsner on deck and that feature would come in handy. Thanks again!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp. Control with a heat lamp?
« on: March 14, 2011, 07:53:57 PM »
40 watt bulb in a chest freezer has worked well for me, both with my plastic buckets of years past and my ss 15 gallon corney I use today.

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