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Equipment and Software / Re: Black Maxx Giant Stir Plate
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:35:56 PM »
That's how I got both of my stir plates (they are heated too) but I doubt they would work on a 5 gallon carboy.

In my case, I'm willing just to spend the money rather that hunt around on some site for days or weeks.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Black Maxx Giant Stir Plate
« on: February 09, 2012, 01:28:39 PM »
According to mrmalty you'd need 3876 billion cells of yeast to pitch into 1.060 wort.

What do you reckon you'd have to do to get the appropriate amount of yeast?


MrMalty says I would need 10 vials for a 1.050 beer and 4.25 gallons of starter. I would probably order a 1 bbl pitch and add a portion of it to the starter. Not sure how much yet, I'd need to do some calculations.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Black Maxx Giant Stir Plate
« on: February 09, 2012, 12:47:01 PM »
I have flat bottom glass carboys. I can also get it for $125 through foxx equipment, $119.19 for 6+ if anyone is interested in a group buy.  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Black Maxx Giant Stir Plate
« on: February 09, 2012, 12:29:19 PM »
I can grow up enough yeast for a 3 bbl batch in 5 gallons of wort. Would save me a ton of money.

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Equipment and Software / Black Maxx Giant Stir Plate
« on: February 09, 2012, 12:08:17 PM »
Have anyone scene this moster before and how well does it work?

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/Stirhog-BLACK-MAXX-Stir-Plate.html

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: HopRocket Randall Foam & Stopped
« on: February 08, 2012, 12:08:04 PM »
Our randall is not a hop rocket, so I can not elaborate on that product, but we use the "traditional" water filter housing technique but with a second chamber after the hop infuser. This cuts down on foaming significantly. OTOH if you are only pouring a couple pints at a time it may waste a lot of beer.

Also if it is clogging you might have it packed too full. Don't pack them in there. Just fill it and leave them slightly loose. The beer will cause the hops to swell significantly. Also be sure you didn't get any hops "dust" on any seals or inside the "filter" housing.

Any pictures? The second chamber doesn't have anything in it? I like some of the presentation aspects of Randalls but hate the waste introduced by the insane amount of foaming that seems inevitable with this setup since you're filtering carbonated beer through a billion tiny nucleation sites.

i can take some pics but it is essentially just two water filter housing linked together, hops in the first nothing in the second. much less foaming on the serving end.

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Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:19:58 AM »
I'm not sure about all, but in many instances food is really the driving force of a brewpub. The beer is more a novelty. I'm sure you can make it work if you have a business model where the food is secondary, but it is a lot of money to open a kitchen and hrie a wait staff only to have the food suck and no one come.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinion about posting Jamil's recipes
« on: February 08, 2012, 08:04:35 AM »
I doubt he is able to post all or even most of the recipes from BCS without violating Jamil and John's copyright.  Jamil and John selected which recipes to include in the book.  That is likely a form of expression so it would be protected.

Same legal disclaimer as before.

Even if he could legally do it it would be really uncool.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Single hop beer
« on: February 08, 2012, 08:00:41 AM »
If you're going to go single hop, why not keep it single malt too. SMaSH all the way. :) I'm planning a Vienna/Simcoe AIPA soon...

This is why I recommended a floor malted MO as the base and going 100%. I find that this is a great way to give the beer a malt back bone that is interesting enough to stand on its own but that stands out of the way enough to really get a grasp of what the hops are trying to tell you.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: HopRocket Randall Foam & Stopped
« on: February 08, 2012, 06:08:00 AM »
Our randall is not a hop rocket, so I can not elaborate on that product, but we use the "traditional" water filter housing technique but with a second chamber after the hop infuser. This cuts down on foaming significantly. OTOH if you are only pouring a couple pints at a time it may waste a lot of beer.

Also if it is clogging you might have it packed too full. Don't pack them in there. Just fill it and leave them slightly loose. The beer will cause the hops to swell significantly. Also be sure you didn't get any hops "dust" on any seals or inside the "filter" housing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinion about posting Jamil's recipes
« on: February 08, 2012, 05:35:31 AM »
Wow! Great post BVB!

JZ's recipes have been thrown around for years and years and he has been one of the main contributors of that. As BVB mentioned, you can go to Fred's site and get a copy of many of them. I don't think publishing them keeps people from buying his book. I have seen charlie P recipes all over the internet, as well as Randy Mosher's.

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The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:46:25 PM »
I agree, they are more expensive and don't seem to last any longer than incandescent. Maybe they save energy but the disposal issue is a PITA and heaven forbid if you break one. I hate 'em!

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The Pub / Re: keep my order safe from zombies
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:10:22 PM »
Lucky you I guess. Also kind a gets old when every other item is out of stock. But enough complaining already. Zombies are fun.

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The Pub / Re: keep my order safe from zombies
« on: February 07, 2012, 10:42:04 AM »
Wow. They go through all that work and still never manage to get my order right.  ::)

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Going Pro / Re: Good Assistant Brewer for Possible Overseas Opening
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:28:29 AM »
I love Korean food. My wife used to work for LG and I got to know a few Koreans. I also took Tae Kwon Do for about 10 years.  ;) Anyway, another option they might consider is coming over here. There are 3 operating breweries in Huntsville and I know every single one of us would be more than happy to host for a week or two.

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