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Equipment and Software / Re: DIY - heated fermentation chamber
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:45:31 AM »
I use a small heat wrap like those available at Northern Brewer or B3 or Rebel Brewer and wrap the fermenter with reflective insulation (like that you use for a water heater) with a thermo well and digital temp controller. Works well, even down to 38 degrees and uses very little energy.

I've definitely looked into and am interested in this technique but issue is you can only do this with one fermenter unless you have more than one thermo well and dig temp controller. I'm usually doing 10 gal batches in two fermenters minimum, so that'd be at least two of everything. Plus sometimes i'm fermenting and carbonating and want higher temp.

I do two better bottles with the same batch and one thermowell immersed in only one fermenter. I figure they will both be the same internal temp, and according to the fermometer they are the same. Def a low teck approach that works and is cheap. I'll take a picture today and show you. I have a batch of single hop beer fermenting on my brewery floor right now wrapped in nothing but a piece of insulation with a Titans sweat shirt draped over the top and it has stayed at 66 degrees even at below 40 ambient temps.

Going Pro / Re: Good Assistant Brewer for Possible Overseas Opening
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:15:05 AM »
+1. I'd totally do that if they were willing to pay for it.

Ingredients / Re: english 2-row substitute
« on: February 06, 2012, 08:54:29 PM »
i think that for 12 gallons that is the right amount of roasted barley. Spot on looks like the traditional dry stout recipe to me. Dave must be thinking 5 gallon recipe.

I do agree that you probably can just skate with what you have. You could sub out a pound or two of victory for the two row to get a more complex malt flaor.

Equipment and Software / Re: DIY - heated fermentation chamber
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:50:43 PM »
I use a small heat wrap like those available at Northern Brewer or B3 or Rebel Brewer and wrap the fermenter with reflective insulation (like that you use for a water heater) with a thermo well and digital temp controller. Works well, even down to 38 degrees and uses very little energy.

Beer Recipes / Re: Single hop beer
« on: February 06, 2012, 01:22:06 PM »
My preferred si gle hop base beer is 100% Thomas fawcett Maris otter. It gives you a nice biscuity malt background without having any caramel malt in the way of the hoPs.

« on: February 06, 2012, 07:07:30 AM »
It was a good game. Glad the Giants won but it would have been an incredible drive and last minute comeback had Brady driven it down the field with 56 seconds left and won the game.

didn't see many of the commercials (or maybe I didn't p;ay attention) but from what I did see I thought they mostly stunk. Except the Great Dane burying the cat. I liked that one, especially being a dane owner.

The half time show was overproduced silliness. I swear I saw the one girl give the camera the finger. F#$k you too, b****!  ::)

All Grain Brewing / Re: toasty flavor
« on: February 05, 2012, 09:58:20 AM »
I'm pretty sure there is a good portion of munich malt in the beer. I'm tasting it right now. Maybe I've got a bad batch but this one is really, really thin tasting and the head dissipates extremely quickly. Leaves me searching for more every sip. I also taste almost no roasted barley, which I think would make this beer much better, along with more body and mouthfeel. This is more like a schwarzbier than a stout, but not a very good schwarzbier.

All Things Food / Re: Super Bowl Food!!!
« on: February 05, 2012, 06:16:48 AM »
I'm not making them for the superbowl but I did make my smoked hot wings with buffalo jerked sauce for a play off game a few weeks ago.

Easy to make, pick large wings (not those skimpy wings you get at restaurants) and salt and pepper and add a little dry rub of sage. Then slather them in your favorite hot sauce for 30 minutes or so whilst you fire up the smoker (I prefer hickory, or a blend of hickory and fruit wood). Once it is good and hot start smoking them. I smoke them for about 2 hours.

Meanwhile make the jerked buffalo sauce. Basically just hot sauce, butter, a splash of worschester (or however the hell you spell it) if'n ya want. Then grind up some all spice, a few shakes of cinnamon, and some mace. Once the wings are getting close to being times up dunk each one in the hot sauce and crumble a little blue cheese on each one and then broil them for 10-20 minutes to crisp them up a bit. Add fresh sauce and serve with blue cheese (or ranch if you are a wanker) and celery.

It also helps to think of centennmial as a "super cascade". I like cascade well enough and it is a good sub for centennial (and vise versa) but I actually prefer centennial's aroma quality.

Definitely +1 to the sweet stout comments. On a beer like that I would personally use magnum just because it is cheap, abundant and provides a very clean bitterness, but if you want to use what you have go centennial because you will use much less and there will be less chance the hop flavor will emerge. Unless you are really talking about an American Stout.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Way to maximize vanilla flavors from yeast?
« on: February 04, 2012, 07:38:11 AM »
WLP500 (chimay) fermented cool has some nice "vanillaish" characteristics. You could also add some vanilla beans, or just a quarter of a bean/pod. I think most would agree to go pod over extract.

Going Pro / Re: Filtering levels and methods
« on: February 03, 2012, 09:42:26 AM »
as long as you have Uni-tanks (conicals that can be pressurized to carbonation levels) you don't really need bright tanks.

As far as dosage goes, I use about 40 ml/bbl. My uni tanks are 7 bbls my bright is 10 bbls and my small brights are 50 gallons per piece.

I have stopped fining my IPA and IIPA. I just let them sit a litttle longer and I think the beer has much better aroma left a little hazy.

The Pub / Re: Brewery update
« on: February 03, 2012, 07:23:04 AM »
Don't hold me accountable for anything I type before my second cup of coffee or after my second beer.  ;)

The Pub / Re: Brewery update
« on: February 03, 2012, 05:34:57 AM »
Looking good.
How large are your plastic fermenters?
They look shorter and fatter then those I have.

I have my fair share of buying this month.
5 hp glycol chiller from pro refrigeration.

I though the same size as yours? I don't remember now but I believe they hold 10 bbls.

The Pub / Re: Brewery update
« on: February 03, 2012, 05:33:28 AM »
Looks awesome! Congrats on the success!

Curious: are your FVs from Glacier Tanks?

No, we got them from a company called "Brew Bev" in Fla. They are Chinese tanks though, maybe made by the same plant in China as Glacier.

What is the height of your cooler. My partner wants pre fab and I can only find 8 footers.

Oh by the way, looking good, BK gas fired? looks like it.

I'll get you the dimensions ASAP. I believe it is 8" and it is pre fabbed. We just added a large door on the side that allows us to get the pallet jack in and out so that we can palletize kegs and store them for pick up (highly recommend that, makes delivery much easier.) Our walk-in is large enough to house the 10 bbl bright tanks and it slides in through the new door, so pre-fabbed  should work for your needs.

The BK is gas fired. We wanted to go steam but could not fit it in our budget. When we build our next system I plan on making it steam and decoction capable. That's my dream brewery. Still a  ways away yet, but on the horizon.

Oh, BTW, I forgot to post the pick of my forklift. I recommend getting one of those too, or at least a docking bay and pallet jack.

The Pub / Re: Brewery update
« on: February 02, 2012, 06:57:54 PM »
Those are some jealousy-inducing shots for sure. Hopefully I'll make it down to try your stuff before too long.

And you'll let us know when you need an assistant, right? ;)

If you come down I'm sure you could teach me a thing or two. Maybe I'll be your assistant!  ;)

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