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Going Pro / Re: 7bbl system cost?
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:07:31 AM »

Also, once this brewing bubble busts again, which it pretty much has too, there will be so many used fermenters on the market people will be giving them away.

And lots of cheap hops. :D

"Pro Brewer" paying $48 a pound for hops???  What do you charge for a pint, $20?  :D

Lol. No, this was a one time expense of whole hops for a Randall event. I pay between 5 and 10 per lb though, depending on variety.

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Going Pro / Re: 7bbl system cost?
« on: May 16, 2012, 04:39:06 AM »
Hops don't seem cheaper at all to me. I just order some whole hops for my randal last week - $2.99 an oz. seems like I used to get them for $1.29 back before the first shortage.

And Denny is right, the hop market was tight last year and I expect it to become even tighter in the next couple years. I opened a brewery in Oct. of 2010 and had no problems getting simcoe, Amarillo or simcoe. Last year I was lucky to get centennial.

Also, once this brewing bubble busts again, which it pretty much has too, there will be so many used fermenters on the market people will be giving them away.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 06:26:56 PM »
I'm pretty sure it's "Bruno here"...   :P

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Equipment and Software / Re: FermWrap on Fermenator?
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:48:35 PM »
I use these fermwarps on 3 bbl plastic conical wrapped with insulation to control fermentation temps in a 38 degree cold room. They work great. For cheap wraps check out www.reptilebasics.com

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Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:01:40 AM »
Yeah, a lot of it is personal preference. I think the hop pellets have a cleaner taste, less herbal. And of course as was mentioned they are easier to use, less absorption, etc.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 07:57:23 AM »
IPad and stoopid auto fill.  ::) guess it doesn't take German. "Bruno hefe", lol.

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Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:25:45 AM »
I think it's fine. FWIW I actually prefer dry hopping with pellets. They don't float, they don't clog when racking, and there's less vegetative matter and the lupulins are directly exposed giving better hop flavor. I'm sure there will be debate about that but this is my experience.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:22:14 AM »
IMO it is better to take out a portion of the slurry - heck, it only takes a minute to dump in clean, sani mason jar, and measure out the appropriate amount. Also, the bruno hefe - the old yeast and protein hop resin on the sides if the fermenter - you dnt really want that to dissolve back into your beer. I think you make better beer by measuring out the slurry and pitching into a clean fermenter.

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 15, 2012, 03:57:12 AM »
I'm just a young lion.  ;)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Opinions on new IPA recipe?
« on: May 14, 2012, 04:31:20 AM »
I believe the honey malt needs mashed so in your case I would leave it out completely. Maybe cut your crystal malt in half as well, extract beers often turn out on the sweet side anyway.

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The Pub / i bid you all fare well...
« on: May 13, 2012, 02:11:44 PM »
I don't know. Bud is ok. Bid light sucks though.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 13, 2012, 09:54:16 AM »
I could go with .25 lb / 5 gallons. Not much more than that though. I do think the dark candi is much more integral to the authenticity aspect of a dubbel than special b.

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