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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering temps.....
« on: November 20, 2010, 05:41:03 AM »
I am only a few feet ahead of you, but immensely enjoyed reading this:

I think this is still a great book for a brand new homebrewer.  Some of the other books out there like How to Brew or Designing Great Beers can be a bit intimidating if you're just getting started.  Charlie's book may be a bit dated on some of the technical information but is an enjoyable read and gets you the gist of what you're supposed to be doing.
This was a book I started with.
I look at how to brew as a "reference" book.

Equipment and Software / Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
« on: November 20, 2010, 05:16:36 AM »
Unless you could find it for dirt cheap you could probably build a walk-in cooler.
Walking coolers are expensive thou.
And then how would you control temp on each fermenter?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked beer help please?
« on: November 16, 2010, 02:57:33 PM »
I made Rauch bier with 100% rauch malt from weirmann.
It had a nice smkiness to it.
I also have to say that both beers were not the same eventhou I used the same recipe.
I suspect that freshness if rauch malt had something to do with it.
Good luck. 

Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: November 05, 2010, 02:14:32 PM »
Awesome - Best of luck.

Since collaboration brews seem to be the 'in thing' among pro-brewers, have you & Major considered doing one?
that is a great idea but we live quite apart.
As far as Pro-brewer thing. I am still working on license.
I hope to have it done by the end of the year.

Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: November 04, 2010, 05:40:47 PM »
Thank you guys.
Raw volume is 210 gallons.
I am planning to use 6 heating elements. 
I hope they will be done in middle of November.

Equipment and Software / Re: wort chiller
« on: November 04, 2010, 05:37:12 PM »
Get solder without lead.
They should have it in the hardware store.

Ingredients / Re: Chloride Sulfate Ratio
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:14:11 PM »
Thank you

Ingredients / Re: Chloride Sulfate Ratio
« on: November 03, 2010, 05:41:50 PM »
AJ has an interesting podcast on his website on water. 
Do you have link to that podcast?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Capping for the long haul
« on: November 03, 2010, 08:59:52 AM »
Is there any way to know what are O2 scavenging caps and what are not?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Stone - Dip Tube
« on: November 03, 2010, 08:57:23 AM »
I think you need to alternate between acid and caustic wash to remove beer stone.
Depending on thickness of beerstone you need to do it several times.
Acid5 from Five Star Chemicals is supposed to be very effective but I an not sure if we can buy it in LHBS.
Star San is a mild acid that might work too.
To increase efficiency of cleaning solutions you can heat them up (do not exceed recommended temps).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Something up with Fred's website?
« on: November 02, 2010, 05:33:08 PM »
Thanks guys

should be fixed

Fred keep am eye on your website.
It is good source if info.
Thank you for that.

The Pub / Re: Happy Halloween
« on: October 31, 2010, 05:59:39 PM »
Been here since 1993 and never had even ONE trick or treater.....true story
Did you turn you light on?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Your FIRST all grain?
« on: October 31, 2010, 05:51:39 PM »
My first AG was Blond Ale.
I remember I had a hard time to hit my temp.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
« on: October 30, 2010, 07:11:32 PM »
Cinnamon? Really? :P
Cinnamon is antioxidant.
May be that was the reason.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Washing/rinsing and Re-Using Yeast
« on: October 30, 2010, 05:13:44 PM »
Mr malty pitching rate calculator can help you with your first question.
On your second question.
I decant my slury that I have 50/50 yeast and liquid.
Then I pitch the recomended amount from the calculator.

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