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Pimp My System / Re: The Brewkart
« on: January 12, 2011, 09:07:40 PM »
Oh, my goodness!
Please, share a parts list with me.
It's almost exactly as I've been envisioning mine.
'Cept, I plan on a larger element, chiller plumbed to household supply line & stainless tubing (rather than copper).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Digestibility
« on: January 12, 2011, 08:55:34 PM »
twice an many farts but they smell half as bad

Sorry, but I doubt the last half of that statement.
I've been around a LOT of vegetarian farters.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Schematic
« on: January 10, 2011, 10:20:18 PM »
One thing stuck out in the OP - don't use an aluminum kettle for your wort (though it should be ok for just heating water).

I disagree.
Aluminum is perfectly safe.
But, I do prefer stainless.
Just make sure to "season" your aluminum & don't scrub off the oxidation layer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Digestibility
« on: January 10, 2011, 10:17:55 PM »
To address the gas, specifically:
By any chance are you making sure to age your beers, before drinking?
If not, have you tried that?
Or...Have you tried cold crashing?

I often find that if I drink my beers young & get a slug of yeast, it gives me terrible gas.
But, I can bypass this by cold crashing the yeast & eliminating the first couple pints.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dental Crowns and IPAs
« on: January 10, 2011, 10:13:07 PM »
Maybe they need to add instructions like "Rinse & repeat".
The more you drink it & rinse your mouth, the better it'll taste.
I've made it a policy to have 2, after each routine dentist appointment.

An appointment as serious as yours may require something a little more substantial.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blow off tube
« on: January 04, 2011, 05:01:01 PM »

No clogging, exploding, etc.

It's the cows.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swedes, help me out here, please.
« on: December 29, 2010, 09:17:36 PM »

Probably just depends on where you were raised & how your family spelled/said it.
I think Finns & Norwegians call it sahti.

Your safest spelling is probably "Gotlandsdricke".

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First attempt.....
« on: December 29, 2010, 09:03:55 PM »
$80 in ingredients!?

Dude...They robbed you.
I wouldn't go back, with those kinds of prices...Even if they acted nicely.
That's nearly twice what I would pay, for the same recipe.

I'd cut the wheat out & maybe use a little corn sugar to boost the gravity.

Brew it up...Your magnesium level is still lower than my tap water.

But, if you mix thouroughly & cut that up into like six equal portions for later brew sessions, I think you'll be happier with the results.
Just don't use that crazy scale, for your dividing into 6 portions.

The Pub / Re: If You Could Meet Anybody, Whom Would It Be?
« on: December 29, 2010, 07:30:40 PM »
Alexander Hamilton
John Jay
James Madison
Pierre Bottineau
My great, great grandfathers

The Pub / Re: Domino
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:52:12 PM »

Many brewers often find that there is a distinct background flavor that exists in many of their brews that isn't due to anything they can really control.
I used to find that my extract brews had a particular flavor that I could never quite explain, but I was aware of it.
No matter which water I used or what house I lived in, it existed in my beers.
When I switched to a new set of equipment (still using same carboys) & changed to all-grain, the flavor disappeared.
Now, I taste a different "house" flavor...Very subtle, but I taste it.

But...FWIW...Avoid the softened water.

I could be wrong...But, I think you might be inviting infection, if you add at the end of the boil or after the boil.

From what I've been told, grain harbors bacteria & wild yeast.
You want to kill those, before fermentation begins.

Equipment and Software / Re: Counter top brewery.
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:14:07 PM »
I started mashing 2 years ago in a two-gallon cooler with a SS braid. When I moved up to 5 gallons, I just unbolted the parts and moved it over to the new cooler; I could easily use the smaller cooler again if I felt like it. Parts list here, with illustrations. The only sketchy part is I still need fender washers to prevent a slight wobble. Ok, the second sketchy part is the coolers aren't blue. Life ain't perfect!

...Looks like my mash tun's Mini Me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bitterness as a function of OG
« on: December 23, 2010, 02:30:38 PM »
The more I brew, the more it seems I keep going back to my recipes that have that 1:1 ratio (or close to it).
They just seem to shine a little brighter than most of the others.
Folks I share my beers with that have no knowledge of brewing seem to prefer them, as well.

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