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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who messed with the grain mill?!?
« on: October 04, 2010, 12:19:23 PM »
I have a Barley Crusher mill & love it.
BUT...
One thing I noticed is that a really, really fine crush seems to get my brews a lot more dry than I want.
I'd recommend trying the factory setting for a while & then adjusting from there.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewpots
« on: October 04, 2010, 11:59:54 AM »
I bought my 60 qt pot, here...
http://www.waresdirect.com/products/Restaurant-Supply/Update-International/60-Qt168824
I added a spigot with fittings similar to the Weld-B-Gone spigots.
I build my water in 10 gallon batches & usually only use a roughly 9 gallons.
It may not seem cheap, but it was cheaper than many alternatives.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Minneapolis HB Clubs
« on: September 29, 2010, 11:26:14 AM »
I belong to a club that meets in Monticello.
We have members from all over the west metro.
River City Brewers
We're a relatively new club & don't yet have our own website, but one of our members is working on that.
Let me know if you want more details.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: 1st Kit and Other Rankings
« on: September 09, 2010, 07:47:12 AM »
I hope I can get bumped up, soon.
But, I'll always be Kit_B.

Maybe mine should always say "1st Kit".

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Irish Ale WLP004 Ferm Temps?
« on: September 08, 2010, 08:13:06 AM »
It definitely could have, why not take a gravity reading? 

I don't like to pop the airlock, unless I absolutely have to.
It's still bubbling...Just not as active.
At this point, I feel it's a little too early to take a reading.
But...Thanks, for the suggestion.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:40:49 PM »
OK...I guess I need to go buy a sense of humor.
Sorry.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Irish Ale WLP004 Ferm Temps?
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:35:56 PM »
I had a similar question...
I pitched one of the WLP004 vials on Friday evening & it was 65 in my basement.
A 2" to 3" head of krausen formed for 2 days & now it's totally gone.
I can't imagine that the yeast finished its business on a 1.060 oatmeal stout, in that little amount of time, at that low a temp.
Can this be true?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:23:55 PM »

Round coolers, by law, are only orange (though once in a great while they are allowed to be yellow).

Where in the heck did that come from???
I don't believe it, for a second.
Mine's red.
I've seen blue, green, black, white, brown, yellow, orange...I can't imagine there's a color mandate.
I can see maybe a rule within an organization like OSHA, but not a Federal mandate for regular consumers.

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The Pub / Re: In case you wonder what happened to me
« on: August 25, 2010, 06:34:54 AM »
Caramel 40L?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« on: August 23, 2010, 01:41:19 PM »
I set mine to .027" & condition my malt.
Seems to do a great job.
Just don't over-condition, or you'll end up with a gummed-up Barley Crusher, a broken hand crank & a burned out drill.
I'll never make that mistake, again.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: August 23, 2010, 01:37:09 PM »
You may want to consider malt conditioning and/or rice hulls, before you scrap your mash tun.
I have used the 'braided supply hose' approach & had no problems, so far.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: August 23, 2010, 01:06:13 PM »
Rectangular coolers give better volume.
I found regrets building with a round cooler, after my first batch.

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: August 23, 2010, 01:01:41 PM »
Maple Grove, MN
Evidently, we have some of the hardest water on earth.

Metals
Total Hardness as CaCO3 357 mg/l
Calcium as CaCO3 208 mg/l
Magnesium as CaCO3 149 mg/l
Sodium as CaCO3 42.1 mg/l

Wet Chemistry
pH 7.2
Turbidity 0.19
Alkalinity, Total as CaCO3 297 mg/l
Alkalinity, Bicarbonate 297 mg/l
Chloride as CaCO3 80.5
Sulfate as CaCO3 46.2

Calculated
pH of Saturation 7.37
Langelier Index @ 8.8C -0.17
Free CO2 45 mg/l
Total Hardeness as CaCO3 20.9 gpg
Non-Carbonate Hardness as CaCO3 59.8 mg/l


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Ingredients / Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« on: August 13, 2010, 01:10:45 PM »
You can ship it to my house.

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