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Beer Recipes / Re: Milk stout recipe...Looking for opinions
« on: October 07, 2010, 12:45:29 PM »
Just curious...Any reason for the Black Patent, other than color?
I like the addition of the Munich.
I still haven't used Marris Otter.
Are the characteristics somewhere between American 2-Row & Munich?

Beer Recipes / Milk stout recipe...Looking for opinions
« on: October 07, 2010, 09:18:04 AM »
I'm planning on making a milk stout this weekend & would like opinions on my recipe.

9# 2-Row
1.5# Caramel 80L
.75# Chocolate Malt
.75# Victory Malt
.50# Roasted Barley

2 oz Willamette - 60 min
.75# Lactose

White Labs WLP004 yeast

Estimated Starting Gravity - 1.060
Estimated final Gravity - 1.016


The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: October 07, 2010, 07:04:14 AM »
It's a 60qt Update International kettle.
I love 'em!

Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting a hole in my kettle
« on: October 07, 2010, 06:28:20 AM »
"Constant heavy pressure"...I disagree.
Constant pressure, but not heavy.
If you are gentle, your bit will do the work & last much longer.

Be sure to use a lot of cutting oil.
I did my two 60 qt kettles & it was much more intimidating than it should have been.
Just be sure you don't put the spigot up too high.
If you are going with weldless fittings, figure out how much clearance you need for a washer & go just a little beyond that.
Of course, if you're using a false bottom, that may create a different situation.
I only use braided line or an improvised bazooka screen, so that wasn't an issue, for me.
Still...I drilled both kettles about 1/2" too high.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Guinness Head
« on: October 06, 2010, 02:35:45 PM »
Do you really want to wait long enough for a giant head to settle a bit, before you take a drink?
I typically have a foam moustache.
I've waited long enough, while it was aging...
Now that it's in the glass, I'm drinking!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who messed with the grain mill?!?
« on: October 06, 2010, 01:02:35 PM »
The first time I conditioned my malt, I went a bit too far...
I gummed up my mill so bad, I can't even talk about it without wincing...
Busted my hand crank & burned out one of my drills.
I had to hose out my mill & scrub the rollers free of malt, with a wire brush.
At this point, I had only gotten through about one pound of a 13 pound grain bill.
So, I let the grain sit in the sun for a while & tried again.
That time, it ran a little easier.

I now know when to stop spraying my malt.

The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: October 06, 2010, 08:25:10 AM »
I took this one, shortly after my little guy came home from the hospital.

And...Yes, Denny...That is a Grateful Dead shirt.
I have some coupons to, if you want 'em.

(Notice that I stole your coordinates idea...Good thinkin'.)

The Pub / Re: What has two thumbs and is going pro?
« on: October 06, 2010, 07:12:35 AM »
I'd love to learn/read more when you get started.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who messed with the grain mill?!?
« on: October 04, 2010, 02:30:42 PM »
This might have to do more with water/grain ratio and temp than grist size. Though if it does affect it I'd like to know!

Well, I follow ratios & temps from Beersmith.
I sure hope that's not leading me astray.
I condition my malt & do a very fine crush...
It seems to leave my IPAs with a dryness I can't otherwise explain.
I'm in the experimental phases of figuring this one out, though.
...Still working on it.

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.
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.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewpots
« on: October 04, 2010, 11:59:54 AM »
I bought my 60 qt pot, here...
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.

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.

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".

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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