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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting started.
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:36:08 PM »
Look at Denny's site.  You can get into all grain brewing without a huge investment in equipment.

Since I just realized that I have Monday off, I might make my IPA with WY 1098.

Equipment and Software / Re: What to do with this old keg?
« on: January 11, 2012, 02:09:29 PM »
i wouldn't recommend it for use as a kettle but an hlt would be perfect.  while your brother in law is welding a patch over the bung hole, he can weld in a full couple toward the bottom for a pick up and ball valve.
I was thinking along those same lines, and he can probably weld a couple of handles on as well. 

Equipment and Software / Re: What to do with this old keg?
« on: January 10, 2012, 06:42:01 PM »
I'd recommend taking it out and having a plate welded over the hole.

But if I as going to use it as is, I would use it for the HLT only.  Less messy.
Thanks, this is what I thought.  I got a brother-in-law who welds and could probably do this.

Equipment and Software / What to do with this old keg?
« on: January 10, 2012, 02:24:32 PM »
I just got an old keg from a barn.  It is the old, barrel shaped type, not the cylinder shaped keg.  The keg has one end cut off, but half way up it has a wooden bung (with Pabst written on it) on the side wall. My question is can I fill this thing up above the wooden bung or should I remove it and replace it with something else?  I was planning on using it as a HLT or boil kettle, but this wooden bung has me worried and since it's half way up it would be at the 7.5 gal mark.  Has anybody else here used one of these kegs before and what did you do with the wooden bung?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Blind Pig
« on: January 09, 2012, 06:18:42 PM »
maybe you should drink some non-hoppy beers for a few weeks and let your taste buds recover :D

The Pub / Re: un-bifurcated garments
« on: January 07, 2012, 10:12:49 AM »
and here it is, the aforementioned un-bifurcated garment

Very nice!  I like.

Beer Recipes / Re: Amarillo & Citra IPA
« on: January 06, 2012, 02:43:46 PM »
The only problem with "all-late-hopping" is that you need twice as much hops (or more)--there does come a point at which it becomes 1) more expensive, 2) more complicated (wort loss/transfer issues), 3) changes the bitterness and flavor (e.g., more smooth, less bitter--not necessarily what you're looking for in an IPA), and 4) increases your chances of vegetal/grassy flavors due to the higher hop charge.

Keep the Warrior at 60.

I like the complexity of hop flavors by multiple, yet small, additions over the last 20-30 minutes.
Save 0.5 oz each for flameout, and 1 oz of each for dryhopping (if 1:1 amarillo:citra).  
If you prefer the 2:1 ratio (amarillo:citra) then double the amount for Amarillo.

I agree!  I also love that hop combo.

First all grain batch today using my new converted 54Qt Coleman cooler. Its red, so I know its not quite up to par, but free is better than blue. Its a very sessionable ordinary Bitter, 1.035 Original Gravity Hopped strictly with EKG, my efficiency was only 70% but I'm not too worried given its my first all-grain batch. Looks like it should be done and ready for drinking within the month!
Congrats on your first all grain!  70% efficiency is fine and you'll be happy with your results.

The Pub / Re: un-bifurcated garments
« on: December 29, 2011, 04:43:11 PM »
I got a new drill ;D It's so damn powerful that I broke my mix stir today trying to get it out of the keyless chuck >:(

The Pub / Re: merry Christmas/happy holiday of choice everybody
« on: December 25, 2011, 09:04:47 PM »
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year I wish you (in Yoda voice).

Beer Recipes / Re: Troubleshooting my pale ale
« on: December 24, 2011, 06:36:02 PM »
After looking at your fermentables, you would need about 80-85% efficiency on the two-row and crystal to get a OG of 1.050.  My guess is that your OG was somewhere around 1.040 and that would seem thin for a pale ale.  Next time add another lb. of DME or two-row and see if that helps.

Nice work!  I like the Hollywood Squares format, maybe next time you could add in a couple of squares for Paul Lynde and Phyllis Diller.  You could have one of them chime in after a discussion of enzymes or mash hopping.

I'm off work until Jan.4th, so tomorrow it'll be a Vanilla Porter and on New Year's Day I plan on either an American Barley Wine or IIPA (still undecided).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kegerator or beer fridge placement?
« on: December 12, 2011, 05:19:45 PM »
In the basement next to the washer/dryer and near my music/tv room.

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