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All Things Food / Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 11, 2012, 08:28:34 AM »
So I dug through the garage for some sheet metal to build an extension on top of my kettle to better use it as a smoker.

Unfortunately, I have only galvanized sheet metal.

I've read that the heat from the smoker won't get hot enough to release the zinc coating, but I'm skeptical.

Lowes sells sheets of aluminum, but I think that is also coated with something.

Any thoughts?  Is galvanized a super-bad idea?  Is aluminum just as bad?

I can probably find some sheet metal that's not coated, but not in my garage (I have some stainless, but I think it's very thin and I stashed it way up in the rafters and buried it under a bunch of other junk last summer).

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Kegging and Bottling / Mini-regulator - DIY?
« on: February 06, 2012, 02:20:56 PM »
This looks awesome to me: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/MINI-BALL-LOCK-C02-REGULATOR-P2072C148.aspx

However, the price is a bit steep.

Anyone built something similar?

I'm thinking you could use this: http://www.mcmaster.com/#air-compressor-regulators/=g4utef with a schraeder valve for an inlet and a barbed fitting for an outlet.  That would let you use one of those CO2 injectors that take cartridges.  I use one that I got at a bike store (which will fit the schraeder valve) but my biggest complaint is that you can't control the pressure.

Any thoughts?

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Kegging and Bottling / gelatin fining in keg
« on: January 29, 2012, 01:13:29 PM »
I've got a couple batches that don't really want to clear.  I'm on the third or fourth gen of this yeast and think I obviously have wound up with the less flocculant cells.

I know you can fine in the keg, but I've never done it.

The beer is carbonated.

Once I put in the gelatin, how long should I expect for clearing?

Also, I've heard many times that the first pint should blow the gunk out.  But I'm leery. 

Any experiences and tips you can share would be appreciated.

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Wood/Casks / Re-using oak chips
« on: January 25, 2012, 06:32:49 PM »
Just curious on the consensus about reusing oak chips.

I just pulled a few ounces out of my stout.  They had been soaking in bourbon before I put them into the keg.

They've only been in a few days and smell like the still have a lot of character to them (these are home-roasted to a dark char).

I'm thinking of soaking them in rum for another batch.

Anyone else ever re-use chips?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Efficiency and adjuncts
« on: January 21, 2012, 01:10:37 PM »
Should I expect lower efficiency when I'm using adjuncts?

This is the second brew where I've come out significantly lower.  Today I used 4 lbs. of 2-row and 2.75 lbs of instant rice.

I came out about 15 pts lower than I expected. About 50% efficiency rather than the 75% I usually get.

A month or so ago, I used Munich as my base in a stout I've brewed many times.  I came out at least 10 pts low.  I blamed it at the time on the Munich, as I've hit my OG before using 2-row and/or Pilsner.

I typically mash 5 lbs or so in a grain bag and the rest of the fermentables come from DME.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Starter tastes sour
« on: January 21, 2012, 09:53:58 AM »
I've got two starters ready and two worts boiling on the stove.

Both starters taste sourish and not tasty.  I've never really tasted my starters before, so I don't know what they would usually taste like.

I had a batch come out sour recently, and now I'm thinking that my frozen starter wort maybe is sour/contaminated (there's no more left, but I used the last of it in these starters).

Just curious what others think.  I know most people who taste them say the starters taste nasty, but sour?

I'm thinking of splitting both batches and doing half with the starter and half with dry yeast to see what's up.  Or just chucking the starters and going with dry, but then I won't learn anything...

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Equipment and Software / Beersmith - Scaling Recipes
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:08:23 AM »
I've been playing around with Beersmith and thought I'd brew a 3 gallon batch instead of a 5.

When I scale the recipe down, the amount of hops increases.  Which is counter-intuitive.

Am I missing something?  The increase is not too much, but the batch size is almost half...

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Beer Recipes / Bell's Expedition Stout
« on: December 12, 2011, 05:50:32 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has a recipe that they've brewed for Bell's Expedition Stout.

I found this one elsewhere.  It's supposedly from an old Zymurgy.

If anyone has brewed it, or something similar, throw me some feedback please.

Bell's Expedition Stout Clone
Target OG 1.110
Target IBU 100

23 lb. pale 2-row
1.0 lb. flaked barley
1.5 lb. roasted barley
1.0 lb. black patent
1.0 lb crystal 80
0.5 lb. chocolate malt
3.3 lb. amber malt extract

2.5 oz. Centennial hops 10% AA - 45 minutes
1.5 oz. Centennial hops 10% AA - 30 minutes
0.5 oz. Centennial hops 10% AA - end of boil

Single step infusion mash @ 150-152 deg. F.
Collect as much wort as practical - reduce volume to approximately 5.5 gallons by extended boiling. Add extract to the wort at the beginning of the boil.

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Ingredients / Northdown Hops
« on: November 23, 2011, 09:31:49 AM »
I'm planning to brew an English ale this weekend and have never used Northdown hops.  Not even sure I've seen them at the store, but I've never looked.

My typical English hops (which I have aplenty) are Fuggles and EKG.

What can I sub for Northdown? 

I've got bunches of other hops, and will also be hitting the LHBS later today.

Thanks,

JOE

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Equipment and Software / Adding ball valve to brew kettle
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:47:57 AM »
I'm thinking of adding a valve to my brew kettle.

The valve kits I see on-line go straight in to the kettle without any pick-up tube.  Can you add a pick up tube to draw from the very bottom of the kettle?

I don't see one at NB. Or Williams.  More Beer has one, but says it's for a keggle conversion.

Any suggestions on parts?  Thanks!

JOE

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Kegging and Bottling / Keg Availability
« on: September 27, 2011, 09:41:59 AM »
A buddy of mine was looking to get some kegs and it looks like availability of used ball locks is pretty slim.

More Beer is out of stock on used kegs.

Anyone know what's up?  Have a current source?

I know prices were shooting up and I stocked up over the summer.  Or thought I did, they're all full now though...


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Events / Kegs for Kids - Chicago
« on: September 09, 2011, 02:00:50 PM »
Kegs for Kids is a fundraiser for my daughter's school.  It will take place on October 8th.

With the help of Mike Roper from the Hopleaf, there were over 50 beers on tap last year including Avery Meph Addict and other hard to find beers.

The beer list from last year's event and details for this years event can be found at: http://www.friendsofpeirce.org/kegsforkids/2011

A very cool event for a good cause if you're in the area. 

A limited number of tickets are available.

Check it out!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Lazy Monk - Bohemian Dark Lager
« on: September 09, 2011, 01:01:43 PM »
Picked up a growler Tuesday. 

This is a very tasty beer.  Dark, carmel and malt flavors predominate.

If I lived closer to Eau Claire, it would be a regular in my fridge.

The wife loves dark lagers and she raved about this one.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Rye Malt Extract
« on: August 24, 2011, 02:12:11 PM »
Just saw that Northern Brewer released a rye malt extract.

If anyone tries it out please post your experience.

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All Things Food / Wood Pellet Grills
« on: July 14, 2011, 09:42:35 AM »
Anyone have experience with a wood pellet grill?

My old Weber is about to collapse and it's time for a new grill.  I'm intrigued by the Traeger wood pellet grills, but don't know anyone who's used them.

Are they that much better than buying something like a Char Griller or Master Force with a side fire box?

Also, if you've got a Char Griller or something similar (they sell them at Lowes, but again I have no experience with them) I'd love to hear it.  The price difference, plus the fact that I'm not restricted to using wood pellets, makes them attractive.

I've always used a Weber kettle grill.  I ain't interested in moving to gas so don't recommend it.

Thanks.

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