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Equipment and Software / Re: Advice for a Newbie
« on: September 30, 2015, 06:55:35 PM »
However, can you perform every calculation used in brewing without resorting to brewing software?  For example, can you calculate something as fundamental as strike liquor temperature and boiling liquor infusions needed for stepping a mash in a non-heated mash tun without resorting to a textbook or the use of brewing software?

I don't see why I need to.  I have the software and my experiences and my notes and that's good enough for me.

Let's not overwhelm a newbie.

Equipment and Software / Re: Advice for a Newbie
« on: September 30, 2015, 02:47:02 PM »
I agree with you guys. But sometimes I wish I had hooked up with an advanced brewer and learned hands on. But the way I did it probably lead me to a deeper understanding,  through trial and error

I agree with this.  If you can find someone to brew with, you can learn without investing anything more than time and maybe buying the ingredients.

I also agree with Denny that jumping into all grain is maybe not the best way to go. 

Keep it simple.  Do an all extract batch.  Figure out fermentation and bottling.  Work your way up to a partial mash and then, if you want, move on to all grain.

Don't be intimidated.  You can make great beer in your kitchen, using extract, and using a concentrated boil. 

Just don't expect to make great beer the first time.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegging for twerps
« on: September 30, 2015, 02:42:52 PM »
If you have kegs from different manufacturers, be aware that the parts are not interchangeable. 

When I got my first batch of kegs, I disassembled them all for cleaning and threw all the posts into a bucket.  Bad idea.  Not all posts thread on to all kegs.  Not all poppets fit all posts.  Etc.

Equipment and Software / Re: Digital Thermometer
« on: September 30, 2015, 01:25:51 PM »
Martin posted a couple of their other models on a previous thread.

I didn't get the rt600c, but I picked up one of the others and have been very happy with it.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 29, 2015, 12:44:09 PM »
I could be wrong, but I think MGP distills most of the rye that you will find out there.

There are some great whiskeys that start at MGP.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The way you use your yeast...
« on: September 29, 2015, 12:04:31 PM »
I alternate between Starsan and iodophor on an irregular basis.  Started doing because I had both and wanted to use them up.  Still doing it because it seems like a good idea to change it up now and then.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Speed Pils
« on: September 28, 2015, 02:50:54 PM »
Can't help myself...

So, I just read the article even though I commented earlier.

For what he's testing, I don't see the separate batches as a big deal.

If the differences between old and fresh hops are big, you're going to notice the difference even with small variations in the base beer.

Since it appears they are subtle, me thinks I won't worry about using my old hops.  I've got some nugget hops that might just be as old as those Willamette.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: September 28, 2015, 01:31:25 PM »
Thanks for writing up your experience Denny.

I just might have to give this a try me self.

Not trying to be nasty, but seriously?

At first I thought you were getting your shorts in a bunch about people breaking down their hops into smaller bags...

I do a fair bit of side-by-side fermentations to compare yeast strains.  Ideally, the way to do this is a split batch of the same wort.  BUT, I've done it with two separate BIAB mashes, too. 

You can get perfectly good results either way, but for small differences your results are more valid with a split batch.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 28, 2015, 07:32:51 AM »
Barrel strength can be dangerous.

I've got some Red Breast barrel strength Irish Whiskey.  One must be careful on St. Pats.  It's smooth, but it's strong.

I've also had a couple of the Four Roses barrel strength offerings.  It's really cool to taste the differences between the barrels.  But again, care must be taken. 

A ring around the neck of the bottle is usually a sign of an infection.

I'd check the carbonation and make sure you're not growing bottle bombs.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Storage Long-term
« on: September 25, 2015, 07:50:55 PM »
I like to put a bit of pressure on a keg so I know it is leak free.

Yeah I like to do that too if it's a keg I'm gonna refill in a few days - good to know ahead of time it's airtight. But I have so many that some get rotated into storage for a while. I don't worry about pressurizing those if they're not getting filled very soon.

This is it exactly.  Sometimes, by the time I get to filling them I have no idea if I pressurized them or not before I put them away.  Easier just to leave them be and re-sanitize when the time comes.

If I have leaks, I put tape on the kegs with a note that the poppet needs replacing or the lid doesn't seal or whatever.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The way you use your yeast...
« on: September 25, 2015, 02:55:13 PM »
Enough of this.  I'm going to the LHBS.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The way you use your yeast...
« on: September 25, 2015, 02:10:44 PM »
Brewing is science

Brewing is art.  Just like cooking.

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