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The Pub / Re: Sam Adams Cans
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:57:30 PM »
there's a lot you can do with a can that you can't do with a bottle

Such as the shotgun.

Cans are great for the golf bag.  I tend to buy bottles when I buy, because I'm always thinking about refilling them.

All Grain Brewing / Re: CLOUDY Weizen
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:07:15 PM »
Fruit beer.  Yech.

I know it's a weizen, but you could try fining it.

I have the opposite problem in that my weizens seem to drop clear in the keg.

I've had batches of Belgian ale that took forever to clear and I would get a cloudy pour if the keg got jostled at all.  I fined those and jumped them out to another keg.  Problem solved.

Nice brew area, but when was this picture taken Denny?  If it's recent, then you need a new monitor and upgrade from Windows ME ;D

No ME for me!  It was, and still is, Win95.  That's all I need since all I do with that machine is run Promash.  I do have a 23 in. flat screen monitor on it, now, along with a new and larger desk.

Well, at least your not using 3.1

5 gallon paint straining bags from the hardware store work great too.


I also like to use these for mashing grains.  Sort of a mini-BIAB for partial mashes.

You can easily get 5 lbs of grain into these bags.

I use a nylon hop bag for pellets.  Without it, you have a lot of straining to do.

They'll dry and probably leave spots.  I've never worried about it.

You can swing the tubing around over your head like a madman and try to get all the water out.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation temp question
« on: May 02, 2013, 01:54:41 PM »
Nice!  A big plus is that this cooler can also be used as a rolling kegerator.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation temp question
« on: May 02, 2013, 12:10:08 PM »
These are all good recommendations.

Here's mine.  It's your first batch.  Do your best.  Don't over stress about temperature and don't think you have to dump it if the temp rises to 70.  Try to keep it in the mid 60s.  You'll have beer either way.

I've got everything in a variety of buckets and boxes.  The stuff that gets wet (immersion chillers, spoons, funnels) are in buckets.  The boxes hold scales, cappers, caps, and a host of other things I've collected over the years.  I also have a tool box full of odds and ends like stoppers, spices, keg parts, etc.

Hoses and brushes hang over the laundry sink.  Some stuff, like hydrometers, sit on the drying rack on the dryer until the next time I use them.

Everything is sanitized before use and after use.

I should probably get a better handle on organization...

All Things Food / Re: Pizza stones
« on: April 30, 2013, 06:42:22 AM »
Thanks.  I'll do my research.

All Things Food / Pizza stones
« on: April 29, 2013, 04:53:18 PM »
It's time to get one.  Round or square?

Who can tell me about pizza stones.  I know nothing!

Equipment and Software / Re: Monitoring Keg Levels
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:53:24 AM »
Weight?  Sometimes I'll tip them or lift them to see what's left, but that always gets some yeast up into suspension.

It seems most of my kegs are lasting a long time these days.  Except for the ones I don't want to blow.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: boil off - extract
« on: April 29, 2013, 10:03:44 AM »
I would think LME is one to one.  I don't know about DME.

Someone must have done this before.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: boil off - extract
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:49:19 AM »
With extract unless you are adding it all at the start of the boil you're volume will change when you add it in.

I do most of my extract as a late addition, so I would need to know my boil off rate as well as estimate the displacement/volume addition of the late add extract.  I suppose it could be figured out, but...

Equipment and Software / Re: Wine thief or turkey baster?
« on: April 29, 2013, 06:39:27 AM »
I have both.  The turkey baster is a bit easier and, since it's shorter, more maneuverable.  I've found the wine thief is better for getting a good OG reading as I can use it to effectively stir the wort to eliminate stratification after topping off with additional water.

I'm pretty certain the baster was cheaper.

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