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Events / Re: Time to kill after the NHC
« on: April 16, 2015, 07:52:18 AM »
No plans yet, but I'm in the same boat flight-wise. I was thinking I'd just take the trolley downtown and visit a couple more breweries. Probably don't want to go to the beach without being able to shower before my flight.

Ingredients / Re: Cocoa powder - how much?
« on: April 16, 2015, 07:50:23 AM »
Using Dutch process cocoa, and adding it at flameout (30 min whirlpool), I'll go with anywhere from 10-30 g/gal, depending on how much I want to come through. My last cocoa stout used 100 g in a 6 gal batch and I wish it had been a little more intense.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing during the drought
« on: April 13, 2015, 10:57:20 PM »
I have yet to hear anyone coherently explain "lawns"...

Beer Recipes / Re: Outer Space IPA
« on: April 13, 2015, 10:47:50 AM »
I've been looking around for the hops because my LHBS doesn't have apollo of pioneer. I can't find a single place online that has pioneer hops. I only know the places you guys suggest, but nobody had them.

Pioneer might be tough to find, but Apollo and Galaxy will make a great IIPA. I'd go with somewhere around 8-12 oz of hops total, roughly 1/3 of that in the dry hop. Nothing wrong with either grain bill; I personally like ~5% medium crystal.

The Pub / Re: My new keggerator.
« on: April 12, 2015, 03:08:46 PM »
Yeah, I'm thinking Jonathan's moved...

Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer, what am I missing out on?
« on: April 12, 2015, 02:54:25 PM »
Even on larger batches, I like being able to (roughly) check gravity every day without having to take a full sample.

How did they decide on these sizes?

I think it's just because in the olde-tymey English units, there's nothing smaller than an inch, so you have to subdivide to get the precision needed. Hence x * 2-n. In SI units, there's really no practical reason to use subdivisions of a millimeter, so x * 10n is all that's needed and wrench sizes can be whole numbers.

Equipment and Software / Re: one more igloo/mash tun question
« on: April 12, 2015, 10:02:57 AM »
Good to know. I've seen some coolers without the spigot that still have an indented spot where the spigot would go if it had one; may try one of those.

I used a 50 qt Igloo Cube for that reason, but that was almost a decade ago so I don't know what's currently on the market. FWIW, 50 qt lets me mash any 6 gal batch and an 11 gal batch up to ~1.070 OG.

Beer Recipes / Re: APA Malt Help
« on: April 11, 2015, 07:44:46 PM »
Looks good. I'd brew it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« on: April 11, 2015, 04:25:37 PM »
So you are using a refractometer? If so, your gravity probably hasn't dropped enough to get a good estimated gravity.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« on: April 11, 2015, 02:32:47 PM »
I don't think that much of a gravity drop could happen in less than a day, especially with the pitching rate and temperature being normal.

Equipment and Software / Re: one more igloo/mash tun question
« on: April 11, 2015, 02:26:08 PM »
That's what I did. Just make sure you pick a spot that's flat enough for a gasket to seal it.

Well, my DME weighs about 180 g per cup. Semi-sifted, that is.

the alpha percentage should be the percentage of the hop weight that is alpha acid resin

That makes sense. Did you find this on a hop grower/producer website?

That's the only way I've seen it written. Same as for hops, except extracts are typically 30-60% AA. The individual cans are sometimes labeled with total grams alpha acid.

Edit: So you want the mass of hop extract needed? You'd need to know the AA% for the individual batch of extract. Same math as with hops: 1500 g / %AA = mass of extract

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 09, 2015, 04:03:16 PM »
What's the email address?

Oops, never mind.

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