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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Poll: Keezer/kegerator temperature settings
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:05:58 PM »
IIRC the factory default on mine is 41-45

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Ray Allen
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:03:11 PM »
Welcome to the hobby obsession ;D

Also, to get most of the labels off, soak bottles in amonia water.  Won't take long, some float right off.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rice Hulls?
« on: January 13, 2011, 08:50:41 PM »
Rice Hulls = sparge insurance

I use 2-3 handfulls for every mash, 4-5 when using wheat or rye.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Shoot first, now asking questions
« on: December 28, 2010, 07:07:08 AM »
I exchange my 20# tank for around $19.00. Get one back that is within hydro test date.  $45.00 is TOO high.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: under the wire
« on: December 27, 2010, 07:49:05 AM »

We just got a dusting down here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Picking This Year's Pale Ale Hop Blend
« on: December 20, 2010, 07:53:58 PM »
For my Homer's Pail Ale I've been using Galena, Newport, Cascade, Cascade dry hop

TX / Re: Mead help!!
« on: November 28, 2010, 06:12:14 PM »
As a general rule of thumb, a yeast like 71B will drop 100 points.  I've had it do more under some circumstances.  After only 12 days you still have at least 3 weeks before your fermentation will be complete.  Mead making is an exercise in patience.  Let it be for another 3 wks, check gravity.

Let us know if you have used any nutients and what temperature you are fermenting.  It will determine how long you may need for the mead to condition.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« on: November 25, 2010, 10:08:14 AM »
Crown cap has been fine.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Arm Ideas?
« on: November 25, 2010, 10:02:17 AM »

Should I be afraid? After 15+ years of fly sparging, I'm doing a no-sparge batch of brown ale this Friday...
I work in a hospital...maybe if I take home some latex gloves and a surgical mask....?

KDJ, what's the matter?  Wifey drink all your beer? ;D ;D ;D

Do I need to make a supply run to your house.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Arm Ideas?
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:59:35 AM »
As a reply to the O/P, look at your crush for better efficiency.  You should be able to get a smaller beer out of the mash if you batch or fly the first runnings.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:26:10 AM »
Bottle it. I'm trying to finish a keg of BW and it's hard slow work.

Slacker........(j/k  ;D)

I will bottle most of my bwine, but put about a gal or so on tap using a 3 gal keg.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bung hole plug. Which would you choose?
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:09:29 AM »
Wow. You totally got me. That is cool. What is a super ball? Also, can you age, with a super ball if the barrel is placed outside with flying bugs all around?  What size is your barrel and what are you aging in that barrel?

 Only us old folks know the answer to that ;D

Wasn't it fun to play baseball with one!  ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:05:26 AM »
First word of advice, buy the best you can so you only buy once.  You can do a 5 gal batch in a larger pot that will give you the capability to a 10 gal batch.  I'm surprised that no one mentioned a keggle.  Max is 13.5 gal preboil for a 10 gal. The Penrose looks good.  Morebeer is running deals of the day (I have no financial interest) tomorrow the whole day.  There may be some pots on there.

Got a lb of rye malt Joe Bair (Mr Solar Brewing) toasted for me on the rig,'s a Toasted Rye PA Sunday. 8)

The 24 Gal Boys of Savannah (Kernel Dustjacket, Vince X, & yours truley) did 40 brewing units one day.  5 units Weizenbock, 35 nits Weissbier.  Could have pulled another 10-15 Berlinner Weisse if we had the carboys availble.

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