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Messages - Jimmy K

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Curious to know if anyone is using the 70 Quart Maxcold coolers for a mash tun.  I have a 10 gallon Igloo round I use for smaller beers, but want to make a 10 gallon batch of a big beer, (36lbs of grain).  It would work in the 70 quart, but it has a weird 45 deg shape on the back for the wheels I guess.

We always fly Sparge and I use a Blichmann auto Sparge system that works well. 

That "weird shape" would make a manifold kinda tricky.  If you'd batch sparge, then it wouldn't matter and that cooler would probably work fine.
Yeah, the drain whole is in that 45 degree part, so I think a braid is out of the questions. You'd need a manifold with some creative elbow joints.

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Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:35:32 AM »
Would it be just as effective to rinse, then store empty bottles upside down in a case box with 6-pack holders in it?
But you can't dry them that way or the cardboard will disintegrate.

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Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 07, 2013, 09:07:15 AM »
I also like that you can just flip the whole lot over when ready to start filling.

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My LHBS sells them converted into mash tuns.  I have one as a cooler. I don't think the lid is insulated as well as other coolers (I suspect it isn't insulated at all).

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Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:06:37 AM »
Yeah, if I didn't have one this would win hands down.  Although, since I keg but still bottle some - the easy storage is part of what would convince me. The bottle tree is a big item that I don't use often.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:40:36 AM »
How about - red/orange/green coolers work as well as blue  8)
Orange ones are the best, obvi.  ;D
Whenever I use my orange cooler, my friends come over and my net beer gain for the day is negative.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:09:28 AM »
How about the big one? Home brewing saves money.

My most recent commercial brew purchases were a pack of Westy XII, and several bottles of Allagash Confluence & Interlude from a few different vintages. My last batch of homebrew cost me about 20 bucks for 3 gallons. I'd say that's a huge cost savings right there :)
Except for me, I didn't buy all that cool beer until I started homebrewing and appreciated it.  Not that homebrewing is the only way to become a beer geek, but it sure is one gateway.

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Equipment and Software / FastRack
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:06:01 AM »
I opened the FastRack add at the top of the forum. The idea seems great. I've done the same thing with some old plastic beer cases I own, but this looks much more slick. Anyone buy them?  I might be convinced to give up my bottle tree.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:48:42 AM »
http://www.beertools.com/library/search.php?style=none&category=All+Grain

What's a book? ;)
Man, I gave up beertools recipe's a long time ago. I felt like you could look up a style and get just about anything. Just because somebody called their 50 srm, CTZ hopped beer a kolsh doesn't make it so.  :o
 
OK, I'm being a little rediculous there. But if I have no clue how to get started with a style, I want something that's been reviewed a little.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to pour a Black & Tan
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:42:02 AM »
Are you sure the nitro pour has nothing to do with the separation?  I always assumed it did.
Dogfish does them at the pub with 90 minute and Chicory Stout - no nitro.
 
Like others said, there needs to be a gravity difference (final gravity I'd wager) to keep the separation.  Also, if the stout is higher gravity and you pour it on top, it will just sink though the IPA no matter how gentle you are.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter temperature and gravity
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:37:03 AM »
I'd say the BCS info is the more current method.

+1

This method is echoed in "Yeast"
In Yeast, they also say that healthy yeast should be the primary goal, then multiplying cells. Lower gravity starters help keep yeast healthy. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:32:30 AM »
How about the big one? Home brewing saves money.
Yeah - saves money my ash!
 
How about - red/orange/green coolers work as well as blue  8)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter temperature and gravity
« on: February 06, 2013, 12:09:50 PM »
I'd say the BCS info is the more current method.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:36:11 AM »
Hits some good points, some contradictions and some nonsense.
I'm just curious what you thought was nonsense.

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Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:33:09 AM »
Should be 'Congrats to the lucky 3400' -- That's a lot of homebrewers to wrangle.

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