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Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: January 03, 2010, 12:23:02 PM »
 I bought a 55 lb bag of each last year and need to make another bulk grain purchase because my supplies are running low.

Did you brew anything with close enough recipes between the two sacks that you could draw a conclusion? 

All Things Food / Re: Coffee Makers
« on: December 30, 2009, 11:10:05 AM »
Im not into the French press, forces to much of the tannins out of the beans. I do better with just a pot of hot water. 

If you use one dont press it all the way down.

I've found that water temps and brew time are critical.  I like the water around 195 and plunge after steeping for 3-4 minutes.  If you use boiling water, let it set too long or let it sit in the pot too long before drinking, you can get a sub-par cup. 
Edit:  Sweet Maria's has a nice tip sheet on using a press:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Arctic Alchemy..
« on: December 28, 2009, 02:35:11 AM »
Very interesting. 

I look forward to updates as the project progresses!

All Things Food / Re: Coffee roasting
« on: December 28, 2009, 02:29:45 AM »
I've been roasting for the better part of the past several months with the heat gun/dog bowl method.  Over the course of the past few cold weeks, I've switched to a cast iron pan on the stove top and while it hasn't yielded the most consistent roast, it's been serviceable.  I'll probably be scanning evilbay for a deal on a behmor this winter.

All Things Food / Re: Coffee Makers
« on: December 28, 2009, 02:26:40 AM »
Burr grinder, electric kettle with either a french press, or as of Christmas, an aeropress.  I've used all sorts of machines and methods but always come back to the press.

The Pub / Re: What's everyone drinking for Christmas
« on: December 25, 2009, 01:22:39 PM »
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale for Christmas Eve dinner

Kasteel Rogue for my wife tonight

I have a smoked porter, APA & wild ale in my current homebrew roatation  but I'm driving to & from dinner so it will all have to wait 'til I get home.  Ezra B 12 yr will be waiting for me too.

The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: December 15, 2009, 12:08:15 PM »
That sucks!  My thoughts are with you and your wife. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping with pellets
« on: December 14, 2009, 10:53:04 AM »
The big thing I've found in the past when dry hopping with pellets is that I have to use some kind of filtering medium on my autosiphon when transferring out to keep all the small hop particles from coming along for the ride.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ever replace the SS braid in your mashtun?
« on: December 10, 2009, 10:51:29 AM »
My first braid worked great through a dozen batches until I crushed it with my mash paddle.  I had too many issues with the second and replaced it after three batches with a bazooka tube and haven't looked back since.  I do use a braid in my kettle to filter leaf hops and break material (not recommended for pellet hops).

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What is S-04?
« on: December 09, 2009, 02:43:54 AM »
I made a lot of bitters with that yeast and they were all very nice beers but Wyeast 1469 is my new house yeast for bitters, that stuff RULES

Heck I dig that strain so much, I've sent Wyeast emails begging them to make this a year round release.  If anyone has a sympathetic ear over there, (hint mr. fav 50) tell them to that yeast back out to the people.

S-04 OTOH, seems to match up w/ 1099 from the specs.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Slowed down my sparge,and got a boost
« on: December 07, 2009, 11:17:14 AM »
Maybe one of you two can put something up on this here interweb thingy that can help new people not be intimidated by the whole "you must keep an inch of water on top of the grain bed wile not allowing the drain to channel" Sure that sentence makes sense to people that have brew a few all-grain batches, but when you have never done a mash it seems complicated and confusing :D

I can only speak to where my head was when I started AG brewing, but I was pretty overwhelmed by all the new information just from basic AG brewing that anything that made the process even 1 step more complex (or potentially more expensive as well) was out of the question.  Batch sparging, Denny's page specifically, made sense & kept the process minimalistic in my mind.

All Things Food / Re: Beer Brined Turkey
« on: December 03, 2009, 01:02:40 AM »
I went with a dark mild and brined it from aroudn 8pm the night before to 1pm the next day...came out damn near perfect.

Equipment and Software / Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« on: December 03, 2009, 12:59:59 AM »
I used to mill into a 5 gal bucket but now I throw my BC right on top of my mash tun (10 gal round cooler) and mill directly into just spans the top and you have to be careful that it doesn't tip back when you fire up the drill.  I stabilize it with my knee or foot on the wide part of the base to keep it in place.

Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle question
« on: December 03, 2009, 12:51:11 AM »
I have a couple years on mine (2 each of the 5 & 6 gal) and they show no signs of wearing out anytime soon.

The milk crate to tote them when full is definitely the way to go.  If you lift them with out one, I like to use one hand on the bottom edge and one on the neck which seems to minimize any flexing.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Storing Grain?
« on: December 03, 2009, 12:45:10 AM »
For base grains, I use Homer Buckets and pails that wine grapes come in.

Yep, I simply buy 5 gallon buckets w/ lids at HD.  Each bucket holds right at 25lbs.  It works great with nil moisture and does not invite rodents.

Likewise...2 pails per sack, cheap and easy.

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