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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stepping up a Starter
« on: February 18, 2010, 06:55:45 AM »
I just picked up a 5L flask from Rebel Brewing.  It was well packaged and arrived in fine shape.

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/5000ml-Erlenmeyer-Flask.html

Nice, I've had my eye on one of them for awhile but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  That's a little cheaper than the one they have on Amazon.  Guess I'll have to compare the shipping cost when I decide to buy one.

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Maibock on Sunday.....probably the last lager of the year due to unseasonably warm weather we're getting.

I wish we could at least get some seasonably less cold weather here.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Depth
« on: February 17, 2010, 10:34:20 AM »
Brewing in my garage this winter (where the mash tun lives) I've had to up the strike water temp by about 14 degrees over what I calculate it should be to hit my mash temps for my 5 gallon batches.  Once it starts getting warmer out I'll need to dial that back.  I need to start recording the ambient temperate and comparing it to how much heat it takes to preheat the mashtun so I can predict it better as the season changes.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Depth
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:57:32 AM »
You might try tilting the tun steeply if you run into issues to create a deeper bed on those 5 gal batches. I have a Coleman Extreme 70qt. Easy to batch-sparge with.

+1 I've got the same cooler and always prop up one end to give it as steep a tilt as I'm comfortable with when I'm doing the runoff.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:15:28 AM »
It took that long to get the actual package.  I received an email confirmation pretty quickly, maybe instantaneously, and I believe it had my membership number in it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: February 16, 2010, 10:25:48 AM »
Yeah, they mail you the card and some other stuff.  Took about 6 weeks for me to get mine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/12
« on: February 14, 2010, 05:13:08 PM »
Mashed in on a blonde ale.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brew kettle thoughts
« on: February 12, 2010, 04:44:44 PM »
Even doing five gallon batches I kinda wish I had a 15 gallon pot instead of the 10.  And I do like having the valve on the bottom for transferring to the fermenter.

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Pimp My System / Re: Anybody want a new toy?
« on: February 12, 2010, 09:27:40 AM »
That would be really cool to just sanitize and drop it into the fermenter and have real time measuring of the gravity.  But yeah, I'm sure it's really expensive.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/12
« on: February 11, 2010, 08:51:00 PM »
A Wee Heavy on Monday.

I have a Wee Heavy planned a couple brews from now.  Mind posting what recipe you're going with?

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Incorporation As A Non-Profit
« on: February 11, 2010, 08:15:09 PM »
So  if my club is a non profit as well, are my dues tax deductible?

Kai

Short answer is no.  Not-for-profit is not the same as a charitable organization (501(c)(3)).  Drew posted above that the status of his club was 501(c)(7).

Here's the IRS pub if you're really interested:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf

Table 1 on Page 2 pretty much spells it out.

You give to the Red Cross and it's deductible.

You give to the fully legal 'shiners looking for an excuse to party in the woods it's not.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Re-usable labels
« on: February 11, 2010, 07:47:48 PM »
I've filled out your survey.  Good luck in your endeavor.  But I will say that I've only actually put labels on bottles one time and that was when I was doing up some six packs to give as gifts for Christmas.  In that case I knew I wasn't getting the bottles back so wouldn't have been interested in reusable labels.  For normal labeling a sticker on the bottle cap for ID purposes is all I need.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Visual cues to fermentation progress
« on: February 11, 2010, 09:20:27 AM »
You shouldn't see things churning and swirling around once the fermentation is complete however there still will be some airlock activity.  Maybe like two bubbles a minute or so.  And the krausen (foam) should have pretty much fallen.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A "modified" starter
« on: February 11, 2010, 06:45:29 AM »
What's the projected OG and what yeast are you going to be using?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Visual cues to fermentation progress
« on: February 10, 2010, 04:51:44 PM »
Wait for the action in the airlock to slow down to just a couple bubbles a minute and let it sit there for a couple days.  Normally I'd say wait for it to clear somewhat as well but since its a Hefe that isn't really a good guide.  I'd say after 14 days your probably good to go with this one.

And go buy a hydrometer  ;)

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