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Equipment and Software / Handheld vaccum seal
« on: December 29, 2011, 08:56:27 AM »
Hi all,

I just bought a handheld vacuum sealer, as I read on a different thread that these will work on mason jars. I would like to seal some hops with this, but am not sure how to do it exactly with this model. Could those who have one share some tips with me?

This is the model I bought:

Thanks a lot,

The Pub / Digitizing Vinyl Records
« on: November 26, 2011, 05:34:52 PM »
Hi All,

I know there are some audiophiles on this board, and was wondering if anyone has any tips, or a good resource for converting  vinyl records to a digital file.

Thanks a lot,

Ingredients / Buckwheat Honey
« on: November 16, 2011, 08:46:23 PM »
Hi All,

I was looking to make a Winter Saison with some spices, and perhaps some buckwheat honey. I was wondering what anyone's experience has been with this honey in a beer. I have always been a big fan of this honey, but am not sure if it will be perhaps a bit too much for this style. So, will this go well in a Saison, or will it overpower everything else?

Beer Recipes / German Barleywine-Please Critque
« on: October 24, 2011, 04:38:32 PM »
Hi All,

So, I had this idea for something like a beefed-up supper alt (German Barleywine, I couldn't think of a style to fit this?). I have been wanting to use some German hops and malts for a long time, and since Winter is almost here, I thought this might taste good in January. Please look at my recipe and tell me if it is a good idea, I was planning on using WLP037 Düsseldorf Alt, but am worried about what I have read on its attenuation, will that be a problem for me. Also, I have never used any of these hops, so what can I expect from them in this recipe?

Winter is Coming--German Barleywine

2.5 Gallons

4lb Best Malz Pilsner
4lb Best Malz Munich
1lb German Vienna


Magnum 60 min. .5 oz 15.2AA
Opal 20 Min. .5oz  6.0AA
Perle 10 Min .5 oz 5.2AA
Saphir 5 Min. .5oz 4.0AA
.5 oz of Opal and Perle at Flameout

WLP036 Düsseldorf Alt

1.086 O.G. Assuming 70% efficiency

Beer Recipes / Oatmeal Porter-Critique Please
« on: September 20, 2011, 04:38:27 PM »
So, I saw someone was brewing an Oatmeal Porter last week, and I thought that it sounded like it would hit the spot in a couple of weeks. I have never brewed a porter, so I was trying to keep it simple. However, I was wondering if this looked right, or if it could be improved upon. I was wondering what you all thought about adding some D-90 or D-180 candy syrup, or some Munich malt in there? As a note, I calculated it knowing that I didn’t get very good efficiency on my last brew, which was my first all-grain.

Oatmeal Porter (working recipe)


3 lbs Warminster Floor-Malted Maris Otter
10ozs Muntons Extra Light Malt Extract
8ozs Oats, Flaked
8ozs Simpsons Dark Crystal
8ozs Chocolate Malt (US) 


.5 oz Fuggles 4.2AA
1 oz Styrian Celeja  3.2AA

O.G.: 1.050
IBUS: 27.5
65% efficiency


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