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I'll be getting the last of the lighter beers out of the way then onto the Winter heavies.  Brewing up a 6% abv Pseudo-Schwarz on Sunday Morning.  CDA and Westmalle Clone coming up soon!
-J.K.L.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith 1.4 won't save anything?
« on: August 30, 2011, 09:46:07 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys but I think I have a bigger issue.  I should have mentioned that I had a Spyware/Malware problem a couple of weeks ago. I did a backup and everything seemed fine until last night.  I'm thinking  of emailing beersmith and reloading the program.  Then again I may just purchase version 2.0? THX
-J.K.L.

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Equipment and Software / Beersmith 1.4 won't save anything?
« on: August 30, 2011, 07:12:28 AM »
I tried to change a couple of ingredients on an upcoming recipe last night and realized that everytime I shut down and reopened the program nothing was saved.  Has anyone experienced anything like this?
-J.K.L.

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Pimp My System / Re: Keezer time
« on: August 30, 2011, 06:17:13 AM »
I was given a small freezer about 6 months ago and yes, I used liquid nails (the heavy duty stuff) the collar to the top.  I used 2x8 boards and put the lid on top and screwed the hinges to the wood.  Been working great, no problems whatsoever.  Well, except for the wife complaining that it takes up too much room in the garage.  :D 
-J.K.L.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 28, 2011, 07:14:24 AM »
This years Oktoberfest. 1.060 OG / 1.012 FG. WLP 830.  Hallertau's taste fantastic but the malt is definitely the star of this show.
-J.K.L.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 26, 2011, 01:18:21 PM »
It's been so hot this summer that I've been trying to fire the HLT around 5:00am.  That way I'm in the house drinking by noon.  The garage has sure been steamy through the boil though. Whew!
-J.K.L.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 26, 2011, 11:42:41 AM »
Having a supportive spouse should definitely be on the list. I started brewing after we got married, but my wife has always enjoyed good beer, so she supports my "hobby." It's kind of funny how after every childbirth, her palate, and my brewing priorities, have changed. After the first, it was lagers. Then, it changed to hoppy beers. Now, she's discovered the joy of sour beers.

I was brewing before I met my wife so it's one of those things that got "Grandfathered" into the relationship.  I have taken several hiatus from brewing since we've been together but when I start back up she never says much.  Sure, I get the occasional, "Your beer stuff is everywhere" and "You spend more time with your beer stuff than me", but deep down I know she thinks it's cool that I can turn water (and grain) into beer.  Guess what?  She's right!

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Pimp My System / Re: Wooden brew stand? Help with system design...
« on: August 25, 2011, 12:27:07 PM »
  This will have to serve me until i can step up to the Brutus 10, ahem.

Shouldn't that be "Brew-tus"? ;)

Fixed....thanks   :o

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Pimp My System / Re: Wooden brew stand? Help with system design...
« on: August 25, 2011, 11:02:13 AM »
Here is my gravity fed 3-tier system, it's nothing fancy.  The stand (and burners and keggles) came as-is from a guy who was selling all of his brewing gear.  The shelf at the bottom is convenient for resting the chiller and I can still gravity feed into a carboy.  The burners rest on baking sheets (the kind with a layer of air in the middle) to keep a little heat off of the wood, but they're probably not needed.




Nice!  That looks alot like my old 3 tier but with a direct fire MT.  I loved it!  I made mine from pressure treated and and it served me well for many years.  My wife absolutley hated though.  She said it was an eyesore. I thought it was beautiful. lol!
-J.K.L>

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 25, 2011, 09:11:29 AM »
1 ) Forget advice about not drinking homebrew whilst brewing.  A brewer needs inspiration.

I get all the inspiration I need when I have a couple beers after I brew.  Drinking while brewing leads me to mistakes and laziness.

I have found that the safety and quality control are both better if I do not drink until everything is finished, cleaned, and stored away.  Then I can have a pint.

+1 ...although it's tempting, I have lived and learned in that department. I always have as many as I feel necessary after everything is done. ;)
-J.K.L.

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Pimp My System / Re: Wooden brew stand? Help with system design...
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:54:43 AM »


It isn't much to drool over, but this is my Jew-tus 10 (yes, I'm a heeb).  I repurposed the wood from my 3 tier stand earlier this year.  This will have to serve me until i can step up to the BREWTUS 10, ahem. The pump is wired to a waterproof switch on the top of the stand. I whirlpool continuously through the CFC (want a plate chiller) during the 70 min boil. I cool to 140F, then pump directly into my carboys in my freezer on wheels. There is a digital thermometer in the HLT and in the inlet side of the pump to monitor the whirlpool temp. If I had your access to pumps I would have 2.
-J.K.L.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:37:44 PM »
Fermentation temperature control and brewing software (Beersmith) have improved my brewing the most, thus far.  Fermentation control for the obvious and Beersmith has really helped me better understand recipe formulation.
-J.K.L. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 temp...How low can I go?
« on: August 23, 2011, 12:59:34 PM »
52F with no problems on a Faux Pils now being enjoyed on tap.  It makes you wonder if it is almost at the Cry Havoc level. :-\



Hmmmm? Makes me want to try and go lower.  Does it attenuate well at that temp?
-J.K.L.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation
« on: August 23, 2011, 12:54:54 PM »
Although I whirlpool and use a pre-chiller, I also use a CFC and do exactly what your asking.  During this crazy heat down here, I reach my target temp of 140F then run one more pass through the CFC and end up somewhere around 80F-90F pumping directly into my carboys in my freezer.  3-5 hours later I'm usually around 60F and I pitch.  5 batches in on this new system and it's been working great.
-J.K.L.   

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 temp...How low can I go?
« on: August 23, 2011, 10:26:11 AM »
Great! I think 55F will be just fine for this Schwarz-mock? lol  Thx for the replies guys!
-J.K.L.

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