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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« Last post by Stevie on Today at 02:36:00 PM »
I never said you were anti ABI, but it's obvious from the title of the thread, through many of the posts, how many feel.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning bottles
« Last post by charles1968 on Today at 02:35:27 PM »
If you never clean bottles with a brush, you can get gradual build up of beerstone on the bottom after a few cycles of use - visible when held up to light. It's then quite difficult to get out, even with a brush. I now give used bottles a good rinse under the tap after pouring a beer and then put them in the dishwasher. Then just sanitize the good ones on bottling day and separate out the ones with beerstone for brushing or another run through dishwasher.
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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« Last post by Phil_M on Today at 02:14:11 PM »
I agree with Denny. I had an auto temp control/recirculation BIAB setup, it was every bit as hands-on as my current 3-vessle setup.

Temp control is handled for you, yes, but how many of us are constantly tweaking our temps by hand? I know I just let my temps ride vs. trying to control them with hot water additions.

I guess my point is that a lot of the work that it does for you, most aren't worrying about anyway. If we stick to the trans analogy I'd say it's more like the difference between a cable clutch and a hydraulic one, but even that's a stretch.
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The Pub / Re: Good Guy Guinness?
« Last post by Phil_M on Today at 01:35:13 PM »
Hey in my county there aren't any breweries for a reason: Calvert has a friendlier environment for breweries than we do.

The way our liquor board has it rigged, anyone making wine, cider, or mead with at least some of their own grown ingredients can sell their product at the farmer's market without a license. (last time I looked.)

That's all well and good, but they forgot beer in that, and I doubt it was an accident. If I wasn't so busy with work/school I'd try and get more involved in the local liquor laws/board.
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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« Last post by denny on Today at 01:29:24 PM »
I am not sure that I would buy one.  Seems like it would take a lot of the fun (albeit, also the toil) out of brewing.  A Grainfather is a little pricey for my tastes, and if I would need to bottle 335 cases to get the cost down to <0.10 per bottle. 

Its like driving a car.  Manual transmission is more work, but a lot more fun and I feel like I have a lot more control over the ride.  Grainfather seems like it would be analogous to automatic transmission with cruise control.

What fun would a Grainfather remove?  It's still a pretty hands on process.
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Beer Recipes / Re: Looking for a good Dry Stout recipe
« Last post by SWSommer on Today at 12:19:09 PM »
I like mine.
1.040
60% Golden P
20% Flaked B
15% Roasted B
5% Black B
148f for 90 5.5ph
75 ca
10 mg
8 na
104 cl
0 so4
107 hco3
30 IBU from Challenger
Wy1084
Adjust final if needed to 4.2

This is very close to the recipe I like best.  The only difference is that I use a combo of Galena and Cluster hops instead of Challenger. 
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Matured Beers
« Last post by charles1968 on Today at 12:08:51 PM »
If you bottle you only really need to wait until the beer is carbonated and then it's usually good to go. However, the time it takes to carbonate can vary. My bottles are usually ready at 3 weeks but a recent batch with the lager yeast w34/70 took 8 weeks to carbonate. I think the yeast had become dormant and took a long time to chew its way through the priming sugar.

If you force carbonate in a keg, you can drink the beer sooner, pretty much immediately if it's clear.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« Last post by brewsumore on Today at 12:07:53 PM »
Saturday:

"Far Far Away" Pale Ale

94% 2row
6% carared

magnum for bittering
rest Galaxy

Are you going for a Chewie texture?   ;D

haha - another name I was thinking was "These Aren't the Hops You're Looking For" lol

Made using a droid brewing app.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« Last post by blatz on Today at 12:04:31 PM »
Saturday:

"Far Far Away" Pale Ale

94% 2row
6% carared

magnum for bittering
rest Galaxy

Are you going for a Chewie texture?   ;D

haha - another name I was thinking was "These Aren't the Hops You're Looking For" lol
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« Last post by brewsumore on Today at 12:03:00 PM »
Saturday:

"Far Far Away" Pale Ale

94% 2row
6% carared

magnum for bittering
rest Galaxy

Are you going for a Chewie texture?   ;D
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