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Old 08-04-2010, 01:57 PM   #11
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Do you add your DME in all at the beginning? Do you do full wort boils or partial? Reason I ask, I noticed that when I was doing extract with partial boils- I needed to add half the DME late to avoid much of that twang. When I moved to full boils it didn't matter. I also noticed that it was more prominent in lighter, less highly hopped styles. If I brewed anything like an IPA or even an Amber it never was there. Cream Ales, Blondes, etc was all noticable until I added late. Maybe you know all this already.


Another thing. If you want to go all grain, you don't need a stinking brewstand or a bunch of equipment! A 10 gal cylindrical drink cooler or other rectangle cooler with a hose braid and a shut off valve works awesome for batch sparging. I built mine for less than $50. I use a SP-!0 burner and have a 12 gallon brew pot. Maybe spent $150 on the whole set up to go from extract to all grain. Easy as heck.
I have added the DME all at once, so far, as the directions called for.
I do "Almost full" boils - I have a 5 gallon SS pot that I've used so far, and I can't quite get a full boil in there. but that's changing soon I'll try the late DME addition when I brew the Pliney clone, and I'll be doing a full boil on that one as well (I'm actually thinking about doubling the batch to 10 gallons)

As for all grain, I know I could do it pretty cheap. But what fun would that be?!? I'm one of those "Squirrel!!!" guys - 2 20 gallon boilermakers in the garage that haven't gotten wet yet. I'm planning to do the 10 gallon batch, full boil, in a boilermaker on a burner (The AG rig is going to be electric)

Or, I might just punch the hole in the Boilermaker and install the element, fired with the prototype controller I built to compete with those $1300 electric controller guys... (Long story, but it's coming - Working on the screen printing for the control panels )
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:59 PM   #12
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Thursdays at 6pm at El Bait Shop is Jimmy Carter Happy Hour. Stop by there with a couple of your brews and see if someone will taste it for you. You might even meet up with some other DM homebrewers.

If you haven't been to El Bait shop, you should really go. pic below. That's all I'm saying.


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I've stumbled out of that place on many occasions!
It's a great thing when they have a 4 page beer menu

I have wondered about that - Can a guy even go into a licensed beer establishment with homebrew? I thought that was a no-no. I know they have a local homebrew on tap on Thursdays, but that's chosen and served by them, and given away for free...

I guess the bottom line is I need to get over there on a Thursday!
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:30 PM   #13
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Also, bring it in to Beer Crazy, and they'll give you some good feedback on your brew. I've done it myself, and they're very helpful. Otherwise, I'm a few blocks fom there, and I'd be willing to help out if you need it. JCHH might be a better venue for feedback.

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Old 08-04-2010, 03:16 PM   #14
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the RO thing isn't as scary as it sounds, just get one of those huge 5 gallon jugs and fill it up for like 60 cents/gallon at a grocery store or something. and i know that our water in rural ames has a pH of almost 9.0 if memory serves, so i guarantee your water is pretty dang hard in DSM as well.

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Old 08-04-2010, 03:29 PM   #15
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Don't know if you DM area guys would be interested, but last year I hosted a homebrew tasting in early September. One of the attendees was a certified judge, another was Paul Kavulak (a pro and founder of Nebraska Brewing Company). We're doing it again this year, and as of now Paul is planning to be here with some of his and to critique others. I'm about a 2 hr drive west of Des Moines.... and fwiw I lived in the Merle Hay area for a few years... I do AG and was adjusting ph, but had no problem with the water.

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Old 08-04-2010, 03:37 PM   #16
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Don't know if you DM area guys would be interested, but last year I hosted a homebrew tasting in early September. One of the attendees was a certified judge, another was Paul Kavulak (a pro and founder of Nebraska Brewing Company). We're doing it again this year, and as of now Paul is planning to be here with some of his and to critique others. I'm about a 2 hr drive west of Des Moines.... and fwiw I lived in the Merle Hay area for a few years... I do AG and was adjusting ph, but had no problem with the water.
I'm interested - When and where?
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:38 PM   #17
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the RO thing isn't as scary as it sounds, just get one of those huge 5 gallon jugs and fill it up for like 60 cents/gallon at a grocery store or something. and i know that our water in rural ames has a pH of almost 9.0 if memory serves, so i guarantee your water is pretty dang hard in DSM as well.
I'm not afraid of RO - It's just another process I'm ignoring until I have AG dialed in
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:18 PM   #18
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Sweesounds... sent you a pm, but apparently it didn't go. Here's what we do-- I write a column for a local newspaper. Some time ago I did one on a brewery that was in this area from 1870 till the drys closed it in 1880. This raised speculation as to how Steinbrecher's would have tasted compared to what's popular today. A beer historian got involveld, more research, and a recipe was formulated. This rated another column and I invited the first 20 readers who called the chance to come make a taste comparison. The judge and the pro brewer were bonuses I hadn't expected. Now it's an annual event. The location is Stanton, IA, date Sept 5 from 4 to 7 pm. Will have several styles of brew for people to sample. If you want a slot you're welcome, but if not let me know as I set a limit and if you don't will give your ticket to someone else. Need an answer by the 25th and if you come I'll give you directions. rlm

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