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  • Currently brewing all-grain beers using a 5-gal mashtun with stainless steel braid and using a 6.5-gallon boil. I specialize in Koelsch, Pale Ales and their relatives, Witbiers, as well as Apfelwein-derivatives.

    I started out brewing with a Mr. Beer Kit, then moved on to extract with steeping grain kits, partial mash kits and ultimately custom partial mash and all-grain recipes. Austin Homebrew Supplies is my main supplier, although I have also had good luck with Midwest Supplies, Northern Brewer and Brewmasters Warehouse.
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  • Posted in thread: First starter - Should I be concerned? on 03-27-2015 at 12:43 PM
    Perfectly normal. The gravity should be okay. The usual ratio is 10:1, which produces a 1.038
    wort IIRC. As long as you are between 1.030 and 1.040, you'll be fine. If you are outside of
    this range, y...

  • Posted in thread: Speidel Plastic Tanks on 03-25-2015 at 01:20 PM
    PBW in Better Bottles is actually a no no unless you're rinsing somewhat right away. After
    having broken many Better Bottles, I now use an enzymatic cleaner (a 7th Generation laundry
    detergent) to sof...

  • Posted in thread: Kölsch on 03-25-2015 at 01:03 PM
    Why no Munich?A Koelsch is an extremely delicate beer. Malts in the Munich range would
    overpower the Pils malt character and make the beer too dark and malty.

  • Posted in thread: Kölsch on 03-25-2015 at 01:02 PM
    Yeah, Munich in large amounts is inappropriate for a Koelsch, although you could add a very
    small amount of a dark Munch to substitute for the decoction mash character. I wouldn't bother
    with it, thou...

  • Posted in thread: IPA Recipe using Lemon Drop! Criticize me! on 03-21-2015 at 12:00 AM
    First Wort and 60' hopping are different in character - it's fine to use both. If you want some
    Vienna character, I would boost that percentage to about 10%. A little Vienna in an IPA is a
    nice touch....

  • Posted in thread: Flaked corn on 03-18-2015 at 10:09 PM
    It's pre-gelatinized and brewing-grade.

  • Posted in thread: Two problems I'm having with Beersmith on 03-18-2015 at 06:47 PM
    If I'm going to switch to BS, I need to be able to trust it. I don't want to always have to
    check the math against my own.Now that I have my system dialed in, I always hit all of my
    numbers +/- 2 SG p...

  • Posted in thread: Using dark malt extract vs. light extract and steeping grains. on 03-18-2015 at 12:23 PM
    Briess Traditional Dark malt extract tastes fine, but its composition is a bit unusual. It's
    made from mostly Munich malt, 2-row, C-60, and just a tiny touch of Black Patent - in other
    words, it's mor...

  • Posted in thread: Pro/Cons of starting with a 1 gallon kit on 03-18-2015 at 12:12 PM
    I started with 2.5 gallon batches and have done some 1-gallon batches here and there, but
    5-gallons are the way to go for many reasons - it's actually easier to brew 5-gallons than
    1-gallon because yo...

  • Posted in thread: If I buy liquid yeast, do I have to make a starter? on 03-16-2015 at 01:38 AM
    If you don't like the thought of making starters, buy Omega Yeast, Gigayeast, or East Coast
    Yeast. Those have 150-200 billion cells in them. Wyeast and White Labs are closer to 100
    billion. Or you can...


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