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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: Message from lanlord (balcony brewing) on 11-28-2015 at 03:57 PM
    You could look into getting a Grainfather or build your own electric brewing system.

  • Posted in thread: RIP stuck fermentation - Pitch US05 or WLP001? on 09-28-2015 at 01:02 PM
    WLP001 has a high alcohol tolerance I believe 12%. So why wouldn't it work? I've also been
    thinking of using WY3711 french saison yeastAlcohol tolerance refers to how high a yeast can go
    under ideal c...

  • Posted in thread: RIP stuck fermentation - Pitch US05 or WLP001? on 09-27-2015 at 11:03 PM
    US-05 and 001 will have a really hard time to gain a foothold in that kind of high-alcohol
    environment. Pitch a vial of WLP099 in there. As long as you didn't screw up the mash, that
    will fix any stuc...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast Nutrient on 09-27-2015 at 03:04 PM
    It's cheap insurance to use yeast nutrients - it makes life a little bit less stressful for the
    yeast.By the way, if you are making a 5-gallon batch, you are grossly underpitching with a 2L

  • Posted in thread: Grainfather Kickstarter on 08-12-2015 at 02:31 PM
    I brewed on it twice now. It's a neat little system, but of course I won't know how the beers
    taste for another couple of weeks. It is a little slow to come up to temperature (it's about a
    six hour br...

  • Posted in thread: Grainfather Kickstarter on 08-06-2015 at 02:48 AM
    I will do my initial brew on a Grainfather unit tomorrow. I was actually very pleased to see
    that the boil isn't as intense as in the 240V version, which looked too strong for my
    preference (my ideal ...

  • Posted in thread: flowers in brewing on 06-03-2015 at 08:25 PM
    Hibiscus is a pretty popular ingredient around these parts (Florida). It provides a refreshing

  • Posted in thread: Kettle Sour/Sour Mash - How Much Uncrushed Grain? on 06-03-2015 at 08:22 PM
    Many brewers have moved on from sour mashing to kettle souring/sour worting with isolated
    cultures instead of grain because of more predicable results. A kettle sour with Omega
    Lactobacillus Blend or ...

  • Posted in thread: Stout tank dissapointment on 06-03-2015 at 07:51 PM
    This sounds a lot like Chi Company to me. Saving a few bucks is not worth the chance of being
    stuck with a lemon. If I were a customer thusly cheated, I would file BBB and credit card
    chargebacks agai...

  • Posted in thread: Question for other Tower of Power users on 06-03-2015 at 12:52 PM
    I have been using the Tower of Power (module only) in propane-fired RIMS configuration for over
    a year now, and I love mine. I have not noticed any temperature deviations between the
    Brewmometer and t...