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  • I'm currently a graduate student in Iowa City who brews every spare moment he can get (which isn't a whole lot).
  • Running,Brewing,Cooking/Baking
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  • Robert
  • The Complete Joy of Homebrewing - Charlie Papazian. Designing Great Beers - Ray Daniels
  • My current setup: 42 qt. boil kettle/sparge water heater; 50 qt. rectangle cooler with installed ball valve (former mash tun, now sparge water tank); 10-gal. Igloo cylindrical cooler with CPVC manifold and ball valve; CPVC sparge arm (message me if you want a copy of my schematic diagram for this - it only cost me $4.43 to make!); 1 5-gal and 1 6.5-gal glass carboy; 2 6.5-gal brewbuckets/bottling buckets; Generic turkey fryer burner; Barley crusher; Brix/SG Refractometer (absolutely worth the $40 investment); STARsan for EVERYTHING!
  • "BearShark" American Strong Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, "Great Scot!" Scotch Ale
  • Nothing at the moment.
  • "Reverend Craig" Bourbon Barleywine - 12.6% ABV; 116 IBUs
  • Rye IPA (7.5% ABV; 73 IBUs) - 8/4/12 Vanilla Cream Porter (5.25% ABV; 39 IBUs) - 7/5/12 Blackberry Brown Ale (6.6% ABV; 30 IBUs) - 6/26/12 Sweet Nectar Saison (4.3% ABV; 31 IBUs) - 5/31/12 Black & Gold Breakfast Stout (6.8% ABV; 38 IBUs) - 9/11/11 "Scotch Ness Monster" Scotch Ale (8.3% ABV; 30 IBUs) - 5/14/11
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  • Posted in thread: Homemade Mash Paddle Pics on 01-09-2013 at 04:17 PM
    Always happy to help a fellow brewer, KingKlong. Cheers!Sweet paddle, Xakk!

  • Posted in thread: Homemade Mash Paddle Pics on 01-06-2013 at 03:25 AM
    I am about to make a paddle from a 1 x 6 x 4 of Red Oak. Can anyone recommend how to determine
    dimensions? Should I leave it at 4' long? How long should the blade be? How thick should I
    leave the hand...

  • Posted in thread: Homemade Mash Paddle Pics on 01-05-2013 at 03:57 PM
    Thanks! I'm very pleased with it as well. My Dad and I are going to break it in with a batch of
    American Strong Ale on Monday. Can't wait to see how this thing handles 20 lbs. of grain!

  • Posted in thread: Homemade Mash Paddle Pics on 01-04-2013 at 10:46 PM
    Made this just yesterday. I crafted it from a 1"x6"x4' piece of cherry wood. I used a jig saw
    as well as a power drill to start the inner cuts. Smoothed it out using a rotary sander and
    finished with ...

  • Posted in thread: beautiful porter body on 06-25-2012 at 02:53 PM
    Ah, yes. Good catch! I meant maltodextrine. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Posted in thread: beautiful porter body on 06-25-2012 at 01:50 PM
    It's funny you should post this because I just brewed a "vanilla cream porter" with my Dad last
    weekend where I had to consider just the same question. The idea of my beer was to have a full,
    smooth b...

  • Posted in thread: wood for mash paddle on 06-25-2012 at 05:14 AM
    I do a lot of woodworking and have lots of scraps lying around the shop. I used this piece of
    quartersawn white oak to make my mash paddle last night. I am brewing my first all grain beer
    tomorrow. I'...

  • Posted in thread: Does my rye recipe sound any good? on 06-20-2012 at 11:40 PM
    40% rye should be plenty if you want to get some good rye flavor. I would suggest adding ~.25
    lb. rice hulls toward the end of your mash, though. Any amount of rye over 20 or 30% greatly
    increases you...

  • Posted in thread: VERY!VERY! VERY! cloudy beer?????? on 06-19-2012 at 09:03 PM
    I agree with the above sentiments about needing a longer fermentation and possibly a secondary
    fermentation prior to kegging.I also wanted to offer up one other possibility to explain the
    cloudiness o...

  • Posted in thread: Abysmal Efficiency (55%-ish). Help? on 06-18-2012 at 05:52 PM
    Well the new set-up worked well! I achieved 75% eff. (15% better than I have ever done). I
    think the combination of the cylindrical mash tun plus a long, slow fly sparge (~45 min. long)
    were the two d...

__________________________________________ Future Brews: "BearShark" American Strong Ale, "Great Scot!" Peated Scotch Ale, Old Ale, Raspberry Chocolate Stout. Primary: Nothing Secondary: "Reverend Craig" Bourbon Barleywine (12.6%)