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  • Urban apartment brewer, BJCP Certified beer judge, working class schmoe, and tradskin.
  • Beer,music,guns,hooliganism,Tottenham Hotspur,and the Washington Capitals
  • Auto worker full time, trying to break into the pro brewing game
  • Alex
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  • Started with an electric stove, extract batches, and a thrift store acquired basic set-up kit. Move to partial mash to partial boil BIAB all grain to MLT with split boil to electric brewing w/ heat sticks. Current apartment just uses a gas stove, but looking to go back to full-electric and automated down the road.
  • Lots o' Milds, Bitters, Porters, Stouts, Browns, and other associated classic English Ale.
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  • Posted in thread: Cooling Yeast Starter Wort -- (Not Entire Starter) on 05-23-2016 at 11:48 PM
    What are you making your starters in?If you're using an Erlenmeyer flask and a gas stove (NOT
    electric, electric will shatter the flask, ask me how I know), you can boil the starter right
    inside the f...

  • Posted in thread: Water Quality Report on 05-23-2016 at 12:07 AM
    It doesn't list calcium, magnesium, or alkalinity anywhere on there. But given that the TDS is
    22, they'd have to be quite low as well regardless of the actual concentrations. And agree that
    yeah, not...

  • Posted in thread: The 2016 NHC - Results/Speculation Thread on 05-22-2016 at 11:57 PM
    Also, TN is a reasonable drive. There's probably still space at the conference and banquet. So,
    uh, show up.

  • Posted in thread: The 2016 NHC - Results/Speculation Thread on 05-22-2016 at 10:44 PM
    I think the Brewing Network usually broadcasts it. If you can't find it on the
    AHA/NHC/"Homebrew Con" website, the BN would be the second place I would look.

  • Posted in thread: Refractometer on 05-22-2016 at 03:02 AM
    *wortI've been doing this a long time and compared to all the processes involved in making
    beer, using a hydrometer is amazingly simple. I wish I could use my refractometer to measure
    beer ABV, but I ...

  • Posted in thread: Refractometer on 05-21-2016 at 11:37 PM
    I think few people understand how to correctly use a refractometer with beer. You calibrate it
    with distilled water. Then you need to determine the wort correction factor specific to your

  • Posted in thread: Refractometer on 05-20-2016 at 09:08 PM
    I just use tap water. Any discrepancy there is going to be within margin of error of my reading
    it anyway.If you want to be really thorough, measure a sample of wort with a hydrometer that
    you are sur...

  • Posted in thread: Why use airlocks for brewing and not for starters? on 05-20-2016 at 08:47 PM
    Sorry but this isn't adding up for me. I brew a batch of beer, let it sit in the fermenter for
    2 weeks. Hopefully the yeast used up all the oxygen in that headspace and now all that is in
    there is CO2...

  • Posted in thread: Why use airlocks for brewing and not for starters? on 05-20-2016 at 03:18 PM
    I give mine a good shake to get it started, just like with a regular beer. Once it starts I
    doubt there would be any difference. Certainly beer in a primary fermenter with an airlock does
    not need mor...

  • Posted in thread: Why use airlocks for brewing and not for starters? on 05-20-2016 at 02:08 PM
    While what you're saying isn't incorrect, you're missing the point.A CO2 barrier is both not
    necessary and not desirable in a starter (despite whatever woodland brews' outlying opinion
    says). You want...

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