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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: WLP001 Question on 04-19-2015 at 02:27 PM
    If the vial was in-date and you aerated well, it'll be fine. It may take a few more hours to
    see activity though.

  • Posted in thread: Cold Snap Stopped Fermentation - How To Restart? on 04-17-2015 at 11:51 AM
    "Rousing the yeast" works maybe one time out of 100. There are a few things you can try, but
    these days I move straight to pitching a vial of WLP099. Unless the problem is enzymatic (i.e.
    incomplete c...

  • Posted in thread: cleaning the inside of a plate chiller on 04-13-2015 at 01:33 PM
    After brew day I run Alkaline Brewery Wash through it, followed by a water rinse, and then
    Saniclean. Before brewing, I'll fill it with StarSan. Every once in a while, I'll boil it in a
    big pot of wat...

  • Posted in thread: Sour Mash Equipment on 04-13-2015 at 01:31 PM
    Friends don't let friends sour mash. Use sour worting/kettle souring instead, preferably with a
    commercial culture instead of just throwing a bunch of random grains in there. And pre-acidify
    the wort ...

  • Posted in thread: Does anyone else hate their Chugger pumps? on 04-13-2015 at 01:27 PM
    I like my Chugger pump - it's treated me well for several years now. It's mounted about a foot
    below the bottom of the kettles. The input side has a ball valve pointing downward that I use
    to purge th...

  • Posted in thread: my first infection? on 04-13-2015 at 01:23 PM
    Doesn't look like an infection.

  • Posted in thread: Champagne Bottles on 04-11-2015 at 04:47 AM
    Anyone know a good place to find Amber champagne bottles to buy? Also has anyone bottled sours
    in hock wine bottles?Use Champagne bottles. Regular wine bottles are much more likely to blow
    up on you u...

  • Posted in thread: Cream Ale Yeast - Not American Ale on 04-11-2015 at 04:43 AM
    Lots of options - I would try WLP011 European or WLP029 Koelsch (if you can keep it cool
    enough). European is more "round" and malt-forward, Koelsch is a bit crisper. Koelsch yeast is
    pretty finicky, ...

  • Posted in thread: Beginnings of lacto infection or not? on 04-10-2015 at 11:49 PM
    Doesn't look like lacto to me. It's also unlikely, because most lacto strains aren't very
    tolerant to hops.

  • Posted in thread: Kölsch on 03-31-2015 at 12:23 PM
    Alright so I decided that I liked the idea of just going German Pils, but as I play with my
    recipe I am not able to hit my color range very well. This is currently what I have.
    Thoughts?Unless this is...


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