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  • virginia beach
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  • jonny
  • i started brewing about 10 years ago. i made a lot of sub-par beer due to sloppy technique at first, then brewed inconsistently for a few years. I have, in the last few years refined my techniques and equipment and am finally making some really nice, clean beer. I have a kegging set up and a lagering chamber which have both helped tremendously. I read constantly about brewing and am striving to perfect my technique.
  • i have "finished" the monolith brewing machine. it is not quite what i expected, but i am still tweaking it. basically, it is a 2 tier setup using a propane boiler and a ranco temp controlled heating element to heat the HLT. the mash tun and HLT are both 40 qt stainless tanks contained in a stainless rectangle box. there is a built in pump and sparge arm as well as spigots and sight guages. this is a converted 80 qt coffee urn off an aircraft carrier. it is the only thing of its kind in existance.
  • salt marsh IPA
  • sweet mead
  • sparkling cyser
  • Odell's 90 shilling clone #3
    Dismal stout
    Belgian Lager
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  • Posted in thread: What is the most useful Brewing item you own? on 03-22-2013 at 11:55 AM
    i recently put a water spigot directly over my HLT so i fill directly without dumping or
    lifting buckets. i hook up my wort chiller via hose then switch to spray nozzle for cleaning.
    takes about 30 mi...

  • Posted in thread: More wort in mash tun than I can fit in brew pot on 01-01-2013 at 09:28 PM
    first take a specific gravity reading. if you are at your target pre boil s.g., then proceed
    and throw out excess wort.if the s.g. is too low, then boil down as much as you can and add the
    excess wort...

  • Posted in thread: starter mishap on 08-21-2011 at 12:24 AM
    thanks. im sure it will be fine

  • Posted in thread: mildew smell/gym sock taste on 08-20-2011 at 05:55 PM
    get rid of all your plastic and vinyl. had the same thing happen to me. use star san and boil
    everything. replace anything plastic. if you use a cooler get a new one.

  • Posted in thread: starter mishap on 08-20-2011 at 05:52 PM
    feed it with mor DME or add the new vial to what is left of the starter?

  • Posted in thread: starter mishap on 08-20-2011 at 05:44 PM
    i was going to add the new vial to the starter, wait 2-3 hours, then pitch. sound right?

  • Posted in thread: starter mishap on 08-20-2011 at 05:12 PM
    pulled out 2 vial yeast starter this morning for a 10gal. brew.i closed the cap on the grolsch
    bottle momentarily to give the starter a quick swirl. i forgot to re-open the cap and continued
    to brew4 ...

  • Posted in thread: SMaSH Lager on 07-18-2011 at 12:33 AM
    make a starter and do at least one decoction. dont forget the diacetyl rest.

  • Posted in thread: force carbing question on 07-12-2011 at 11:49 PM
    20 is what i always force carb at. 4-7 days for carbing and settling. will be bubbly after 3
    days but give it a few mor for carbonic acid to settle out.

  • Posted in thread: Ok, I know this is crazy but... on 07-09-2011 at 08:59 PM
    google Chicha de Jora. made from germinating maize to convert the starch to fermentable sugar
    then making wort and fermenting. could you germinate the corn water? ithink you are on to
    something here.

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