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  • About 7 years ago I bought a kit, 6gal bucket and 5gal glass carboy etc. and started brewing about every week end, and had a loyal band of beer swillers to help polish of each 5 gallon batch soon after it was ready. This was good because I got a lot of input about what I was doing. In the beginning I used extract with grain adjuncts, and experimented with many different recipes and different hops and yeasts. I brewed most every type of beer except lagers because I did not have a dedicated refrigerator, but that has changed. For a couple years my output was sadly about one keg a month, because I was in Graduate school so time was a little short.

    Now I have a house with a dedicated room in the garage. I have been trying to brew every weekend, and have a lot planed for the future. I have been brewing a lot of Belgian and English beers in the summer, and will get back to lagers as winter sets in. Not a long time here in San Diego.

    Two four ago, I graduated to All Grain brewing and k
  • Filling a 55 gallon Brandy Barrel.
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  • Posted in thread: Estimating cell counts of slurry on 04-17-2014 at 03:49 PM
    I found this page from Wyeast very helpful. the bottom of the page there are some tubes with
    10%-60% yeast slurry with the estimate of yeast/ml, so the 40% yeast slurry has 1x10^9 or one
    billion yea...

  • Posted in thread: Questions about March Pumps answered by the Factory! on 04-15-2014 at 12:59 AM
    You Might be better off putting an automated valve one the output of the pump and cycling
    it,less risk to damage the pump and I think the pump starting and stopping would not sound too
    pleasant. Here ...

  • Posted in thread: Overheated pot, cherry red, with torch and now rusts? on 04-11-2014 at 07:06 PM
    Try to repassivate it with citric acid or Bar Keeper's Friend. Clean any rust off first and
    then apply a paste of BKF and let sit for an hour.I've had some success with Bar Keepers friend
    with over he...

  • Posted in thread: Judging the beer that wasn't there. on 04-10-2014 at 09:33 PM
    Totally agree with Spartan NHC is not a good comp for getting feedback. Best place to get
    feedback is from a Homebrew club, or having someone who is a judge it, and give you feedback.
    Just make sure y...

  • Posted in thread: Judging the beer that wasn't there. on 04-07-2014 at 10:46 PM
    Needless to say, my confidence in the system is at a very low point at this time.You should get
    involved, it's easier than ever to get going, you can take the online test, and start Judging
    as a provi...

  • Posted in thread: Conical size on 03-25-2014 at 05:50 PM
    I know its quite pricy, but the brewers hardware 20gallon jacketed conical would fit the bill.
    I know a lot of people are using immersion coils (I have one as well) but I really wish my
    conicals where...

  • Posted in thread: Heating Element sizes for 55 gal. on 03-20-2014 at 04:14 PM
    Does anyone think I could just use one 7500w element to heat up my strike water in a 55 gal
    HLT? Then, goose it from 160ish to 180 w/in an hr? (thats the real kicker). My kettle is going
    to be direct ...

  • Posted in thread: Multi-step mashing, electric brewery. on 03-18-2014 at 09:19 PM
    No, With a Decoction you remove part of the mash, boil it and then return it to the mash to
    raise the temp. You can do step mashes on an HERMS, RIMS, or a direct fire mash, but it is not
    the same as a...

  • Posted in thread: Is Williams brewing still the best oxygenation system? on 03-18-2014 at 04:57 AM
    is the one I got, I think its the same thing, you can set the regulator to 0.5, 1,1.2,1.5
    liters/min. I have the disposable one too, but this works much better.

  • Posted in thread: Digital Microscope, 800x - any good? on 03-06-2014 at 08:12 PM
    No you won't be able to see anything with that. If you want to see bacteria to any extent with
    a hope to do the most simple identification you will need 1000X with oil immersion. you can
    allso get a g...