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  • Nebraska
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  • American Homebrewers Association and the Lincoln Lagers
  • Brewed first extract brew in 1972. It was awful! Went back to making wine and didn't brew another batch of beer for 30 years. I have now been actively brewing for over 4 years, doing all grain using a simple batch sparge system.


  • Posted in thread: 80% efficiency - but missing my target OG on 01-21-2008 at 10:37 PM
    I got rid of the inconsistency of preboil volume measurements by sparging into a bucket with
    measurements marked every half gallon. I then transfer from the bucket to the boil kettle. If
    you try this,...

  • Posted in thread: Good Grain Absorption Factor and Water/Grain Ratio? on 01-21-2008 at 10:29 PM
    Actually you can use anywhere between 1.0 and 2.0 quarts per pound of grain. The standard seems
    to be about 1.25 qt/lb but I use 1.5. If you get the mash too thick or too thin you will have

  • Posted in thread: Pressure canning wort on 01-01-2008 at 04:15 AM
    I get virtually no leakage from my jars of wort. The most common cause of this boilover is
    reducing the pressure too fast. As the temperature rises, the boiling point gets higher. At the
    end of your c...

  • Posted in thread: Discount Turkey Fryer Kit on 12-30-2007 at 06:20 PM
    Our local Target store is closing them out this week at $20. If I didn't already have two, I
    would jump right on that. :) More seriously, having an extra burner and pot around comes in
    handy if you ar...

  • Posted in thread: Help with SS Braid on 12-30-2007 at 06:14 PM
    Yes you do have to take the plastic out. Start by cutting the ends off. The two easiest method
    I have used are a hatchet (nice and quick) and with a tubing cutter. Getting the braid off
    takes a bit of...

  • Posted in thread: 5 or 6 1/2 gallon for fermenting? on 12-30-2007 at 06:01 PM
    Thanks, I wasn't sure if it was beneficial to get rid of the initial krausen or trub. I thought
    that it may contribute to off flavors or hangover contributing resins. Is it still neccesary to
    use a bl...

  • Posted in thread: 50 quart Mash Tun on 12-30-2007 at 05:54 PM
    If you are batch sparging, a shallow grain bed in a big cooler works just fine. The only
    difficulty would be heat loss from the large surface area relative to the depth of the
    grain.WayneBugeater Brew...

  • Posted in thread: When does "brewing" actually start? on 12-30-2007 at 05:51 PM
    It is hard to pin down when my "brewing" actually begins. I think about brewing a couple times
    a week, but obviously don't brew that often.I run water through my RO filter the night before.
    Though par...

  • Posted in thread: Another efficiency rant on 12-30-2007 at 02:14 AM
    Hold on folks! The OP is batch sparging and a lot of you are basing your advice on fly
    sparging. Batch sparging goes fast. Fly sparging goes slow. Sea is not complaining about stuck
    sparges, so soluti...

  • Posted in thread: 5 or 6 1/2 gallon for fermenting? on 12-30-2007 at 01:44 AM
    As a rule of thumb you want your fermenter to be at least 25% bigger than the wort size to
    allow for the krausen. Your 6.5's are ideal for 5 gallon batches.WayneBugeater Brewing Company