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  • Posted in thread: Runoff and temp drop... on 04-04-2013 at 12:04 AM
    Many Belgian beers don't utilize a mashout step with the intent of allowing conversion to
    continue right into the kettle. This results in more fermentable sugars and contributes to the
    desired dry cha...

  • Posted in thread: I don't like Roasted Malts....realization. on 03-20-2013 at 10:53 PM
    My second batch of all grain was a stout. I'm a chef and hate recipes, relying more on ratios
    and technique. I read a little and built a Rims system and dove in. I refer to that batch as my
    "lucky sto...

  • Posted in thread: Mash amount? on 03-14-2013 at 11:36 AM
    If you are sitting on a water table with access to it via a well you are also part of the
    watershed that will eventually return that water to that source. Not one drop of water has been
    created or los...

  • Posted in thread: Any new news on Home Depot Homer buckets? on 02-02-2013 at 03:30 AM
    If you're looking to go on the cheap for fermenters go to Menards and purchase 4 gal spring
    water bottles...I think I paid $5/ea. I use three of them for a 10 gal batch. I get my knife
    steel nice and ...

  • Posted in thread: Giant grain bag in keggle or false bottom for E-HERMS system? on 01-23-2013 at 12:19 AM
    I just did this Friday. With the cold weather I lost the option of using running water to clean
    up after brewing. I have a three keg RIMS system. I was thinking the bag would help with clean
    up (and i...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone brew under a canopy? on 01-11-2013 at 01:22 PM
    I cater regularly and the 10'x10' tents are pretty inexpensive for what you get. Mine came with
    3 sides that button on and provide wind protection. This is a very important feature which will
    save you...

  • Posted in thread: Water experts, please look at mine and help on 01-09-2013 at 12:12 PM
    You should be right in the ballpark for brewing light pilsens. Maybe you should see what your
    non filtered water consists of. An 8.1 pH is pretty difficult to overcome even with a protein
    rest. Acidul...

  • Posted in thread: HBT dictionary...or commonly misspelled brew terms on 11-20-2012 at 01:58 AM
    Old thread but I have to add refridgerate to the list. Also, unsanitary should actually be
    insanitary but I'm afraid momentum is too strong to turn that train around.

  • Posted in thread: Anybody tried this? on 10-28-2012 at 10:56 PM
    Kegged it, force carbonated...It's pretty dry, powerful and a little underhopped. 3 pints and
    I'm 3 sheets. Not sour

  • Posted in thread: Anybody tried this? on 10-13-2012 at 07:16 PM
    I started looking at some other threads and they stated that 99% of lactobacillus is killed
    after 5 minutes at 150F. I obviously far exceeded that during mash and sparge. I also had a
    pretty healthy c...