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  • A few friends tried some kit brews and it was a fun way to spend an afternoon so I gave it a shot. I did the unthinkable and brewed a Pale Ale and an Octoberfest to serve at a huge annual football party and they turned out great. So I figure I might as well make the jump to All-Grain (it was going to happen eventually), the expense and time to setup the equipment would give me extra incentive to make use of it. rnI've got a 1/4BBL keggle for mash water heating and a 1/2BBL keggle for brewing. I do some Stainless welding at work so I customized it with a dip tube and valve and a thermocouple port. The 2nd round of modifications added a sight tube on the side and filtering on the drain tube. rnMLT is a 5gal Igloo water cooler with a perforated plastic tube covered in muslin. A laboratory thermometer through a rubber stopper in the lid to monitor mash temperature and a water heater valve to regulate flow out.
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  • Posted in thread: Hop bag scorched? on 08-24-2015 at 04:22 PM
    I had that happen once. I put my IC in for the last ten minutes to sanitize and it pinched the
    hop bag to the bottom. I had to pitch that batch because it was unbearable to even smell. I had
    to take a...

  • Posted in thread: Using Whole Hops for the first time - Question on 08-10-2015 at 04:46 PM
    Yes, 1oz of whole hops is the same as 1oz of pellets so you can interchange them in the recipe.

  • Posted in thread: Using Whole Hops for the first time - Question on 08-10-2015 at 04:45 PM
    Many people use pellets for their bittering hops so that they know the IBUs they'll generate. I
    grow a few varieties at home and have used them for bittering before in IPAs and simply know
    that I won'...

  • Posted in thread: Using Whole Hops for the first time - Question on 08-10-2015 at 04:25 PM
    You use whole hops the same as you would pellets. If it's a commercial farm he should be able
    to tell you the AA% to base the recipe on so you get the total IBU and flavor and aroma punch
    you're looki...

  • Posted in thread: My answer to a hot summer day on 08-06-2015 at 04:33 PM
    I just had a Beerfest flashback :-D Granted, it looks like Bud Light... Need a little C90 in
    there ;-)

  • Posted in thread: A brewer with an alcohol problem on 08-03-2015 at 05:19 PM
    Hi nvs-brew. You deserve a lot of credit for stating the uncomfortable truth. And hopefully the
    comradery that this forum shares in enjoying beer will also share in supporting your desire to
    improve y...

  • Posted in thread: Russian Imperial Stout suggestions on 07-31-2015 at 08:21 PM
    What's the 90 or 120 minute boil for? I plan to make a RIS soon and have looked at a couple of
    promising recipes on here.I use a long boil simply because on such a big beer my efficiency is
    crap so I ...

  • Posted in thread: Russian Imperial Stout suggestions on 07-31-2015 at 08:08 PM
    That doesn't look too bad as a starting point. I'd likely up the hops if you're going to age it
    extensively. My RIS ("Firesale Stout") is brewed when I harvest hops so I use up everything
    left from la...

  • Posted in thread: Question regarding Growlers on 07-31-2015 at 07:52 PM
    At least in Ohio you're not allowed to give away alcohol. (But that doesn't stop the beer reps
    from having the Bud or Miller girls walk around handing out beer.)Granted, if they give you
    money for fre...

  • Posted in thread: "champagne" or sparkling wine on tap on 07-31-2015 at 07:46 PM
    I'm surprised, I wouldn't think it takes that high of a pressure to carbonate wine. But your
    options are really limited to a ridiculously long hose or a much smaller hose and spending even
    more money ...

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