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  • Longtime brewer, first-time poster....
  • Brewing....shocking,eh?
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  • The sound of tiny bubbles filling the airlock....and not the sound of an over-carbonated bottle deto
  • I've been at it on and off for about ten years since my wife decided I needed something to do with my time other then get into trouble. rnrnI started with a few easy ones and kept at it. Took a break for a year or two and get back into it. Had a few more successes and then ran into a wall with a few terrible batches.rnrnRather than work through it I packed it up for awhile and am now getting back into it.
  • I'd like to brew something in between an Imperial Stout but with the sharpness and potency of bourbon.
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  • Posted in thread: My process and low efficiency .. Help! on 04-20-2014 at 03:20 PM
    You've got it. I no longer check my temp at the end of the mash, because (when I did) I found
    that I'd never lost more than 1 or 2 degrees. If you don't stir, the mash out water will be
    sitting on top...

  • Posted in thread: My process and low efficiency .. Help! on 04-20-2014 at 03:16 PM
    A few suggestions...-pre-heat the MLT. I'll drop two or three gallons of 180 degree water in
    mine just before I start heating water for the mash. Put the lid on tight and let it sit. For
    overnight mas...

  • Posted in thread: Water usage? Spring vs. Distilled on 04-20-2014 at 12:05 PM
    The problem with distilled is that it lacks anything but just the water; were talking calcium,
    etc. Those are components that will lend themselves to the flavor in some cases and mash pH,
    etc.If you'r...

  • Posted in thread: Disadvantages of not sparging and hop bags? on 04-20-2014 at 11:48 AM
    Generally I will sparge of some type when I'm doing a shorter mash. I teach a homebrew class
    and will Sparge since it's usually part of the process and there's usually time on hand.I will
    say that 90%...

  • Posted in thread: Are hipsters ruining craft beer? on 03-01-2014 at 09:05 PM
    Yep, prices are going through the roof for good beer. This is why I'm so thankful for being a
    home brewer. Take for instance my last batch of barleywine. I would have difficulty finding a
    beer that wo...

  • Posted in thread: Leaking ss perlick tap on 02-11-2014 at 09:01 PM
    The 525 model has a flaw in it. It requires pressure against a gasket in order to seal shut.
    Pressure against the gasket will eventually compress it and put it out of place. Perlick is
    working on it. ...

  • Posted in thread: Brew days too long! on 02-04-2014 at 07:47 PM
    All of the same processes still have to happen, and in the case of an overnight mash, you
    actually increase the amount of time it takes to get from sparged to boiling (if not by a fair
    amount then by ...

  • Posted in thread: Perlick 525 SS faucet leaks on 02-04-2014 at 04:23 PM
    Spoke to Jeff at Perlick a little while ago.The basic premise is that pressure pushes the ball
    against an O-Ring (item #3 if you're looking at the schematic) which stops beer from flowing
    through the ...

  • Posted in thread: Lost faith in 525SS. Need alternative. on 01-26-2014 at 04:03 PM
    There isn't much else, for taps. Ventmatics came back on the market, and they have sealing
    issues that should be fixed in a few months. Perlick is supposedly coming out with a 600 series
    some time thi...

  • Posted in thread: Keg Condition Belgian Dubbel on 01-26-2014 at 03:48 PM
    Well, you have a couple things going on."Beer Captured" usually gives you an aging guideline
    with each recipe. In fine tradition sometimes I find they're right on, other times I have found
    to the cont...

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