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  • Springfield, IL
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  • Been brewing off and on since 1992. Mostly extract with some partial mash.


  • Posted in thread: Question about taking a hydrometer reading. on 12-27-2009 at 03:08 AM
    should I bother to boil the top off water?Yea, this time of year is great for cooling boiled
    topoff water...I will boil my topoff water the day before brewday; let it chill, covered,
    outside (enclosed...

  • Posted in thread: First extract batch - lid on pot when steeping grains? on 11-29-2009 at 06:33 PM
    Ohhh, nooo. You shouldn't put a lid on it...I can't recall what you are supposed to let escape.
    By covering your brew pot you are trapping the stuff that is supposed to escape...

  • Posted in thread: Homebrewing has made me prefer ales over lagers on 11-29-2009 at 06:12 PM
    Welcome,, too, have become hop heads!!! You've aquired the taste for hops!!!

  • Posted in thread: plastic questions on 11-29-2009 at 06:08 PM
    Plastic buckets over time will allow air to seep in. But over a 2 or 3 week period as a pimary
    fermentor you are fine. I wouldn't even think of lagering in a plastic bucket.

  • Posted in thread: 2 weeks vs 3 weeks in primary on 11-29-2009 at 06:02 PM
    I used to bottle directly from the primary...via a bottling bucket. I now rack into a secondary
    for at least a week. That way I get the brew off the trub and makes it easier when I rack into
    the bottl...

  • Posted in thread: Temp Control Importance?? on 11-29-2009 at 05:55 PM
    Get a stick on thermometer and attach it to the outside of your carboy...they are cheap and
    rather accurate. Check the temp several times a day...morning and evening then again at
    bedtime. Five gallon...

  • Posted in thread: Are You Filtering Water for Extract Brewing on 11-24-2009 at 04:27 AM
    I have a under the counter filter system...don't recall the brand.I boil my topoff water the
    day before and let it chill over night outsdie...covered. I don't brew in the summer...lack of
    time...So to...

  • Posted in thread: About to boil first time, already confused on 11-24-2009 at 04:22 AM
    I always sample the portion I I take my readings on...

  • Posted in thread: New to the hobby. on 11-24-2009 at 04:16 AM
    Ditto on don't use distilled water...minerals in the water make the least helps...I
    boil my topoff water the night before brewday and let it cool over night...outside covered
    up.Well come th...

  • Posted in thread: Questions about copper poisoning/copper pipes + hoses in herms system on 11-14-2009 at 07:56 AM
    Your advisor must have been drinking moonshine distilled in a car radiator...