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  • Posted in thread: Curious about building a collar on my 7cf freezer for fermentation on 08-06-2013 at 04:11 AM
    Yes, you can get to layering temps if your collar is well made. Use some weatherstripping on
    the top and bottom of the collar and insulate the collar. Wood only has an r-value around 1 per
    inch of woo...

  • Posted in thread: equipment upgrade: what should I buy next? on 05-22-2013 at 11:10 PM
    Fermentation temp control can be done with pretty inexpensive/no cost methods. I put a
    blanket/sleeping bag on my carboys if it gets too cold and use a wet cloth with water bath if
    they get hot. May n...

  • Posted in thread: Just a little reassurance on 05-22-2013 at 08:42 PM
    The only hurry I feel is when I'm trying to keep the pipeline full-- when I need a carboy of a
    certain size or I'm trying to keg in time for an event. Otherwise the beer isn't what rushes
    me. The beer...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap Filter before primary for buckets on 04-24-2013 at 06:51 PM
    Nice find. I'll give this a try before I go for the stainless steel mesh container from Arbor
    Fabricating.They even have beer listed in the chemical chart for reactivity! Ordered 3 of them
    for $20 shi...

  • Posted in thread: Cooler Mash Tun?! on 04-24-2013 at 06:12 PM
    I use a piece of material (voile, ~$15) for my grain containment in the cooler I already had
    ($)0. Add a valve and some tubing and you're ready. The equipment looks like BIAB, but the
    method is infusi...

  • Posted in thread: Number of taps on 03-28-2013 at 03:53 PM
    So you have your first ever kegged batch or your first ever batch? If it's your first ever
    batch, I'd recommend installing fewer and design it with room to expand. Homebrewing is a lot
    like buffets - ...

  • Posted in thread: Decisions...decisions....hazelnut porter on 03-27-2013 at 05:31 PM
    Hazelnut extract is strong stuff. 1 to 3 teaspoons is really all you need (1 teaspoons = 5 mL)
    for a 5 gallon (19L) batch.It's best to add at bottling. I usually do 1.5 teaspoons.+1 on the
    hazelnut be...

  • Posted in thread: New Brew Kettle on 03-07-2013 at 05:56 PM
    +1 Gduck.I have an 8, only do 5 gal batches, and would prefer a 10 gal. for the reasons already

  • Posted in thread: Low Tech / Old School Lager? on 02-22-2013 at 04:35 PM
    If you put the fermenter outside for lagering, you need to protect it against temperature
    variation. Snow itself would help, but it would need to be mostly covered, and then you'd have
    the worry of fr...

  • Posted in thread: IPA Recipe - Too much crystal? on 02-14-2013 at 11:45 PM
    Brew Target is open source software and works on multiple platforms.