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  • Wife gave me a Beginners kit for Christmas. The folks at What Ale's Ya are a big help
  • Porter, Brown Ale, Basic Saison, Rye Saison, Belgian IPA, Dubel, Tripel
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  • Posted in thread: My IPAs are...meh. on 08-26-2014 at 11:39 PM
    My IPA's were meh.... about 10 batches ago.After I started using 100% RO, with Gypsum and CaCl
    additions, they are OK.Adding more Hops, hop stand, etc. helped, but still just OKPitch (2)
    packs of rehy...

  • Posted in thread: Boiling wort "here" then pitching yeast "there" on 01-16-2014 at 05:00 PM
    Why not Brew, Ferment and Package here, then ship to NO to condition ?Whether un fermented
    wort, filled bottles or keg. Still gotta ship it, right ?

  • Posted in thread: Temp control...for cold weather on 01-12-2014 at 02:45 PM
    I use the water filled tub as mention. I live in Phoenix and right now the tub water sits at
    about 60 degrees untouched. So I use an aquarium heater to keep it a little warmer.Sent from my
    SCH-I535 us...

  • Posted in thread: Bottling bucket vs plastic carboy for primary fermenting on 01-10-2014 at 01:31 PM
    I gather you will not need the bottling bucket to bottle any of the 3 batches fermenting ?

  • Posted in thread: Spike Brewing 12.5 Gallon Conical Fermenter Giveaway! on 01-06-2014 at 01:48 PM
    In, please

  • Posted in thread: New mash tun on 01-04-2014 at 11:44 PM
    I would use at least 3 gal (especially if what you're adding is cooler than strike temp) but I
    haven't tried enough vols to know for sure.Don't need to waste water to preheat, just heat
    you're mash wa...

  • Posted in thread: How much beer can I expect to lose to trub? on 01-03-2014 at 06:07 PM
    I am planning on using pellet hops, 2 oz. total for dry hopping and 4 oz. total for the boil.So
    it seems like 1/2 gallon is a safe expectation on what i'll lose? Should I scale the recipe to
    account f...

  • Posted in thread: Hop stand / whirlpool / immersion cooling? on 12-13-2013 at 08:43 PM
    You're right, hopstand doesn't require a whirlpool, but if you're going to whirlpool hot anyway
    (for example if you have a counterflow or plate chiller) you might as well do both at the same
    time. At ...

  • Posted in thread: Questions on fly/batch sparging on 12-13-2013 at 08:33 PM
    Welcome! I only batch sparge and like VonAle have found multiple sparges only takes more time.
    As was said, keep notes. I make up an excel spreadsheet for every batch I brew, and have built
    in a few c...

  • Posted in thread: Questions on fly/batch sparging on 12-13-2013 at 08:13 PM
    Thanks for the info, at this point I am probably leaning towards batch sparging. Aside the the
    primary mash, how many times do you sparge? When you mention "make sure you stir in your water
    additions ...