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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-03-2013, 02:21 PM
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Posted By Lou1998
Thanks everyone for your input. I decided to get...

Thanks everyone for your input. I decided to get some RO water from the grocery store and try using it with some salt additions. If it goes well I might look into a RO system. Right now I have...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-02-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 848
Posted By Lou1998
Water: Filter or RO?

Hi all,
Since moving into a new house, I had some off flavors with my beers. I narrowed down the problem to my water. My tap water has a faint sulfur odor, is hard, highly alkaline and from what I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-21-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 282
Posted By Lou1998
Sierra Nevade Lost Guy Rye Ale

I was at a restaurant yesterday and had a Sierra Nevada Lost Guy Rye Ale. I did a search for it when I got home and apparently it is one of their Beer Camp brews. Has anyone else had this and more...
Forum: Electric Brewing 12-20-2012, 04:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,572
Posted By Lou1998
I use two 1500w heatsticks for my 5 gallon...

I use two 1500w heatsticks for my 5 gallon batches and it works great. I get a steady rolling boil in my kettle and don't need to use a stove. Just be sure to plug them into separate circuits on...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-12-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 686
Posted By Lou1998
Mill, especially if your current chiller works...

Mill, especially if your current chiller works well for you.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-28-2012, 12:35 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 21,740
Posted By Lou1998
The Alabama state legislature.

The Alabama state legislature.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-21-2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By Lou1998
I started out using bleach, but I hate how it...

I started out using bleach, but I hate how it smells, how it makes the carboys slippery and how I had to rinse it. Once I started kegging, I switched to star san. Each time I brew, I mix a fresh 5...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-07-2011, 01:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 474
Posted By Lou1998
When I was stationed in Germany, I had to call...

When I was stationed in Germany, I had to call some places and let them know what the deal was. They will need to ship via US Postal Service. This may increase shipping some.
I never had a problem...
Forum: Electric Brewing 10-06-2011, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By Lou1998
Thanks all for the replies. I will look into...

Thanks all for the replies. I will look into building a control box. Will I need two PIDs, one for the HLT and one for the BK?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-06-2011, 12:49 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,460
Posted By Lou1998
Try making a single malt and single hop blonde...

Try making a single malt and single hop blonde ale. If you don't keg and are worried about people being turned off by sediment, pour the beer into a glass for them. They probably won't even know...
Forum: Electric Brewing 10-03-2011, 05:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,057
Posted By Lou1998
I also use two 1500w heat sticks plugged into two...

I also use two 1500w heat sticks plugged into two separate 20A outlets. I reach boil temps pretty quickly and get a really vigorous boil. No controller is required.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-03-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,410
Posted By Lou1998
The local microbrewery here does a whirlpool and...

The local microbrewery here does a whirlpool and then cools through a large plate chiller.
Granted, they also filter their beer, but they don't worry about trub getting into the fermenter. However,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-02-2011, 01:12 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,410
Posted By Lou1998
After you cool your wort, slide one of these over...

After you cool your wort, slide one of these over your racking cane and it will allow you to filter out the hops....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-01-2011, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 320
Posted By Lou1998
See if there is a local homebrewing club or maybe...

See if there is a local homebrewing club or maybe a class offered through your locak homebrew shop so you can get an idea of what is involved. Also, this website and the How to Brew online book...
Forum: Electric Brewing 10-01-2011, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By Lou1998
Electric Brew System Questions

Thanks to this message board, I have switched to electric brewing using two 1500 watt heat sticks which has made brewing more fun and easy compared to the turkey fryer.

I would like to upgrade to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-01-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By Lou1998
I own two of these and am happy with them. I do...

I own two of these and am happy with them. I do 5 gallons right now but they have space to expand to 10 gallons. You can easily drill a hole for a valve, sight glass, etc. Or, just use and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-28-2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,324
Posted By Lou1998
I was using a SS hose braid and kept getting...

I was using a SS hose braid and kept getting stuck sparges. I ended up building a copper manifold and it works much better. I used a drill press to make 3/32" holes in the copper tubing and just...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-22-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 67,460
Posted By Lou1998
Earthbound, I would be interested to see how...

Earthbound,
I would be interested to see how that works for you. I built a copper manifold and it works well with whole leaf but not pellets and am looking for alternatives I can use with a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-09-2011, 02:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,034
Posted By Lou1998
I mash in at 1.25 quarts per pound of grain. ...

I mash in at 1.25 quarts per pound of grain. Then I do a mash out so my first runnings will be half my pre-boil volume. The batch sparge should be the same amount as you collect from the first...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-27-2011, 10:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By Lou1998
Stuck Sparge and Low Efficiency

Hi all,
I am currently using a three roller monster mill at factory settings to grind my grain. Batch sparging with a 48 qt cooler and hose braid, I am getting stuck mashes and about 70%...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-25-2010, 08:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,751
Posted By Lou1998
Thanks for the feedback. I went ahead and pulled...

Thanks for the feedback. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the MM-3 with stainless rollers and 1/2" shaft. I figured its worth a few extra bucks if I never have to buy another mill.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-25-2010, 03:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,751
Posted By Lou1998
I am looking at the monster mills as well and...

I am looking at the monster mills as well and can't decide if I should spend a few extra bucks for the MM-3. I expect this to be the one and only mill I ever purchase, but I am not sure the third...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-22-2010, 03:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,352
Posted By Lou1998
Electric vs. Propane Brewing

After reading some of the threads on using electric heating elements to brew, I was curious how electric brewing compares to using a propane burner, both in terms of time and money. So, I did some...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-16-2010, 02:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Posted By Lou1998
Thanks. I have a controller, but wasn't sure if...

Thanks. I have a controller, but wasn't sure if the fridge would be ok at those temps. I will keep an eye out for a cheap fridge and give it a shot.
Lou
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-15-2010, 03:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Posted By Lou1998
Fermenting Ales in a Fridge?

Hey all,
I usually brew hefeweizens and alts. However, my house is usually between 68 in the winter and 74 in the summer, which is a little too warm. In the past, I have used a cooler with ice...
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