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Forum: Label Display & Discussion 01-27-2013, 02:23 PM
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Posted By ByramMike
Thanks for the opportunity. Congrats Ezekiel!

Thanks for the opportunity. Congrats Ezekiel!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 03:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By ByramMike
Ah... thanks! Much appreciated.

Ah... thanks! Much appreciated.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-26-2013, 03:53 AM
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Views: 451
Posted By ByramMike
I just started all grain brewing, and i love it. ...

I just started all grain brewing, and i love it. It more involved than extract, thus more to keep tack of. I bought a $20 5gal water cooler as my mash/lauter tun. Converted to a ball lock for $20....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-26-2013, 03:40 AM
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Posted By ByramMike
Enjoy your brew day!

Enjoy your brew day!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 03:29 AM
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Views: 245
Posted By ByramMike
I think you're good to go... reboil that solution...

I think you're good to go... reboil that solution for sure. Question for you... whats a kerr jar?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 03:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 544
Posted By ByramMike
Ideally you want to keep your fermenters between...

Ideally you want to keep your fermenters between 60 and 65. The fermentation process adds heat to the beer, so keeping the bucket in a colder room reduces the chance of off flavors... esters (fruity...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-25-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,144
Posted By ByramMike
When I interview candidates I ask about their...

When I interview candidates I ask about their hobbies. It's amazing how people open up when they talk about their hobbies. You get to the real person. And I get a chance to learn a thing or two......
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-25-2013, 05:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Posted By ByramMike
Before you jump into it, read up on the what...

Before you jump into it, read up on the what all-grain entails. Don't get hung up on too many details, but don't discount them, and get an understanding of the steps and how much time it takes. If...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-25-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,467
Posted By ByramMike
Rinse bottles after use with water to get the...

Rinse bottles after use with water to get the wash and any yeast out. To clean, rinse out with a bottle washer well. Put them in a bucket of oxyclean for 20 minutes. Take them out, rinse with...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-24-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,345
Posted By ByramMike
To piggy back on markm's and aip's comments... I...

To piggy back on markm's and aip's comments... I don't work for a brewery, but I visited one in Ft. Worth in December for their Saturday "tour". I spoke with about 10 people who had "Brew Crew"...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-24-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By ByramMike
Nola... that depends on your expected OG. As...

Nola... that depends on your expected OG. As Indy says, anything over 1.060 you'll absolutely want to do one. Under that, you're ok... the smack packs are great, even if they don't inflate fully. ...
Forum: Introductions 01-23-2013, 05:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 232
Posted By ByramMike
Stick to what the recipe states... most ales are...

Stick to what the recipe states... most ales are ok on the yeast cake for a longer time, but you have to watch for off flavors from the yeast as they die off. If you want to ferment longer, try...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2013, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 958
Posted By ByramMike
Not sure why you couldn't... I've heard tell of...

Not sure why you couldn't... I've heard tell of folks using digital thermometers with probes stuck in their brew during fermentation.

I brew in NJ... as long as I keep my "brew room" at about 60...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 01-23-2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,078
Posted By ByramMike
I'm in.

I'm in.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-22-2013, 05:50 PM
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Posted By ByramMike
I just bored out the hole on 4 washers... added...

I just bored out the hole on 4 washers... added 30 minutes to the build and went through 3 dremel bits. Now I have an excuse to buy more bits... and while I'm at Lowes there's always something else.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-22-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By ByramMike
Trizzle... there was a thread earlier today about...

Trizzle... there was a thread earlier today about calibrating... see the link below.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/refractometer-questions-380304/
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-22-2013, 05:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,193
Posted By ByramMike
Just started using a refractometer... your single...

Just started using a refractometer... your single post explained more than 2 weeks of research did. Much appreciated...

And great question, Brewkinger!
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-22-2013, 05:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 189
Posted By ByramMike
Given what you say, I'm guessing the issue is a...

Given what you say, I'm guessing the issue is a higher than expected OG? I don't see an issue with adding water back in to get to your expected OG. But if your OG is good, don't add anything and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-22-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By ByramMike
I recommend you do a test with your mash tun to...

I recommend you do a test with your mash tun to determine the rate of your temp loss (if any). This allows you to plan your water strategy. I second having a good thermometer and a second kettle to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-22-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 310
Posted By ByramMike
I've had a pound, now down to 1/2, for about a...

I've had a pound, now down to 1/2, for about a year now. I use is primarily for carbonation. I keep it in a clean zip lock bag, and change the bag when it gets gummy. I live in NJ and we went...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-07-2012, 12:28 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 8,807
Posted By ByramMike
Ton-Ton Pee, Leia's Golden Braz-Ale

Ton-Ton Pee, Leia's Golden Braz-Ale
Forum: Introductions 03-07-2012, 12:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 119
Posted By ByramMike
Welcome back! I looking forward to many years of...

Welcome back! I looking forward to many years of fun and beer.

I have a good friend who just graduated from Berklee... he's in LA trying to make it happen.

Cheers!
Forum: Introductions 03-07-2012, 12:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 50
Posted By ByramMike
Welcome! Any question is a good one... but do...

Welcome! Any question is a good one... but do some searches before you ask. I learned that after asking the perennial noob question, "Why hasn't Fermentation Started," and was politely asked (by...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-04-2012, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By ByramMike
I agree with jmprdood... your fine. I'm one year...

I agree with jmprdood... your fine. I'm one year into the obsession, and your concern was mine when I started (right into my 4th batch). I started noticing that I was focusing on taking the gravity...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-22-2012, 12:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By ByramMike
Patience my friend... larger beers take some time...

Patience my friend... larger beers take some time to come around. The good Dr has it right.
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