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Forum: Hops Growing 02-05-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By bmbigda
Hop Share Program

A friend of mine is doing a feasibility study on a local "hop share" program (in New England). See below. If you wouldn't mind taking a minute to fill out his survey, he'd appreciate it. He's going...
Forum: General Techniques 01-02-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,159
Posted By bmbigda
i compost all my brewing leftovers...grain, hops,...

i compost all my brewing leftovers...grain, hops, trub...whatever. i also compost other organic household matter, but in the end my pile is mostly spent grain.

i used the spent grain et al...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-02-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By bmbigda
are you drinking this beer cold and fully...

are you drinking this beer cold and fully carbonated? is it very cold? i have had this happen before, though several years ago. i had a keg of black ipa that was as if i never hopped it. i let it sit...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-19-2012, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By bmbigda
yea - I've been struggling with this plate...

yea - I've been struggling with this plate chiller since the day I got it. I've probably brewed something like 12 batches with it by now. And maybe 3 of those batches cooled in a reasonable amount of...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-19-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By bmbigda
Plate Chiller Input Water Question

Question for plate chiller users...what is your input water flow rate like? What is the resulting output water temperature? I'm not looking for any specific figures, just general idea. i.e. very slow...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,979
Posted By bmbigda
definitely wait until it's fully carbonated for a...

definitely wait until it's fully carbonated for a few days. cold, partially carbonated magic hat #9 clone (or any mild beer) will definitely taste thin and watery
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-07-2012, 12:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,105
Posted By bmbigda
It's my understanding that the rates are higher...

It's my understanding that the rates are higher than 5-10%. I've reached that estimation emperically doing two batches, one with a 5 gal paint strainer bag, one without. The hop profile (bitterness,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-05-2012, 08:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,105
Posted By bmbigda
yes that's correct. the hops float around freely...

yes that's correct. the hops float around freely during the boil, then i vacuum them up into the hop filter at the end.

regarding the amount of material left after vacuuming - it ranges between...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-29-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Posted By bmbigda
this will not be a problem whatsoever. very common

this will not be a problem whatsoever. very common
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-23-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,214
Posted By bmbigda
agreed. Think of brewing with completely...

agreed. Think of brewing with completely distilled water like cooking without salt. I'm sure it's not the sole cause of your problem, but the appropriate water chemistry acts as a vehicle for flavor...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-11-2012, 02:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 406
Posted By bmbigda
this happens to me when the burner gets wet,...

this happens to me when the burner gets wet, maybe even if the ground is wet below it
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,578
Posted By bmbigda
is there a thin, clear, glass-like film?

is there a thin, clear, glass-like film?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2012, 09:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,578
Posted By bmbigda
i disagree that it's CO2, but it's just a picture...

i disagree that it's CO2, but it's just a picture after all. when i've seen this, it looks very similar. then the bubbles turn off-white/yellow. eventually they turn fluffy
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,578
Posted By bmbigda
yea. i've seen this 3 or 4 times (small clear...

yea. i've seen this 3 or 4 times (small clear bubbles after krausen has dropped). it has always resulted in an undrinkable infection when i've seen it.

i'm sure someone knows what kind it is
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-09-2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,105
Posted By bmbigda
i do let my hops run free. only after the boil is...

i do let my hops run free. only after the boil is over do i start pumping them into the hop spider.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-09-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,105
Posted By bmbigda
How I keep hops out my my plate chiller

I was doing some plate chiller related forum browsing tonight, and saw so many different threads on how people are keeping hops out of their plate chiller. I figured I'd add my method to the mix,...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-09-2012, 12:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,078
Posted By bmbigda
Any links to chest freezer/smoker conversion...

Any links to chest freezer/smoker conversion projects?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-08-2012, 10:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 672
Posted By bmbigda
Thanks. I have a similar setup (pump, output...

Thanks. I have a similar setup (pump, output valves, thrumometer, water temps, flow rate). Only I have a 40 plate duda diesel.

I've played with my methods quite a bit, and the best I can do is...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-08-2012, 10:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,078
Posted By bmbigda
is the output air cold enough to reach a total...

is the output air cold enough to reach a total ambient temp of middle 30's? The output air will need to be somewhere in the 20's I'd imagine.

you won't be able to have the chest freezer completely...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-06-2012, 11:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,144
Posted By bmbigda
several breweries use low pressure boiling...

several breweries use low pressure boiling kettles (Harpoon is one of them). You seem to be moving in the opposite direction
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-06-2012, 10:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 672
Posted By bmbigda
I have a 40 plate chiller, a pump, and similar...

I have a 40 plate chiller, a pump, and similar well water temps. I have no prayer of ever seeing a 4 minute cool time for a 5 gallon batch. Can you elaborate on your setup and process? Chiller model,...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-02-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,078
Posted By bmbigda
"compressor runs but its not getting cold" is how...

"compressor runs but its not getting cold" is how every chest freezer meets its death. Finding someone to scrap it for free should not be a problem. I had mine out on the curb for a couple hours...
Forum: Cooking & Pairing 07-30-2012, 03:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By bmbigda
Pickle Recipe?

I'm sure a handful of users on here make their own pickles, so i figured I'd try my luck with a recipe recommendation...

I tried making deli style half sour pickles recently from a recipe I found...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-15-2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By bmbigda
when i broke mine, i replaced it with something...

when i broke mine, i replaced it with something like this:

http://www.usplastic.com/mobile/item.aspx?itemid=23438&catid=535

i forgot which exact dispenser pump i bought, but i purposely bought...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-15-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By bmbigda
3 cups = .1875 gal 8.8% of 5 gal gives you...

3 cups = .1875 gal

8.8% of 5 gal gives you .44 gal of alcohol in the existing beer

99% of .1875 gal gives you .1856 gal of alcohol in the 3 cup addition

new total volume is 5.1875 gal. Add...
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