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Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-12-2011, 10:10 PM
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Posted By billvon
I'm making a hoppy amber if I can find a few...

I'm making a hoppy amber if I can find a few ounces of Simcoe. Hard to find around here.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-11-2011, 12:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By billvon
Thanks for the advice. Will probably dial back...

Thanks for the advice. Will probably dial back the crystal and go for a lighter base beer and up to 1 lb/gal.

I tried Allagash Victor last night and realized I didn't care for it much; there's...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-11-2011, 12:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 645
Posted By billvon
In my experience: 3lbs fresh peaches in a...

In my experience:

3lbs fresh peaches in a 5gal batch is just barely detectable in a light wheat beer
6lbs fresh peaches in a 5gal batch gives you a noticeable taste/aroma

I take peaches, puree...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-10-2011, 03:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By billvon
Super simple brown ale, very popular around here:...

Super simple brown ale, very popular around here:


Batch Size: 10.00 gal
Boil Size: 11.45 gal
Boil Time: 60 min

12.00 lb Dark Dry Extract (17.5 SRM) Dry Extract 100.00 %
3.00 oz...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-09-2011, 10:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 199
Posted By billvon
Drawback with that is that you're going to lose...

Drawback with that is that you're going to lose some of the fruit flavor due to a) boiling and b) vigorous fermentation. I've had good luck pureeing fruit, heating it to 170-180F, then adding it...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-09-2011, 10:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By billvon
Druvenbier recommendations

We recently bought a house and inherited a fair number of grapevines, both Merlot and Cabernet. (I can't tell them apart; they all look like little red grapes to me.) I figure this is a good...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-28-2011, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 829
Posted By billvon
Tub to hold corny+ice?

Anyone have a good source for a "tub" that fits a 5gal corny pretty well? Looking for something I can fill with ice and keep a corny cold for 12hrs or so. I've been looking for a 12" diameter 24"...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-22-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 88,032
Posted By billvon
Does anyone have a part number for the 4 pin...

Does anyone have a part number for the 4 pin connectors on the Auber probes themselves? (I know they come with the connector, but it would be nice to use the same connector on both ends.)
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-22-2011, 02:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,613
Posted By billvon
Been using an electric HLT for about a year,...

Been using an electric HLT for about a year, still use gas for the kettle. Trying to decide whether to go all gas or all electric.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-15-2010, 12:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By billvon
1) If you oversparge you'll extract tannins. I...

1) If you oversparge you'll extract tannins. I did that once. Not good. You get a foul tasting thin beer.

2) If you oversparge your gravity will go down steeply and you'll have to boil a lot to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-14-2010, 10:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,175
Posted By billvon
Come up with a theme. My place (Blue Skies...

Come up with a theme. My place (Blue Skies Brewing) is based on a skydiving theme. Some names are:

Sitfly Saison
Swooper Stout
Skydiver Blonde
WylieBrau (so named because George Wylie brought...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2010, 06:00 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,331
Posted By billvon
He may have made the mistake of responding to the...

He may have made the mistake of responding to the original letter as he would to another brewer instead of to a pissed off consumer.

Personally I don't subscribe to the "something's wrong so...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2010, 05:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,748
Posted By billvon
If time is of the essence I'd consider pitching...

If time is of the essence I'd consider pitching _above_ fermentation temps. Off flavors will be minimal before the yeast really get going, and higher temps (along with a starter and good...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-05-2010, 12:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 407
Posted By billvon
Partigyle beer suggestions?

My first partigyle beer didn't turn out too well. The first beer was a sweet stout, and I hoped the second running would be a brown. (Instead it tasted like brown carbonated water plus tannins.) ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-04-2010, 08:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,235
Posted By billvon
Brewers tend to learn more and more about smaller...

Brewers tend to learn more and more about smaller and smaller segments of brewing until they know everything about nothing. (This is in contrast to beer critics, who drink so many beers, while...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-03-2010, 10:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,690
Posted By billvon
They are diaphragm pilot-operated valves, and as...

They are diaphragm pilot-operated valves, and as such are _extremely_ prone to clogging. I wouldn't use them for anything other than water.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-03-2010, 05:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,003
Posted By billvon
Talk to Mike Skubic or Mike Hess at Hess Brewing....

Talk to Mike Skubic or Mike Hess at Hess Brewing. From start to opening took them a little over a year; most of that time was in permits and inspections.



I think it cost far more than that...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-03-2010, 12:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By billvon
Yeah, that's the reason I didn't want to go the...

Yeah, that's the reason I didn't want to go the block n tackle route. But a scissors lift good for 800 pounds seems like a pretty bombproof alternative.
...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-02-2010, 10:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By billvon
Thanks for the info. Has anyone used this...

Thanks for the info.

Has anyone used this stuff for stands?

http://www.8020.net/T-Slot-1.asp

Sort of an industrial erector set; might be easier to assemble (and possible to disassemble if...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-02-2010, 10:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By billvon
5-10 gallon (into a 13, soon to be 15 gallon BK)

5-10 gallon (into a 13, soon to be 15 gallon BK)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-02-2010, 08:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By billvon
Scissors lift

Not sure whether to put this in DIY or here but:

Looking at a build and was thinking about boil kettle height. Gravity feed would be great but I have to recirculate for my HLT anyway (it's...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-02-2010, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By billvon
Questions - sourcing for parts

So I'm not quite ready to build a complete system (although I am getting a concrete pad poured on the side of the house in preparation) but I am starting to get components together so I can...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-01-2010, 11:30 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 97,388
Posted By billvon
Hmm. So far they've shown: -almost losing...

Hmm. So far they've shown:

-almost losing an entire batch to a broken bottler
-having to dump a lot of beer due to having the wrong bottles at bottling time
-having a glue spill that takes...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-01-2010, 03:52 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 6,541
Posted By billvon
1) Consolidate the brewing rig in one location...

1) Consolidate the brewing rig in one location and mount it permanently
2) Finalize things like wort lines, connectors, HLT recirc and chiller plumbing
3) Get a 15gal Boilermaker to replace the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-01-2010, 03:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,020
Posted By billvon
Indeed. Take a Boilermaker 15gal pot. At...

Indeed. Take a Boilermaker 15gal pot. At .023atm absolute pressure inside, there would be 2800 pounds pushing on the bottom of the pot alone.
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