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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-07-2013, 03:46 AM
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Posted By cwsmitty
Thanks! I saw your picture as I was tooling...

Thanks! I saw your picture as I was tooling around on here before I posts my question--very impressive setup! I will post a pic when I build it.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-07-2013, 03:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 840
Posted By cwsmitty
Thanks! If I'm doing five gallon batches, would...

Thanks! If I'm doing five gallon batches, would the 48 quart cooler be too big? Is the grain bed deep enough for a five gallon batch?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-07-2013, 03:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 840
Posted By cwsmitty
Building mash tun...questions.

I'm looking to build my own mash tun. I have the "Brew Ware" book and looking to use their plans with a rectangular cooler (probably around 32 qts) with a CPVC manifold.

1. Is this a good mash tun...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-18-2012, 09:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,680
Posted By cwsmitty
I have a porter with the same problem--completely...

I have a porter with the same problem--completely flat. I left it in primary for over a month and racked it very cleanly into the bottling bucket. I am thinking I might not have enough yeast left...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-17-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By cwsmitty
I brewed a hefe a few weeks ago--my krausen...

I brewed a hefe a few weeks ago--my krausen lasted much longer than with any of my other beers. I think the carapils in it (which helps with head retention) is the cause. But I may be completely...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 11:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 890
Posted By cwsmitty
I got the autumn amber kit--it turned out great. ...

I got the autumn amber kit--it turned out great. Also, highly recommend "How to Brew" by John Palmer--I read it before I did anything and it was a huge help.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 890
Posted By cwsmitty
I also got the Midwest Groupon kit and love it. ...

I also got the Midwest Groupon kit and love it. I did add a carboy (not really necessary) and a wort chiller (necessary), but the ingredient kit and gift certificate really make it a great deal. I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-18-2012, 09:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,981
Posted By cwsmitty
I just poured one (one day shy of three weeks in...

I just poured one (one day shy of three weeks in the bottle) and it is definitely better now than at weeks 1and 2. I only got about half an inch of head, and it didn't last very long, but it is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-14-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By cwsmitty
Thanks for the info guys! Penguin--now that...

Thanks for the info guys!

Penguin--now that you mention it, there does seem to be some krausen residue hanging out on top. I will assume that is what is sticking to the thief.

Kevin--I tried...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-14-2012, 08:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By cwsmitty
Stout sediment question

I brewed an oatmeal stout two weeks ago and I have had it in the primary for the entire time. Yesterday and today I took hydrometer readings using a "thief". Afterwards on both days, I noticed that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2012, 02:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,981
Posted By cwsmitty
I bottled mine a week ago and tried my first one...

I bottled mine a week ago and tried my first one today--surprisingly already a very drinkable beer! I can't wait to taste the difference another week in the bottle will bring.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-04-2012, 10:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By cwsmitty
If the beer is still cooling a little when you...

If the beer is still cooling a little when you install the airlock, the change in air pressure in the fermenter will suck some of the vodka/water into the fermenter. Just release the airlock every...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-30-2012, 09:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,981
Posted By cwsmitty
I bottled this exact kit yesterday (my first brew...

I bottled this exact kit yesterday (my first brew ever). I am interested in hearing how everyone's turned out. I hope to crack open my first bottle in two weeks with the understanding that longer...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-27-2012, 10:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By cwsmitty
Thanks for all of the great info! Luckily being...

Thanks for all of the great info! Luckily being out of town will force me to be patient...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-27-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By cwsmitty
Oatmeal Stout question

I am very new to this--my first batch (autumn amber) is currently in the secondary.

I just ordered an oatmeal stout kit from Midwest and will brew next week. After seeing some discussion on here...
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