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Forum: Hops Growing 07-19-2014, 08:14 PM
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Posted By dilbone
First time growing hops and initial setup

I've been home brewing for a few years now and have tossed around the idea of getting a couple of hop plants going but hadn't pulled the trigger at this point. I was just on vacation in South Haven,...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-03-2012, 03:00 PM
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Posted By dilbone
I started my first batch last week with 3 gallons...

I started my first batch last week with 3 gallons of apple juice, 1.5 lbs light brown sugar, and red star premier cuvee yeast(LHBS didn't have Montrachet). I threw it all together Thursday 6/28 and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-04-2011, 01:20 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By dilbone
I just cracked open a 10 month old beer from my...

I just cracked open a 10 month old beer from my second all grain batch ever from last December(first one was a disaster...miserable efficiency, mashed too hot from inaccurate thermometer, fg was...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-03-2011, 02:14 AM
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Posted By dilbone
I don't think so...open can, pour, add DME, stir,...

I don't think so...open can, pour, add DME, stir, top off with water, pitch... It's not the brewing it's the ingredients in this case.



Cooper's can + 2lbs DME




I'm thinking age may...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-03-2011, 01:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,028
Posted By dilbone
All Grain vs Cooper's Kit in a Can

I've been brewing for a little over a year and my first 2 brews were cooper's australian pale ale can kits. I then did one extract batch before switching over completely to all grain with BIAB. My...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-02-2011, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,033
Posted By dilbone
I for one would like to hear what you have to say...

I for one would like to hear what you have to say about a direct comparison between those 2 batches. Please do...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-01-2011, 08:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,033
Posted By dilbone
Like you said, I'm sure you've made great beer...

Like you said, I'm sure you've made great beer going the extract route. I did a couple kit in a can batches and 1 extract batch before I went BIAB and they were very good beers. The cost savings...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-27-2011, 09:17 PM
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Views: 1,987
Posted By dilbone
You can just add top off water, but your...

You can just add top off water, but your efficiency will be lower. You'd be better off to pour your top off water through the bag into a bucket to try to rinse the grain a little unless your...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-27-2011, 01:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,987
Posted By dilbone
You're right, a 30qt isn't big enough for full...

You're right, a 30qt isn't big enough for full volume and grain. I mash in 4 gallons in a 30qt. After the 90minute mash I lift the bag and squeeze out all I can. I have another 11-13qts(depending...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-18-2011, 12:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 979
Posted By dilbone
a gallon milk jug... As for the tap vs. RO...

a gallon milk jug...

As for the tap vs. RO or distilled...the metallic ions will definitely cloud it, but pH is what is important. The chlorine used to treat the tap water is more of a concern to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-17-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 979
Posted By dilbone
Star-San longevity

Just thought I'd post my experience here since I've seen several conversations about how long sanitizers last once mixed and stored as I've wondered the same things myself.

I've had 1 gallon of...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2011, 06:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By dilbone
Now that's interesting...I'll have to shorten my...

Now that's interesting...I'll have to shorten my mash time on the next brew and compare. Saving a half hour on brew day is a good thing if it isn't needed.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By dilbone
I guess my process for BIAB is what wouldn't...

I guess my process for BIAB is what wouldn't benefit much from a mashout not BIAB in general...I mash in 1.68 quarts/lb of grain and it drains plenty well...following that up with an 11 qt sparge in...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2011, 01:48 PM
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Posted By dilbone
Well, the mash is all about converting starches...

Well, the mash is all about converting starches to sugars...leaving it go a little longer will allow more of those starches to be converted.

I did a mash out on my first BIAB attempt and haven't...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2011, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By dilbone
Actually the mashout temps just get the grainbed...

Actually the mashout temps just get the grainbed and wort more fluid for easier sparging(avoiding a stuck sparge) and is stops the enzymes from converting more starches to sugar...

I just don't...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2011, 01:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By dilbone
I had a couple of mildew spots on one of my bags...

I had a couple of mildew spots on one of my bags so I soaked in oxyclean and scrubbed it really well on the spots with an old toothbrush...worked pretty well. Not sure what your bag is made of, I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2011, 01:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By dilbone
How will mashout help efficiency? Doesn't that...

How will mashout help efficiency? Doesn't that STOP conversion?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2011, 12:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By dilbone
These three things could help I think. 1. ...

These three things could help I think.

1. Your own grain mill to control the crush
2. Mash for 90min instead of 60
3. I mash with 4gal and sparge in a separate pot with an additional 11...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-16-2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 11,428
Posted By dilbone
That was a great write up...but it makes me glad...

That was a great write up...but it makes me glad I do BIAB...much simpler/easier to get consistent results IMO...and less equipment.

But seriously, that was a very nice treatment of the subject.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-16-2011, 03:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,364
Posted By dilbone
+1... and mine are kept in a rather "moist"...

+1... and mine are kept in a rather "moist" basement...grain is clean and dry!!!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-16-2011, 12:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,218
Posted By dilbone
yeah, my last batch was a SMaSH with American...

yeah, my last batch was a SMaSH with American 2-row(I have a 50lb bag of it), Centennial hops, and notty yeast was $13.50 for 5gal...including caps and priming sugar...25.4cents a bottle.

I do...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-29-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 26,056
Posted By dilbone
watering down and repitching I hadn't really...

watering down and repitching I hadn't really considered...great advice for a first timer with "wine"

Do you think apple juice addition would be too much additional sugar or should I just stick...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-29-2011, 02:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Posted By dilbone
BIAB getting better with each batch

1st-didn't turn out so well, low efficiency(63%), too many unfermentables, too sweet, only 3.2% abv(hoffbrau dunkel clone)
2nd-much better, double milled grain at LHBS, 73% Eff, hit temps, great...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-29-2011, 01:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 26,056
Posted By dilbone
well I finally bottled this stuff last weekend. ...

well I finally bottled this stuff last weekend. It is waaaaaaaay too sweet... i don't know if the yeast just crapped out or if the recipe was just too much sugar, but it thought it would turn out...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-21-2011, 11:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By dilbone
Nice job, the next couple of weeks are the...

Nice job,

the next couple of weeks are the hardest...the worst part of brewing IMO is the wait...
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