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Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-08-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,131
Posted By dpittard
I can't wait until my daughter gets old enough to...

I can't wait until my daughter gets old enough to help out and understand the science behind brewing. I think brewing is a great science experiment where she can learn a lot and get exposure to how...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-15-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 567
Posted By dpittard
The Thermapen is well worth the money, especially...

The Thermapen is well worth the money, especially since I can use it for so many more things like BBQ, grilling, cooking, etc...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2013, 01:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 705
Posted By dpittard
I'd use something that gives off a light smoke...

I'd use something that gives off a light smoke flavor like cherry wood or other fruit woods (don't worry, you won't get cherry flavor from cherry wood). Heavier woods like oak, mesquite, or hickory...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 518
Posted By dpittard
Have you tested your measuring devices against a...

Have you tested your measuring devices against a known control? It's always good to know that your tools are accurate. Testing your thermometer in boiling water and make sure it reads where it...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-14-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By dpittard
I'd let it ride too. I'd also be more concerned...

I'd let it ride too. I'd also be more concerned about why you missed your OG by that amount, especially if your pre-boil gravity was spot on. Did you end up with the correct volume of wort...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-14-2013, 01:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 705
Posted By dpittard
Learn from my mistakes, go VERY light on the...

Learn from my mistakes, go VERY light on the smoke. I'm an avid BBQ'er and can turn out some delicious pulled pork, so I've got the proper equipment to smoke things. I attempted to smoke some...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-14-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 518
Posted By dpittard
It will definitely be sweeter. Probably couldn't...

It will definitely be sweeter. Probably couldn't classify it as a dry stout, but it's still beer, right? :mug:

How'd it taste before you bottled it?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By dpittard
As an addendum to what Clonefan94 posted, first...

As an addendum to what Clonefan94 posted, first runnings is what you get in your brew kettle prior to sparging.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-11-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 589
Posted By dpittard
Is your pre-boil volume correct? If so, just...

Is your pre-boil volume correct? If so, just adjust your boil-off rate. If not, check your later tun dead space calculation.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-06-2011, 08:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 417
Posted By dpittard
Yep. Get Beersmith. Awesome software, especially...

Yep. Get Beersmith. Awesome software, especially once you have it calibrated to your equipment. I wouldn't attempt all grain without it.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-03-2011, 02:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,778
Posted By dpittard
I've done Orfy's English Mild in around 10 days...

I've done Orfy's English Mild in around 10 days and it tastes great. Like said before, low ABV is key.
Forum: General Techniques 12-03-2011, 02:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 955
Posted By dpittard
If you stir up particles that were originally...

If you stir up particles that were originally settled out, they will settle out very quickly.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By dpittard
I would like to see many more data points before...

I would like to see many more data points before I even began to think that fermenter shape played into taste. I mean, the tester had 2 samples of the carboy beer and only 1 sample of the bucket...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-15-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 18,163
Posted By dpittard
Good list! I too enjoy watching brewing vids. I...

Good list! I too enjoy watching brewing vids. I learn a lot by seeing what others do!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-11-2011, 02:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 903
Posted By dpittard
That's funny. I had the same experience for the...

That's funny. I had the same experience for the first time last week as well! And it was definitely wild yeast since I tested before pitching.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-10-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,678
Posted By dpittard
I had one the other day and it tasted just like...

I had one the other day and it tasted just like Founder's Nemesis (2009 is the version of Nemesis I had). I actually haven't had Dirty Bastard, so I can' compare it to that.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-10-2011, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By dpittard
I just finished up my stir plate yesterday. I'm...

I just finished up my stir plate yesterday. I'm amazed at how cheap they are to build! I went the ultra cheap (for me) route and used an old PC power supply.
Forum: DIY Projects 11-10-2011, 01:39 AM
Replies: 379
Views: 119,054
Posted By dpittard
Just got mine up and running, using the super...

Just got mine up and running, using the super cheap method of an old computer power supply and a few hard drive magnets. It really helps to be in IT! :) I only had to buy a stir rod which was $5 at...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-08-2011, 03:00 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 33,010
Posted By dpittard
Wow! This is awesome! I definitely foresee...

Wow! This is awesome! I definitely foresee myself working on this project as soon as I get a good fermentation chamber setup. I've recently built a fan controller for my BBQ smoker (using...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 881
Posted By dpittard
Nice! I wish I had more available cash. But I...

Nice! I wish I had more available cash. But I agree, I think this should have been a bit lower on your list.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-08-2011, 12:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 397
Posted By dpittard
I should also say I drink the sample afterwards,...

I should also say I drink the sample afterwards, so it never goes to waste! :mug:
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-07-2011, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 397
Posted By dpittard
1. OG is measured right before pitching the...

1. OG is measured right before pitching the yeast. If you are higher than expected, you could add water. For the record, I would probably just leave it unless if have less than desired in my...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-07-2011, 10:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By dpittard
That's odd, and a very good question. I wonder...

That's odd, and a very good question. I wonder what's wrong with the second runnings.
Forum: Group Buys 11-07-2011, 06:47 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 16,931
Posted By dpittard
I would love to get in on this next time!

I would love to get in on this next time!
Forum: General Techniques 11-07-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 69,374
Posted By dpittard
I made a hop tea with my bittering hops on one...

I made a hop tea with my bittering hops on one batch a few months ago. I read that the tea pulls the aroma and flavor out but leaves the bittering portion behind. After the tea steeps for a while,...
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