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Forum: DIY Projects 10-14-2010, 12:08 AM
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Posted By wwest
DIY Keezer Thermostat

A couple years ago I rolled my own keezer temp controller... just finished a new version of it and thought I'd share it here.

I can't honestly recommend building your own to save money or time...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-22-2009, 06:42 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 71,719
Posted By wwest
Count me as another casualty of kegkits.com -...

Count me as another casualty of kegkits.com - $100 order placed in Aug 2009 still not fulfilled. No refund, no answers to e-mails, no answer to phone calls, never picks up.
Forum: Massachusetts HomeBrew Forum 02-21-2009, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,436
Posted By wwest
I'll be at session 1. ...

I'll be at session 1.

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/848/picv.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Say hi! I'll probably be wearing a cap.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-16-2008, 10:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,762
Posted By wwest
I had the same problem. I know everyone raves...

I had the same problem. I know everyone raves about it, but I think the version I got is just a POS.
Forum: Massachusetts HomeBrew Forum 12-16-2008, 10:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,436
Posted By wwest
Hells Yes

We try to make the beeradvocate fests when we can - they are awesome, and I think I did order tickets for Saturday session 1. The extreme fest is my favorite of the lineup, but it has totally been...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-10-2008, 05:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,247
Posted By wwest
they look like hop aphids. that sucks - if it...

they look like hop aphids. that sucks - if it were earlier i'd say spray them off with a hose & then spray with neem or pepper+garlic, but if they are in the cones at this poing you're probably hosed.
Forum: Hops Growing 08-26-2008, 10:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 999
Posted By wwest
I got a fair amount of Golding from this (second)...

I got a fair amount of Golding from this (second) year. We didn't bother to harvest last time. Here they are shortly before we broke out the foodsaver:

P8250001 - My Photo Gallery...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-04-2008, 02:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 741
Posted By wwest
looks a lot like an indian meal moth or...

looks a lot like an indian meal moth or pantry/flour moth larva.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-31-2008, 05:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,110
Posted By wwest
http://www.hbd.org/brewery/library/EstFormAW0696.h...

http://www.hbd.org/brewery/library/EstFormAW0696.html

...interesting bit about aeration severely inhibiting ester production. That would suggest that if you did use a hefe yeast, you should aerate...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-31-2008, 05:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,110
Posted By wwest
step mash

Yikes, i forgot - a 15 minute rest at 100F is crucial to avoid a stuck mash. Throw in a couple handfuls of rice hulls to be safe. A thinner mash is OK, i.e a 3/2 ratio (quarts/lbs).

I last used:
...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-31-2008, 04:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,110
Posted By wwest
I've made several all-grain hefes. Here are my...

I've made several all-grain hefes. Here are my general guidelines for getting something authentic.

-at least 50% wheat in the grist
-use a real weizen yeast
-ferment at 65F to avoid banana...
Forum: Hops Growing 07-31-2008, 03:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,710
Posted By wwest
Neem Oil

I applied a moderate amount of neem (non-toxic) at the first sign of japanese beetle damage, and that seems to have limited their interest. I've seen people write that neem can flavor/ruin the hops,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-29-2008, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 863
Posted By wwest
balancing

check out this post (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=35369) to find out how to balance your system.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-29-2008, 08:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 863
Posted By wwest
Based on the other replies, I should amend 2. to...

Based on the other replies, I should amend 2. to say that if you do leave it at 7 psi, you will lose some of the CO2 you forced in at 10 psi; you will save CO2 and get better results if you "balance"...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-29-2008, 08:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 863
Posted By wwest
1. It will reach equilibrium and the volume of...

1. It will reach equilibrium and the volume of dissolved CO2 will stay the same (as long as the temp does).

2. You can leave them pressurized, they are designed for it.
Forum: Light Hybrid Beer 09-13-2007, 01:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,176
Posted By wwest
Thanks... enjoying in right now, as a matter of...

Thanks... enjoying in right now, as a matter of fact!
Forum: Light Hybrid Beer 09-13-2007, 01:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,176
Posted By wwest
Knobbies Kölsch

Grain Bill:

6.5 lbs Pilsner malt
0.8 lbs wheat malt
0.2 lbs Gambrinus Honeymalt

Mash Schedule:

122° 10 minutes protein rest
134° 15 minutes beta rest
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 08-31-2007, 02:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,274
Posted By wwest
here's a list of potential distributors

http://www.gviimports.com/distributors.html

These are all in their 'network' and if they don't carry Augustiner, you might be able to get a local shop that uses one of the network distributors to...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 08-31-2007, 02:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,274
Posted By wwest
S K I Wholesale Beer Corp 169 Gardner Ave,...

S K I Wholesale Beer Corp
169 Gardner Ave, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 821-7200
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-31-2007, 02:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,792
Posted By wwest
+1. I always decoct my hefeweizen (single and...

+1. I always decoct my hefeweizen (single and double)... and if you some rough planning/math ahead of time, it is not appreciably harder. Then again, it may just be that I don't know what I'm doing.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-24-2007, 03:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 827
Posted By wwest
Seems like the answer to 2) would be tough to...

Seems like the answer to 2) would be tough to figure out, since there's a temp gradient along the length of the CFC (and therefore a viscosity and specific weight gradient)... and I guess you need to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-23-2007, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,134
Posted By wwest
My $0.02: stout will benefit from English hop...

My $0.02: stout will benefit from English hop varieties (East Kent Goldings, Fuggles, for example.) and wheat beers can use continental hops (Hallertauer Hersbrucker, Tettnang Tettnager, Saaz, etc)...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-21-2007, 09:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,134
Posted By wwest
That's a great idea, I should do that on my...

That's a great idea, I should do that on my manifold... I've been using teflon tape but I like the idea of a pin or wire better.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-21-2007, 09:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By wwest
Wow! What a find. I've been thinking about this...

Wow! What a find. I've been thinking about this stuff too, since I'll be harvesting my first hop batch this fall:

For brewing, save only the flowers. The bines can be used for wreaths and other...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-21-2007, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By wwest
Bad like how? Rotten eggs? Weizen yeast can smell...

Bad like how? Rotten eggs? Weizen yeast can smell like sulfur (rotten eggs) during fermentation, but it goes away. In fact, most beers change pretty dramatically during the yeast life cycle... a lot...
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