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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2008, 08:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,920
Posted By Kevin Dean
There are a lot of strong opinions each way. It's...

There are a lot of strong opinions each way. It's really a matter of opinion.

My opinion is that with the most commonly used varieties, mainly for British and American ales, dry yeast provides a...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-04-2008, 06:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By Kevin Dean
Now that you said you added 4 ounces, I decided...

Now that you said you added 4 ounces, I decided to run it. The calculations are about right for an American Pale Ale (the calculator gives a suggestion of like 4.1 oz) but for an English Bitter it...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-28-2008, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By Kevin Dean
Two Batches, No Carb - Priming Pitch?

I've bottled two batches using the Tastybrew priming calculator with dextrose from my LHBS.Neither of the brews carbonated much after several weeks at room temps. In fact, other than very slight...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-08-2008, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 886
Posted By Kevin Dean
First step... Buy brewhaus. Lack of space is...

First step... Buy brewhaus. Lack of space is killing me right now.

Honestly, I'm not interested in brewing professionally or on a professional scale. I'd probably like to totally automate the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-04-2008, 09:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,482
Posted By Kevin Dean
Bottles cost an arm and a leg to ship too....

Bottles cost an arm and a leg to ship too. They're heavy and fragile.

I pay slightly less than this and no shipping, since it's my LHBS.

Wine & Beer making supplies for the Home Brewer,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-04-2008, 06:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By Kevin Dean
Risks, no, not at all. Thinner metal causes...

Risks, no, not at all. Thinner metal causes uneven heat distribution but it's "sub-optimal" not "risky". I have a pretty cheap, pretty thin aluminum kettle and it works just fine!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-04-2008, 06:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,961
Posted By Kevin Dean
My best CL score was...

My best CL score was http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/beer-gods-smile-upon-me-38308/
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-04-2008, 06:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,906
Posted By Kevin Dean
I enjoy just about every aspect of the brew...

I enjoy just about every aspect of the brew process. Measuring grains and hops is PROBABLY the most annoying part, but I'd not call that stressful.

There is stress later though, and it's not...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 09-04-2008, 06:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,640
Posted By Kevin Dean
Barley and Hops was one of my favorite places to...

Barley and Hops was one of my favorite places to until Maryland passed the smoking ban and Barley and Hops went non-smoking earlier than they needed to. Then, a few weeks later, they were bought by a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-04-2008, 06:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,303
Posted By Kevin Dean
Why-east 12345

Why-east 12345
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-03-2008, 09:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,501
Posted By Kevin Dean
I use nylon knee highs, they're easy to get a ton...

I use nylon knee highs, they're easy to get a ton of and pretty cheap, plus I can use the different colors to keep track of which hops are what.

Having done both, it's simply a matter of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-03-2008, 08:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,513
Posted By Kevin Dean
With an autosiphon at $9 and a batch of beer...

With an autosiphon at $9 and a batch of beer usually at more than $9, I don't know why people even take risks with this one. Siphoning by mouth is too risky for me. (And more work than I want to do)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-01-2008, 03:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,519
Posted By Kevin Dean
I guess. Never killed my yeast yet, though I'm...

I guess. Never killed my yeast yet, though I'm sure on occasion I've stressed them.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-31-2008, 09:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,158
Posted By Kevin Dean
I second the "look for a bigger pot" thing. I do...

I second the "look for a bigger pot" thing. I do 5 gallon batches in a 7.5 gallon kettle and it's a pain in the butt. A $2 sprayer from Home Depot will do well for boilovers.

For $30 though,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-31-2008, 12:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,919
Posted By Kevin Dean
I got into kegging for under a hundred bucks. Be...

I got into kegging for under a hundred bucks. Be patient, keep your eyes open and you can do it quite cheaply. I got a (2 corney) kegerator, a shank/tap, drip tray, two CO2 tanks, and a regulator for...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-31-2008, 12:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By Kevin Dean
I went through the phonebook (yes, a dead tree...

I went through the phonebook (yes, a dead tree version!) calling all of the restaurant supply stores around here and all of them close at 2pm or so.

I'll take the "order the right one" suggestion...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-30-2008, 08:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By Kevin Dean
Brick and mortar store that sells kettles

I'm really interested in upgrading my boil kettle this weekend since I've got 3 days off but I'm running into issues finding 60 qt kettles at all. Does anyone have recommendations for brick and...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-30-2008, 07:48 PM
Replies: 2,725
Views: 947,209
Posted By Kevin Dean
So I went to Maryland Homebrew today and picked...

So I went to Maryland Homebrew today and picked up a Bazooka Screen for $20.

For anyone who wants to use a Bazooka Screen instead of the braid and is following the instructions here with the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-29-2008, 02:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,133
Posted By Kevin Dean
Then let you leave with this nugget of wisdom......

Then let you leave with this nugget of wisdom... http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/we-no-need-no-stinking-beer-gun-24678/
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-29-2008, 02:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Posted By Kevin Dean
The jury has reached a verdict!

The jury has reached a verdict!
Forum: Hops Growing 08-29-2008, 02:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By Kevin Dean
There are much worse things you could be...

There are much worse things you could be sniffing, so all in all I say that's not a bad sign.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-29-2008, 02:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,255
Posted By Kevin Dean
I've ordered from Austin Home Brew, Homebrew...

I've ordered from Austin Home Brew, Homebrew Heaven, MoreBeer and Williams.

I strongly recommend Austin Home Brew for their flat rate shipping and incredible customer service. (Forrest from AHS...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-28-2008, 07:08 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,416
Posted By Kevin Dean
Just to be clear, I'm not saying 'Go with them,...

Just to be clear, I'm not saying 'Go with them, they've always rocked for me' to you. I'm saying don't rule them out before they've been given a chance to fix it. If you make a demand and they refuse...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-28-2008, 01:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,478
Posted By Kevin Dean
I sent the guy an e-mail and he responded rather...

I sent the guy an e-mail and he responded rather quickly so I ordered 5 pounds (Realized I've already got silver and gold) of crowns this afternoon. I requested red, green, blue, black and teal, so...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 08-28-2008, 01:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,481
Posted By Kevin Dean
I seldom look at beer porn and actually get a...

I seldom look at beer porn and actually get a craving. You sir, have posted some fine beer pr0n!

Mmmm, beer.
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