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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-28-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,124
Posted By Skarekrough
Um, not it isn't. If it was then books like...

Um, not it isn't.

If it was then books like "Brew Like A Monk" wouldn't exist and certainly wouldn't be as popular as they are.

Books like that sell so well because when we look to craft at...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-27-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,124
Posted By Skarekrough
I agree. I know plenty of folks who brew...

I agree.

I know plenty of folks who brew BIAB almost exclusively. Some of them make great beer too.

But to me crafting beer is, alot of times, about the learning process. And not just making...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-27-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 74
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Posted By Skarekrough
With AG I don't ever recall having to lift a...

With AG I don't ever recall having to lift a scalding hot wet bag of grains.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-27-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,124
Posted By Skarekrough
The thing that drove me to brewing AG was,...

The thing that drove me to brewing AG was, thankfully, BIAB.

I just found the process cumbersome and mainly just too derivative from BIAB. Why would I want to continue doing something that was...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-27-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 881
Posted By Skarekrough
Learning the basic mechanics of all grain I've...

Learning the basic mechanics of all grain I've found is easier to teach if you cut out as much stuff that's not wholly necessary.

With that said, I might suggest just not sparging for the first...
Forum: General Techniques 08-25-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 487
Posted By Skarekrough
I've had Wyeast fully within the date of...

I've had Wyeast fully within the date of viability be DOA.

It's hard to know with 100% certainty what happened prior to me getting them so it's near impossible to say what actually happened.

My...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-25-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,658
Posted By Skarekrough
When money's tight it's hard to beat a better...

When money's tight it's hard to beat a better price and when you're dealing with a Mom and Pop BrewShop I always feel bad asking them to pricematch.

In the past I've bought online. Mostly when I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-20-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 757
Posted By Skarekrough
One of the most amazing things I ever saw in the...

One of the most amazing things I ever saw in the DIY forum was a guy who took the paddle from an ice cream maker and attached it to the inside lid of an Igloo cooler mash tun.

The constant...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-20-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 757
Posted By Skarekrough
A few suggestions... -pre-heat the MLT. ...

A few suggestions...

-pre-heat the MLT. I'll drop two or three gallons of 180 degree water in mine just before I start heating water for the mash. Put the lid on tight and let it sit. For...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-20-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By Skarekrough
The problem with distilled is that it lacks...

The problem with distilled is that it lacks anything but just the water; were talking calcium, etc. Those are components that will lend themselves to the flavor in some cases and mash pH, etc.

If...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-20-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 605
Posted By Skarekrough
Generally I will sparge of some type when I'm...

Generally I will sparge of some type when I'm doing a shorter mash. I teach a homebrew class and will Sparge since it's usually part of the process and there's usually time on hand.

I will say...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-01-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 22,004
Posted By Skarekrough
Largely that is the tack that I have started to...

Largely that is the tack that I have started to take. For a half dozen bottles of craft brew I realize that I could have picked up a 50 pound bag of US 2-Row Malt. At a pretty reasonable ABV that...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-11-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By Skarekrough
The 525 model has a flaw in it. It requires...

The 525 model has a flaw in it. It requires pressure against a gasket in order to seal shut. Pressure against the gasket will eventually compress it and put it out of place.

Perlick is working...
Forum: General Techniques 02-04-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,836
Posted By Skarekrough
In the entire process the most hands-off portion...

In the entire process the most hands-off portion is typically mashing.

By doing it overnight and then mashing out first thing in the morning you're killing the 90 minutes you'd spend staring at...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-04-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,531
Posted By Skarekrough
Spoke to Jeff at Perlick a little while ago. ...

Spoke to Jeff at Perlick a little while ago.

The basic premise is that pressure pushes the ball against an O-Ring (item #3 if you're looking at the schematic) which stops beer from flowing through...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 402
Posted By Skarekrough
No, I'm done fighting with them. I either get...

No, I'm done fighting with them. I either get something from Perlick saying "this will fix it" and I hear from others that they're right-on or they're gone.



Please do a Google search for...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By Skarekrough
Well, you have a couple things going on. ...

Well, you have a couple things going on.

"Beer Captured" usually gives you an aging guideline with each recipe. In fine tradition sometimes I find they're right on, other times I have found to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 402
Posted By Skarekrough
Lost faith in 525SS. Need alternative.

So, my "relationship" with the four 525SS' I have on my keezer has been if-fy as of late. About six months ago I foolishly went and performed what I would have thought was typical maintenance...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-13-2013, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By Skarekrough
Well, I would prefer not to have it take up two...

Well, I would prefer not to have it take up two electrical outlets.
Forum: DIY Projects 11-12-2013, 04:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By Skarekrough
Need Electrical Help for Stir Plate

So I'm planning on converting a less-than-effective humidor into a dual stir-plate setup. I'd like for both fans to have their own on/off switch as well as speed control.

I'm decent at wiring,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-12-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 356
Posted By Skarekrough
Don't beat yourself up....you learned things...

Don't beat yourself up....you learned things which can be applied to future endeavors. As long as you remember these things you will be a better brewer.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-12-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 350
Views: 28,561
Posted By Skarekrough
My Brew Mornings are better when I know that the...

My Brew Mornings are better when I know that the Mash has been sitting for eight hours already and likely any conversion that was going to happen already has.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-12-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,093
Posted By Skarekrough
My first attempt at AG was doing BIAB and I found...

My first attempt at AG was doing BIAB and I found it to be such a convoluted pain in the butt I ditched it and just went full-on All Grain.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-08-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By Skarekrough
Saving a Starter

So, this past ten days I lined up three different beers to brew all using the same strain of yeast. What I did was make a starter using the yeast and while I was brewing put another starter together...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-24-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 18,642
Posted By Skarekrough
So, the wife tossed the old blanket I was using...

So, the wife tossed the old blanket I was using to insulate my cooler mash tun. It was ugly and smelled terrible but it was thick as all get-out and did the job.

Hit the local Sports Authority...
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