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Forum: General Techniques 02-10-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,862
Posted By pcollins
Depends on the brew for me. I can do a faux...

Depends on the brew for me. I can do a faux pilsner grain to glass in under 10 days. Most beers I can get grain to glass in under two weeks. Some just sit longer than others.

It's a good thing to...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-06-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,132
Posted By pcollins
Really nice! And great photography, too! A...

Really nice! And great photography, too!

A couple of quick questions for you because I'm working at putting together a VERY similar brew stand of my own. How do find your pump set up and...
Forum: General Techniques 01-27-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By pcollins
I'm an avid home brewer and I also work as an...

I'm an avid home brewer and I also work as an assistant brewer in my local brewery. Have been there for about 5 1/2 years working up from cleaning and packaging to brewing.

I'd be more than happy...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-17-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 219
Posted By pcollins
I calibrate mine every brew day. I have a lid on...

I calibrate mine every brew day. I have a lid on my HLT so the condensation there is my "distilled water". My refractometer is ATC and I assume that is also environment dependent. I brew in my garage...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-16-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By pcollins
I answered a kijiji ad that was asking $25 for a...

I answered a kijiji ad that was asking $25 for a bunch of homebrew gear. I asked several times if that was the price and it was. They even helped me drive it all home.

Among the goodies in the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-10-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 852
Posted By pcollins
I'm in exactly the same position and building a...

I'm in exactly the same position and building a single tier stand. I've purchased these burners for it:

http://bayouclassicdepot.com/618lp-10-jet-propane-jet-burner.htm

I bought two of these...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-25-2013, 01:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 237
Posted By pcollins
Online LHBS in US

Wasn't sure where to put this thread but figured here would be the least problematic.

I'm coming from Canada to work in the US for a week in December. I'm building a brew stand here and had...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-20-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 457
Posted By pcollins
I fire mine as soon as wort is going in. ...

I fire mine as soon as wort is going in.

The brewery that I work at turns on the steam jackets as soon as they are completely covered. There is a bottom steam jacket covering the entire bottom...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-13-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 171
Posted By pcollins
Yes, what you would end up with is something that...

Yes, what you would end up with is something that is "suitably accurate" according the UK liquor control guidelines. If it's anything like Canada you're allowed a .3%abv tolerance in either direction...
Forum: General Techniques 07-13-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,504
Posted By pcollins
I wish it were so black and white. Folks...

I wish it were so black and white.

Folks are experimenting with adding hops at any stage of the brew: Mash, First wort, boil, mid-boil, end of boil, whirlpool, steep, dry. (I think that covers...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-05-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,395
Posted By pcollins
I use this one from the same company as...

I use this one from the same company as thermapen:

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/low_cost/rt301wa.html

Very easy to read when taking temps in hot water or mash tun. May not be as fast as...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-25-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By pcollins
I'd be inclined to go somewhere down the middle....

I'd be inclined to go somewhere down the middle. Taste it now to see how it is. If it's tolerable then bottle or keg and blast the carboy with chemicals.

When you transfer, just draw from...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-25-2013, 01:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,489
Posted By pcollins
Exactly! You last two sentences especially. ...

Exactly! You last two sentences especially.

I work at a brewery and know the "party line" but am seriously wondering what the point of it is. We're ALL buying commercially available...
Forum: General Techniques 06-16-2013, 04:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By pcollins
I personally wouldn't do it that way. But I'm not...

I personally wouldn't do it that way. But I'm not you and vice versa. :D

I've always pureed them in a pot with a hand blender and heated that up to 180F for 10 minutes. That pasteurizes...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-11-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 537
Posted By pcollins
Yes, mutated or infected. No, not over...

Yes, mutated or infected.

No, not over pitched.

I do this all the time with the same yeast and have had success for several years and several consecutive generations of yeast cakes. (Not...
Forum: General Techniques 06-06-2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By pcollins
I would leave your hops in the bag in the wort...

I would leave your hops in the bag in the wort during chilling. Your final strike is only getting 90 seconds of exposure and therefore not really contributing anything. I usually wait until the wort...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-04-2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By pcollins
I pitch on US-05 cakes all the time and...

I pitch on US-05 cakes all the time and multi-generations as well. My beers normally finish around 1.008 even with the massive overpitch. I would taste your sample just to be sure it's not a minor...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-31-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 687
Posted By pcollins
An even cheaper refractometer is from ebay. I got...

An even cheaper refractometer is from ebay. I got mine for $25 to my door. It does just fine for reading most beers and the calculation post fermentation is not difficult, there are many online and...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-29-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 658
Posted By pcollins
I have an ongoing challenge for myself for...

I have an ongoing challenge for myself for reducing my grain to glass time. I haven't done it in a while but last time I did it I was down to 10 days. I allow a day (overnight) for carbing so with...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2013, 02:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,959
Posted By pcollins
The simple answer to this is to just brew a batch...

The simple answer to this is to just brew a batch with all tap water and see what you think. You can get water reports and analysis and read and measure and keep going with that and still have crap...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-15-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By pcollins
Ah HSA. I wouldn't worry about it. You can get...

Ah HSA. I wouldn't worry about it. You can get oxidized flavours from other places.

I'm not sure I understand your comment about BeerSmith. I use it and there are pull down menus for the hops to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-15-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By pcollins
It could be two separate questions so on that...

It could be two separate questions so on that front I'll give two separate answers.

I always use pellets. I just have a thing against whole leaf hops. There is much that I can say about it but in...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-15-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By pcollins
I do my fruit beers with a pils recipe. My latest...

I do my fruit beers with a pils recipe. My latest is a Raspberry Imperial Pils (RIP) which is my basic Pils recipe but upped a bit to bring it to about 6.5%. Not really imperial but definitely more...
Forum: General Techniques 04-03-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,096
Posted By pcollins
I don't know what you have down in the US but...

I don't know what you have down in the US but here in Canada we have Bulk Barn. If you thought the Knox at the grocery store was cheap you should check it out in bulk. I'd not think of buying the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-30-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By pcollins
No. Done it a bunch of times. Just split the...

No. Done it a bunch of times. Just split the grain equally and away you go.
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