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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-04-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
There is a pretty low threshold for tasting...

There is a pretty low threshold for tasting phenolics from chloramines. It may be fine, or it could taste like band-aids. Next time just add a 1/4 tab of k-meta per 5g batch and you will be good to...
Forum: General Techniques 03-02-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
Since there will be lower dryhop effect at low...

Since there will be lower dryhop effect at low temps, I'd wait until it's warmed up. However, if I were worried about hop resins binding to yeast and reducing the dryhop effect, I'd just add more...
Forum: General Techniques 03-02-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
You typically won't get as much flavor and aroma...

You typically won't get as much flavor and aroma when dryhopping at lower temperatures. It's easier to dry hop at ferment temps then cold crash and just leave it at that temperature until kegging. I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-02-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
I have a similar setup to yours. Here is what I...

I have a similar setup to yours. Here is what I get for volumes when I put in 11.25lbs of base grain.

Strike water 3.77g, Grain absorption 1.35g, Water available from mash 2.42g (first runnings),...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-05-2013, 02:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,825
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
That much black patent is going to taste like...

That much black patent is going to taste like charcoal, reduce it to 8oz or less., replace it with Crystal80.
Forum: DIY Projects 07-21-2013, 03:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
I use the Eva-dry E-500 in an 8.8cu Kenmore....

I use the Eva-dry E-500 in an 8.8cu Kenmore. Works great. Only have to recharge it every couple of months.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-13-2013, 03:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 476
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
Looks good, very similar to my APA. The simcoe is...

Looks good, very similar to my APA. The simcoe is a great addition when you can get it. I dry hop 2 oz on 5 gallons for 7 days. Usually half centennial, half cascade or Amarillo.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-16-2012, 04:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,700
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
Think of Munich as a substitute of the base grain...

Think of Munich as a substitute of the base grain and not a substitute for Crystal malts. For a recipe that represents an average Amber, I would keep the pound of Munich but wouldn't go above 15% on...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-15-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,924
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
There is an on off switch on the back of the lid....

There is an on off switch on the back of the lid. It's connected by the same wiring harness that powers the light. If you do a 6" or larger collar, the wire will have to be extended. It is not...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-14-2012, 02:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,924
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
I bought the black Kenmore 8.8 for $297 last May....

I bought the black Kenmore 8.8 for $297 last May. It's about the best you can do unless you can wait a while.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-07-2012, 12:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,186
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
It's technically extruded or expanded polystyrene...

It's technically extruded or expanded polystyrene board. The pink kind is Foamular F-150 by Owens Corning at Home Depot. Lowes has another brand. It only comes in 4x8 sheets though and the 2" thick...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-06-2012, 03:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,186
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
+1 on the foam board. I have the 10g Home Depot...

+1 on the foam board. I have the 10g Home Depot cooler and had the same problems loosing heat on 5 gallon batches. After adding the foam plate to the top of the mash and insulating the lid, my temps...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-06-2012, 02:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 405
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
If it's not chlorinated water causing it, then...

If it's not chlorinated water causing it, then it's likely a sanitation issue. I'm sure 1Step is fine for both sanitizing and cleaning, but I'd try getting a dedicated sanitizer like StarSan in a...
Forum: General Techniques 02-20-2012, 08:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,591
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
There are several that can be added when racking...

There are several that can be added when racking to secondary, but it will taste the same and I don't think it would be worth the effort with an amber or darker beer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-19-2012, 12:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,043
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
For my 6g batches, 1/4 tab crushed into the...

For my 6g batches, 1/4 tab crushed into the strike water, 1/4 tab crushed into the sparge water. From what I understand, the chemical reaction that reduces chlorine and chloramine takes place pretty...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-14-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
Just enough for the solution and foam to make...

Just enough for the solution and foam to make full contact with all interior surfaces. . I use no more than 1/2 gallon and shake it a few times while my wort is cooling.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-10-2012, 03:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,462
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
I had to send back my Cereal Killer as well, but...

I had to send back my Cereal Killer as well, but I'm digging my new Monster Mill 2. Really smooth clean rollers, easy to adjust and built to last. I went ahead and got the hopper with it which is...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-03-2012, 09:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
Yeah, I could visibly see part of the active...

Yeah, I could visibly see part of the active roller change in round as I turned it by hand. Measuring with a feeler gauge confirmed a .017" variance.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-03-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
Be aware, the Cereal Killer is currently having...

Be aware, the Cereal Killer is currently having major issues with the rollers being out of round. I cannot recommend it based on the one I received. Let's hope that the production delay is from the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-28-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 60,670
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
I'd agree, the sloppy hopper mounting was a minor...

I'd agree, the sloppy hopper mounting was a minor issue, although irritating.

I didn't ask them about a replacement roller or another mill. I just didn't feel like taking another chance on a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-27-2011, 01:20 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 60,670
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
I ordered the Cereal Killer the weekend after...

I ordered the Cereal Killer the weekend after Thanksgiving. Shipped in 2 days to my door, for free. The transaction and order process were great, so I've got nothing but good things to say about...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-24-2011, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
I found that using a new 5/64th bit and a higher...

I found that using a new 5/64th bit and a higher speed after punching through made much cleaner holes without the burrs.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-28-2011, 04:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,590
Posted By HalfmoundBrewer
My last batch was Jamil's Oatmeal Stout. I used a...

My last batch was Jamil's Oatmeal Stout. I used a vial of WLP002 into a 1L starter on a stirplate. There was a very vigorous fermentation 8 hours after pitching. My FG was a couple points high at...
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