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Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-02-2013, 09:46 PM
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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-18-2013, 03:53 AM
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Posted By itzkramer
Well I haven't been on here in a while. Life got...

Well I haven't been on here in a while. Life got pretty busy.

I'm FINALLY just tapped this keg. They sat on the yeast cake for 3 1/2 months, and then in the keg for another 2 weeks. I can...
Forum: Sampling and Critiquing and Beer Swapping 03-07-2013, 04:24 AM
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Posted By itzkramer
Do not give people beer in exchange for money. ...

Do not give people beer in exchange for money. That is all.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-07-2013, 04:21 AM
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Posted By itzkramer
Steeping specialty grains is totally normal....

Steeping specialty grains is totally normal. Steep any specialty grains (crystal malt) at 155 degrees for 30 min before you boil. You will get more flavor and color from crystal, but no fermentable...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-07-2013, 04:10 AM
Replies: 26
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Posted By itzkramer
I'd say go for it. You can get anything from...

I'd say go for it. You can get anything from 1/8in tiny blue flames all the way to large jet engine-sounding flames. With the durability of the square base and the price, its a winner in my book.
Forum: Ohio HomeBrew Forum 02-26-2013, 03:40 PM
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Posted By itzkramer
Ha, no way! Small world. I'm one of the mobile...

Ha, no way! Small world. I'm one of the mobile patrol guys. I work out at the Chester branches right now.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2013, 12:57 PM
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Views: 399
Posted By itzkramer
These are looking pretty good right now....

These are looking pretty good right now. Fermentation is rockin and the bungs are keeping a good seal on the water jugs.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2013, 07:18 PM
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Posted By itzkramer
Cool. Good to know! I'll most likely be using...

Cool. Good to know! I'll most likely be using them within 2-3 months.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2013, 06:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,509
Posted By itzkramer
Thanks for the info. If I purge with CO2 can I...

Thanks for the info. If I purge with CO2 can I get some more life out of them?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2013, 06:13 PM
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Posted By itzkramer
Buy a mill already.

Buy a mill already.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2013, 06:11 PM
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Posted By itzkramer
Pitch yeast. Well look at that. A universal...

Pitch yeast. Well look at that. A universal carboy bung fits right in there, and some beer line is the same size as an airlock.

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Ready to go in the basement. That's a little more than 2...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2013, 06:07 PM
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Posted By itzkramer
Mash is done. Draining the bag. 102146 ...

Mash is done. Draining the bag.

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The boil. Hops in mini plastic tubs.

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Flame out. Add the 1 QT ice. This will get it to about 110 pretty quickly, then off to the sink for a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2013, 06:03 PM
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Views: 399
Posted By itzkramer
Stove-Top Test Batches OR How to Beat Old Man Winter

So here's what I do for the winter. Everybody knows brewing in 15 degree weather sucks, and my hose for my chiller is frozen solid. I use the time to play with ingredients and make some fun test...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2013, 05:34 PM
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Posted By itzkramer
Well, when I say I got it as "surplus," I mean it...

Well, when I say I got it as "surplus," I mean it fell off the back of a truck. That's why I passed on the Homer Buckets.

Those tags are actually the cheapest ones they sell at WalMart. 99 cents...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-17-2013, 06:04 PM
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Posted By itzkramer
The spill kits are about $130 i think. I got this...

The spill kits are about $130 i think. I got this one as surplus. They're made by Skillcraft, which produces pretty much everything for the Department of Defense.

I'm hoping the hops will do well...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-16-2013, 10:49 PM
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Posted By itzkramer
New grain storage bin

I picked up this oil spill kit. It's a 25 gallon HDPE plastic tub with a threaded lid and water-tight gasket.

The oil spill kit was just a bunch of individually packaged organic absorbent...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-16-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 189
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Posted By itzkramer
I scored an awesome 25 gal HDPE container for...

I scored an awesome 25 gal HDPE container for grain storage. I'll post pics later.

The grain is kept in zip locks inside the tub, so I'm not worried about it. If I die I'll let you guys know
...
Forum: Ohio HomeBrew Forum 02-15-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 447
Posted By itzkramer
Meet-up for brewers near Cleveland

Hi all. I'm a 27 year old living in Parma. I'm an armed guard and work for KeyBank.

There has to be quite a few of us in Cleveland. I know about the SNOBS, but I'm looking for something not as...
Forum: Ohio HomeBrew Forum 02-15-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,427
Posted By itzkramer
I'm up in Cleveland. Hello! I'm going to be...

I'm up in Cleveland. Hello!

I'm going to be doing some stove top 2.5g BIAB stuff until it gets above freezing again.
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-15-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,389
Posted By itzkramer
The pulley is pretty easy to do though. You can...

The pulley is pretty easy to do though. You can get a pulley, eye bolt/hook, and rope for around $10. Hang it from your garage or a ladder.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-15-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 52,612
Posted By itzkramer
http://www.survivalandpreparednessforum.com/showth...

http://www.survivalandpreparednessforum.com/showthread.php?1027-Confusion-on-Food-Grade-Buckets
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-15-2013, 12:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,389
Posted By itzkramer
Yep, that's the same set up I use. At the...

Yep, that's the same set up I use.

At the height I installed the the ball valve the 90 ended up about 1/4 inch off the bottom.

It creates and maintains a siphon fine, and its the full 1/2in...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-14-2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 382
Posted By itzkramer
It seems like it might be easier to get a cooler...

It seems like it might be easier to get a cooler for a mash tun, BIAB (no-sparge, full volume) mash in that, then drain that into the kettle. Basically a 2-vessel set up.

If you add a HLT you'll...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-14-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,389
Posted By itzkramer
Yes sir. Ball valves have changed my life. I...

Yes sir. Ball valves have changed my life.

I just use a SS 90 bend for my pickup. I had an extra laying around and it works perfectly.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-14-2013, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 939
Posted By itzkramer
Even though BIAB starts out cloudy, it will...

Even though BIAB starts out cloudy, it will settle out just like everything else.

I do 3 weeks primary, 3-5 days cold crash, 2 weeks keg, then I tap it. My beers always come out crystal clear. It...
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