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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-19-2013, 01:48 AM
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Thanks for the tips everyone. Using my standard...

Thanks for the tips everyone. Using my standard mlt (2 gallon cooler) I get about 70% efficiency. I'm interested in biab because i can do (slightly) larger batches with equipment i already have. ($...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-17-2013, 02:29 PM
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I've been brewing 1 gallon batches for a while...

I've been brewing 1 gallon batches for a while now, but I want to do one big (3 gallon) batch to catch up on my pipeline.

So I want to biab. How much different is this than regular all grain? Any...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-22-2013, 12:23 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
If you are starting from scratch, it wouldn't...

If you are starting from scratch, it wouldn't hurt to grab some two gallon buckets. I personally just use the 1 gallon glass carboys.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-18-2013, 08:42 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
I cold crash in my attached, unheated garage....

I cold crash in my attached, unheated garage. Hangs out around 40 this time of year.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2013, 09:29 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
That's cool!

That's cool!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-24-2013, 06:10 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
It would work, but its tough to clean them, plus...

It would work, but its tough to clean them, plus they will trend to get weaker over time. In a pinch, I'm sure it is fine.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-20-2013, 03:00 AM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Should be fine! I've left mine for well over a...

Should be fine! I've left mine for well over a month before. Bottle it when you can, but it will be fine.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-17-2013, 07:49 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Mine do that all the time.....

Mine do that all the time.....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-16-2013, 03:15 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Not sure what my number was, but my wife is back...

Not sure what my number was, but my wife is back in school so she's too busy to make full lunch/dinners...so I'm slowly going back to where I was haha
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-16-2013, 12:16 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Amazon had refractometers for a about $20. You...

Amazon had refractometers for a about $20. You have to do some calculating once fermentation starts, but it only takes a drop of liquid to get a reading.

I use mine all the time, I only use my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-15-2013, 02:02 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
How cool would a one gallon conical fermentor be?...

How cool would a one gallon conical fermentor be? I bet one could be made from an upside down plastic jug and some fittings. Hmmmmmmm
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-15-2013, 01:59 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Those are killer! Pretty shiny, are they...

Those are killer! Pretty shiny, are they stainless? I know most mini kegs are tin...so they don't last very long
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-14-2013, 08:02 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
I need to order some stainless steel washers for...

I need to order some stainless steel washers for my mlt, but McMaster-Carr sells them in packs of 25, @ $10 plus shipping. Does anyone want to split an order? I really don't need 25. I'll be buying...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-13-2013, 11:54 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Depends on the batch, but 2-3 weeks fermenting...

Depends on the batch, but 2-3 weeks fermenting (sometimes I secondary, but not always) 2-? In the bottle. It seems to get a little worse with time, but levels off somewhere in the "still...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-13-2013, 05:54 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
My sanitation is super good, pretty much...

My sanitation is super good, pretty much brew/bottle under a later of starsan. The flavor I'm coming up with is mostly prevalent as an aroma.
Tap water is good to drink, they only as chlorine,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-13-2013, 04:49 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Thanks for the info! Ended up buying spring...

Thanks for the info! Ended up buying spring water, ro water doesn't have enough minerals for beer without adding stuff.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-13-2013, 12:25 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Woohoo! Finally brewing today! Amarillo Pale Ale,...

Woohoo! Finally brewing today! Amarillo Pale Ale, I'm pretty excited about using amarillo.

I'm also planning on using RO water because all of my beers seem to pick up this...plastic...taste. It...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-11-2013, 09:20 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
I feel your pain, especially with giving...

I feel your pain, especially with giving everything away for the holidays. But considering what I paid to build my baby mlt, it will be a while before I do more than 1 gallon batches.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-06-2013, 02:45 AM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Should be fine! I'll brew my amarillo this week...

Should be fine! I'll brew my amarillo this week and we can swap.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-04-2013, 02:47 AM
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Posted By rawkstar320
For sure! The amarillo is basically a blonde,...

For sure!
The amarillo is basically a blonde, but I haven't decided on ibu level yet. The porter should be cool, lots of C60 to get color and body, with some chocolate malt - because coconut and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2013, 11:52 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Lol, unfortunately I only have the equipment for...

Lol, unfortunately I only have the equipment for one batch at a time...probably will do the amarillo this weekend and porter next weekend. I guess....haha
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2013, 08:29 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
So I need to decide which batch to brew next, an...

So I need to decide which batch to brew next, an amarillo blonde or the coconut porter.

Technically the porter will take longer, thus I should start it sooner...but the amarillo sounds do tasty! ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-26-2012, 01:14 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Had that happen with an apple crisp ale, I think...

Had that happen with an apple crisp ale, I think it was an awkward recipe that became highly infected...nasty.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-26-2012, 01:12 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
Good thought. I sorta want to try a chai tea ale,...

Good thought. I sorta want to try a chai tea ale, so half gallon is probably a good way to go for that one
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-25-2012, 12:04 PM
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Posted By rawkstar320
I was thinking that, I read a few places that...

I was thinking that, I read a few places that said it was a bad idea to condition in the growler? I guess they are more likely to explode.
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