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Forum: General Techniques 08-19-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 947
Posted By fmr_army
The following input might be the lamest that...

The following input might be the lamest that you'll get: I'm usually not in a rush to finish my brew day, but have thought about doing the heatstick-on-a-timer trick so that the water preheats while...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-09-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 284
Posted By fmr_army
I would call that a beautiful starter! Healthy,...

I would call that a beautiful starter! Healthy, robust fermentation. Very nice.

A word of caution however: you've seen that the yeasties are willing to go fermentation crazy. They're probably...
Forum: General Techniques 08-08-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 809
Posted By fmr_army
The fundamental question appears to be "is an...

The fundamental question appears to be "is an oxygenation system worth the cost?" My answer is absolutely yes.

I started off shaking the wort. Then I added a venturi hole to my CFC (which I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-05-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By fmr_army
I will commit some heresy and say that I don't...

I will commit some heresy and say that I don't worry about my fermentation temps. I too have a basement, and it stays a pretty rock-solid 65 degrees all year 'round. I leave my beer in primary...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-05-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 265
Posted By fmr_army
You can use aluminum foil to keep gunk out. With...

You can use aluminum foil to keep gunk out. With active fermentation, it's blowing CO2 out, so unlikely any wild yeast will get in, but the odd piece of gunk or bug could be a concern. Sanitize a...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 08-04-2014, 02:55 PM
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Views: 55,089
Posted By fmr_army
Me too, please.

Me too, please.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-31-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 662
Posted By fmr_army
I use whatever I can scavenge around the house. ...

I use whatever I can scavenge around the house. Right now I have some yeast in a smallish mason jar; starter juice (third runnings from my last mash) in two re-used spaghetti jars; and yeast in a...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-24-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 878
Posted By fmr_army
I have nothing concerning ginger. However.... ...

I have nothing concerning ginger. However....

I make a Tropical IPA that my family loves (including my wife, who doesn't drink beer), because it's not too bitter (which is what "takes over your...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-24-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By fmr_army
You might want to let it condition (fancy word...

You might want to let it condition (fancy word for "sit there and do its thing") for a week or two longer than you otherwise would have. The yeasties should go back and clean the brew up.

I'm...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-24-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 302
Posted By fmr_army
Some sound advice above. One quibble that I have...

Some sound advice above. One quibble that I have is the frequent mention of tannin extraction as a by-product of overly hot water. I usually (batch) sparge with the hottest water I can get (often...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-24-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 971
Posted By fmr_army
I got a starter kit...

I got a starter kit (http://www.williamsbrewing.com/COMPLETE-HOME-BREWERY-WITH-40-QUART-BREWKETTLE-C257.aspx) (complete, w/10 gal kettle and a kit)from William's Brewing and have been very pleased...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-23-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,345
Posted By fmr_army
My "rig". Storage in the "Man Alcove" of my...

My "rig". Storage in the "Man Alcove" of my garage; brew space on my deck; fermenting area (and additional storage) in the basement; keezer in the "Man Alcove".

It's ghetto, but it produces beer....
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 07-22-2014, 04:11 PM
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Views: 17,226
Posted By fmr_army
Sweet! Sign me up, please.

Sweet! Sign me up, please.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-22-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By fmr_army
My 2 cents worth: Cool idea, cool name. ...

My 2 cents worth:

Cool idea, cool name.

4 oz of Roasted Barley may wind up being too much. I just brewed a 10 gallon batch of Irish Red over the weekend with 6 oz Chocolate (~350*L) and it...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-20-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By fmr_army
I've found that bags vary by several pounds. I...

I've found that bags vary by several pounds. I buy a sack and weigh it into five or ten pound containers, and have never hit the tare weight of grain exactly. Not enough to be a material...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-16-2014, 06:06 PM
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Views: 43,639
Posted By fmr_army
Pick me, please.

Pick me, please.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-11-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By fmr_army
Longer is better. That said, I have 20' 3/8" and...

Longer is better. That said, I have 20' 3/8" and it works for me. I used the refrigerator/refrigerant coil copper tubing from Home Depot for my CFC.

90* water isn't going to get you where you...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-11-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 810
Posted By fmr_army
I have the same one and it works like a champ. ...

I have the same one and it works like a champ. Plus, if my sump pump goes out, it can be my emergency backup.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-11-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 535
Posted By fmr_army
For that price you can buy two, drill both lids,...

For that price you can buy two, drill both lids, and split your batch. More floor space, but less wallet drain.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-11-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 771
Posted By fmr_army
I'm not a thermodynamicist, nor even very smart. ...

I'm not a thermodynamicist, nor even very smart. Therefore I will bypass the OP's question and look at the underlying question which, as I understand it, is "since I have not-cold tap water, how can...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-08-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 1,046
Views: 33,680
Posted By fmr_army
Sign me up. Just make sure that when I win I can...

Sign me up. Just make sure that when I win I can get something other than a USMC version....
Forum: DIY Projects 06-27-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,335
Posted By fmr_army
Go for the big one. Not only will your hobby...

Go for the big one.

Not only will your hobby expand, but it's a great place to use as overflow from your regular frig. My wife is much happier now with my keezer than when I originally bought it:...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-14-2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By fmr_army
I batch sparge: I add sparge water and then, in...

I batch sparge: I add sparge water and then, in the immortal words of Yooper, stir it like it owes me money. Let it settle for a few minutes, vorlauf and drain. Lather, rinse, repeat as...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-31-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,314
Posted By fmr_army
Yeast propagation system (stir plate and flask) ...

Yeast propagation system (stir plate and flask)
Oxygenation system
Counterflow chiller
Malt mill
Pump (with fittings on your gear)

If you're into DIY, and even the least bit handy, you can...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-17-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,424
Posted By fmr_army
If you're going to use older yeast, I would...

If you're going to use older yeast, I would recommend planning on a two-step starter because of viability. This will accomplish two things:
(1) if the yeasts are super slow to wake up (aka - not...
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