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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-27-2012, 12:26 AM
Replies: 31
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Posted By Donner
I don't think anyone is offended. I'm sure having...

I don't think anyone is offended. I'm sure having total control is a plus. I just know that i can't sustain owning that much grain (i don't have the space and i don't brew often enough with my...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-26-2012, 08:27 PM
Replies: 31
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Posted By Donner
I've been using Ed and Brewmasters warehouse for...

I've been using Ed and Brewmasters warehouse for the past four years. While thinking about my process i did contact ed to inquire about his crush. His response was immediate and has put me at ease....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-26-2012, 01:39 AM
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Posted By Donner
I am double batch sparging. I am stirring well,...

I am double batch sparging. I am stirring well, but i'm not sure my strike water has been hot enough. That has been my first thought about the past two brews. I think i should review my notebook some...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-24-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,947
Posted By Donner
nope. I've thought about maybe it's the shops...

nope. I've thought about maybe it's the shops crush, but i've had such good luck before and this batch didn't appear to have many intact grains. The last batch i was more suspect of, but this one...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-24-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,947
Posted By Donner
efficiency suddenly sucks

Anyone ever have a period where suddenly you can't hit your gravity numbers?

I'm consistently in the 75% range and then suddenly my last two brews have been lousy. I'm hitting my volumes, but my...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-24-2012, 08:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By Donner
oak/body/sweetness scale?

I've been looking at kits online and two places indicate a scale for both oak and sweetness.

For example, one pinot noir kit said

oak 3, body 3, sweetness 0

I've been doing some reading,...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-18-2012, 01:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By Donner
thanks. The other part of my confusion was...

thanks. The other part of my confusion was because the oak is listed as 'optional'. Having never done this, i wasn't sure if there was a way of adjusting on the fly or not. I guess i'll just throw...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-17-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By Donner
oak question

I'm getting ready to make my first wine kit and have been reading up on the process in several places. Many said to oak the wine later in the process to taste, but in reading my kit instructions it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-20-2012, 04:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Donner
if fermentation had already started then chances...

if fermentation had already started then chances are you're okay. Beer is strong stuff and if your good yeast has taken hold then you're good.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-10-2012, 03:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By Donner
can you post the whole recipe? It'd difficult to...

can you post the whole recipe? It'd difficult to see what could cause the sweetness if you say you are hitting your numbers. As was said, mash temp changes body, but you'd think you'd have less...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-02-2012, 12:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By Donner
I agree. I used 1968 on my last batch and was...

I agree. I used 1968 on my last batch and was aware of the possible 'butter bomb' going in. I kept it at 64 for the first few days and let it rise to 70 for the last three of the first week and it...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-22-2012, 02:55 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 30,012
Posted By Donner
I recently had this beer in chicago and i'm...

I recently had this beer in chicago and i'm working off of Baulder's clone on hopville clone. Any suggestions what mash temp and fermentation temps to aim for?

I was thinking of mashing around...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-10-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,481
Posted By Donner
piece of paper, pocket knife and carbon clincher...

piece of paper, pocket knife and carbon clincher bicycle rims
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-07-2012, 12:42 AM
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Posted By Donner
im in

im in
Forum: General Chit Chat 01-31-2012, 02:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By Donner
midsouth malts is likely your closest one, but as...

midsouth malts is likely your closest one, but as others have said, brewmasters warehouse is a great bet.

For $6.99 and a bit of planning you will have your stuff fast. You can't drive to memphis...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 06-13-2011, 01:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By Donner
i like all of your labels save for the last one....

i like all of your labels save for the last one. Your first three labels all do a good job of color coordinating between the image and the text. Pool side uses a similar blue in the text and image....
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 06-12-2011, 10:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By Donner
i like em. I have one suggestion, but if you are...

i like em. I have one suggestion, but if you are happy with them then i'll keep it to myself. Especially if you've already printed all four.
Forum: Amber Hybrid Beer 05-13-2011, 03:05 AM
Replies: 87
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Posted By Donner
i tasted my beer the other night and it was...

i tasted my beer the other night and it was slightly sweet (which i assume is from not being done fermenting) but i'm approaching my two weeks at 62. i'm going to be traveling for the next week....
Forum: DIY Projects 05-09-2011, 01:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By Donner
I ran the plate without the cover on and it was...

I ran the plate without the cover on and it was clearly the potentiometer that was getting hot. Not sure how hot, but it makes sense that it would be heating up the whole unit.

I don't think it's...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-09-2011, 12:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By Donner
hot enough that it's uncomfortable to the touch....

hot enough that it's uncomfortable to the touch. i put a thermometer on it last time, but i can't remember if it was 100 or 110. I'll do some tests later and see. Part of it was that i stopped using...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-09-2011, 12:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By Donner
used stir plate question

i was given a used mag-mix stir plate from a friend recently. I've used it once, but the thing gets really hot and i'm a bit worried.

I took it apart and everything appears to be properly attached...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-29-2011, 02:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By Donner
yeast starter amount conundrum

So, i thought i had more DME than i actually did.

I'm brewing yooper's california common soon (haven't decided exactly when, maybe tomorrow) and have never used a lager yeast before. When i went...
Forum: American Ale 04-28-2011, 01:50 AM
Replies: 4,116
Views: 838,782
Posted By Donner
just making sure you weren't asking about the...

just making sure you weren't asking about the very first pull. That, of course, would be yeasty.

My guess is the fact that it was transferred recently, combined with the fact that it's relatively...
Forum: American Ale 04-28-2011, 01:38 AM
Replies: 4,116
Views: 838,782
Posted By Donner
see the bolded part. I know it *can* go...

see the bolded part.

I know it *can* go grain to glass in 2 weeks, but it will only improve with more time in primary.

That said, you kegged it yesterday. It probably hasn't had enough time to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-08-2011, 11:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,084
Posted By Donner
yeah, you can stir... enjoy that. ...

yeah, you can stir... enjoy that.

seriously, though, it's not hard to retrofit. Using the pump means that it happens at a much faster speed and allows you to do something else while you wait for...
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