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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2009, 01:20 AM
Replies: 39
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Posted By BorderBrewin
Couldn't live without my autosiphon. Best $10 I...

Couldn't live without my autosiphon. Best $10 I have spent.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-02-2009, 07:58 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By BorderBrewin
+1 on the all grain primer. Great read.

+1 on the all grain primer. Great read.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-02-2009, 01:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,354
Posted By BorderBrewin
My bucket has the same smell after every brew as...

My bucket has the same smell after every brew as well. I have found that an overnight soak in oxyclean removes the odor. I don't know if it is necessary, but it gets rid of the smell.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-01-2009, 03:24 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By BorderBrewin
Yes, boil the water and let it cool before you...

Yes, boil the water and let it cool before you pour in the wort. You are risking an infection if you don't boil tap water before adding it to the fermentor. If you don't have time to boil the water...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2008, 09:49 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By BorderBrewin
What kind of yeast are you using? I usually keep...

What kind of yeast are you using? I usually keep my fermenter at 60-65 in order to keep the wort between 65-68. 75 seems kind of high to me no matter what kind of yeast you are using. If you have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2008, 06:39 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By BorderBrewin
If you don't cut the x off, it will clog and your...

If you don't cut the x off, it will clog and your bucket will explode. Trust me. What a mess.

Good luck.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-31-2008, 06:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,290
Posted By BorderBrewin
The mash and the boil smell different. I think...

The mash and the boil smell different. I think the mash smells something like hot oatmeal and the boil smells like hops. When I brew SWMBO complains about the boil, but she thinks the mash smells...
Forum: General Techniques 12-31-2008, 03:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,914
Posted By BorderBrewin
FWIW, some imitation vanilla flavoring is made...

FWIW, some imitation vanilla flavoring is made from wood, not vanilla beans. Going with real vanilla beans is probably a good call.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-31-2008, 02:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 651
Posted By BorderBrewin
Check out the sticky on hybrid fly sparging.

Check out the sticky on hybrid fly sparging.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-31-2008, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 651
Posted By BorderBrewin
I have had great success using John Palmer's...

I have had great success using John Palmer's method of fly sparging. I float a coffee can lid on top or the mash and pour the sparge water onto it. I keep the water level at least an inch above the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-10-2008, 01:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By BorderBrewin
I got mine from a scrap yard for about $40 each. ...

I got mine from a scrap yard for about $40 each. SS is going for $1.25 a pound around here. I have also heard of asking a liquor store for any nonreturnable kegs they may have. Good luck!
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-04-2008, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By BorderBrewin
Don't worry, it's not as cosmic as you might...

Don't worry, it's not as cosmic as you might think. I just did my first all grain two weeks ago and am planning to do my second this weekend. I suggest you read the all grain section of John...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-23-2008, 07:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,024
Posted By BorderBrewin
No, I have it in the fermentation chiller at a...

No, I have it in the fermentation chiller at a constant 63 degrees air temperature and 68 degrees in the fermentor. I pitched the yeast a 72 degrees. I'm not worried; in fact I'm very pleased to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-23-2008, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By BorderBrewin
I'm using Wyeast 1056 American Ale Yeast, no...

I'm using Wyeast 1056 American Ale Yeast, no starter, just pitched from the smack pack. My OG was 1.048, about the same as my two previous brews. Anyone have similar results?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-23-2008, 04:42 PM
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Posted By BorderBrewin
First all grain - vigorous fermentation

I just brewed my first all grain beer yesterday and thanks to everyone on this forum it was a rousing success. I nailed my OG and my efficiency was above 75%, which I think is pretty good...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-16-2008, 08:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 451
Posted By BorderBrewin
My water looks like this: Calcium 76.9 ...

My water looks like this:

Calcium 76.9
Chloride 16
Mg 16.5
Sodium 11
Alkalinity as CaCO3 218
Sulfate 25

All ppm. I am trying to brew a Pale Ale, so from what I have read the alkalinity is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-16-2008, 04:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 451
Posted By BorderBrewin
Brewing salts source

I'm planning to brew my first all grain beer next week and I think I have all the kinks worked out except for the water. It seems I will need to dilute my tap water with RO water and then add some...
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