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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-28-2012, 03:07 AM
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Posted By rainingbullets
So I emailed the rep that sent me the keg. As it...

So I emailed the rep that sent me the keg. As it turns out, these type of kegs are in fact, designed to be used once and recycled. The tabs around the outside of the valve are impossible to push in...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-27-2012, 06:28 PM
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Posted By rainingbullets
How do I open this plastic beer keg?

We had a meeting with one of our equipment reps from Germany awhile back. I mentioned I brew my own beer, which they said they have these plastic kegs that I could try out; and they would ship it to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-13-2011, 03:26 AM
Replies: 20
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Posted By rainingbullets
Haha I should just add milk! Thanks for all the...

Haha I should just add milk! Thanks for all the help everyone. I've got a sharp eye on those kids at the LHBS. Will have to see how this brew turns out...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-12-2011, 03:57 AM
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Posted By rainingbullets
Needless to say, my setup isn't the best. Just...

Needless to say, my setup isn't the best. Just thought I would give fly sparging a try...I would still expect more than 1.022 OG coming out of the mash.

...And if I haven't angered the beer gods...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-11-2011, 05:16 PM
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Posted By rainingbullets
The braided hose worked great when I was batch...

The braided hose worked great when I was batch sparging. Was seeing around 70% efficiency. False bottoms for my 10 gal cooler are on back-order from morebeer.com :mad:

I use the lid for the cooler...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-11-2011, 04:03 AM
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Posted By rainingbullets
Brewhouse efficiency is in the toilet!

Hi all. It's been a long time since my last brew (had to live with the parents for awhile, but that's another story...)

I put together EdWort's Robust Porter recipe. Here it is from BeerSmith:
...
Forum: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer 10-01-2010, 05:39 PM
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Posted By rainingbullets
Okay, so here's the update on this brew: I...

Okay, so here's the update on this brew:

I came up with 1.072 OG into the brew kettle. I used the "hybrid fly/batch sparge" presented by Biermuncher's sticky.

The brew sat in the fermenter for...
Forum: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer 08-22-2010, 08:25 PM
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Posted By rainingbullets
I didn't see brown sugar anywhere in Beersmith....

I didn't see brown sugar anywhere in Beersmith. Is this something that would be manually added? I saw the light and dark brown sugars at the store. I went with the light.

I also noticed this...
Forum: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer 08-22-2010, 03:54 PM
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Posted By rainingbullets
Ok, I will try that. Especially since the store...

Ok, I will try that. Especially since the store wont take the cans back (jerks)

Next question: what fermentation temp should I use?

I went to the LHBS yesterday, and picked up Crystal hops at...
Forum: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer 08-22-2010, 01:26 AM
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Posted By rainingbullets
Not sure if anyone is still looking at this...

Not sure if anyone is still looking at this thread, but I will be attempting this recipe tomorrow...just one thing...

I picked up two cans of the Libby's pumpkin pie mix, but it turns out it's not...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-16-2010, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By rainingbullets
Side note: :off: Weirdboy: For some...

Side note: :off:

Weirdboy:

For some reason I went stalker status and saw you brew very similar to how I do: on the stove across two burners. I like how you dressed up your boil pot.

How did...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-16-2010, 06:00 PM
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Posted By rainingbullets
Lexus, I approve. I've been meaning to try a...

Lexus, I approve. I've been meaning to try a brown, but didn't find any recipes that fit what I had. Must have missed that one.

With the 0.5# of flaked barley I have, I would need 0.62# of...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-16-2010, 03:44 AM
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Posted By rainingbullets
I was thinking about that too. I REALLY wish I...

I was thinking about that too. I REALLY wish I would have saved the yeast from this last batch. I've researched yeast washing, but I was not prepared enough to do it on bottling day.

There are...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-16-2010, 12:48 AM
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Posted By rainingbullets
haha maybe I should clarify. Obviously, I can't...

haha maybe I should clarify. Obviously, I can't do anything with what I've got.

I'm looking for something that uses what I've got.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-16-2010, 12:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By rainingbullets
What can I make out of this?

Here's what I have left after putting together EdWort's Robust Porter (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f126/bee-cave-brewery-robust-porter-56768/) (turned out awesome btw)

1.5 oz Cascade
1 oz...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-28-2010, 09:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By rainingbullets
Heh, as a mechanical engineering student at Chico...

Heh, as a mechanical engineering student at Chico State, the ideal gas law is beaten into our heads all three semesters of thermodynamics. This principle is also why beer tends to be more "fizzy" at...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-28-2010, 06:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By rainingbullets
Interesting. I guess its a little...

Interesting. I guess its a little counter-intuitive that yeast will need more corn sugar to produce CO2. I guess my train of thought is the yeast will be more active at warmer temperatures.

Side...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-28-2010, 05:03 AM
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Views: 683
Posted By rainingbullets
So...does this mean I would be using 65 F (maybe...

So...does this mean I would be using 65 F (maybe a little higher) for the carbonation calc? As I said before, the bottles will be sitting closer to 80 F for the 2-3 weeks, but the beer will be around...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-28-2010, 04:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By rainingbullets
Ya, before I built this FC, the primary...

Ya, before I built this FC, the primary fermentation stage was done just in my closet. When ambient was about 74 F, the carboy would reach almost 80! Those yeasties sure were working hard, giving off...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-28-2010, 02:37 AM
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Views: 683
Posted By rainingbullets
Bottling in the summer

It's freakin hot out here in Chico, CA (102 F outside right now)

The apartment stays at a (relatively) constant 80 F. (save money on that AC!)

I brewed up a robust porter the other day and is...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-07-2010, 12:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 868
Posted By rainingbullets
Ya that's what I thought. The Sierra Nevada...

Ya that's what I thought. The Sierra Nevada brewery here in Chico, CA doesn't seem to have a problem using the water...(although they probably treat it)

Thanks for the advice everyone!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-05-2010, 03:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 868
Posted By rainingbullets
Ya I've been looking at recipes in both places,...

Ya I've been looking at recipes in both places, HBT and beersmith. I liked the one in beersmith because it seemed simple, and rye beers are delicious.

I think I will take Rivercity's advice and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-04-2010, 02:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 868
Posted By rainingbullets
Recipe from BeerSmith?

Hi yall

Been looking into all-grain recipes and I found this one on Beersmith that sounded interesting. Anyone ever try it? Thoughts?

The following is just copied and pasted from Beersmith.......
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-15-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 112,482
Posted By rainingbullets
26 quarts. Ya that probably won't work. What...

26 quarts. Ya that probably won't work.

What about....using 6-7 bottling bucket as mash tun? Or is it not well-enough insulated...

Sorry for hijacking the thread. Last question I swear!
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-14-2010, 11:33 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 112,482
Posted By rainingbullets
Ah of course. Should have made that connection....

Ah of course. Should have made that connection. This would put the total brew volume to 11.31g.

As I said, I'm looking at this recipe for my first AG.

Next question: what if I normally use...
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