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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-20-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 718
Posted By Skarekrough
One of the most amazing things I ever saw in the...

One of the most amazing things I ever saw in the DIY forum was a guy who took the paddle from an ice cream maker and attached it to the inside lid of an Igloo cooler mash tun.

The constant...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-20-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 718
Posted By Skarekrough
A few suggestions... -pre-heat the MLT. ...

A few suggestions...

-pre-heat the MLT. I'll drop two or three gallons of 180 degree water in mine just before I start heating water for the mash. Put the lid on tight and let it sit. For...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-20-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Skarekrough
The problem with distilled is that it lacks...

The problem with distilled is that it lacks anything but just the water; were talking calcium, etc. Those are components that will lend themselves to the flavor in some cases and mash pH, etc.

If...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-20-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By Skarekrough
Generally I will sparge of some type when I'm...

Generally I will sparge of some type when I'm doing a shorter mash. I teach a homebrew class and will Sparge since it's usually part of the process and there's usually time on hand.

I will say...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-01-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 20,468
Posted By Skarekrough
Largely that is the tack that I have started to...

Largely that is the tack that I have started to take. For a half dozen bottles of craft brew I realize that I could have picked up a 50 pound bag of US 2-Row Malt. At a pretty reasonable ABV that...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-11-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 538
Posted By Skarekrough
The 525 model has a flaw in it. It requires...

The 525 model has a flaw in it. It requires pressure against a gasket in order to seal shut. Pressure against the gasket will eventually compress it and put it out of place.

Perlick is working...
Forum: General Techniques 02-04-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,712
Posted By Skarekrough
In the entire process the most hands-off portion...

In the entire process the most hands-off portion is typically mashing.

By doing it overnight and then mashing out first thing in the morning you're killing the 90 minutes you'd spend staring at...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-04-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 22,310
Posted By Skarekrough
Spoke to Jeff at Perlick a little while ago. ...

Spoke to Jeff at Perlick a little while ago.

The basic premise is that pressure pushes the ball against an O-Ring (item #3 if you're looking at the schematic) which stops beer from flowing through...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By Skarekrough
No, I'm done fighting with them. I either get...

No, I'm done fighting with them. I either get something from Perlick saying "this will fix it" and I hear from others that they're right-on or they're gone.



Please do a Google search for...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 251
Posted By Skarekrough
Well, you have a couple things going on. ...

Well, you have a couple things going on.

"Beer Captured" usually gives you an aging guideline with each recipe. In fine tradition sometimes I find they're right on, other times I have found to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By Skarekrough
Lost faith in 525SS. Need alternative.

So, my "relationship" with the four 525SS' I have on my keezer has been if-fy as of late. About six months ago I foolishly went and performed what I would have thought was typical maintenance...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-13-2013, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By Skarekrough
Well, I would prefer not to have it take up two...

Well, I would prefer not to have it take up two electrical outlets.
Forum: DIY Projects 11-12-2013, 04:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By Skarekrough
Need Electrical Help for Stir Plate

So I'm planning on converting a less-than-effective humidor into a dual stir-plate setup. I'd like for both fans to have their own on/off switch as well as speed control.

I'm decent at wiring,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-12-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By Skarekrough
Don't beat yourself up....you learned things...

Don't beat yourself up....you learned things which can be applied to future endeavors. As long as you remember these things you will be a better brewer.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-12-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 26,035
Posted By Skarekrough
My Brew Mornings are better when I know that the...

My Brew Mornings are better when I know that the Mash has been sitting for eight hours already and likely any conversion that was going to happen already has.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-12-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,055
Posted By Skarekrough
My first attempt at AG was doing BIAB and I found...

My first attempt at AG was doing BIAB and I found it to be such a convoluted pain in the butt I ditched it and just went full-on All Grain.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-08-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 199
Posted By Skarekrough
Saving a Starter

So, this past ten days I lined up three different beers to brew all using the same strain of yeast. What I did was make a starter using the yeast and while I was brewing put another starter together...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-24-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 18,262
Posted By Skarekrough
So, the wife tossed the old blanket I was using...

So, the wife tossed the old blanket I was using to insulate my cooler mash tun. It was ugly and smelled terrible but it was thick as all get-out and did the job.

Hit the local Sports Authority...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-18-2013, 12:51 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 8,604
Posted By Skarekrough
It took me nine years before I went from Extract...

It took me nine years before I went from Extract to All Grain. Alot of those years I did maybe one batch or less.

I regret not making the move earlier. It made me a better brewer, gave me the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-16-2013, 08:54 PM
Replies: 1,093
Views: 44,136
Posted By Skarekrough
I go through about one a year. Last year it...

I go through about one a year.

Last year it was a fermenter it broke off in. I glanced away when putting it in and that was it.

This year I was teaching a class and a gust of wind took it and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-16-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 668
Posted By Skarekrough
Final Volume in Fermenter + Boil Off Volume ...

Final Volume in Fermenter
+
Boil Off Volume
+
Water Lost To Grains

The first two are pretty easy to figure out; for five gallon batches you're looking for around 5.25 gallons in the fermenter...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-16-2013, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By Skarekrough
I did a partigyle this weekend. The first...

I did a partigyle this weekend.

The first runnings were for a Russian Imperial Stout with a #20 grain bill to it.

The second I added about three pounds of specialty grains to it.

I went with...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-10-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,367
Posted By Skarekrough
Kirkland Signature Bourbon is quite good. And...

Kirkland Signature Bourbon is quite good. And their 18-year-old Scotch is the best $30 bottle you will ever buy in that price range.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-10-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,367
Posted By Skarekrough
Most of the offerings they will have are more...

Most of the offerings they will have are more national, but somewhat obscure. The one near me always has Stella Artois, Sam Adams, Heineken, etc. Not Craft Brews by any stretch, but certainly more...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-08-2013, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By Skarekrough
Fitting More Than One Fermenter in a Freezer

So, I've got a chest freezer in the garage which I use for fermenting lager in the warmer months. With the coming months I'm installing a heater in there (Johnson A419). It's not a big freezer (7.2...
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