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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-05-2010, 02:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 735
Posted By Smoodude
Wow... I'm still an extract/mini-mash brewer and...

Wow... I'm still an extract/mini-mash brewer and see this setup just inspires me to just go ahead and make the jump to all-grain. Thanks for the great pics and the inspiration!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2010, 04:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 538
Posted By Smoodude
Using a hop bag

So I've been using a hop bag for my last few beers. Actually I've been using a paint strainer bag as a hop bag. The results have been that I have cut down the amount of junk on the bottom of my...
Forum: Stout 01-17-2010, 05:33 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 31,770
Posted By Smoodude
I also kegged and force-carbed this one today. I...

I also kegged and force-carbed this one today. I did not add the coffee until I kegged it this morning and I sampled the beer before the coffee addition. I've made a coffee stout before that had...
Forum: Stout 01-06-2010, 03:48 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 31,770
Posted By Smoodude
Excellent! Thank you!

Excellent! Thank you!
Forum: Stout 01-05-2010, 09:32 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 31,770
Posted By Smoodude
I've been lazy and letting it sit in the primary...

I've been lazy and letting it sit in the primary since 12/12. I still need to rack it to secondary and add the coffee concentrate.

Any thoughts on NOT racking it to secondary and just pouring...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-19-2009, 06:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 589
Posted By Smoodude
Wait... how is this an all grain question?

Wait... how is this an all grain question?
Forum: Stout 12-14-2009, 02:22 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 31,770
Posted By Smoodude
Just brewed this recipe on Saturday. Came out...

Just brewed this recipe on Saturday. Came out with an O.G. of 1.062. It's bubbling away nicely in my closet. I'm pretty excited to see how this one turns out.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-28-2009, 04:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,403
Posted By Smoodude
St. Arnold's actually moved locations into a much...

St. Arnold's actually moved locations into a much larger and nicer brewery. Unfortunately, I don't think they have the correct permits, so the tours are not going on yet. But if you do get a chance...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-04-2009, 03:04 AM
Replies: 564
Views: 56,939
Posted By Smoodude
I brewed a batch of Centennial Blonde on...

I brewed a batch of Centennial Blonde on Saturday. It's been over 72 hours and no sign of fermentation. When I bought it, I asked the LHBS if they got rid of all of the bad Nottingham yeast that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-29-2009, 01:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,099
Posted By Smoodude
To be honest, I've found that using extract...

To be honest, I've found that using extract recipes that I pretty much come very close to the recipe's stated OG just about every time. So I don't even take an OG hydrometer reading. If anything,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-29-2009, 03:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,099
Posted By Smoodude
Maybe it's just me, but I would never risk...

Maybe it's just me, but I would never risk contamination of my beer by putting the hydrometer straight into the fermentation bucket. I've always used a thief. Seems too risky to me to stick it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-29-2009, 03:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,099
Posted By Smoodude
I've brewed 12 batches and have not used nor...

I've brewed 12 batches and have not used nor needed a blow of tube. You have plenty of room in a 6.5 gallon bucket brewing 5 gallon batches.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2009, 02:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By Smoodude
BTW - a great beginner kit that is really...

BTW - a great beginner kit that is really forgiving and tastes great is Northern Brewer's Nut Brown. Tastes great to everyone and is a real winner!

Also, use a hop bag! Go to a hardware store...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2009, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By Smoodude
I think the temperature issue is really not that...

I think the temperature issue is really not that big a deal at first. I'm in Texas and unless I build a fermentation chamber or keep the carboy in water, I can't keep it in those lower temps. Lower...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2009, 11:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 322
Posted By Smoodude
You should be fine. It's pretty difficult to get...

You should be fine. It's pretty difficult to get all of it out. I usually set the extract container in my sink and warm it up with hot water for about 10 to 15 minutes while my grains are steeping. ...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-19-2009, 10:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,910
Posted By Smoodude
Man, that's sweet. I'm thinking that we have the...

Man, that's sweet. I'm thinking that we have the same model freezer. I believe that we got ours at Sam's Club a few years ago but I'm not certain. After Hurricane Ike we lost all of the food in it...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-18-2009, 12:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,910
Posted By Smoodude
I used adhesive caulk to adhere the collar to the...

I used adhesive caulk to adhere the collar to the freezer and then caulked the areas of the collar that I thought that air could easily escape from. I then put heavy items around the collar to make...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-17-2009, 02:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,910
Posted By Smoodude
Well, I'm almost done and I'm pretty dang proud...

Well, I'm almost done and I'm pretty dang proud of it. All I have left to do is drill a hole to fit the temperature probe, seal the hole and add faucet handles that I forgot to buy the last time I...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-16-2009, 08:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,910
Posted By Smoodude
Joe C - I drilled a 1-inch hole using a spade...

Joe C - I drilled a 1-inch hole using a spade bit. Fits a little loose, but not too loose.

Since the photos, I have painted the collar with chalk board paint, sealed the collar to the freezer,...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-15-2009, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,910
Posted By Smoodude
Not exactly sure. Just picked up several...

Not exactly sure. Just picked up several spade-type drill bits and compared them to the size of the shank. But it fit pretty nicely....

I'll report back tonight with the size as well as post...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-15-2009, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,910
Posted By Smoodude
My Keezer Build

Following the instructions of many of you good folks here on the board, I finally got the nerve to convert my unused chest freezer to a kegerator.

It's still a work in progress, but here's what...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-12-2009, 04:52 AM
Replies: 1,839
Views: 78,329
Posted By Smoodude
7208 + 15 (since I last posted) = 7223

7208 + 15 (since I last posted) = 7223
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-25-2009, 09:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,787
Posted By Smoodude
I've placed several orders with AHS and have been...

I've placed several orders with AHS and have been better happy with them. Plus I think their kits are awesome. The last 2 times took a while to process, but I blame the sale. And, hey, I got 10%...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-05-2009, 03:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By Smoodude
Did you sanitize the bottles first? I did...

Did you sanitize the bottles first?

I did not properly sanitize one of my first batches and it had a slight green apples smell and taste. I still drank it and most people did not notice it, but...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-05-2009, 12:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 846
Posted By Smoodude
Exactly. St. Arnold Brewery tried to lead a...

Exactly. St. Arnold Brewery tried to lead a charge to get this law passed a few years ago and it got crushed by the lobbyists. Never made it out of committee. I'll still call my local...
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