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Forum: Brewing Software 03-17-2014, 02:24 AM
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Beersmith Weirdness-disappearing ingredients

So all my ingredients have disappeared in Beersmith. I open a recipe, go to the brewsheet and everything is normal. Ingredients are listed as they should be.
I go to the 'recipe view' page where...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-02-2013, 02:27 AM
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Posted By apshaffer
I like tettnanger and hallertauer in my wheats.

I like tettnanger and hallertauer in my wheats.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-25-2013, 03:45 PM
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Posted By apshaffer
I have a bunch of big stainless tea balls. ...

I have a bunch of big stainless tea balls. They're about the size of a softball. They keep probably 75% of the pellet hops inside. I also have a bazooka tube as well, and with pellet hops it still...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-24-2013, 08:32 PM
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Posted By apshaffer
This is what I figured.

This is what I figured.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-23-2013, 08:10 PM
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How much conversion takes place within the first few minutes of a mash?

I initially missed my mash temp last batch. I was too hot (+4 degrees), so I added a hand full of ice. It wasn't enough, so I added more. Then I was a few degrees too low (-2 degrees) so I added...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-19-2013, 12:50 AM
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Posted By apshaffer
I use a 10 gallon cooler, and I max out at 23lbs....

I use a 10 gallon cooler, and I max out at 23lbs. That leaves just enough room in the mash tun to stir with out spilling. You may be able to squeeze in 24lbs, but you will be mashing a little thick...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-04-2013, 02:12 AM
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Posted By apshaffer
I have a hop spider and have used it for years. ...

I have a hop spider and have used it for years. I'll just go back to that and ditch the bazooka screen.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-03-2013, 08:57 PM
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Posted By apshaffer
How to keep my bazooka tube from getting clogged?

I recently upgraded to a 15 gallon boil pot. I added a valve and a bazooka tube. I've made two batches...a 5 gal batch with 1 oz of pellet hops, and a 10 gal batch with 4 oz of pellet hops. Both...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-20-2013, 05:39 PM
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Posted By apshaffer
Thanks for the input. I think I am scrapping the...

Thanks for the input. I think I am scrapping the pils idea and will make my friend a cream ale instead. I will be doing all the 'work' so it won't technically be his first batch. He just gets to...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-19-2013, 05:53 PM
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Posted By apshaffer
Nothing? How about the yeast?

Nothing?

How about the yeast?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-18-2013, 02:53 AM
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Posted By apshaffer
I need some input on an American Pils recipe

I've been asked to brew a 5 gallon batch of American Pilsner for a friend who is interested in home brewing. I've decided to use SF Lager yeast because we will be brewing at his place and he doesn't...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-15-2013, 01:11 AM
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Have never heard of a dirty beer. Just curious,...

Have never heard of a dirty beer. Just curious, but where do people drink these? You would just pour half and half pepsi and stout?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-09-2013, 03:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,349
Posted By apshaffer
I usually leave it in the insulated primary for...

I usually leave it in the insulated primary for 3-4 weeks in the kegerator at 46. Then I do a d-rest for 7-10 days. I usually just take the carboy out of the kegerator and bring it in the house. My...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-08-2013, 01:13 AM
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Posted By apshaffer
I would go with the kegerator. Fermentation...

I would go with the kegerator. Fermentation creates its own heat, so if you wrap the carboy in some bubble insulation it will probably be close to 50. In the upper 40s at least. That's what I do. ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-06-2013, 01:39 AM
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Posted By apshaffer
With wheat you always run the chance of a stick...

With wheat you always run the chance of a stick sparge, but I've never had one myself, and I use 60/40 wheat to pils for my hefs. You may want to do a 90 minute boil. That'll get rid of the DMS...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-05-2013, 06:09 PM
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Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale Hop Profile?

Anyone have any insight into the hop schedule used in Lagunitas Dogtown Pale? I'm looking to make an APA and like the hop profile of this beer. This one comes in at 6.1%, but I'll probably tone...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-05-2013, 01:23 AM
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Posted By apshaffer
that is a tremendous amount of bittering hops. ...

that is a tremendous amount of bittering hops. if it were me, i would stick to the 1 ounce of chinook or perle @ 60 and use the amarillo toward the end of boil for flavor/aroma. also, a pound of...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-19-2012, 12:00 AM
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Posted By apshaffer
I use an orange igloo, but a 10 gallons one. ...

I use an orange igloo, but a 10 gallons one. Works great. But if you're going to use it as a mash tun, you'll want a 10 gallon cooler.
Forum: DIY Projects 12-13-2012, 11:05 PM
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Posted By apshaffer
I figured it out. I wasn't letting the magnet...

I figured it out. I wasn't letting the magnet and the stir bar align before turning on the fan. I also grabbed a smaller stir bar which works much better.
Forum: DIY Projects 12-13-2012, 01:54 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 73,781
Posted By apshaffer
My stir bar is rolling rather than spinning. I'm...

My stir bar is rolling rather than spinning. I'm using one magnet from a hard drive and a 2" stir bar that I grabbed from the lab at work. Think the stir bar is too big? It does have a rib in the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-20-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,336
Posted By apshaffer
You do 5 gallon batches on the stove? That has...

You do 5 gallon batches on the stove? That has to take for ever to bring to a boil. Get a propane burner and your DMS problem is solved.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-19-2012, 11:49 PM
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Posted By apshaffer
I just added a valve to my 15 gallon pot. I put...

I just added a valve to my 15 gallon pot. I put it 1.5" up from the bottom, but could have gone a little lower...maybe 1.25". But, with the addition of a dip tube your golden at 1.5".

Bottom...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-19-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 812
Posted By apshaffer
I did a hefeweizen yesterday and my efficiency...

I did a hefeweizen yesterday and my efficiency was 66%. I'm usually in the 75-78% range. My barley crusher is also set at .03" and I had the same mash tun set up.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-16-2012, 04:19 PM
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Posted By apshaffer
Buy base malt by the sack, hops by the pound, and...

Buy base malt by the sack, hops by the pound, and wash or farm yeast.
Forum: DIY Projects 11-11-2012, 01:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,236
Posted By apshaffer
I just made a new mash tun out of a 10 gallon...

I just made a new mash tun out of a 10 gallon igloo cooler. I used almost 1 can of expanding spray foam in the lid. I used it for the first time yesterday. I pre-heated and still lost about 4...
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