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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-06-2014, 07:23 PM
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Posted By ajwillys
What size is your mash tun? A 10 gallon tun will...

What size is your mash tun? A 10 gallon tun will allow 10 gallon batches, but only for average gravity (for me about 1.060 is the max) beers. Anything with an imperial attached to it likely won't fit...
Forum: General Techniques 05-14-2014, 05:36 PM
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Posted By ajwillys
Yes, it definitely is a thing. The rule I go by...

Yes, it definitely is a thing. The rule I go by is that I sparge until the runnings coming out are at 1.015 gravity. Often times with BW, I get way more wort than I want before I get to this level.
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Forum: General Techniques 05-08-2014, 01:29 PM
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Posted By ajwillys
When considering your recipe and how to get the...

When considering your recipe and how to get the efficiency you desire, consider a longer than normal boil. On my barleywine's, I just plan on sparging until my runnings are around 1.015. The shortest...
Forum: General Techniques 05-03-2014, 12:15 AM
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Posted By ajwillys
It was a 9.25 gallon batch: 4.00 oz Nugget...

It was a 9.25 gallon batch:

4.00 oz Nugget [13.00 %] - Boil 90.0 min Hop 8 78.7 IBUs
1.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 9 13.4 IBUs
1.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 11...
Forum: General Techniques 05-02-2014, 07:17 PM
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Posted By ajwillys
I've brewed serveral Barleywine's and have just...

I've brewed serveral Barleywine's and have just finished the last few bottles of one that was 4 years old. Four years is a long time and it definitely started to degrade by then. That barleywine was...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 05-02-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 427
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Posted By ajwillys
I did just a sour wort as well in a 5 gallon keg....

I did just a sour wort as well in a 5 gallon keg. Basically filled it to the brim, no headspace needed. After souring, I added about 3/4 gallon of (pre-boiled, etc..) water to dilute (plan for this...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-02-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 149
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Posted By ajwillys
Very cold temperatures (kegerator in garage) was...

Very cold temperatures (kegerator in garage) was the initial cause of my leak as well. I took them all apart and cleaned/lubed them and put them back together. I've got three (out of 5) on tap now...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-18-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By ajwillys
Yeah, just leave it. As mentioned, the main...

Yeah, just leave it. As mentioned, the main downside of some plastics is oxygen permeability. The problem with moving for this reason is that you might cause more oxygen exposure from an extra...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-18-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By ajwillys
Yeah, the soda forum might be more help but I...

Yeah, the soda forum might be more help but I sometimes have soda water and have had other sodas on in the past. I use about 30 psi and a 25 foot 3/16" beer line to slow down the flow. You need the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-16-2014, 08:04 PM
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Posted By ajwillys
I just wanted to touch on this statement. While I...

I just wanted to touch on this statement. While I do agree its probably a bit simplified, wouldn't the fact that the amount of water is proportional to the amount of grain you add play a part? IE, if...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-13-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 427
Views: 49,533
Posted By ajwillys
I did my frist BW a few weeks ago. I did a mash...

I did my frist BW a few weeks ago. I did a mash for a 10 gallon batch, boiled the wort for 30 minutes and then separated 5 gallons worth of wort for berliner and used the rest to create kind of a...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-10-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 39,622
Posted By ajwillys
Doug, Sorry to hear you're getting so much crap...

Doug,
Sorry to hear you're getting so much crap for making such a great piece of software. I've been following this thread closely and am about to make a Pi based implementation of it. I'd be happy...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-20-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 22,886
Posted By ajwillys
Just throwing some more in this already big...

Just throwing some more in this already big thread. I have five that I got in May 2009. It's been almost five years now with almost constant use. I just started having a small leak in one of them. I...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-18-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 427
Views: 49,533
Posted By ajwillys
My only thought would be that lacto may not work...

My only thought would be that lacto may not work so well at the same temps that lager yeasts do (or perhaps at all). Of course, if you do it split style where you sour, then ferment (or vicy versy)...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-14-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 50
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Posted By ajwillys
I personally think this is a pretty decent idea...

I personally think this is a pretty decent idea but with a fatal flaw. No need to re-hash, it's been covered. I would just make a "stovepipe" type thing that sticks out vertically and attaches to the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-03-2014, 01:06 PM
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Posted By ajwillys
It's not a problem, it's just the way it is with...

It's not a problem, it's just the way it is with keezer's and chest freezer's in general. They collect water/ice and have no way of eliminating it without a defrost cycle. You need either a dessicant...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-20-2013, 11:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 18,428
Posted By ajwillys
It's funny you say that because I've been...

It's funny you say that because I've been thinking along the same lines. Some espresso machines use something called a thermoblock. It's basically a big block of aluminum that heats up and has a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-03-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,154
Posted By ajwillys
Wow, you really dug this thread up from the dead!...

Wow, you really dug this thread up from the dead! It's a good beer, you'll really enjoy it.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-01-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,457
Posted By ajwillys
It looks much bigger with the scale (the guy next...

It looks much bigger with the scale (the guy next to it). You should definitely get it for $600 regardless of what you decide to do with it. I'd still be hesitant to try and hack it into a MLT but it...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-31-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,457
Posted By ajwillys
Yes but where do you put the manway in a jacketed...

Yes but where do you put the manway in a jacketed tank? There's coils all around the whole thing and no place to cut a giant hole in the side of it.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-30-2013, 01:13 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 22,886
Posted By ajwillys
Yep. I have five and I have friends with probably...

Yep. I have five and I have friends with probably 15-20 more (more than one friend)... No problems anywhere.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-29-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,457
Posted By ajwillys
I say pass. As mentioned, you don't want to use...

I say pass. As mentioned, you don't want to use it as a mash tun without a manway and also a false bottom/manifold. It would make a nice kettle or HLT but then you'd need a boiler, which racks up the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-23-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,457
Posted By ajwillys
I agree, its probably 600 liters. I have some 150...

I agree, its probably 600 liters. I have some 150 gallon kettles and they look about that same size.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-25-2013, 04:42 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,357
Posted By ajwillys
Like most, I usually brew alone. Occasionally...

Like most, I usually brew alone. Occasionally I'll invite people over and make a big event of it. Alot of people have mentioned screwing something up with people there. Anytime I brew with others, I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,046
Posted By ajwillys
When doing late additions, you should do enough...

When doing late additions, you should do enough extract right away to achieve a wort of 1.040-1.050. You can save the rest for near the end, but it should be added at least 15 minutes before the end...
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