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Forum: Extract Brewing 07-24-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 645
Posted By fmr_army
I have nothing concerning ginger. However.... ...

I have nothing concerning ginger. However....

I make a Tropical IPA that my family loves (including my wife, who doesn't drink beer), because it's not too bitter (which is what "takes over your...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-24-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 897
Posted By fmr_army
You might want to let it condition (fancy word...

You might want to let it condition (fancy word for "sit there and do its thing") for a week or two longer than you otherwise would have. The yeasties should go back and clean the brew up.

I'm...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-24-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By fmr_army
Some sound advice above. One quibble that I have...

Some sound advice above. One quibble that I have is the frequent mention of tannin extraction as a by-product of overly hot water. I usually (batch) sparge with the hottest water I can get (often...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-24-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 637
Posted By fmr_army
I got a starter kit...

I got a starter kit (http://www.williamsbrewing.com/COMPLETE-HOME-BREWERY-WITH-40-QUART-BREWKETTLE-C257.aspx) (complete, w/10 gal kettle and a kit)from William's Brewing and have been very pleased...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-23-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,671
Posted By fmr_army
My "rig". Storage in the "Man Alcove" of my...

My "rig". Storage in the "Man Alcove" of my garage; brew space on my deck; fermenting area (and additional storage) in the basement; keezer in the "Man Alcove".

It's ghetto, but it produces beer....
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 07-22-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 436
Views: 7,018
Posted By fmr_army
Sweet! Sign me up, please.

Sweet! Sign me up, please.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-22-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By fmr_army
My 2 cents worth: Cool idea, cool name. ...

My 2 cents worth:

Cool idea, cool name.

4 oz of Roasted Barley may wind up being too much. I just brewed a 10 gallon batch of Irish Red over the weekend with 6 oz Chocolate (~350*L) and it...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-20-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By fmr_army
I've found that bags vary by several pounds. I...

I've found that bags vary by several pounds. I buy a sack and weigh it into five or ten pound containers, and have never hit the tare weight of grain exactly. Not enough to be a material...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-16-2014, 06:06 PM
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Views: 22,876
Posted By fmr_army
Pick me, please.

Pick me, please.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-11-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By fmr_army
Longer is better. That said, I have 20' 3/8" and...

Longer is better. That said, I have 20' 3/8" and it works for me. I used the refrigerator/refrigerant coil copper tubing from Home Depot for my CFC.

90* water isn't going to get you where you...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-11-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 714
Posted By fmr_army
I have the same one and it works like a champ. ...

I have the same one and it works like a champ. Plus, if my sump pump goes out, it can be my emergency backup.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-11-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By fmr_army
For that price you can buy two, drill both lids,...

For that price you can buy two, drill both lids, and split your batch. More floor space, but less wallet drain.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-11-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 744
Posted By fmr_army
I'm not a thermodynamicist, nor even very smart. ...

I'm not a thermodynamicist, nor even very smart. Therefore I will bypass the OP's question and look at the underlying question which, as I understand it, is "since I have not-cold tap water, how can...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-08-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 1,046
Views: 32,247
Posted By fmr_army
Sign me up. Just make sure that when I win I can...

Sign me up. Just make sure that when I win I can get something other than a USMC version....
Forum: DIY Projects 06-27-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,285
Posted By fmr_army
Go for the big one. Not only will your hobby...

Go for the big one.

Not only will your hobby expand, but it's a great place to use as overflow from your regular frig. My wife is much happier now with my keezer than when I originally bought it:...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-14-2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 668
Posted By fmr_army
I batch sparge: I add sparge water and then, in...

I batch sparge: I add sparge water and then, in the immortal words of Yooper, stir it like it owes me money. Let it settle for a few minutes, vorlauf and drain. Lather, rinse, repeat as...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-31-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,293
Posted By fmr_army
Yeast propagation system (stir plate and flask) ...

Yeast propagation system (stir plate and flask)
Oxygenation system
Counterflow chiller
Malt mill
Pump (with fittings on your gear)

If you're into DIY, and even the least bit handy, you can...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-17-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,371
Posted By fmr_army
If you're going to use older yeast, I would...

If you're going to use older yeast, I would recommend planning on a two-step starter because of viability. This will accomplish two things:
(1) if the yeasts are super slow to wake up (aka - not...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-17-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By fmr_army
I wouldn't worry too much about the...

I wouldn't worry too much about the inconsistencies unless you're going for production line predictability.

I almost always make starters, and often don't do them early enough to have them...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-15-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By fmr_army
I have a 6.5 gallon fermentor that I routinely...

I have a 6.5 gallon fermentor that I routinely ferment 6 gallons in. With particularly large beers (much over 1.060), I have to keep a close eye on the airlock and clean it out every 8 hours or so,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-08-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 742
Posted By fmr_army
I don't really understand the reasoning behind...

I don't really understand the reasoning behind having equal mash and sparge volumes. Denny (of DennyBrew) is a big proponent, so maybe he'll chime in.

I do a similar deal to what acidrain (above)...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-06-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 131
Posted By fmr_army
I don't have experience with making a hop tea,...

I don't have experience with making a hop tea, but I have a lot of experience with being cheap. DON'T THROW THE HOPS AWAY! Give them a chance - you really have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-02-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 620
Posted By fmr_army
Wort chiller - I use a homemade CFC with a harbor...

Wort chiller - I use a homemade CFC with a harbor freight pump to recirculate ice water out of a bucket
Keg system - so much more awesome to sanitize and rack into a single vessel than into a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-02-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By fmr_army
This is one of those instances where a secondary...

This is one of those instances where a secondary really comes into its own! Rack it over and let it sit. Repeat as necessary to get it where your happiness curve intersects your impatience curve.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-30-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By fmr_army
First off, congratulations on turning grains into...

First off, congratulations on turning grains into beer! Well done.

I suspect that it's just cloudy. Schmag (yeast, bits o' hops, cold break, hot break and so forth) are going to naturally stay...
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