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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-17-2007, 01:45 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Hopfan
I think I'll stay out of your eyes then.... Not...

I think I'll stay out of your eyes then....
Not that there's anything wrong with that!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-11-2007, 11:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,752
Posted By Hopfan
I used orange zest in a white ale that I did. ...

I used orange zest in a white ale that I did. SWMBO has this cool tool called, what else, a zester! I used the zest from one medium sized orange and it was just about right. I'm not a big fan of...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 08-10-2007, 12:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,535
Posted By Hopfan
Excellent. I'll be looking for it at my local...

Excellent. I'll be looking for it at my local distributor soon, right?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-10-2007, 12:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,940
Posted By Hopfan
If you can afford the extra $$, get the ported...

If you can afford the extra $$, get the ported bottles with all the funky little attachments (racking adapter, the one way valve airlock thingy, the straight elbow {for letting CO2 or air back into...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2007, 07:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,940
Posted By Hopfan
The BB question seems to come up a lot. Concerns...

The BB question seems to come up a lot. Concerns about it sucking in airlock fluid can be alleviated by using the one-way airlock valves from BB. Once I remove the blowoff tube and install that...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-09-2007, 07:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,369
Posted By Hopfan
I've been doiing loads of reading on HERMS and...

I've been doiing loads of reading on HERMS and advantages/dis-advantages because I have some extra copper that I was trying to find a project for. There's quite a lot of theories on temp control,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-09-2007, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,369
Posted By Hopfan
With normal batches and a small grain bill I have...

With normal batches and a small grain bill I have about 1/2 - 1/3 of the cooler with dead air space. Each time I remove the lid I have to believe that I am losing heat. With the balls in place, it...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-09-2007, 02:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,369
Posted By Hopfan
The UPS Gods just delivered these from McMaster: ...

The UPS Gods just delivered these from McMaster:

Material Polypropylene
Polypropylene Material Polypropylene
Backing Plain Back
Shape Balls
Ball Type Hollow
Diameter .787"
Translucent...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-09-2007, 02:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 676
Posted By Hopfan
If you do pre-chilling using an IC, you could cut...

If you do pre-chilling using an IC, you could cut the top off and use this to hold the ice water and a submersible pump? Otherwise, the price of stainless is going up and you could sell it for scrap...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-31-2007, 10:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,185
Posted By Hopfan
Lo-rent bottle washer

This doesn't really belong in the DIY section since I don't consider it very elegant, but...

I was sitting at my local watering hole on one of the rare occasions that I can go out lately and I was...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-31-2007, 03:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,358
Posted By Hopfan
I use a homebuilt CFC which is 50' of 3/8 copper...

I use a homebuilt CFC which is 50' of 3/8 copper in a 5/8 hose jacket. In the fall & winter, I go from boiling to 70 in 5 minutes with the water turned on about 1/2 way. My most recent brew (my...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-31-2007, 02:52 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 22,364
Posted By Hopfan
Damn, you beat me to it. LMAO

Damn, you beat me to it. LMAO
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-30-2007, 06:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,217
Posted By Hopfan
Thanks for all the feedback. Yes, it is just for...

Thanks for all the feedback. Yes, it is just for bittering, I have no late hops additions for this one. I was tinkering with theh idea of using Perle since it has a slight mint background to it,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-30-2007, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,217
Posted By Hopfan
Hop Substitute???

I have a chocolate stout recipe that I want to brew this week. It calls for Hallertauer hops. Don't have any and LHBS is also out. I do have Saaz, Cascade, Perle & Sorachi. I've not brewed this...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-30-2007, 05:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,138
Posted By Hopfan
That's probably why I don't get much swelling (in...

That's probably why I don't get much swelling (in the pack) because I only let it sit for 8 hours. I pitched a London Ale III yeast to a 2 liter starter and saw zero activity on the stir plate but I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-29-2007, 08:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,138
Posted By Hopfan
I rarely get the smack packs to swell when I use...

I rarely get the smack packs to swell when I use them. What criteria are you using to determine if your starter "worked"? Are you doing it in a beaker? On a stir plate? I have had starters that...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-29-2007, 03:49 AM
Replies: 959
Views: 244,370
Posted By Hopfan
Tasty looking results

A bit darker than last time because of the heavier crystal malt, but yummy looking just the same. This is after 4 hours in the primary using a 2 liter starter.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-29-2007, 03:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 638
Posted By Hopfan
Think it would help to mount the pump sideways...

Think it would help to mount the pump sideways with the input & output in a vertical position to assist the air bubbles out of the head?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-29-2007, 03:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 638
Posted By Hopfan
Yeah, but then again, you don't have to scramble...

Yeah, but then again, you don't have to scramble mid-sparge to rig up an alternate way to do things, and your way sounds way too easy, and...ah, screw it.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-29-2007, 02:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 638
Posted By Hopfan
Feeling a bit sheepish

So, I was updating my brew log and found a slight finger problem when entering my numbers. So I really got 81% efficiency. Still very happy with that. Not too happy about the pump tho.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-28-2007, 09:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 638
Posted By Hopfan
Holy Smokes - 91% efficiency!

I decided to make time to brew today and did an AG version of Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale. Everything was going so smoothly, I even commented to SWMBO that this was the smoothest brew session I...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-19-2007, 12:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 917
Posted By Hopfan
It is 1/4" OD and I was afraid that it would be...

It is 1/4" OD and I was afraid that it would be too small to do something meaningful with. But I like the idea of bundling it. I think I'll play around with designs to see if I can make a heat...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-18-2007, 04:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 917
Posted By Hopfan
Thanks. I should have mentioned that I have a...

Thanks. I should have mentioned that I have a killer counterflow wort chiller (50 feet of 3/8 copper in a 5/8 jacket) already. I'm using a 10 gallon drink cooler as my MLT.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-18-2007, 03:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 917
Posted By Hopfan
What can I make with this????

A friend gave me about 70 feet of 1/4 copper tubing. It's been sitting around staring at me, and now that I have a wee bit of time, I feel the need to make it into something other than a dust...
Forum: Pennsylvania HomeBrew Forum 05-31-2007, 05:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,344
Posted By Hopfan
Hello Boys (& girls)

Feels good to be back. I've actually been working really hard for the past few months and haven't had time to brew, let alone post anything. Thankfully, or is that unfortunately???, my summer looks...
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