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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-23-2013, 06:42 AM
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Views: 990
Posted By mikerobrewer
Update: gravity reading today was 1.012. That...

Update: gravity reading today was 1.012. That extra week seems to have done the trick. I'll be bottling this weekend.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-23-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 117,370
Posted By mikerobrewer
You can get the DFH openers on their website....

You can get the DFH openers on their website. Also, I'm enjoying a 60 Minute IPA right now.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-21-2013, 09:47 PM
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Posted By mikerobrewer
I've been drawing up some ideas for six packs as...

I've been drawing up some ideas for six packs as well. Thought it would be cool to put one of those wall-mount style bottle openers on the end of it too.

Like the ones here:...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-18-2013, 03:22 AM
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Posted By mikerobrewer
Here's a picture of a crate I built today. Got...

Here's a picture of a crate I built today. Got the 6' 1x3s from Home Depot on sale for $0.75/ea. Went back to get more afterwards and they were all gone. Dammit.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-18-2013, 01:40 AM
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Posted By mikerobrewer
Stirring didn't seem like a good idea when I...

Stirring didn't seem like a good idea when I first heard it. I've heard arguments both ways, but decided against it mainly because I don't want to risk any contamination by removing the entire lid...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2013, 11:58 PM
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Posted By mikerobrewer
Thanks for all the input. As of this morning, the...

Thanks for all the input. As of this morning, the temp on the stick-on fermometer on the bucket reads 66/70. But the temp of the sample I took on Friday was 76.7 (taken with my digital thermometer)....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2013, 05:35 PM
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Views: 990
Posted By mikerobrewer
I used a packet of dry Muntons yeast that came...

I used a packet of dry Muntons yeast that came with the kit. The kit listed the OG at 1.046. I came up a little short with my OG reading and, based on feedback from other members, it was likely due...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2013, 05:04 PM
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Views: 990
Posted By mikerobrewer
I thought I would be ready to bottle this weekend until...

I've had a brown ale fermenting for two weeks exactly. Yesterday I took a hydro sample and planned to do another tomorrow and bottle if the readings were the same. Before I took a sample my airlock...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-06-2013, 03:13 PM
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Views: 3,871
Posted By mikerobrewer
Just a thought...I saw 50' of 3/8" OD copper at...

Just a thought...I saw 50' of 3/8" OD copper at Lowes for $40 the other day. Add in the few extra pieces you need to make it complete and you're looking at less than $55 for a 50' chiller.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-05-2013, 10:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,698
Posted By mikerobrewer
Or how about something like this...

Or how about something like this (http://www.thermoworks.com/products/low_cost/rt610b_12+24.html) put through a drilled stopper? The hole would, of course, have to be a very snug fit for the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-05-2013, 10:48 PM
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Posted By mikerobrewer
Point taken, and agreed. You could get really...

Point taken, and agreed. You could get really ridiculous about it if you wanted to. All I want is to get an idea of what my wort's temp is. I'll probably just do like dcarter suggested. Seems simple...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-05-2013, 07:11 AM
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Posted By mikerobrewer
It's gonna be a good year for brewing!

It's gonna be a good year for brewing!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-04-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,698
Posted By mikerobrewer
Yeah, I was thinking more a thermometer on a...

Yeah, I was thinking more a thermometer on a wire. Some have a longer (3-4") actual probe end on them, which is why I was kind of using the term interchangeably. I'm using plastic buckets to ferment...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-04-2013, 02:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,698
Posted By mikerobrewer
I have a stick-on thermometer on the side of it...

I have a stick-on thermometer on the side of it right now. I have it sitting in my kitchen a few feet from my thermostat (figured that would give me the most accurate estimate for ambient temp near...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-03-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,698
Posted By mikerobrewer
I don't have a temp controller at this point so I...

I don't have a temp controller at this point so I would like to get the most accurate reading I can so that I know what measures, if any, I need to take to keep it at optimal temp.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-03-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,698
Posted By mikerobrewer
thoughts on leaving a thermometer probe in fermenter

I have been thinking about investing in a wire probe thermometer to get a more accurate reading of my temperatures during fermentation. My thinking is I would put a small hole in my fermenter lid (I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-03-2013, 02:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,962
Posted By mikerobrewer
I put bottles in a sink full of hot water with a...

I put bottles in a sink full of hot water with a bit of PBW and let them sit for about 20-30 minutes. At that point most brands labels are floating at the top of the water or will come off at the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-02-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By mikerobrewer
Awesome, that's good to hear. I wasn't really...

Awesome, that's good to hear. I wasn't really worried that I had screwed the batch, more curious what it was that skewed the reading.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-02-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,962
Posted By mikerobrewer
Good choice, IMHO. That's what I've been doing...

Good choice, IMHO. That's what I've been doing and I feel like the time spent bottling is worth it (plus, my wife usually helps out and caps for me while I fill). People are always asking if they can...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-02-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 361
Posted By mikerobrewer
Yeah, this is the design I'm going to use to make...

Yeah, this is the design I'm going to use to make my own chiller. Seems to work quite well. And 50' lengths of copper seem to be the most common to find.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-02-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,871
Posted By mikerobrewer
Here's a picture of a friend's homemade chiller...

Here's a picture of a friend's homemade chiller that I used yesterday. I don't know the total length, but I would guess it's close to 50'. I really like the fact that it has a sort of "twin coil"...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-02-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,962
Posted By mikerobrewer
Here's something a friend of mine sent me when I...

Here's something a friend of mine sent me when I asked about the same thing:

If you're using bigger bottles: like this one http://i.imgur.com/K18Kx.jpg then remember that bottles can explode from...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-02-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,962
Posted By mikerobrewer
I just save bottles from all the beer I...

I just save bottles from all the beer I drink...22s, 12s... Just rinse them out right after you pour. I wait until I have about a dozen and then let them soak in a sink full of hot water and PBW for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-02-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 361
Posted By mikerobrewer
Here's a picture of the chiller that shows what I...

Here's a picture of the chiller that shows what I meant by "inner" and "outer" coils.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-02-2013, 06:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 30,225
Posted By mikerobrewer
Update: the porter I brewed with brown sugar for...

Update: the porter I brewed with brown sugar for priming turned out pretty well. The brown sugar shows just a hint at the end and isn't over-powering by any means. However, the beer feels (to me,...
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