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Forum: General Chit Chat 01-07-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 356
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Do You Travel For Work, If So How Do You Do It?

Hey All. I am currently in the job interview process for a job that would require me to travel around 50% of time. If offered the position, I will be taking it. I've been working from home for the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-07-2013, 05:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Sorry for the confusion, but it has only been in...

Sorry for the confusion, but it has only been in primary for 8 days now.

Being that the gravity has changed, it's definitely fermenting, so that's good. But I guess my question now pertains to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-06-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By TheMagicHatter
I've had it fermenting at an ambient temp of...

I've had it fermenting at an ambient temp of around 66, so that's on par for the US-04 to go gangbusters.

As for my AG setup, I batch sparge. I mashed at 154 and my measured OG was 1.065. After...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-06-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By TheMagicHatter
AG Batches Barely Fermenting - Little To No Krausen

So my second AG batch has been in secondary for a week now and is currently experiencing the same issue my first AG batch had. There is little to no krausen in the primary. The recipes were converted...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-08-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,346
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Thank you all very much for the suggestions when...

Thank you all very much for the suggestions when it comes to pre-heating the mash tun. I'll keep that in mind for my next brew, which I might do this coming weekend just to get the process...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-06-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,346
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Started first thing this morning and am currently...

Started first thing this morning and am currently mashing. I'm finding that "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray" very quickly. I had everything planned out lastnight as to how much...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-06-2013, 02:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,346
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Thank you both for the incredibly helpful...

Thank you both for the incredibly helpful information. :mug: I knew Beersmith was a powerful little program, but had no idea I could do something like this. The recipe is starting to look a bit...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-06-2013, 01:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,346
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Thanks for the info, Yooper. What you've said...

Thanks for the info, Yooper. What you've said makes complete sense to me outside of Beersmith. I've relied on it pretty heavily through my extract brewing so I believe that's why I'm thrown off...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-06-2013, 12:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,346
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Batch Sparge Volumes. Not Understanding Needed Volumes

Hey gang. I'm finally going to be brewing my first all grain batch tomorrow. It's a pale ale recipe that has turned out incredibly well in my extract batches.

I've been playing around in...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-13-2013, 12:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,259
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Can I ask how old you guys are being that you...

Can I ask how old you guys are being that you have day jobs as well as running the brewery?

I'm hoping to do the same in the next year or so and just wanted to know what it was like for other...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-12-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,259
Posted By TheMagicHatter
What if you're starting a nano in a state that...

What if you're starting a nano in a state that allows sales directly to the consumer via a tap room? Instead of having to go through a wholesaler, you'd be able to make a whole hell of a lot more...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-12-2013, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 590
Posted By TheMagicHatter
I've had some pretty good luck with DampRid. ...

I've had some pretty good luck with DampRid. Still get a little bit of condensation, however, I haven't had any mold problems.

http://www.amazon.com/Barr-FG30K-42oz-DampRid-Refill/dp/B000ZZWSVY
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-09-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,312
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Thanks for the all of the feedback, gang. I...

Thanks for the all of the feedback, gang. I won't be able to jump to all grain until I get myself a better burner. Right now I'm able to brew partial extract batches on my kitchen stove, however, I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-05-2013, 05:13 PM
Replies: 423
Views: 81,491
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Cape Brewing, this is a great thread. Finally...

Cape Brewing, this is a great thread. Finally made my way through all of it. Thank you for posting about your adventures in going pro. It was great to see the transformation from "I doubt this...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-07-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,312
Posted By TheMagicHatter
So I'm going to go ahead and put my foot in my...

So I'm going to go ahead and put my foot in my mouth(it's something I'm accustomed to), now that I've started this thread.

I'm trying to formulate a grain bill for a black IPA and am having a hard...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-07-2013, 10:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,312
Posted By TheMagicHatter
What's the reasoning behind this? Greater chance...

What's the reasoning behind this? Greater chance of boilovers at this point?



Thanks for the input on the batch sparging. Definitely sounds like it will be the better way to go in starting...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-07-2013, 01:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,312
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Making the Jump to All Grain.

Is this really as hard/difficult/problematic as a lot of these threads makes it out to be? I have yet to brew my first all grain batch, as I recently(yesterday) found the proper bulkhead for my...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-10-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,957
Posted By TheMagicHatter
It seems to changing from week to week. It...

It seems to changing from week to week. It definitely has a chocolaty aroma, but more of a smokey/wood taste to it. It's not what I had expected, but it's pretty damn good.

Given that I didn't...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-15-2013, 02:03 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,957
Posted By TheMagicHatter
This is the extract recipe I used. 12.0 oz...

This is the extract recipe I used.

12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 1 8.8 %
12.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2 8.8 %
6 lbs Dark Liquid Extract (17.5 SRM) Extract 3...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-15-2013, 01:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,522
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Weyerbacher is a great little tour. Not much to...

Weyerbacher is a great little tour. Not much to the place, but the tour guide is knowledgeable and funny. But the draw is definitely the tasting room. You can sample one of everything they have on...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-07-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,957
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Alright, so finally an update after bottling and...

Alright, so finally an update after bottling and conditioning for a few weeks.

The stout is awesome! It didn't come out as thick and milky as expected, but enough of the lactose dissolved to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-31-2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,957
Posted By TheMagicHatter
This was my concern after realizing I went about...

This was my concern after realizing I went about it the wrong way!

I'm guessing that, barring and nasty stuff from the lactose, that it will turn out OK. May not have the milky stout character,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-31-2013, 02:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,957
Posted By TheMagicHatter
Did I Just Ruin A Milk Stout?

Forgot to add the lactose during the boil and decided to add it to the secondary along with the cocoa nibs. I was told by my LHBS that I could pour the lactose straight into the secondary. All well...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-09-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,416
Posted By TheMagicHatter
So it seems as though I have succumbed to being...

So it seems as though I have succumbed to being an overly anxious homebrewer. I tried the IPA after maybe 4 weeks after bottling, which lead me to believe it was crap. Little did I know that after...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2012, 04:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,416
Posted By TheMagicHatter
IPA Tastes Terrible. What to do with it?

I brewed an IPA that I put into a carboy and didn't have a blow off tube to allow the krausen to vent so it ended up back into the carboy. Wasn't until later that I learned this will likely add...
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