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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-10-2013, 07:35 PM
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Posted By JWest
Wow, Luther...sweet setup. Thanks for the advice...

Wow, Luther...sweet setup. Thanks for the advice & the pics.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-10-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By JWest
Brewing for a wedding, first time kegging...pressure's on.

I am brewing three batches for a buddy's wedding at the end of March. The first batch has been in the fermenter for two weeks, and the next two are going to get brewed next weekend.

I have three...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-27-2012, 01:13 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 22,155
Posted By JWest
Got a Rebel Mills Grain Crusher from Rebel...

Got a Rebel Mills Grain Crusher from Rebel Brewing in Tennessee. Unbelievable mill. Solid as a rock.
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 03-25-2012, 05:48 PM
Replies: 428
Views: 67,003
Posted By JWest
What's the best way to accurately measure the gap?

What's the best way to accurately measure the gap?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-25-2012, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,539
Posted By JWest
Makes sense Bob. Thanks. I think the issue was so...

Makes sense Bob. Thanks. I think the issue was so striking because, as you said, I did a partial mash in a MLT that was way too big for a mash that small. I hope I won't even notice it when I do AG. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-25-2012, 02:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,539
Posted By JWest
That's the solution that makes the most sense to...

That's the solution that makes the most sense to me too. Thanks!
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-25-2012, 02:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By JWest
As long as it's unfermented, that's fine....

As long as it's unfermented, that's fine. Obviously, once it's fermented, there's nothing left for the yeast to eat. I'm sure that's not what you were asking, but when I read this I initially thought...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-25-2012, 02:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,539
Posted By JWest
That didn't really answer my question...the way I...

That didn't really answer my question...the way I see it, you "lose" water twice. Once is when you dough in, since some of that water is below the FB. The other is when you're draining after the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-24-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,539
Posted By JWest
10 gal cooler & Beersmith dead space corrections

I'm new to all-grain. In fact, I haven't even done an AG batch yet, but I did brew a PM last weekend as a bit of a try-out for my equipment & had some questions. I have a 10 gal Rubbermaid cooler,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-21-2012, 03:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 18,232
Posted By JWest
Best digital thermometer

For you experienced AG brewers, do you have any suggestions on good digital thermometers that you use for measuring strike water, mash temps, sparge water, etc.?

Thanks...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-14-2012, 02:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By JWest
That would work, but I might as well use the...

That would work, but I might as well use the cooler I have, right?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-11-2012, 02:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By JWest
Do I need another pot?

I am just about finished in collecting all the equipment I'll need for my first all-grain brew day. One question, though. Will I be OK using only one big pot to heat water? I have a 42 qt aluminum...
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 03-10-2012, 02:57 AM
Replies: 428
Views: 67,003
Posted By JWest
Just got mine today. It looks awesome! I'll...

Just got mine today. It looks awesome! I'll vouch for what everyone else here has said about the quality. Super fast shipping & great customer service too! If you're in the market for a mill, look...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-10-2011, 02:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 765
Posted By JWest
I've been doing late extract additions (and full...

I've been doing late extract additions (and full boils) for a few batches now and can say that the beer has been much better. The late addition reduces your chances of scorching the extract, which...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-17-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
Posted By JWest
At least.

At least.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-17-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,728
Posted By JWest
One vote here for Palmer's "How To Brew." Reads...

One vote here for Palmer's "How To Brew." Reads like a textbook with good pics and explanations that go from very basic to about the intermediate level. I did enjoy Papazian's book a lot too.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-27-2011, 01:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,909
Posted By JWest
+1

+1
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-27-2011, 01:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,917
Posted By JWest
If you boil a pot full of water for about an hour...

If you boil a pot full of water for about an hour before you ever use the aluminum pot for beer, it builds up a passive oxide layer (turns the pot a darker color of silver), and you don't have to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-24-2011, 12:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,917
Posted By JWest
False. Definitely false. Nothing wrong with using...

False. Definitely false. Nothing wrong with using aluminum for anything in the entire brewing process.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-10-2011, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,734
Posted By JWest
Did you turn the valves on in the correct order? ...

Did you turn the valves on in the correct order? I messed it up on my SQ-14 the first time I tried it out. You have to fully open the propane tank valve first, then open the regulator slightly. Get...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2011, 01:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,931
Posted By JWest
Funny...I'm doing the same beer tomorrow. I'm...

Funny...I'm doing the same beer tomorrow. I'm doing a two-stage starter right now. Your beer will work without a starter, but you'd be better off with one. The yeast will be much more active, and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2011, 01:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By JWest
Thanks for the answer...not at all what I...

Thanks for the answer...not at all what I expected to hear. I'm unaware of these new thoughts from Palmer...do you have any links? I'd love to read them. The flavor/aroma answer definitely makes...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2011, 01:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By JWest
Full boil: Adjust bittering hops only?

I'm getting ready to brew the Dead Ringer IPA from NB (formerly Three Hearted Ale, a tribute to Bell's Two Hearted Ale). I just ran through all the math (from Palmer's book) to convert to a full...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-21-2011, 04:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,407
Posted By JWest
Any reason not to combine both a late extract...

Any reason not to combine both a late extract addition and a full boil? I posted this in another thread, but I'm brewing on Saturday, debating this question, and I figured this would be a good place...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-21-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,335
Posted By JWest
That was kind of what I was thinking, so it's why...

That was kind of what I was thinking, so it's why I asked the question. I don't see any harm in doing both, though. Seems like it would make the beer just a little lighter in color.
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