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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-10-2013, 09:32 PM
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Posted By bmckee56
Had mine over 2 years now. I even purchased a...

Had mine over 2 years now. I even purchased a spare in case I broke on. Mine is not glass either and I believe it is worth it to have it available on my HLT. A ten gallon HLT (electric) is used...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-10-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By bmckee56
I use a 3 tier system and have my filter housing...

I use a 3 tier system and have my filter housing attached to the unit and I use a charcoal activated cartridge so I can fill my 10 gallon HLT the night before a brew session and add in my campden...
Forum: General Chit Chat 06-10-2013, 08:44 PM
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Posted By bmckee56
It has been some time since I checked in on my...

It has been some time since I checked in on my own thread, so forgive me. I have not made any of the liquid detergent recently however a few of my friends who originally were skeptical about...
Forum: Brew Science 06-10-2013, 08:29 PM
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Views: 374
Posted By bmckee56
Thanks for the info. I also found I can adjust...

Thanks for the info. I also found I can adjust my water profile in BeerSmith2. I just upgraded from an earlier version and look forward to tinkering with modified water profiles.

Thanks again.
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Forum: Brew Science 06-07-2013, 04:53 PM
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Posted By bmckee56
This my Water Report.... Suggestions please!

This is the most up to date information available regarding my local water supply. I have never attempted to adjust my water other than using a home filtering unit with a 5 micron charcoal filter...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-23-2011, 05:25 PM
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Posted By bmckee56
All Cascade (Home Grown) Ale

So I have been away from brewing for a bit due to a back injury and today is my first attempt at a 100% Cascade Pale Ale using my home grown hops. I have never attempted a single hop brew before let...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-23-2011, 03:43 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By bmckee56
I have used the 5 gallon and 1 gallon strainer...

I have used the 5 gallon and 1 gallon strainer (paint bags) for a while now. Always with pellet hops and have had no issues. Today I am using my home grown Cascade, so it will be the first time...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-21-2010, 06:31 AM
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Posted By bmckee56
I also throw my cleaned cheesecloth into a pot of...

I also throw my cleaned cheesecloth into a pot of boiling water for a few minutes to sanitize it prior to using it. This helps to strip away any residual detergent that may be clinging to the cloth....
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-21-2010, 06:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,730
Posted By bmckee56
I have heard many people talk of ripening the...

I have heard many people talk of ripening the milk over night before heating and adding rennet. This allows the milk to acidify properly. Adding to much starter will cause your curd to be to firm,...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-21-2010, 06:11 AM
Replies: 20
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Posted By bmckee56
I have heard of people using tin cans, soaked...

I have heard of people using tin cans, soaked chips and a soldering iron inside of a box. The soldering iron heats the chips in the tin can sufficiently to create smoke and keeps the heat down in...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-20-2010, 03:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,753
Posted By bmckee56
Try using a fine metal mesh strainer inverted...

Try using a fine metal mesh strainer inverted over top of the cheese. We bought several of these the other day and they are fairly inexpensive and come in many different sizes. You can also add...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-20-2010, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,750
Posted By bmckee56
Great video! Easy to make and tastes great too! ...

Great video! Easy to make and tastes great too!

Salute! :mug:
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-20-2010, 03:27 PM
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Posted By bmckee56
I use a quart of heavy cream and end up with...

I use a quart of heavy cream and end up with about 1/2lb. of butter (maybe a bit more) and a 1/2 quart of Buttermilk. I use a KitchenAide stand mixer and the first time I did it, I did not cover the...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-20-2010, 03:19 PM
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Posted By bmckee56
If your beer is in a primary or secondary, you...

If your beer is in a primary or secondary, you will most likely have an airlock on it right? I would suspect that no lacto transfer would make it into your beer if that was the case. Now gas from...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-20-2010, 03:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,261
Posted By bmckee56
I am not very educated at this process yet, so my...

I am not very educated at this process yet, so my comment is just my opinion from what I have read so far. Moving the cheese pot around during the process is not good because you do not want to...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-20-2010, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,429
Posted By bmckee56
Double boiler idea is best if you have the...

Double boiler idea is best if you have the available material. I place mine on an electric heating plate and control that with my PID controller. I monitor and control the water in the primary pot...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-20-2010, 02:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,956
Posted By bmckee56
How did the Farm House Cheddar turn out? I just...

How did the Farm House Cheddar turn out? I just printed out a recipe for this type of cheese and am planning it for Christmas Holiday time.

The picture above looks great.

Salute! :mug:
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-20-2010, 01:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,172
Posted By bmckee56
I am having a similar problem. Two kegs, same...

I am having a similar problem. Two kegs, same regulator, same temperature, same beer line length, same faucets. One was pre-carbed using beer/gas (75%nitro - 25%co2) as I was originally going to...
Forum: Introductions 11-20-2010, 12:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 122
Posted By bmckee56
If it were possible, I would ship you all a keg...

If it were possible, I would ship you all a keg of beer on a weekly basis for all you do for us here at home. My son served 2 tours in Irag and I know from his experiences how difficult it can be...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-20-2010, 12:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 570
Posted By bmckee56
Are you monitoring the temperature swings at...

Are you monitoring the temperature swings at counter top level or is your primary sitting on the floor where the temperature may actually be a few degrees cooler? If you are at counter top level,...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 11-08-2010, 04:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,879
Posted By bmckee56
I am still a newby so all I can offer is that...

I am still a newby so all I can offer is that using the whey you can make ricotta cheese and also make brine for salting or flavoring other cheeses. Whey can be frozen for future use at a later...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-30-2010, 02:01 PM
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Views: 357
Posted By bmckee56
How do you carb a Scotch Ale with beer gas for use with a stout tap.

Is it necessary to first carb my Scotch Ale using straight CO2 and then switch over to Beer/Gas to dispense or I should I just use the Beer/Gas from the start?

Will the B/G provide sufficient...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-29-2010, 12:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,648
Posted By bmckee56
I like the Pale, IPA and the Phinn & Matts. Some...

I like the Pale, IPA and the Phinn & Matts. Some like ST some do not.

Salute! :mug:
Forum: Cider Forum 10-29-2010, 11:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,476
Posted By bmckee56
MLF activity is less noticable compared to...

MLF activity is less noticable compared to regular fermentation. If you are using a carboy, look for tiny little bubbles rising from within. You may not see any or very little airlock activity...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-29-2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,346
Posted By bmckee56
Yeah..... Simcoe is great for that citrus burst....

Yeah..... Simcoe is great for that citrus burst. I used simcoe for my last DFH60 clone and loved it. I need to adjust the bittering hops for the ST Pale to keep it from getting to the IPA level.
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