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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-24-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 457
Posted By Hotspur
Seconded. I picked up a 1/2" Black and Decker...

Seconded. I picked up a 1/2" Black and Decker refurbished drill for $30 about six years ago, and it's still working great. I have a great cordless, but I can control the speed really easily with the...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-03-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,734
Posted By Hotspur
Sent you an email about checking if these are...

Sent you an email about checking if these are 15.5 gal or 50L. Definitely interested in two if they're 15.5 gal.
Forum: Mead Forum 09-23-2011, 06:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,101
Posted By Hotspur
Adding on to the don't do anything to the cider. ...

Adding on to the don't do anything to the cider. I've made two batches of cyser by putting 15lbs of honey into 5 gallons of fresh pressed, unfiltered, non-pasteurized, sulfite free cider. No issue...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-23-2010, 04:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,785
Posted By Hotspur
This is spot on (with the understanding that...

This is spot on (with the understanding that their processes and equipment are optimized for the short cycle).

For example, if you have an 11 day cycle, you'll get 33-34 batches per year. If...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-22-2010, 01:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,081
Posted By Hotspur
This is pretty much what I do in the winter in...

This is pretty much what I do in the winter in Vermont, so I don't dump water all over the driveway to ice over.

I have a cooler, a generic submersible pump and free snow (you'd need to buy bags...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-07-2010, 02:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,939
Posted By Hotspur
The Duvel strain is one of the SLOWEST yeasts...

The Duvel strain is one of the SLOWEST yeasts around. I've done two triples with the Wyeast version of it (1388), and left both on the yeast for about two months. No trace of autolysis, and both...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 09-16-2010, 07:00 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,790
Posted By Hotspur
Only one I've tried this year was the Hooker's...

Only one I've tried this year was the Hooker's Oktoberfest from Connecticut. It was... not good. It didn't really have enough malt backbone, and the hops produced an odd grassy/vegetable flavors. ...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-14-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,228
Posted By Hotspur
I minimize the amount produced by packing a...

I minimize the amount produced by packing a cooler full of snow, adding a gallon or two of water and hooking up a submersible pump. All the water is contained in the cooler, and you can keep adding...
Forum: Brewing Software 08-16-2010, 03:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,791
Posted By Hotspur
Building on the "export as html and host on a...

Building on the "export as html and host on a local Apache server", I signed up for Dropbox.com and do a text file output of the recipe and save it into the Dropbox folder on the desktop, which auto...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-08-2010, 07:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,791
Posted By Hotspur
I've been using the Tygon lines for a while now,...

I've been using the Tygon lines for a while now, closing in on 8 months or so. No off tastes at all. Yeah it was $45 for the 50', but I didn't ruin any beer in the process, and I've only built the...
Forum: European Amber Lager 02-05-2010, 06:39 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 49,650
Posted By Hotspur
Beersmith sets the default measured OG to 1.010...

Beersmith sets the default measured OG to 1.010 and FG to 1.005, and it calculates the caloric content from measured values, not expected. It drove me nuts for a while until I figured it out, so I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-05-2010, 04:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,331
Posted By Hotspur
Start taking gravity readings. I ended up...

Start taking gravity readings. I ended up leaving my golden strong with the 1388 yeast in the primary for roughly eight weeks. It was amazingly perfect, no hot alcohol, the yeast had dropped nicely...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-05-2010, 02:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 971
Posted By Hotspur
When I did this last year, I added .25 oz of...

When I did this last year, I added .25 oz of *each* Amarillo, Warrior and Simcoe every 7.5 minutes. It made for a long, long boil. I'm going to do it again, but probably wait until it's a bit...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-05-2010, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 846
Posted By Hotspur
This came up a while back, and I think the cat...

This came up a while back, and I think the cat proofing idea was to bungie cord a 1x4 in front of the tap handles, locking them back? Obviously wouldn't stop kids, but it'd be too much force for the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-01-2010, 05:11 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 28,747
Posted By Hotspur
Use the complaint as an excuse to pick up a...

Use the complaint as an excuse to pick up a decent sized cooler and a sump pump. I've been using that this winter, and it's REALLY great. Fill cooler with snow/ice, add water, submerge pump, put...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-01-2010, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By Hotspur
I think this is the thread you're looking for: ...

I think this is the thread you're looking for: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/what-some-mistakes-you-made-where-your-beer-still-turned-out-great-96780/

(In before Revvy!)
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-29-2010, 08:11 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,737
Posted By Hotspur
Most garden hoses are not designed or...

Most garden hoses are not designed or manufactured to carry potable water. If you look, you'll see ones that are designed for such. They're a bit more expensive, but should be much safer.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-29-2010, 01:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,534
Posted By Hotspur
Pretty sure my first bulk purchase was Pilsner...

Pretty sure my first bulk purchase was Pilsner and Munich malts, with Saaz and Amarillo hops. I ended up buying Warrior and Simcoe shortly after in order to do the DFH 90 minute clone.

Pils and...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2010, 04:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,110
Posted By Hotspur
I just have it in open air and it's been fine. ...

I just have it in open air and it's been fine. Also, remember that the temps will stabilize better if it's full of kegs, bottles and whatnot.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2010, 04:13 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 65,592
Posted By Hotspur
Were all five types of beer line vinyl, or were...

Were all five types of beer line vinyl, or were any of them actual FDA (or it's AU counterpart) approved beverage line? The Tygon stuff I bought is lined and completely inert - the beer doesn't...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-25-2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,605
Posted By Hotspur
Get the 10 gallon. I bought the Home Depot...

Get the 10 gallon.

I bought the Home Depot one, and the only other modification I made to it was to drill a 3 holes in the top of the lid and fill with Great Stuff for extra insulation. The...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-25-2010, 01:44 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 65,592
Posted By Hotspur
It's probably the vinyl. Get some lined tubing...

It's probably the vinyl. Get some lined tubing like Tygon Beverage and Dairy, or the Bevseal. Vinyl/plastics release a lot of nasty chemicals as they age, and lined tubing puts an inert barrier...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-15-2010, 06:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,112
Posted By Hotspur
I'm pretty sure that immersion blender is the...

I'm pretty sure that immersion blender is the exact one I've used for mixing the must. Essentially, I put the amount of honey needed into the fermentation bucket, add a bit of warm water, and blend....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-12-2010, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By Hotspur
158 seems really high to expect a 1.012 FG. I do...

158 seems really high to expect a 1.012 FG. I do have a couple of ideas, though.

As noted, if it's been fermented too cold, warming it back up may rouse the yeast and it may start again.
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Forum: General Chit Chat 01-07-2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,073
Posted By Hotspur
My ex girlfriend does a lot of crochet, which is...

My ex girlfriend does a lot of crochet, which is yarn and hooks. Let me tell you, not all yarn is cheap, and takes up a LOT of space. While it can be done anywhere, discovering a sweater pattern...
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