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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-04-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 429
Posted By gregdech
I brew cream ale regularly. Two yeasts that I...

I brew cream ale regularly. Two yeasts that I have had good luck with, particularly at low-ish temps, are Wyeast 1007 (German Ale) and Wyeast 1450 (Denny's Fav 50). They both work well at lower...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-02-2012, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By gregdech
Push-to-connect fittings on gas side

I'm considereing using push-to-connect fittings (e.g. poweraire (http://www.poweraire.com/fittings-instant-fittings-c-21_573.html) or John Guest...
Forum: Hops Growing 03-08-2012, 06:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Posted By gregdech
To prune (shoots) or not to prune - that is the question?

I have been growing hops for about 4 years now, and last year was a very successful year. I managed to get 1.1 kg of Mt Hood, 0.45 kg of nugget, and 0.6 kg of cascade (all dried weights) from a...
Forum: Hops Growing 02-20-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,716
Posted By gregdech
HopHeadGrady, I live in Edmonton and have...

HopHeadGrady,

I live in Edmonton and have been growing hops for about 4 years now. My yields this year were: Mt. Hood= 1.2 kg dried, Nugget = 500 g dried, Cascade = 600 g. I have also planted a...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-30-2011, 08:59 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 68,006
Posted By gregdech
Bakatronics Controller

For those of you who have used the bakatronics controller as suggested by freddyb, do you know what the duty cycle is for the base kit? Freddyb suggested switching out one of the capacitors, how...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-15-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 606
Posted By gregdech
Internal Dimensions/Dimensional Drawing of Corny Kegs (Either Ball or Pin Lock)

I was wondering if anyone would happen to have some specs/drawings of the internal dimensions of corny kegs. I have searched exhaustively for this info to no avail. I could take some measurements...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-25-2010, 09:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,779
Posted By gregdech
Which Yeast for a Munich Helles: Wyeast 2124, 2206, or 2308?

Just wondering what everyones thoughts are on which of the above yeasts would be best for a Helles? I'm leaning towards the 2206 since it would appear that this yeast accentuates the malt character...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-24-2010, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By gregdech
Naked_eskimo, Yes I have done it with great...

Naked_eskimo,

Yes I have done it with great success. I don't recall what size drill bit I used, but just choose one that will fit. Also, use some form of lubricant/coolant when doing the...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-31-2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,756
Posted By gregdech
I can't see why not. The main thing to watch for...

I can't see why not. The main thing to watch for is that you want to minimize the resistance added by the various connections and the wiring since this will affect the output of the thermistor. ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-04-2010, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,551
Posted By gregdech
Cold ale yeasts: Wyeast-1007 vs 2565 vs 2112 (for altbiers, kolsch, & cream ales)

I was hoping some of you whom have used these yeasts could give me some insight into their respective properties. The room in my basement where I usually ferment stays very cool year round (13-16C,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-09-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,051
Posted By gregdech
Yeast for Special Bitter: S-04 vs. Wyeast 1275 Thames Valley

I have both yeasts on hand, just wanted some input/opinions on which is better for english bitters. Looking for any specific traits that make one better than the other in your mind based on...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-08-2010, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,017
Posted By gregdech
Using 2 simmerstats to control 4500W/5500W element

I am in the process of building an electric kettle (converted keg). I plan on using a 240V/4500W (maybe 5500W) element in the kettle and I am in the process of planning out my control strategy. I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-12-2010, 02:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,273
Posted By gregdech
I've had good results using it as a bittering hop...

I've had good results using it as a bittering hop for cream ales, although the IBU's are generally less than 20 for my cream ales so they are not contributing a whole lot to the overall flavor of the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-12-2009, 08:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,910
Posted By gregdech
Just thought I would add my $0.02. I use a...

Just thought I would add my $0.02. I use a boiler with 2 1500W/120V elements (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/another-electric-hlt-pics-146564/#post1673064) and find that this is plenty to get a...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-12-2009, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,793
Posted By gregdech
Another Electric HLT (with pics)

As I dove deeper into the wonderful world of all grain homebrewing, I quickly realized that I needed a better way to manage my hot liquor than three pots on the stove! Hence the birth of my electric...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-01-2009, 06:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,492
Posted By gregdech
I found a way to make custom probes for a RANCO...

I found a way to make custom probes for a RANCO ETC controller and documented the process in this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-sensor-probes-ranco-controllers-127463/. It isn't really...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-07-2009, 01:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,348
Posted By gregdech
Catt22: The depth of the grooves was difficult to...

Catt22: The depth of the grooves was difficult to limit given the way I did them with a grinder. If I wanted to make them shallower, I think the best way would be to sand down the roller more and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-04-2009, 03:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By gregdech
Dry Yeast Left @ Ambient temps for 3-1/2 weeks, Are they dead?

During a recent move, my dry yeast container was misplaced and as a result ended up being left out @ ambient temps for about 3-1/2 weeks (normally I keep them in my beer fridge). Any thoughts on...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-03-2009, 11:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,348
Posted By gregdech
DIY Marble Rolling Pin Grain Mill

As is the case for many of you here on the forum, the switch to all-grain inevitably pushed me to the need for a grain mill. I was on a tight budget and as such could not justify the expense of a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-07-2009, 03:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 18,445
Posted By gregdech
Thanks for the input folks. The main reason for...

Thanks for the input folks. The main reason for the inquiry was because I am almost out of 2-row (I bought 2 25kg bags a while back) and will need to buy more base malt soon. I am contemplating...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-06-2009, 09:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 18,445
Posted By gregdech
Vienna vs. Pale Ale Malt (e.g. Maris Otter)?

To this point in my brewing progression, I have been using canadian 2-row as my base malt and adding speacialty malts from there based on the style. I want to start playing around with other base...
Forum: Hops Growing 07-22-2009, 08:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,049
Posted By gregdech
Advice on Transplanting hops in the next week

So SWMBO and I have bought a new house and we are moving on the weekend. We transfer our existing home over to the new owners on July 31 and as such I will need to transplant my hops. I was hoping...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-13-2009, 02:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,756
Posted By gregdech
I decided to twist them together so that...

I decided to twist them together so that resistance from the wiring would be minimized/reduced. To be honest, the next probes I make will not use cat5 cable. I would likely use a simpler 2 wire...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-10-2009, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,756
Posted By gregdech
DIY Sensor Probes for RANCO Controllers

So I wanted to use my RANCO ETC controller to control my electric HLT, but I realized that the probe that came with the unit was coated with a crappy plastic. I thought about housing the probe in a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-17-2009, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,024
Posted By gregdech
Grain to Glass time for an "American" Witbier

My family is having a big get together on the upcoming July 4th weekend. I was hoping to make a Rickards White/Blue Moon clone type of beer for it (along the lines of...
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