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  1. b-boy

    Beer Gods

    Well yeah - he's one of those BIAB guys. I'd be pissed too. :D
  2. b-boy

    So who's brewing this weekend?

    First brew in a year. Doing a Belgian Quad and an English Bitter with some friends Just got my pole barn setup for brewing after 2 years of work. Looking forward to the first official brew day.
  3. b-boy

    Grain storage options?

    Hey - a buck's a buck. :D
  4. b-boy

    Grain storage options?

    Lowes sells them too. The one thing that sucks about the Gamma Lids, is that your empty buckets won't stack properly with the new lid.
  5. b-boy

    Grain storage options?

    These are great. A little pricey, but so far mouse-proof. I also use 5-gal buckets with gamma-seal lids for smaller quantities of grain.
  6. b-boy

    A few issues today, looking for any feedback to see if I should worry.

    You could have heated it back up to 165+ for 10 minutes and re-cooled to kill anything. I think you'll be OK though. I've done worse things and it's usually turned out OK. Only time will tell now.
  7. b-boy

    2019 Dark Lord Day

    Yes - I got mine as well. It took close to 45 minutes to get them. weird system they use. It told me they were sold out at least 4 times. I just kept going back into the site and it finally worked.
  8. b-boy

    2019 Dark Lord Day

    I agree. It's a fun time, but it can be a hassle. We always do a side trip to another 1-2 breweries. That keeps it interesting.
  9. b-boy

    2019 Dark Lord Day

    Next weekend tickets go on sale. Looks like $180 per person again.
  10. b-boy

    What are you drinking now?

    Fat Head's Hop juJu. Good stuff!
  11. b-boy

    2019 Dark Lord Day

    I just saw that tickets go on sale on March 23rd. DLD is May 18th. I'm planning on making the trek to Indiana again this year. This will be year #4. Anyone else?
  12. b-boy

    how do you adjust/account for lost wort during vessel transfers from kettle to keg?

    I think a little trub is fine, but if you're dumping the entire kettle into your fermenter, there's no way that won't have some impact on flavor. Especially if you do an extended primary and skip a secondary. That's a long time to be sitting on old hops and cold/hot break material.
  13. b-boy

    how do you adjust/account for lost wort during vessel transfers from kettle to keg?

    This is a great point. Trub and hop particles will absolutely kill a plate chiller. I use several hop baskets and a false bottom in my system to keep them out. This impacts my losses even more, but I account for it by scaling the recipe up a gallon or so. Using a program like Beersmith will...
  14. b-boy

    how do you adjust/account for lost wort during vessel transfers from kettle to keg?

    I agree with smellyglove. There is no way that old, cooked hops will not impact your final product after a few weeks in a fermenter.
  15. b-boy

    how do you adjust/account for lost wort during vessel transfers from kettle to keg?

    DMS causes an off-flavor. It's partially attributable to leave your lid on during a boil. It's can be an issue when using pilsen malt. I don't really think it's a huge problem, but the theory is that you should leave your lid off for most if the boil.
  16. b-boy

    Hate the term "pour"

    I've heard it. I blame the Hipsters. :D
  17. b-boy

    Brewtoad shutting down

    Beersmith seems like a good way to go. It's pretty cheap, will run offline, offers cloud storage, and has tablet versions for phones/tablets. The learning curve can be a bit steep. I think it'll be around for a long time. At least you're not totally at the whim of a cloud-based system.
  18. b-boy

    2018 Dark Lord Day

    I brewed a bunch of Bourbon County clones a few years back. I bottled in bombers. My friend bottled in 12oz bottles. Every time I opened one, I had to drink the entire thing myself. Next time I'll do 12oz. :D I think an 8oz bottle would be perfect.
  19. b-boy

    2018 Dark Lord Day

    We waited until 7PM for the varients. There were no lines by then. I liked the Chemtrail. However, downing a bunch of variants within a very short timespan is not recommended. :D
  20. b-boy

    2018 Dark Lord Day

    Our Uber driver said if she screamed at him 1 more time she was gonna get smacked. He'd been working since 6 am and had been dealing with her all day.
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