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  1. dyqik

    Offtopic: cleaning glasses with egg shell and vinegar

    This has been posted as a question at a science based forum I'm involved in, and I thought the water/chemistry people here might have some insight in to why this seems to work on cloudiness on glasses that limescale remover doesn't touch:
  2. dyqik

    Who makes stainless CFCs anymore?

    I've been looking around for a stainless CFC (not plate chiller), as I'm currently using a homebuilt (by someone else ;) ) copper/garden hose CFC, but I'm considering the benefits of LoDO brewing, which calls for no copper contact after the boil. I'm not sold on it, but I'm pondering the cost...
  3. dyqik

    First bad batch - "band-aid" taste

    So, I have what I think is going to be my first down-the-drain batch, after about 20 batches. The recipe is the familiar Nierra Sevada all-grain recipe (with minor hop substitutions to use up leftover hops as part of the bittering addition), fermented with US-05 at 68F, rising to 70F as...
  4. dyqik

    dyqik's budget basement build

    Now I have a house to play with, I'm moving my brewing into the basement. Since my wife is changing jobs at the moment, I'm doing this piecemeal and on a budget. Once it's up and running and I can brew indoors, I'll start thinking about a more complete system, probably using a RaspberryPi...
  5. dyqik

    Craigslist Find - Free Corny+CO2 and Reg in Newburyport

    http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/zip/5287715410.html Anyone near Newburyport might want to help this guy with his basement clearance - he's giving away a corny keg, reg and CO2 tank. I can't get up there this weekend, or I'd already have emailed him.
  6. dyqik

    Ward Labs Report - Maynard, MA

    Hi all, I just got a report back for the water in my new house in Maynard, MA. City water comes from a few wells around the town, so I guess will vary a bit through the year. Sample was taken 2 weeks ago. The report: pH 7.9 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 287 Electrical...
  7. dyqik

    5 gal bourbon barrels for sale in the Boston Area

    I popped into Damnation Alley Distillery in Belmont this afternoon to pick up some whiskies for my family for Christmas. They mentioned that they sell their 5 gallon bourbon and other whisky barrels once they're done with them. Might be useful if anyone is looking for one, although I didn't...
  8. dyqik

    Best Bitter Harveys Sussex Best Bitter Clone

    7 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) - 88.2 % 8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) - 5.9 % 8.0 oz Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) - 5.9 % Mash at 151F for 60 minutes, mash out to 168F Boil for 60 minutes Bittering Hops 1.00 oz Fuggles [5.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min - 18.6 IBUs 0.50 oz...
  9. dyqik

    Making a pressure barrel for cask ale

    I'm a Brit in the US, and I'm used to secondary fermenting and serving home brew from pressure barrels, which are the common way of cask serving home brew in the UK. These are a 5 gallon sealed plastic barrel with a tap near bottom and a pressure relief valve in the cap, to keep the pressure...
  10. dyqik

    SMaTH Saison

    This is a very simple saison I brewed to try 3711 for the first time and to take advantage of the stable 74-77F temperatures in my basement during a hot spell in Boston. I was originally going to make this a Belgian Pils and Saaz SMaSH brew, but I remembered that I had an oz of cascade in the...
  11. dyqik

    Dyqik's Simple ESB

    This is my first attempt at building an AG ESB recipe from scratch. It's a deliberately simple recipe for this reason, but it's turned out pretty well for a first go. I'm trying a number of recipes that are slightly more complex than SMaSH beers to learn the ingredients, yeasts and techniques...