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  1. madcow_number_6

    Deep Wood Brew - Grand Opening Giveaway!

    Sweet! I'm in!
  2. madcow_number_6

    BrewHardware Giveaway!

    duck... duck.... GOOSE!!
  3. madcow_number_6

    Starter Krausen Level

    This is my first time using my handy dandy DIY stirplate and as I have yet to purchase a flask, I'm using a glass Apothecary looking thing that I picked up at hobby lobby. Uploaded with ImageShack.us The biggest size they had was 1L. Will my 1L starter be too much for it? will there...
  4. madcow_number_6

    thermowell issues

    During the active part of fermentation, temperatures in the beer can be wildly different between the temp at the outside edge of the fermenter and the middle where your thermowell is. By as much as 10* i have heard. As long as you aren't shocking the yeasties by frosting the outside of...
  5. madcow_number_6

    Stir plate help

    Good deal! Happy brewing
  6. madcow_number_6

    Stir plate help

    You're pretty well hosed without a 12volt wall transformer .... radio shack might have one or at least a variable output version. You might even have one around the house. Laptop power cords put out 12-14volts so does some cordless drill chargers. I scavenged mine from a small room...
  7. madcow_number_6

    Stir plate help

    check your fan to make sure it isn't a 12 volt unit, a blackberry charger will only put out 5.5. a 12v fan wont even budge for less that 9 or 10 volts.
  8. madcow_number_6

    StainlessBrewing.com Gift Certificate Contest

    *sigh* maybe I'll remember to check the announcment on the day of the drawing this time instead of 2 days after :(
  9. madcow_number_6

    To Windscreen or not to windscreen..

    Good advice, thanks. I'll see what I can whip up with this thing
  10. madcow_number_6

    To Windscreen or not to windscreen..

    I've been using a Bayou burner SP-10 for the last several brews and I'm tickled pink with the way puts out. That is, when there is no wind anyway. The unit comes with a built in *cough* "windscreen" *cough* but it does't block anything gustier than a mosquito fart. Pondering this on my last...
  11. madcow_number_6

    Cool Brewing Giveaway!

    Raise your hand if you're sure!
  12. madcow_number_6

    should i wait to pitch?

    I'll be sure to cool it all the way down to fermentation temps next time. Thanks!
  13. madcow_number_6

    should i wait to pitch?

    I've always read that after your wort cools down to about 80F go ahead and put it in the fermenter and pitch your yeast. Yesterday I brewed an Vienna Amber Ale (og 1.049), cooled it down to 80F, and put it in my SOFC. Four hours later my starter was ready with white labs California ale yeast...
  14. madcow_number_6

    Flame mix

    I've always wondered that.. seem I need to adjust mine a little.. Thanks!
  15. madcow_number_6

    So who's brewing this weekend?

    Today I brewed up 10lbs of 2-row, 1lb of crystal, 1oz of summit, 1oz of Columbus, and1oz of cascade While watchin the thunderstorms roll by
  16. madcow_number_6

    How many batches to batch sparge?

    After i mash out (adding enough boiling water to bring the grain bed temp up to 170), I drain my wort into the kettle and measure to see how much more I need to reach my boil volume. Add that much more 170 degree water for the sparge. It helps to have a couple of pots of water heating on the...
  17. madcow_number_6

    Building Fermentation chiller...thoughts?

    My Lowes has a clearance section. Good place to find half a box of tiles of a mismatched roll of linoleum for cheap cheap cheap
  18. madcow_number_6

    Building Fermentation chiller...thoughts?

    A Hot Knife, check craft stores, will be your best friend for cutting foam board. Score and snap or a saw/kitchen knife will work but for perfect cuts every time a Hot Knife is best. Also might want to line the ice chambers with something waterproof(cheap markerboard, scrap of plexiglass...
  19. madcow_number_6

    Storing grain????

    Get a vacuum sealer and bag them then chuck them in the freezer. Make sure to get all the air out or you'll freezer burn them
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