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  1. Logan

    Long Diacetyl Rest

    I'm brewing a very standard German Pils. 11 lbs of pilsner 2 row and Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager. Used a starter. Fermentation began on 4/19 at 50 degrees and it fermented nicely for two weeks and then slowed down as expected. I brought it up to 68 over the course of about a week. Couldn't get...
  2. Logan

    Single Tier HERMS Feedback

    I'm designing a single-tier brew rig Dual 5.5KW heating elements Dual pump Recirculating HLT (for faster strike) Auto Sparge MLT Counter-flow chiller 15 gallon boil, 10 gallon MLT, 10 gallon HLT. Camlock hoses (purple) 304 Stainless ball-valves, tees & fittings. In addition to general...
  3. Logan

    Arctic King 7

    I saw some folks discussing the Arctic King 5 (link) but I couldn't find anyone discussing the larger 7 cu. ft. model: Arctic King 7 (WHS-258C1WSB). Walmart sells this freezer for $198 in white or $219 in black. It was the only 7 cu. ft. freezer available in black that I found at the time of my...
  4. Logan

    Head "Stickiness"

    No no not head retention - head stickiness! :D My beer has a very large head that stays put for a good amount of time. However when you tip the glass to drink the head follows the liquid. In other words I have a great head on my beer - but I don't get the notched effect that you get as you...
  5. Logan

    My experience thus far

    I just cracked open a stout a made a while back and I can finally say I have a beer ready to drink. It has been a long time since mid December when I started tossing around the idea of brewing my own beer but as I sit here sipping my first brew (of my 2nd batch) I can say it has been worth it...
  6. Logan

    Indentifying Off Flavor

    Recipe: 2.00 lb Amber Dry Extract 3.00 lb Pale Liquid Extract 1.50 oz Cascade [8.50 %] (60 min) 0.60 oz Cascade [8.50 %] (15 min) SafAle S-05 For a few weeks it had this awful aftertaste. I've noticed it is starting to subside. I couldn't figure out what it was for a...
  7. Logan

    What Am I Missing? Tower Prices

    Why are towers so expensive? Are they not just a metal tube with some faucets attatched to them? Why not just make your own and save money?
  8. Logan

    How many atmospheres..

    I've been going with what John Palmer says for my first two batches (APA and ESB) but tonight I'm bottling a stout. I put some numbers into a calculator and it said to use 2.11oz (1.8 volumes of CO2) when I have been using 5.25oz (3.0 volumes of CO2) of cane sugar. I would like to use the...
  9. Logan

    Trying to Identify Off-Flavor

    I made an american pale ale 4 weeks ago (2 weeks primary/2 weeks in bottles). I'm still waiting for it to condition in the bottle. When I tasted it two weeks ago before bottling it has a very sour/bitter flavor. I opened one to see how it had changed tonight. This sour/bitter flavor has mellowed...
  10. Logan

    Check my Hop Math

    I think I'm doing this right but I would like run my numbers by to make sure Recipe calls for the following: 0.50 oz Hallertauer [3.00%] (60 min) 0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.10%] (20 min) 0.50 oz Cascade [5.50%] (10 min) Midwest Suppliers sells: Hallertau 4.6% (No Cascade so...
  11. Logan

    Warning: Do Not Brew Without Shoes

    Especially if you leave wet bottles in a cardboard 6-pack carrier and then try to pick it up... Stitches and tetanus shots advised
  12. Logan

    Second Brew Day - Recipe Help

    Nothing specific but I just want to post the two beers I plan on brewing this Saturday. I know there are no absolute answers - but I'm just looking for a little input on possible issues with my recipes or maybe anything you think I might like to try with them. These will both be 5 gal extract...
  13. Logan

    Sam Adams Hop Sharing Program

    http://www.samueladams.com/promotions/HopSharing/Default.aspx I've already sent them an email asking if they would be willing to accommodate home brewers either by the pound or in some type of group buy. I will post their response.
  14. Logan

    Boil Kettle Dimensions

    I'm going to fabricate a boil kettle and I'm trying to decide on the dimensions. I'd like something that can comfortably brew 5gal batches as well as 10 gal batches. Should I go with a 15gal, or would I still be able to do 5gal batches in a 20gal? Also should I go with something keg shaped or...
  15. Logan

    Kits vs. Piecemeal

    I'm sure this has been asked and I tried searching to no avail. Is there any reason to buy piecemeal for extract brewing? I'm planning my 2nd batch and I shopped around on Midwest and it looks like I'm just better off buying the kits price wise. Are there any pitfalls to this?
  16. Logan

    First Brew Day

    Nothing spectacular - but a very fun and so far successful brew day. Took a little longer than expected because we had to boil water 4 times. 1. To clean pot (was kinda grimy) 2. To boil fermenter top off water (but the wort chiller turned it red so we threw it out) 3. Actual Wort Boil 4. Top...
  17. Logan

    Glass Carboy

    B-Day (brew day) is quickly approaching and I'm going over all my plans. My brother suggested we buy new carboys instead of using 30 year old one's our parents used when they were our age. After reading some horror stories about breaking carboys I tend to agree. Would you clean and use a 30...
  18. Logan

    Batch Timing

    I'm trying to plan my brewing calendar for the next few weeks and I have a few questions. I know there are more than one answer to some of these - but I'm just looking for a general idea. I plan on leaving my beer in primary for 2-3 weeks or until FG is reached - whichever comes last. I also...
  19. Logan

    Pot Size Questions

    I'm very new to home brewing - in fact I'm putting together a shopping list for my first attempt. I've been researching pots and I have a few questions. I plan to eventually be brewing all-grain 5 gallon batches into corny kegs. Right now I will start brewing with extract into bottles. My...