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  1. JMSetzler

    This might come easy to most of you

    I haven't tried mashing that way yet myself. I have had really good luck with single infusion and batch sparging. I'm considering trying a two stage mash with a protein rest just to try the technique.
  2. JMSetzler

    Plastic Erlenmeyer Flask?

    That should work fine. You shouldn't have any issues with the stir plate unless the bottom of the flask is too concave.
  3. JMSetzler

    Needing advice on extract kit.

    I agree with sticking with the recipe. Once you have a couple brews under your belt then its time to start experimenting.
  4. JMSetzler

    How can you tell if your beer is carbonating in the bottle?

    +1 to the comment on waiting 3 weeks. I also find that higher gravity beers benefit from letting them sit even longer. If it were my brew, I'd wait 4 to 5 weeks before popping the first bottle open.
  5. JMSetzler

    First All Grain/ BIAB.. Can you guys have a look?

    I should have clarified my statement there... That's not for BIAB (I have never actually tried BIAB but I plan to soon). It's for a regular mash using a 10-gallon water cooler and batch sparging.
  6. JMSetzler

    First All Grain/ BIAB.. Can you guys have a look?

    Absolutely. The profiles are important and the supplied numbers are just rough estimates that can be tweaked to get really close to your actual brew day numbers if you take the time to do it. My brewsmith numbers are always within .1 to .15 gallons on my volumes and my gravities are always...
  7. JMSetzler

    First All Grain/ BIAB.. Can you guys have a look?

    I guess if tannin extraction is not a concern then it's OK to squeeze the bag. The original poster was commenting on using BeerSmith and BeerSmith does not accommodate for that. It is programmed to assume .1 gallons of water per pound of grain will be lost to grain absorption. Letting the...
  8. JMSetzler

    First All Grain/ BIAB.. Can you guys have a look?

    That extra .3 gallons you came up with was probably from squeezing water out of the grain bag. I don't recommend doing that if at all possible. Just let it drip for 20 or 30 minutes. I use beersmith also and tweaking it to match your brewing equipment makes a big difference. It sounds to...
  9. JMSetzler

    DIY vs Buying Commercial

    Well, after spending another $29 on another 20' coil of tubing, it turns out that i'm not good enough with soldering to make this assembly work. I'm writing this one off to biting off more than I could chew and ordering a pre-assembled chiller for $78.
  10. JMSetzler

    DIY vs Buying Commercial

    Lesson learned... I kinked and split the copper tubing trying to get it in the hose! Back to the hardware store... :(
  11. JMSetzler

    DIY vs Buying Commercial

    No... I'm down to the last 6 feet and can't get any more through it... I'm going to have to think about this for a bit... lol
  12. JMSetzler

    DIY vs Buying Commercial

    Right now I'm trying to fish 20' of copper tubing with the copper wire wrapped/soldered around the outside through a 5/8" braided hose... It's kicking my butt! I'm adding hot water and dish washing liquid to the tubing trying to get the copper through it...
  13. JMSetzler

    DIY vs Buying Commercial

    Greetings to the forum! I have been struggling with most of my DIY projects because I really stink at building things. If I put my mind to it, I can usually get it done but the workmanship is usually poor. I'm re-living this idea this afternoon as I'm trying to build a counterflow chiller...
  14. JMSetzler

    SS BrewTech Brew Bucket Conical Fermenter

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeXG4squGqg As I continue to upgrade some of my homebrewing equipment, I decided to pick up this stainless steel "Brew Bucket" conical fermenter from Ss Brewing Technologies. I have fermented beers in plastic buckets as well as plastic and glass carboys...
  15. JMSetzler

    Large amount is sediment after brewing

    Do you try to strain out any of your solids from the brew kettle before you rack it to the fermenter? Doing this can help with that if it's a concern. I have been using a hop strainer in my kettle for quite a while now. Keeping the hop debris out of the fermenter is a big help. As mentioned...
  16. JMSetzler

    How Long to Ferment?

    I know that your beer will be 'better' if you just let it sit in the fermenter for a bit longer, whether you decide to cold crash it or not. I know this is hard to do if you are new to this hobby. After you have 10 or 15 batches under your belt and have a good solid stock of drinkable...
  17. JMSetzler

    How Long to Ferment?

    It's done but it's not done :) Let it sit for another 3 or 4 days and then rack it to a secondary fermenter and let it sit for another 3 or 4 weeks :)
  18. JMSetzler

    Being broke and a homebrewer

    Another thing I used to do to satisfy my urge to brew on the cheap was making 1 gallon all-grain batches. I think this idea is starting to catch on more these days but the ingredients cost of doing it is very low.
  19. JMSetzler

    Being broke and a homebrewer

    When I first got into homebrewing, I didn't have the funds to support the hobby either. I bought bits and pieces of the equipment I needed and it took me a couple months to get everything together. I had a couple friends who enjoyed the beer so I would usually get together with them and split...
  20. JMSetzler

    Smoked Chili

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Noxp3liUaLQ Aside from homebrewing and working as an X-ray tech, I produce cooking videos for Kamado Joe Grills out of Atlanta. This is my most recent video and here's the recipe: Kamado Joe Smoked Chili Recipe Ingredients: 2 to 2 1/2 pounds cubed...