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  1. daphatgrant

    OG too high?

    Hey HBT, I made two 5gal brews today, a Black IPA and a Cream Ale, both MoreBeer kits, and I was about a full. 010 high on the OG on both. I need to clarify that my hydrometer jar is MIA so I ended up using the tube that the hydrometer came in. That couldn't have changed the reading could it? I...
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    Liquid yeast shelf life

    Hello everyone, I'm still relatively new to home brewing with about 20 batches under my belt but I've started to notice a consistent "issue" with my beers. I keep getting an odd lightly sweet aftertaste in my beers, especially noticable in IPAs and other light ales. I've tried lowering my...
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    How much water to start with?

    Hello HBT, I’ve got a couple questions When figuring out how much water I need when beginning my brew day I need some help. I’ve looked around and it looks like using 3 formulas and adding them together might be a good starting point?. For mashing: X lbs grain * 1.1 qts water /4 = X gal water...
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    Rubbermaid Cooler replacement washer/gasket.

    I appear to have lost it, does anyone have any suggestions on where to get another? This is the part that I'm referring to. I've found whole faucet assemblies for sale for around $6 which isn't bad but I figured I'd check to see if anyone knew of where to buy just the washer as I wouldn't...
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    Repurpose 20# CO2 Fire Extinguisher

    Hey HBT, I've got an interesting one for you. I just got the opportunity to pick up a 20# CO2 fire extinguisher for free. It's still partially charged, it came fully charged but I had to mess around with it some :D. While trying to decide what to do with it a few thoughts came to mind...
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    Closed Transfer questions

    Question are in red if you want to skip the backstory. Hey HBT, I just did my first closed transfer, all in all it seemed to go pretty smoothly but I am left with a few questions. I'll mention that I'm using the SSBrewtech Brewbucket with the little racking arm. In the past with the fermenter...
  7. daphatgrant

    Fermentation OK?

    Hey HBT, just dry hopped my Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye clone and snapped a pic when I had the lid cracked. I'm pretty sure it's doing fine but wanted another opinion.
  8. daphatgrant

    2.5 Gal Keg Cooler

    Hey HBT, I bought a 5gal drink cooler to use as an HLT, I immediately realized that it's too small. So, what am I supposed to do with a 5gal drink cooler? Turn it into a "portable kegerator"? I think I'll give it a try. I found this thread and am going to try and follow it's directions, the...
  9. daphatgrant

    Secondary regulator calibration

    Hey HBT, I started this thread in the Bottling/Kegging section but haven't gotten any bites so I'm throwing it in here as well. If that's not cool please let me know. So, long story short I bought a single secondary regulator to add to my existing dual secondary regulator setup, so now I have 3...
  10. daphatgrant

    Secondary regulator calibration

    Hey HBT, long story short I bought a single secondary regulator to add to my existing dual secondary regulator, so now I have 3 secondary regulators connected. My problem is that today after connecting the 2 existing to the newly added single secondary, the gauge on the new single is reading...
  11. daphatgrant

    Adding a Secondary Regulator

    So, I thought that this would be easy, ha. I have a Taprite dual gauge regulator that I was hooking to a 3-way distributor to go to my 3 kegs. I'd like to start kegging things other than beer along with my beer. I did some research and thought that adding a secondary regulator would be perfect...
  12. daphatgrant

    SS Brewtech 7gal BrewBuckets dip tube works!

    Hey HBT, figured I'd post a few pics of the aftermath of my last brew and some pics of how well the dip tube works. Looking into the fermenter, dip tube rotated into place easily. Krausen ring. Accumulation at the bottom of the fermenter. Rinsed with the sink...
  13. daphatgrant

    Cleaning advice

    Hey HBT, I think I might need to reform my cleaning regiment. Today I was moving a stout from the primary to the secondary fermenter and I noticed a few odd things. First when transferring the beer to the secondary inside the 2nd fermenter I noticed a kind of oil sheen on top of the beer as it...
  14. daphatgrant

    Chapman ThermoBarrel Mash Tun

    Hey HBT, I'm in the market for a larger mash tun and the 15gal Chapman ThermoBarrel has my attention. Looking around I've seen it come in different variations ranging from $410 down to $305. I know that $305 is a lot for an insulated mash tun but the increased size would be really nice...
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    Hop storage question

    Hey HBT, I just got some hops in the mail and have a question about storing them. 1/2 of the hops I received came vacuum sealed, the rest are from YCH Hops and appear loose in the bags. I know that vacuum sealed, frozen and out of light is best but I'm not sure what to do with the YCH hops...
  16. daphatgrant

    DIY Beer Bottle Crate (for Grolsch)

    **Updated* This post now has the revised plans and parts list Hey HBT, I recently scored a bunch of free Grolsch bottles but don't have anywhere to neatly store them. I did a lot of googling and if I want something that's long lasting I think that building is my best option. I'm looking to do...
  17. daphatgrant

    The old Mash Tun size question, 15 or 20gal.

    Hey HBT, I currently have a 10gal Rubbermaid drink cooler that I'm using as a mash tun. I recently made a fantastic 9% abv variation of a Union Jack clone and while preparing my grains I abruptly came to the realization that my 10gal round cooler was not up to the task of handling that much...
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    Scored a bunch of Grolsch bottles.

    Just scored these for free, I keg my beer but I couldn't pass up the price, 118 green and 10 brown. If I hadn't taken them they were going to be returned for deposit. All seem to be in great shape, only missing one swing top. They are currently soaking in oxiclean so I can get the labels off...
  19. daphatgrant

    Paint Strainer bag for dry hopping?

    Hey HBT, I'm a little curious about using paint strainer bags for dry hopping. Here's what I've got going on. I made my first beer a couple weeks ago and now that fermentation is done or almost done I'm ready to dry hop. I made a 10gal ipa which was split into 2 fermenters. My post boil...
  20. daphatgrant

    First batch on Tues! Recipe review?

    Hey HBT, this will be my first batch of beer. I'm kind of going a little overboard for my first batch but a friend of mine who has been brewing insanely awesome home brew for ever now is going to be on site to guide me through it. I'm going to be making a Union Jack IPA clone. I think I've got...
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