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  1. matt-tastic

    First Beer Creation - Thoughts?

    OK, so I got a copy of BrewSmith for xmas, and have been toying with it some, but I got this wild hair to make a beer flavored with Old Bay Seasoning (if you're East Coast, you know what I'm talking about). If you have no clue what I'm talking about: Old Bay So, after considering styles...
  2. matt-tastic

    OK to secondary at room temp?

    So, a few weeks back, I brewed a Sweet Stout (from extract), and had the mad hair to try it with coffee. So, I had the decision to split the batch, and rack to 2 3gallon Better Bottles, one with cold-pressed coffee, and one as per the recipe. I'll let it live there for 2 weeks. I built a SoFC...
  3. matt-tastic

    Would you like printed labels for your homebrew?

    This is a side project i'm looking at getting into, but i'm looking to gauge interest. How would you, as a homebrewer, like to be able to have custom printed bottle labels? Use them for a special brew or something you make regularly, or just generic labels with your name on them and a logo. Make...
  4. matt-tastic

    Kinda Beginner / Kinda DIY

    I've built a Fermentation Chamber recently, and have been upgrading it over the last few days. Clean coat of paint and some wheels go a long way :) I've also scored a bucket of Chalkboard Paint, and decided to make the front of the chamber a chalkboard to jot notes on. I was going to stencil...
  5. matt-tastic

    Stalled Fermentation?

    Alright, on my 3rd beer, a Brown Ale Kit, i got everything going well, finally remember to top the water level off to 5.5 gallons to account for trub (I kept getting higher gravities due to not enough water), and put in the fermentation chiller. Things are looking good, airlock in place, wort is...
  6. matt-tastic

    Beer #3 in the Fermenter

    Last night was hectic, but I finally got everything brewed and its in the fermenter now. A Basic Nut Brown Ale was pretty easy, but trying to use a new propane burner, and chill with a newly acquired immersion chiller was a new step. The Good: the immersion chiller went from boil temps...
  7. matt-tastic

    Using "old" cooler for steeping grains

    OK, so I brew my 3rd extract kit on Sunday, and had an idea to steep my grains in a cooler & about 1.5 gal of water at 165. The cooler would probably maintain temp better than my propane burner at that temp, then I could return the tea to the boil kettle and start my hop boil I've got a...
  8. matt-tastic

    Opinion on Recipe Book - Beer Captured

    So, I got Beer Captured by Tess & Mark Szamatulski for fathers day ( i have a great wife and son :), but I haven't heard anything really about the book itself. The recipes in it seems pretty straightforward, but I wanted the opinion of anyone who has used recipes in this book...
  9. matt-tastic

    Priming with honey - math issues

    So, the Kolsch recipe i'm using provided 1 cup of dextrose. when i used the priming sugar calc on Northern Brewer (http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/), it recommended for a Kolsch to use 3/4 cups of dextrose. That would be all well and good, except i'm using honey to...
  10. matt-tastic

    Beer #2 in the fermenter!

    So, i've got my second beer, a Kolsch extract recipe, happily chilling in my SoFC i built (see design here)! I don't have much airlock activity, but i'll check back in the morning to see what we're up to. I also did the whole brew with just tap water, as opposed to filtered. Curious to see if it...
  11. matt-tastic

    easy theif hole in my fermenter, bad idea?

    I was thinking of drilling a 1" hole in the lid of my fermenter, then plugging with a rubber stopper (like you'd use for a carboy, but without the hole). That way, i can pull the plug, theif out a sample for reading, and reduce exposure to air. This also gives me a way to see if krausen has...
  12. matt-tastic

    Modified Son of Fermentation Chiller

    I saw the design for this a while back and thought it would be a good beginner project to allow me to brew in the summer (NC is already 80). The design is great and clearly works, but I wanted something a little thinner that wouldn't have as big of a footprint, and I wanted something sturdier to...
  13. matt-tastic

    Thermostat in Fermentation Chiller

    So, I have built a modified "Son of Fermentation Chiller" (pics up once complete) and have wired up a home thermostat to control the fans' on and off cycles. The issue is, the thermostat will "click" on heating and when its too "cold", will turn on the fan. In cooling mode, I can slide the...
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