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  1. ryanj

    Waking up to mash tun at strike temp

    I've been brewing with E-HERMS system for a few years now and love the convenience, accuracy, and consistency that it brings. Summer time makes getting to strike temp a lot easier, but I still wish there was a way to program my system to "start" around 5am so I can just walk downstairs and...
  2. ryanj

    I really don't love my Hop Stopper. Anyone else?

    A couple of months ago, I bought one of these for my Sanke keg converted kettle: https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/collections/hop-stopper/products/hop-stopper-2-0-screen-only-for-converted-sanke-kegs-keggles I was really excited because I heard a ton of amazing reviews and I was tired of...
  3. ryanj

    Electric Hop Candy Jr HIGH mash temps

    Recipe for reference: https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/pages/electric-hop-candy-jr-new-england-style-pale-ale I've been wanting to brew this one for a while, so I think I'm going to finally pull the trigger. I scaled it down to a 5 gallon batch, but what's got me scratching my head is the...
  4. ryanj

    Has the age of your grain ever impacted the final beer taste?

    I ordered a few recipes early in spring and brewed the first one within a week. The second recipe sat in a sealed bag for about 3-4 months before I brewed it. I’ve only had a few pints of the final product and I can’t quite put my finger on the taste...if it’s the hops I don’t like or maybe...
  5. ryanj

    Is US-05 really this slow to get started?

    Out of all the beer I brewed over the last 3.5 years, I've only used dry yeast twice (and neither batch was very memorable). I had the ingredients to brew a blonde ale and a spare pack of US-05 (exp Feb 2021). I rehydrated the yeast properly and pitched it into ~72F wort at about 1:30pm...
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    Is a 48” stainless table wide enough for 3 sanke kettles?

    I build a nice wooden brew bench and have been using it in the garage for a couple years. I’m playing with the idea of moving everything into the laundry room since I have a 30amp service in there. With my washer and dryer pushed all the way up against the wall, I gave 59” to spare. Just 1” shy...
  7. ryanj

    Designing the best mash tun

    I have a custom built E-HERMs system with two half barrel keggles (HLT and BK), but I'm still mashing in my 10 gallon Igloo cooler with a dome'd false bottom. The cooler is a little over 3 years old and with 20-30 batches on it, it's starting to show some age. A bunch of scratches on the...
  8. ryanj

    Made some changes and improved my efficiency

    Since upgrading my equipment to an electric HERMS setup, I've been getting 82% mash efficiencies on the nose every time. I'm pretty happy with that. My brewhouse efficiency on the other hand has been a little all over the place, and I believe that's because I've done a poor job of measuring my...
  9. ryanj

    Tips to improve this recipe

    I've been brewing for the past 2.5 years. Most of the batches I've brewed were recipes from homebrewsupply.com. I recently decided to take a stab at creating a clone recipe of one of my favorite beers. It's a simple dry hopped pale ale from a local brewery...
  10. ryanj

    Using an inline filter when kegging

    The other day I was kegging a beer that had 4oz of dry hops. I was doing a closed transfer to the keg and I picked up some hop material that collected in the tube right before the quick connect. It slowed the kegging process and ultimately killed my siphon which lost me probably 1/4-1/3...
  11. ryanj

    Love / Hate Relationship with my Tilt Hydrometer

    Let me start by saying I love gadgets. When I first learned about the Tilt, I simply had to have it. After 3-4 batches of use, I have to admit that either I've had bad luck, or this product just falls a bit short of what I was hoping for. Like clockwork, all of my batches kick off...
  12. ryanj

    Counterflow chiller killing my brewhouse efficiency

    I've been brewing for about 3 years now. Earlier this year I built an E-HERMS setup and have been getting pretty respectable mash efficiencies (78-85% depending on the grain bill), but I'm still seeing questionable brewhouse efficiencies. Earlier today I brewed this recipe...
  13. ryanj

    WLP002

    I heard White Labs had some issues with WLP002 recently and stock was in short supply for the past few months. I finally got my hands on some and pitched it into a recent batch last week Saturday. But first, a little background: I ferment in a stainless steel Anvil bucket fermentor My...
  14. ryanj

    NEIPA Stalled at ~1.025

    Recipe: http://brewgr.com/recipe/55599/spray-tan-neipa-recipe?public=true Using WYeast 1318. Package date was early July. I made a 2L started on Aug 26th, decanted and saved a few ounces for a future batch, and pitched the rest after brewday on Aug 31. OG was 1.060, and I did my normal...
  15. ryanj

    Scorched Element

    Well, it happened. Stupid mistake... I was heating up some spare water to use during cleaning and went to pump it over to my BK. I forgot to turn off the element. I smelled burning...realized what I did... flipped the switch... and then glanced down at my glowing cherry red element in my...
  16. ryanj

    Texas Brewing in the garage during the summer

    I live just outside of San Antonio and this summer has been so brutal that I've barely brewed at all. I'm 100% electric, but the only room I have to brew is in the garage. I played with the idea of moving everything into my laundry room, but really don't want to deal with installing a vent...
  17. ryanj

    First closed transfer with my Anvil Fermentor and 7oz of dry hops

    I've only fermented two batches in my Anvil Fermentor. The first one had a 2oz dry hop and wound up clogging the dip tube. I was pretty surprised considering I kept my dip tube horizontal during fermentation and cold crashed for 24 hours. I wound up resorting to my auto siphon and finished...
  18. ryanj

    How common is it to find bugs in your grain?

    I live just outside of San Antonio Texas and we’re down to one LHBS. They’re a decent shop, but when it comes to grain, I’ve had two bags of grain with bugs in them. The first time it was the barley and the bugs were alive and crawling around. The second time (today) it was in a bag of oats...
  19. ryanj

    LHBS Flaked Oats vs Grocery Store Oats

    My LHBS sold me another bag of grain with bugs in it. I think I've learned my lesson going to this place... At least it appears that only the oats are infested (bagged separately). I don't have any other shops within a reasonable driving distance, so I'm considering using grocery store oats...
  20. ryanj

    Pumping chilled wort to your fermenter

    A few batches ago I picked up an Anvil Bucket Fermentor and being the "tinkerer" I am, I decided to solder a 1.5" TC ferrule to the lid This opens up a ton of possibilities for accessories. I also picked up a 1.5" TC gas post fitting that I can use for both blow off purposes as well as...
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