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  1. IslandLizard

    Water Heater Busted...

    It was inevitable, just a matter of when. Saturday night our water heater busted, sizzling, leaking water, yielding it inoperable. <ugh!> It's oil fired, 26 years old (!), came with the house. Doesn't owe us anything, just bad timing, without (ample) warning. Looked into replacement ($$$$...
  2. IslandLizard

    3 Day IPA

    Back in October (2019) I pulled off a little brewing miracle. And one to be repeated, but preferably without the extra pressure of time. Yeah, yeah. A few months before, I had signed up (again) to serve homebrew beer at a fundraising event: The 10th annual Homebrew Extravaganza at Checkerspot...
  3. IslandLizard

    BeerSmith special sale 2-days - 20% off

    BeerSmith is currently running this 2-day special: Memorial Day Sale – 20% Off! Offer valid till Tuesday, May 28, midnight EDT. http://beersmith.com/order/
  4. IslandLizard

    Closed and near-closed transfer from bucket to keg

    After some experimenting the past 2 years, I've devised methods to be able to perform closed or near-closed transfers from buckets into kegs. This can be adapted to transfers into bottling buckets too. Air free (oxygen free) transfers are crucial for NEIPAs, IPAs and other hoppy beers, but...
  5. IslandLizard

    Apera PH400 Good Deal?

    I just saw this Apera PH400 portable pH meter pop up on Homebrew Finds / Amazon for a reduced price of $105.19. Sounds like a good deal. Comes with hard storage case 3 Calibration solutions 2 year warranty Replaceable probe, currently $70 on Amazon 7 of the 8 Amazon reviews are very favorable...
  6. IslandLizard

    Separating yeast slurry from trub through filtering

    This question came up in a recent thread related to reusing yeast, where a homebrewer tossed 2 oz of dry hops in his primary, wondering whether he could reuse the yeast as is or would be able to remove the hop pulp. The past 6 months I've been using a method to separate yeast slurry from the...
  7. IslandLizard

    Pure Malt taste experiment

    I'm doing a bunch of small batches to get just the malt flavors from the different base malts, like Maris Otter, Optic, Wheat etc. Each is being mashed high (158) to get it as malty as possible. I'll boil for 30 minutes and chill. I'll be fermenting them out with US-05, cold crash, then put in...
  8. IslandLizard

    Straightening drive shaft on Monster Mill?

    A couple days ago I had the misfortune to bend the drive shaft. :( Has anyone straightened one of these? Any suggestions on how to do that best? The wobble is about 1/16", measured at the end of the 2" long shaft. The bend must be in the short 3/4" section between the front of the chuck and...
  9. IslandLizard

    Witbier Double Decocted Belgian Witbier

    Inspired by Hoegaarden Wit With this beer I won the 2014 Maryland "Free State Homebrew Guild's" Wheat Beer Competition on June 7. The judges' notes mentioned "delicious", "big flavor for style", "load of orange", "aggressive with spices". Score: 39. So if you want more subtlety, you can cut...
  10. IslandLizard

    DC Area Hops Group Buy #1

    We are putting a group buy together for hops. If you live in the DC area and want to order some hops by the pound for a very attractive price, here is your chance. Point of pick up/distribution still needs to be decided, and pooling is a possibility. With our grain buys we have buyers from DC...
  11. IslandLizard

    Anyone going to Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival

    Is anyone going to The Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival on Saturday the 21st? 6 hours of unlimited samples! After attending Kegs & Corks last month my wife and I are going to this one too. I like the 6 hour session, 3 is way too short IMO.
  12. IslandLizard

    Look what grew over Labor Day weekend...

    Kegged and bottled 2 batches of beer, a Belgian Saison and a Caramel Amber Ale, to take with us over the Labor Day weekend. They both taste great! In an effort to save the yeast for the next brews, I followed instructions on yeast washing and poured the watered down yeast slurries into a few...
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