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  1. MI_Dogman

    Need to Read!

    Thanks Everybody!! I need to get back into it!! Hopefully starting a new read will help bring back that spark and keep my mind right. Keep the suggestions coming so other Brewers can see.
  2. MI_Dogman

    Need to Read!

    Brewers!! Sorry I haven't been on much for a while. My position was cut back in February and I had to step down to a grunt it out position at work. So I don't have as much time on my hands for home brewing as I did before. 2016 is becoming a whirl wind for my career and it's affecting my home...
  3. MI_Dogman

    Water Conservation When Brewing

    Good article!! I use the water from my counterflow to clean my kettles, but not all of it. And I was wondering how I can save that water as well. Making a mix of Star San is genius! I'm doing that next time!
  4. MI_Dogman

    First E-Brew Day

    Ladies and Gentlemen we have lift off!! I'd did my second brew on the new system and it went really smooth with the boil this time. I ended up looking at my settings in my BK/HLT PID and they were all out of wack. Must have been from when I tried to do an autotune. So I returned everything to...
  5. MI_Dogman

    Acidulated Malt

    Brewers, I'm thinking of try acidulated malt in my next IPA to help with a little crispness. I also need to adjust my PH slighty in my mash. I'm not at the point of brewing salts yet for the PH (I'm on a well with SUPER hard water and I don't know the water report). Anyway, just need some...
  6. MI_Dogman

    El Dorado w/ Galaxy

    I have seen a couple of recipes, but wanted some more personal input. Sounds like it is a good tropical ipa attempt. I was thinking about using the 2oz of Galaxy at 15 or 10 min addition and the El Dorado for a whirlpool addition. Oh, and I like to use clear candy syrup to dry out my IPA's to...
  7. MI_Dogman

    El Dorado w/ Galaxy

    Brewers, I have 2oz Galaxey and 2oz El Dorado and I am wondering if these two pair well together. I would like to use them up, as they are just sitting in the fridge. I'm thinking a simple IPA grain bill, Mangum as the bittering hop, and WLP001 as the yeast. Any input is greatly appreciated...
  8. MI_Dogman

    Pale Ale

    Jimbodaman, I feel ya with the grain bill. The last time I made it with C*40 it was just a little sweet, but I have brewed it with Honey Malt before and it wasn't over powering. I have switch to the Honey malt in my IPA's too. I like the color it gives and the sweetness isn't as strong as...
  9. MI_Dogman

    Pale Ale

    That's awesome! I would say it's a small world, but I know there is a lot of Michigan Members on here. Not much to do in the winter time besides drink beer!
  10. MI_Dogman

    Pale Ale

    Maybe what I will do is dry hop the keg and nothing for bottling. I usually split the batch when it comes to packaging it. Half goes into one my 2.5 gal kegs and the rest gets bottled around 2-2.5gal. I haven't tried the dry hop keg yet, but maybe this is the perfect chance. Noted! Thanks!
  11. MI_Dogman

    Pale Ale

    Brewers, I haven't brewed this particular recipe since last summer. I have since made some changes and would love some feed back. Thanks in advance! Name: Drunken Sailor Type: Pale Ale/ IPA (I like hops!) Mash: Infusion at 153-154*f maintained with RIMS Eff: 65-70% (only brewed once on the...
  12. MI_Dogman

    Italy Beer

    Awesome guys! I am taking notes! I love some good wine with my wife, but I am a beer man at heart. Although we will be eating my favorite type of foods; olive oil, bread, cured meats, and sea food. I will keep an eye out for any local brew pubs too, you know the types that are to small to...
  13. MI_Dogman

    Italy Beer

    Brewers! I will be going around Italy pretty soon. I know they are not really a beer region, but maybe the community here knows so good local beer in Italy. Let me hear it guys! -Dogman
  14. MI_Dogman

    First E-Brew Day

    Well guys!! I haven't done any adjustments to the system yet, but I will my next brew. I have the blonde on tap now and the bottles are carbing up. You will all be happy to here that there seems to be no off flavored from the brew process. No burnt or scorched tastes what's so ever. I believe my...
  15. MI_Dogman

    First E-Brew Day

    Mine is not a ripple. It's a 5500w straight stainless element that's in the BK. Not sure if that makes a difference.
  16. MI_Dogman

    First E-Brew Day

    I do the boil in manual. Does the P and T value affect the PID while in manual? It's a two vessel system so my BK is also my HLT. I use the automatic for the strike and if I want to hop stand. Otherwise the last bit of water before mash out gets heated up real quick in manual before it goes to...
  17. MI_Dogman

    First E-Brew Day

    Ok, that's good to know. I can live with it. Like I said it just caught me off guard is all. Otherwise I was pretty happy with how everything performed!
  18. MI_Dogman

    First E-Brew Day

    Oh, I'm using Auber SYL-2352 for the boil 5500w/240 and its cycle parameter is set to 2. Should I try 1 for the boil? The RIMS 1500w/240 is controlled by a Auber SWA-2451 and its cycle time is set to 2 as well. That seemed to be perfect (that's what I have seen most people setting there cycle to).
  19. MI_Dogman

    First E-Brew Day

    Yeah I added the remaining water prior to run off and mashed out in the process. As soon as I got up to 168 (about 15min) I transferred to the BK/HLT. It's something I have not done before, so it will be a learning curve. Around 70% efficiency is fine with me as long as I can maintain it. Maybe...
  20. MI_Dogman

    First E-Brew Day

    Ok, it was one part I didn't research. It was no big deal, just caught me surprise. Thanks! I am only using two vessels and have to calculate exactly how much water I need in the beginning. I ended up use a half a gallon to much but other than that hit right around 70% on my mash, which was...
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