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  1. goybar

    Cutting Brew Day Time the time challenge!

    I enjoy brewing and would love to spend a 4-6 hours to do it, but I also have a family (wife and daughter) who don't really see me during the week due to long commute. I just don't have that amount of free time on the weekends. As such I don't brew very often anymore. When I do it is often...
  2. goybar

    Cutting Brew Day Time the time challenge!

    I rememeber hearing John Palmer talking about mashing in a Brew Strong show. If I recall correctly.... He stated you could leave your grains soaking in water overnight and will get full conversion. Just like the Egyptians did. Heating just speeds up the process, but time will do the job...
  3. goybar

    Cutting Brew Day Time the time challenge!

    I second the 15 gallon for a 5 gallon BIAB. I bave a 10 gallon and is really too small. I also mostly brew lagers with pilsner and conventional wisdom is 90 min boil for SMS/DMS. chris
  4. goybar

    Ginger Ale (kegged)

    On mine I didn't like the addition of the lemon (made me think of 7up or Sprite). Plus not nearly enough ginger. Still tasted good, just not what I was expecting or wanting. Perhaps to much sugar as well, but if ginger was stronger it may have balanced out. I think the freshness of the...
  5. goybar

    Root Beer Recipe

    Thanks TheEricThe but I'm not too concerned about the sassafras. The quantities are low. I should be more concerned with Cigars I smoke, or the alcohol in beer. "The World Health Organization has classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_and_cancer Or...
  6. goybar

    Root Beer Recipe

    I have some White Birch trees in the back yard. Maybe I should just peel of some off.
  7. goybar

    Root Beer Recipe

    I haven't purchased the Birch Bark yet. I was going to acquire it from Monterey Bay Spice Co. I wasn't to sure on the nutmeg, but everyone seems like Crazy8's recipe, which is the base of what I'm doing. I think the Burdock Root and Star Anise have a similar taste, so I figured I would go...
  8. goybar

    Root Beer Recipe

    Hi All, I'm planning on making 3 gallons of force carbonated root beer. I have looked at a bunch of recipes and I combined a bunch scaled them up to three gallons. How does this look: Honey 24 oz Sarsaparilla 1/4 Cup + 2 tbsps Sassafras 1/4 Cup + 2 tbsps Brown Sugar 2 Cup...
  9. goybar

    Ginger Ale (kegged)

    I would go with the original posters (r2eng) recipe and just scale it. I lost my recipe and notes, so I kind of just winged it today. This is what I made today (I force carbonate in the keg): 3 gallons of ginger ale Peel and grate ~230 grams of fresh ginger root Heat 1 gallon of water to...
  10. goybar

    Ginger Ale (kegged)

    That is what I do. I heat up a gallon on water on the stove to dissolve the sugar. I bring it just to about boiling. Remove from heat, and add ginger. Cover and let steep for one hour. Put a strainer over keg and pour in, top off with cold water. Refrigerate and force carbonate. I'm...
  11. goybar

    Sassafras/sarsaparilla root beer recipe?

    http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20588763_11,00.html Just plain nasty....
  12. goybar

    Differences in sarsaparilla root

    How many cups of Sassafras and Sarsaparilla can you get out of the 16oz bags on Amazon or other places? all the recipes seem to call for volume not weight. Chris
  13. goybar

    Flask or Beaker

    Thanks all. I think I will go the beaker route this time around. Chris
  14. goybar

    Flask or Beaker

    I didn't know there was a difference either, I assumed that a beaker and flask were the same thing. With my Erlenmeyer flask I would spray some starsan on a piece of aluminum foil and bend it around the neck. I don't think doing the same with a beaker would pose any issue. I think boil...
  15. goybar

    Flask or Beaker

    That is where I'm coming from, I need to buy again. Is there an advantage one over the other... I can pick up a 4 pack off of Amazon for $103.50. If I split with another brewing friend $26/per. Not a bad price. Chris
  16. goybar

    Flask or Beaker

    I broke my 3L Erlenmeyer Flask, just barely clinked it against my 1 Liter Erlenmeyer and cracked it. Now I need a new one for my starters. I'm thinking 4000 ml makes more sense, a little extra room to avoid boil overs. Why would I not want to go with a 4000 ml Borosilicate Beaker...
  17. goybar

    Temp probe placement in recirculating eBIAB builds

    I'm entertaining the idea of a Thermowell (like this one from Brewers Hardware) through the lid. Not completely sold on it yet, seriously thinking about it. Put it the lid ~1/4 of the way in from edge of lid. Then you can get temperature from multiple locations by simple moving the lid...
  18. goybar

    pid control

    All done for you: http://www.highgravitybrew.com/productcart/pc/EBC-SV-with-Infinite-Power-Control-306p3986.htm
  19. goybar

    How important is a pump to you?

    You could always do the no chill BIAB like the Aussie's. Can't get much easier and faster than that. Thankfully I have never had an infected beer (some have been undrinkable, but not due to a wild yeast/bacteria infection), but that is the primary concern with not chilling fast enough. I'm...
  20. goybar

    How important is a pump to you?

    With the IC I would pull hot wort from ball valve and return up to the top with 1/2" ID silicon hose. Place hose st edge of kettle such that it would create a whirlpool. I also started to stir with spoon inside of the IC to try and help. It was faster than not having the pump, but not what I...
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