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  1. danmdevries

    Ward Labs Report

    Iron is no secret in my raw water. The softener with iron reducing salts takes care of it for home use but I've had quite undesirable effects using softener water for brewing. Guess I'll just have to stick with dark beers (which I prefer anyway) Any issues with the report when used for...
  2. danmdevries

    Ward Labs Report

    pH 7.9 TDS 551 Conductivity 0.92 Cations/Anions 10.8 / 11.4 Sodium 34 Potassium 3 Calcium 81 Magnesium 62 Total Hardness CaCO3 461 Nitrate 0.2 Sulfate 37 Chloride 2 Carbonate <1.0 Bicarbonate 552 Total Alkalinity as CaCO3 456 Total Phos 0.02 Total Iron 1.13 I ordered this to help me guide...
  3. danmdevries

    Amarillo Gold?

    Thank you for confirming my suspicions. I had high doubts when I saw it considering the patent on Amarillo hops and like you said, what we use are all female only and seeds would only be from contaminated specimens. I did have a little hope that Amarillo gold was a separate, non patented...
  4. danmdevries

    Amarillo Gold?

    I got an email from a friend with a link to an Ebay auction selling "amarillo gold" hops seeds. Now the uncertainties of m/f growing from seed aside, what is amarillo gold? Is it similar in flavor/aroma to Amarillo? Worth a shot? Here's the link. Not mine, no association, just shopping...
  5. danmdevries

    Worst Part When Bottling From a Keg

    I'll share the recipe too. I think this is what I used, it was meant to be a one time brew so I didn't write anything down either. So this is mostly from memory. I know the 1lb flaked barley and handful maltodextrin was sitting on the shelf when I was pouring in the mash and on impulse I threw...
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    Worst Part When Bottling From a Keg

    TL;DR at the end Wife and I had a kid last August. She was stuck in the hospital for a while due to C Section and the weekend (weekend covering physicians rarely discharge on the weekend fyi). I took the opportunity to catch up on a few things since I took FMLA and didn't have to cover my unit...
  7. danmdevries

    How many batches before you bought a wort chiller?

    I did at least a dozen batches before I got sick of dropping $5 on ice for brewday. Realized for the $60 I'd spent on ice, I could've bought a good amount of copper tubing and made a chiller. So I did. About a year ago I bought a 25' coil of copper tubing and bent it to fit my kettle. A few...
  8. danmdevries

    Thoughts on all fuggle bipa

    And this is 100% true. If you've got the ingredients on hand, BREW IT! I've made some good beers that were "leftovers mash" brews. I've made some awful beers that were "leftovers mash" brews. Either way, brew your normal rotation and when you've got enough leftovers, toss em...
  9. danmdevries

    Thoughts on all fuggle bipa

    I'm not THAT familiar with fuggle but I know someone that experimented with a fuggle IPA and it did not turn out well at all. That strain doesn't have the flavor/aroma of the hops normally used in IPA's. Again, I personally have not experimented with it but did toss around the idea of...
  10. danmdevries

    Critique my recipe please

    I transferred the wort out of the bucket and into a carboy. Not even calling it secondary because that wasn't my purpose. Excessive trub in the fermenter left what looked like lingering high krausen. I sanitized a spoon and scooped some out, it was just a "shell" of mixed krausen and trub with...
  11. danmdevries

    Ok to pitch a starter made w/ stirplate?

    I usually do 2L starters and unless it's a lighter style, I pitch the whole flask. I'll cold crash a 2L starter for wheat, belgian, american pales. Most of what I brew is in the 1.080-1.120 OG range so most of the time I just pitch the whole thing. I pitched a whole 4L starter on my last brew...
  12. danmdevries

    KaBOOM!!

    Basement is pretty much a constant 64 year round. Even with a vigorous fermentation like this, it rarely breaks 74-75f. Usually they're between 68-72. I've never had any issues as far as I can tell with fermentation. Maybe I'll get on board with temperature controlled fermentation someday but...
  13. danmdevries

    KaBOOM!!

    Background: 1.128 OG Belgian/English Barleywine with my first 4L starter. I was already nervous about this brew: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/critique-my-recipe-please-358847/ I last saw it just start bubbling a little before I went to bed around 230-3am last night and when I went...
  14. danmdevries

    Critique my recipe please

    Do you think my "choice" of adjunct grains is sufficient for adding body? They were all leftovers so I just tossed em all in. My wife's favorite beer is 3Floyds Behemoth and I've never found a clone recipe nor have I been able to get my hands on enough bottles (usually 2-3/yr) to attempt a clone...
  15. danmdevries

    Critique my recipe please

    I started with a 2L starter at 1.040 and it sat on the stirplate for two days then I added 1L at a higher gravity twice, two days at a time. Before I pitched I turned off the stirplate and let it settle for the brewday, about 5 hours and there was a good 2-2.5" yeast cake. Normally with a 2L...
  16. danmdevries

    Critique my recipe please

    It's already brewed so a bit too late but since there's going to be a long long time between today and when it's ready for consumption I wanted to check your input on my recipe and maybe brew a "corrected" batch if need be. We just had our first kid at the end of August so I thought I'd brew...
  17. danmdevries

    How long will crushed grain keep?

    Resurrection because I was seeking verification for what I've been doing for some time now. Northernbrewer has flat rate shipping so I order crushed grain bills, 4-6 batches at a time. Sometimes I'll brew that in a week, other times over several months. Just cracked open a vanilla porter...
  18. danmdevries

    How many gallons of Homebrew in 2012?

    3711 + 4g gumballhead clone 5 g oatmeal stout 5g iipa 5g Bourbon barrel Porter 5g American amber 3735
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