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  1. Marsdude

    Great Divide Score!!!

    Last Thursday the SWMBO and I headed to Denver to celibate her birthday. She decided she wanted to visit Great Divide Brewery and take the 3 PM tour. So after a couple of half pints in the tap room we did take the tour that only had my wife, myself, and one other guy, Mike. Mike asked if there...
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    Over carbed beer - need help...

    The good news is that my first AG brew turned out well. The bad news is that my first attempt at kegging this brew didn't go so well. I will not go into the details but in my attempt to force carb I over carbonated the beer. All I get when I try to dispense is foam. I have the keg set at...
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    CL brew stand in Boulder

    I saw this on Craigslist today and it seems like a good deal. I don't have the $350 right now to buy it so I am passing this along:
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    How do I clean old beer taps?

    I really did search but didn't find my answer. I am building a kegarator and purchased some used beer taps. I was thinking I would run some soapy water or Oxyclean through them then Starsan. Any suggestions? Do I need to disassemble them?
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    First AG and - no water pressure!!!!

    Finally after several weeks of scrounging equipment and preparation I tried my first AG, ED Wort's Bee Cave Brewery Haus Pale Ale. I had just mashed-in and was filling my pot with water for my sparge when the water from my water filter slowed down to a trickle and stop! :eek: We are on a well so...
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    Milk cooler as a mash tun???

    I am getting the equipment ready for my first all-grain brew. I have an older Coleman cooler that I was going to use as a mash tun but when then I thought of this: If I was to lay this on it's back (after removing the refrigeration coils) and then added a copper pipe manifold, would...
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    Need advice on magnet pump

    I have several equipment related questions but the first one I have is about a Iwaki magnet pump I have. I have three of these and would like to use them in a brew system I hope to build. It is rated for 200V. Can I use this with 220V? Here are some pictures of the pump.
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    Using a old aluminum pot

    I have read the thread about using aluminum pots as boil kettles. I have been wanting to try an all grain brew and the only thing stopping me was having a big enough pot. We run a commercial kitchen here and I just realized today (yes I am slow) that I have two 40qt. aluminum pot in the...
  9. Marsdude

    Trying to understand cold crash & force carb

    We have a couple of local microbrewery's, and several brew pubs. I was surprised to find that they can ferment and force carb in (sometimes) less than two weeks! I was talking with a local home brewer and he told me he will be done with fermentation of some beers around three days. He will...
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    Equinox Brewing opens in Fort Collins

    Equinox Brewing had their grand opening yesterday. Equinox is located right next to (and is a part of) Hops and Berries a local homebrew supply. The SWMBO and I was there yesterday and I thought I would give my impressions. First - I think the owner, Collin, has a great idea. He is focusing...
  11. Marsdude

    Odell's Saboteur

    I just tried some Odell's Saboteur in their tap room. They have had this on tap for a while as "Bret Barrel Brown." I didn't try it before because, although I like them, many brown ales taste a little sweet to me. Anyway, Odell's did a great job on this one. It has a lot of flavor and a...
  12. Marsdude

    Good deal? on Aluminum Stock Posts

    I wanted to pass along what may be a good deal on heavy aluminum stock pots. I run a commercial kitchen and one of our suppliers (Sanco) just sent a flyer with some nice prices. They have a 40qt. for $50.50. These are well made and very heavy pots. I haven't shopped for aluminum stock pots for a...
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    Bottling bucket - to stir or not to stir?

    I will be bottling my 5th brew later today and I have a question about the distribution of the sugar in the bottling bucket. It seems like some of my bottles are more carbonated than others and I wonder if I am getting the sugar evenly mixed up in the wort. I dissolve the sugar in a pint of...
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    Irish Red recipe help

    I am going to brew the following recipe this weekend. I was wondering what this would taste like if I increased the Northern Brewer hops to 1.5 oz, maybe even 2 oz. I know it would obviously be more hoppy, but I like hoppy beers. Any suggestions? Also what if I increased the aroma hops...
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    When should I add chilis to my brew?

    My third brew was "Tim's Irish Stout." Which was an extract recipe I got from this site (I'm drinking some now). It is the best beer I have made so far. I would like to tweak the recipe and add a very, very, light taste chili (or hot sauce) to the brew. When should I add the chili's and how...
  16. Marsdude

    Oven control for brewpot?

    Would an oven control from a range work to maintain a boil in an electric brew pot? I know it would take the voltage and turn the element on and off at a certain temp but it would not pulse like a PID/SSR setup. What do you think would this work?
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    Is my MT idea crazy?

    This will begin with a long explanation. I am an extract brewer just brewing my 5th batch. I have been studying up on all grain brewing and would like to try it in the not to distant future. I was going to build a MT out of a rectangular cooler I have but today, while brewing my 5th batch, I had...
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    What is your favorite brand of yeast?

    I usually use White Labs but when I was buying the ingredients for an ESB my LHS was out of the type I needed in the White Labs so I bought some Wyeast Activator. I had never used this brand before so by the time I took it out of the fridge to warm up I realized I didn't have three hours to...
  19. Marsdude

    Thanks for the invaluable advice!

    I have decided to become a supporter here - why? I have received great advice here! I am finding out how to switch to all grain (another thread) and... I just brewed my fourth batch. I only had a five gal. carboy and after reading the forums I decided I could use it but I should make a...
  20. Marsdude

    All grain equipment advice needed

    I am still new at brewing, just finished my fourth batch (extract). I want to be able to do some all grain batches. After searching the forums I have a few questions. Boil pot: can I use an 8 gal. pot or will I need a 10 gal? If I am correct I will need to start with appx. 6.5 gal. at the...