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  1. CBelli

    Raw Ale / No Boil

    yes I also suggest staying below 175 for the same reasons... SMS changes to DMS above 175 as far as whirlflock... I find it helps the with the proteins that do not coagulate during a normal boil.. NEIPA cloudiness comes from the flakes grains in the grist... the whirlflock helps with the...
  2. CBelli

    Raw Ale / No Boil

    I have been brewing New England styles using a RAW Brew for the past 9 months... always comes out fantastic.. One tip is to mash low at 150... this is perfectly suited for the style because the low mash temp gives a nice dry finish that showcases all the late whirlpool additions but the no boil...
  3. CBelli

    SS Brewbucket Review

    Personally I prefer the Chapman stainless fermenter... it is around 1/2 the price! Same style lid, although better for me as it is easily adapted with a 2 inch tri clover for my thermos well and CO2 transfers. It has a flat bottom and I opted for the portless version as I prefer to pressure...
  4. CBelli

    DryHop Duration Question

    personally I find that 24 hours is just right... at room temp of coarse.... contact time past 36 hours does not bring any additional good flavors out of the hops and runs the risk of extracting grassy vegetal notes... if you want more from the hops after that pitch another layering of dry hops...
  5. CBelli

    Bottling and Kegging - The Best of Both Worlds

    Am I missing something?.... this but it sounds exactly like adding priming sugar but in liquid form? Why not just use Kayro Syrup ... it is liquid corn sugar.
  6. CBelli

    Rise of the Gruit

    good read.... the variety never ends... thanks for the article!
  7. CBelli

    Request: Bud Light Clone Recipe

    I think it will be easier to teach your father-in-law to enjoy other beers, than to attempt a BL clone..
  8. CBelli

    Excessively dry beer?

    I'm betting it is the acid malt you don't like.... Try lactic acid in the mash and most important the sparge from what I have been told PH and temp in the sparge has high potential for tannin extraction
  9. CBelli

    Excessively dry beer?

    After reading all posts I think we need to see the recipe... Here are a few thoughts I had while reading some of the posts... From not seeing the recipe I also agree possible tannins from the sparge. Fly or Batch Sparge? Sparge temp? Have you fermented any buggy beers in the...
  10. CBelli

    beersmith vs brewersfriend

    Agreed, versioning is truly clunky... as a result, I have changed my recipe list now to have a "folder" for each beer and then inside I have all individual versions. I just wish that when you do a 'save as' for a recipe it updated the date but for some reason it always keeps the same date...
  11. CBelli

    beersmith vs brewersfriend

    I have used BS for years and like it... my only "beef" is that the Versioning/Brew Day aspect is very clunky for me.
  12. CBelli

    So You Want to Build A Keezer

    nice job!
  13. CBelli

    Homebrewing With The Amazon Echo

    I guess from the comments that someone should write an article about crotchety old guys with a touch of big brother paranoia who prefer the good old days without computers when the world used egg timers and chalkboards...
  14. CBelli

    Where to place my tap and attach drip tray

    WARNING!!!!! the heat exchanger runs through the sides and lid... If you drill the top for a tower odds are you will hit a line!!!... be very careful and plan out the exact sopt... there are loads of threads that show you who to isolate the heat lines.
  15. CBelli

    Experimenting With Ingredients In Your Kitchen To Make Prepackaged Kits Unique

    This is a great article.... Experimentation is where we got many of our current beer styles! Splitting a batch is the perfect way measure the results against the base style!!! 3 cheers for a good and interesting read!
  16. CBelli

    Growing Out of BIAB: Reasons to Consider An MLT

    This may be a good time to rethink article submission? 1. Maybe there should be a peer review of articles.... Many of the ones over the past year leave a lot to be desired. 2. Maybe there should be a group of freelance authors hired to write great content.... I know that I get an email from...
  17. CBelli

    DIY Fermentation Chamber

    Nice build!! I like your approach & concept.... If I want to ferment more than one carboy chances are it would be a week apart and the temp schedule would not match the previous beer anyway... By that time my first beer is in a diastole rest. For more capacity I would build 2 of your style...
  18. CBelli

    DIY Fermentation Chamber

    I also noticed the foam insulation on the side of the fridge. This will block the heat exchange and most likely lower the cooling capacity and more than likely cause premature death. From a safety standpoint I would be concerned of excess heat buildup on the sides. Not to mention the concern...
  19. CBelli

    DIY Fermentation Chamber

    Looks good but there is one issue that I notice with this system. Most modern refrigerators have their heat exchanger in the side and top walls. Having the entire refrigerator inside a box will mix the cold air with the exchanged heat radiated from the walls. It is why window air conditioners...
  20. CBelli

    How can I save money on brew day?

    Agree with JonnyRotten.... save money buying in bulk Crisp Pale Ale Malt (good stuff ) for $62 a sack of 55lbs LHBS Plain 2 row domestic ~$50 for 50 pounds LHBS Hops from $15-25 a pound Check your tap water $20+ for water is nuts. $4 for a pack of S05 Last time I...