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  1. JeffoC6

    Starsan and Foil

    Would it be OK to pour your distilled water and starsan into a foil pan to soak your equipment in? You know, those throw away casserole foil pans that you use for roasting chickens or pulled pork. Would the foil effect the integrity of the starsan solution? Thanks!
  2. JeffoC6

    Cleaning New Stainless Steel Kettle

    My new kettle just arrived today. Stainless steel, 5 gallon. What would you use to clean it?
  3. JeffoC6

    Random Question About Pre-Boil Water Volume

    Is it a good thing or a bad thing that I can pretty much nail my pre-measured water, accounting for grain/hop absorption, boil off, etc., and have my wort pretty much be just at 1 gallon at the time I pour it into my 1 gallon fermenter? I rarely need top off water, and usually hit my SG with 70%...
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    Question about Stainless Steel, Discoloration, Hard Water Buildup, and Passivating

    I posted this in the "Beginners Section," but I think it I may get some better help here. I stopped brewing for awhile, as I got really frustrated 2 years back due to constant metallic tastes in my beers. I tried everything- using spring water, using distilled water with calcium chloride...
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    Question Regarding Stainless Steel, Off Flavors, and Passivating

    I've been gone for a long time, as I got really frustrated 2 years back due to constant metallic tastes in my beers. I stumbled upon this article and am very intrigued: http://www.eckraus.com/blog/cleaning-a-new-brew-kettle My stainless (3 gallon) kettle was used for all sorts of cooking...
  6. JeffoC6

    Looking For Motivation To Start Again..

    I'm a 1 gallon AG BIAB brewer who started out on this hobby about 2 years ago. I loved it instantly and started brewing every weekend. Thing is, approx 90% of the beers that I brewed, I didn't care for. Everyone else said they were "good," but I didn't agree. Most of the time, I was...
  7. JeffoC6

    Need Help (Engineering A Pet Door)

    So here is a gate that my wife and I recently purchased for our new puppy, who turned 3 months old today. The gate also has a little door for cats (we have 2) to pass through. See pics below: The problem is, the dog can fit through the cat door. We wanted to put the kitty litter and...
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    World Travelers- Need Your Help

    I'm leaving for my Honeymoon on Monday, May 13th. We're going to Madrid for 4 days and the to Barcelona for 5. It's in my nature to research, plan, and plot specific places of interest (tapas, restaurants, bars, the best place for *insert regional delicacy here*), etc. So after all the...
  9. JeffoC6

    Looking for KBS- First time trader, willing to send first

    Hi all- I've never done a trade before, but after having my first ever KBS this past Thursday, I think I need to have some more :) I know that you have to establish a reputation in the trading world, so I understand that I may not get too many hits on this, but to let you know that I'm...
  10. JeffoC6

    Help With Phenols (I Think)

    I have another thread currently on the beginning forum, but I have a feeling my answers my lie in this forum. I started brewing 1 Gallon All Grain batches back in February 2012. I have my process down and pretty much hit my numbers like clockwork. In the time I've been brewing, I have brewed...
  11. JeffoC6

    Off Flavor

    I just tasted my recent IPA. I hopped the hell out of it, used distilled water with a little bit of calcium chloride added (thanks Yooper!), was an absolute freak about santitation, have a temperature controlled fermentation chamber, that I kept at 62 degrees (US-05) the entire duration of...
  12. JeffoC6

    Catskill Mountain Residents? Need Some Help...

    How's the weather up there? My bachelor party is on April 6th and we have a cabin rented out about 10 miles south east of Windham Mountain. The weekend will consist of beer, outdoor drunken olympic type events, and maybe some getting lost in the woods type stuff. Since I live about 3 hours...
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    Those Of You In The Catskill Mountains, need help!

    How's the weather up there? My bachelor party is on April 6th and we have a cabin rented out about 10 miles south east of Windham Mountain. The weekend will consist of beer, outdoor drunken olympic type events, and maybe some getting lost in the woods type stuff. Since I live about 3 hours...
  14. JeffoC6

    Suggestions on how to reduce headspace in my BIAB kettle

    I do 1 gallon batches. I do BIAB in a 3 gallon stainless steel stock pot. My system is completely dialed in and I pretty much nail 70% efficiency each time. I'm just looking for a suggestion on how I could keep my mash temps more stabilized. I know for a fact I'm losing temps due to having only...
  15. JeffoC6

    My First Brisket- Need Help

    Hey guys and girls. I'm making my first brisket on Christmas Eve for my parents and my fiance. While I"m sure this will be frowned upon, I'm making it in the oven, as I live in an apartment complex with absolutely no access to a grill, smoker, etc. So while i understand this may not be the...
  16. JeffoC6

    Suggestions Needed

    Having my bachelor party in April in upstate NY (Catskill Mountains) in a secluded cabin in the woods. The property has a large yard, but is surrounded by forest. Outside of the normal stuff (brewpubs, paintball, etc), what are some suggestions for hilarious/random activities or competitions a...
  17. JeffoC6

    Frustrated. Need some encouragement...

    Hey guys. I've been brewing (1-gallon AG batches) since January 2012. I started out like a house-a-fire and was brewing every weekend. It was exciting and I had dreams of making word class beer (or at least damn good beer) every weekend and wow'ing my friends and family. By about May, I realized...
  18. JeffoC6

    Buttery/Cabbage'y

    I realize that buttered popcorn and cooked vegetables (cabbage) is a common off flavor in homebrewing. Everything I've read on it basically says it's due to yeast issues or sanitation. After spending months getting my tannin issues under control (I think I finally figured it out), I'm now...
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    Got some fresh hops, but curious...

    My brother and sister-in-law picked up some fresh hops for me from someone who grows/harvests them. I had them ask the person what kind they were and they told them "Northern Tier." I've never heard of these kinds and a quick google search turned up nothing. Anyone have any idea what "Northern...
  20. JeffoC6

    Please Critique This India Brown Ale Recipe

    Seeing as how the fall is approaching, I figured this beer would be a nice transition from the summery IPA's to the fallish Brown Ales/Spiced Ales. Please let me know your thoughts... 1 Gallon AG batch based on 70% efficiency BIAB Target OG: 1.059 Target FG: 1.015 ABV: 5.8% IBU's...
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