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  1. bstacy1974

    Your favorite Kolsch recipe with 34/70 and American hops?

    Just picked up a bag of Great Western Superior Pilsen malt and would like to put together a Kolsch brew day this weekend. Right now my recipe is... Pilsen 95% Light Munich 5% Crystal hops 2oz @ 60mins Water is RO with additions to achieve... Ca: 45ppm SO4: 38 ppm Cl: 55 ppm Yeast Saflager...
  2. bstacy1974

    Suggestions for new grill/smoker replacement

    I currently have an Akorn that needs some replacement parts. Rather than investing more into this grill, I'm considering something new. I'm skeptical of the new temperature controlled grills like the treager and master built gravity charcoal. It gets really cold where I live and I don't think...
  3. bstacy1974

    Help troubleshoot my gas system

    I'm having an issue with my CO2 system lately. Since upgrading to a larger tank I've had to refill it four times in three months. Most of those refills I can explain but now I've come to a situation that I don't understand. The high pressure side of my regulator well go to zero if I shut the...
  4. bstacy1974

    Tell me more about keg hopping

    Just purchased a stainless mesh hop tube from Amazon for the purpose of keg hopping. Any advice or lessons learned you'd like to share? Is this as good as a hop back or randall?
  5. bstacy1974

    Pump impeller replacement

    Has anyone successfully replaced the impeller of a MP-15RM pump? Purchased a new impeller from AliExpress, but can't get it to spin when all the pump head screws are finger tight.
  6. bstacy1974

    Huell Melon recipe suggestions

    I'm asking for suggestions on using up some of my hop inventory, specifically, Huell Melon. Helles? Marzen? Maibock? Bock? Whatcha got?
  7. bstacy1974

    New Bayou Classic kettle conversion

    How it started. Halfway through. Almost there. Passed a 7 gallon hot water leak test. Drained it down to 3 gals that will sit overnight, just to make sure the bulkheads are holding. Tomorrow will be pickup tube install, wire the element, solder the RTD plug. A light scrub with bar...
  8. bstacy1974

    Old hops and the HSI

    I should have asked for advice before brewing today, but oh well. Call it an experiment. So, I have some old hops in the freezer. Some in excess of 6 years old. Purchased from YVH, then repacked in 1oz vacuum sealed bags. In an effort to clear my inventory, I decided to do a little research on...
  9. bstacy1974

    FB Marketplace score. New fermentation chamber.

    We are in the process of setting up a little man cave for my our boys in the basement. A place where the teens and pre-teens can hangout and play video games. While looking alfor a used mini-fridge, the wife comes across this! Turns out, it's someone we know. $50 and it was never used by the...
  10. bstacy1974

    Is it alive?

    34-70 a year old, maybe older. Sterilized 1.020 wort. Is it still alive? We'll see?
  11. bstacy1974

    How important is runoff gravity?

    I've read posts within this forum talking about how your runoff gravity needs to be around 1.020. My runoff gravity is consistently in the 1.030 to 1.035 range, with batch sparging. I achieve my volumes without issue and usually come within a point or two of all my other gravity measurements...
  12. bstacy1974

    AliExpress potential mash tun?

    Came across this "thermos" on AliExpress. Looks like a potential mash tun. There are two other similar items for around the same price. Max size is 50L.
  13. bstacy1974

    Finally made a beer I can't drink

    I was going for an English style IPA. Used a basic IPA grain bill for me, Pils, Munich, Carapils. No crystal malt, but about 8 oz of homemade medium invert sugar. Yeast was S-04. For hops I bittered with Magnum, Willamette and US Goldings. Then more Willamette and Goldings at 10 mins. And a...
  14. bstacy1974

    Best use/recipe for Azacca and Comet.

    I'm brewing later today with Azacca and Comet. Right now I'm thinking of an IPA recipe with 2 row ~80%, ~8% Munich, ~4% Victory, and ~4% Carapils. Chinook to bitter. Cascade at 10 min Then several ounces of Azacca and Comet for flame out and whirlpool additions. Am I on the right path?
  15. bstacy1974

    Lager yeast research

    Interesting read on lager yeast research.
  16. bstacy1974

    Vacuum sealing hops?

    I'm looking for an easier way to vacuum seal my hops. In the past, I've weighed and sealed hops in 1oz portions, but that is super labor intensive. Also, when I cut larger vacuum bags into smaller vacuum bags, they don't always seal properly. I'm thinking of rolling off a larger bag than I...
  17. bstacy1974

    You know you're out of shape when...

    you wake up sore the morning after brew day! Alright, I'm out of shape. I know it. But, my brew days are fairly labor intensive since I have no running water in the garage. Everything has to be put in buckets and carried, then lifted and poured. Between the brew water, plus water for clean...
  18. bstacy1974

    Stupid mistake during brew day...

    None of us should take ourselves that seriously. We all do stupid things, nearly everyday. This incident was so stupid, I have to share. I recently added a RIMS tube to my brew system. This was only my second brew day on this piece of equipment. Everything was going as normal, at first...
  19. bstacy1974

    Deschutes Hopzeit recipe?

    I'm loving Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA right now. Anyone tried to clone it?
  20. bstacy1974

    AliExpress RIMS tube

    Just received my AliExpress RIMS tube. $86.99 shipped to Alaska, as pictured. Only took 11 days to get here! It's 16" end to end. Still waiting on a 1750W cartridge heater, female threaded tri clamp for the rtd, and the tri clamp barbs. Can't wait to get this build started.