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  1. videoman

    Anyone using BeerSmith regularly ?

    Beersmith is my favorite program when looking side by side with Beertools.... but, just moved over to the Mac OS this year and had to leave Beersmith behind. Beertools has a Mac Version. Bummer. Would love to see a Mac version of Beersmith....
  2. videoman

    first taste of true brew canadian ale kit

    I tried many of the True Brew kits before going AG.... they were always good giving me a good product every time. Enjoy!!
  3. videoman

    When did you make the switch to AG?

    Bout 15 extract kits before I made the move... 20/20 hindsight, probably only need 5 or so extract brews to understand the process before moving on.
  4. videoman

    Does Anyone Have Experience with cPVC Collection Manifolds?

    Brewd00d is an outstanding vendor... I purchased the 60 quart system both HLT/MLT and have been extremely pleased. DONT MESS AROUND - BUY THE 60QT... you will want that capability someday. The only problem with using the PVC is slight bit of leakage.... the leakage comes from the rubber seals...
  5. videoman

    does chilling the beer affect the carbonation?

    The Grolsch bottles themselves can be slightly problematic... depending on how well you have sealed the bottle, and how well the rubber washer is working.
  6. videoman

    floating snot? (gelatin)

    Now that you mention it, I do remember fermintations that did look like that.... you're probably right.... I'll bet that beer will be just fine. Crazier things have happened.
  7. videoman

    First Time...and to celebrate... again

    Good luck on your first brew and enjoy..... ... and thank you lucky stars the Wings didn't do to the Stanley Cup what was done to the Memorial Cup... CHL Championship Trophy.... eeekkk gaaadds.
  8. videoman

    floating snot? (gelatin)

    Well, let me be the first to say that I doubt what your looking at is a result of gelatin. I've used gelatin for fining several times; once you mix it with the water it should have been clear... you pour it in, kick the carboy a little to get it mixed and let is set... for me, I let it sit...
  9. videoman

    New to brew

    One handy device that is usually not in a kit is an auto siphon... really helpful to transfer wort and beer from bucket to bucket. Another little item is something to grab a little wort and put it in your hydrometer container so...
  10. videoman

    First All Grain! Woohoo

    Yes, congratulations! Tis a great feeling after your first successful AG brew... even better when you sample the results!! Make sure you let us know how that honey brown worked out. 2lb of honey at flameout is very interesting... sounds like something I'd love to try.
  11. videoman

    Boiling Outdoors

    Definately another year round outdoor brewer here! Even in the freezing cold of a Maine winter, I'm out there brewing!! No problems at all.
  12. videoman

    Aging of Imperial Stout

    Agree with Jagg... with the high OG beers, they seem to ferment on a similar schedule as lower OG ales, but the taste profile takes alot longer to mature. I did a Scottish Wee Heavy that was drinkable after 8 weeks in the bottle, was perfect at 12. Time in a bottle (hmmmm catchy phrase; maybe...
  13. videoman

    Used Turkey Fryer?

    I've converted a turkey fryer for beer use with success... just clean very very well (PBW is a great suggestion).
  14. videoman

    Stock pot question

    Got me A4J... I'll not defend that comment... what I was meaning to imply was better said by bike n brew... it's a pain to clean after having grease in it and the left over residue will affect your beer in a negative way. Advice in this thread seems to be don't do it.... from now on I'll leave...
  15. videoman

    Primary over-flow, beer ruined?

    Agree with Chad... my oatmeal stout went nuts this weekend and continued to spew foam for about 12 hours... keep an airlock in sanitizer, and swap them out periodically till the foam stops... you'll be good to go.
  16. videoman

    Stock pot question

    I can't help you with the science of why or why not, but my gut tells me to commit that turkey fryer as a dedicated beer brewing pot. I have used the turkey fryer pot I have in my beermaking; but when I made that decision I scrubbed, cleaned, sanitized and boiled off water prior to use... just...
  17. videoman

    Fermentation Problem...please help

    Albiet, anytime you pop the top of the fermenter you risk letting bad stuff into your beer... but I'm really not that paranoid... so, as long as you sanitize everything that hits your beer... it should not a problem taking the hydrometer reading.
  18. videoman

    Fermentation Problem...please help

    I brewed an oatmeal stout this weekend; similar but different to your porter. But the commonality is that (in my experience) big beers (higher OG) start out with a bang and run their course very fast. But, just because the bubbles have stopped in the airlock does not mean the yeast has stopped...
  19. videoman

    Low attenuation. Now what?

    Agreed Hooter... this has happened a couple of times for me... FG seemed high, but it did carbonate and it was enjoyable... albiet, not my best beer ever. I have had this happen with the Muntons dry, I've had it happen with a couple different strains of liquid Wyeast. Once I started using the...
  20. videoman

    All grain equipment question

    +1 on mashing in a cooler system... economical, works great, cleans up well... I purchased my system from and I highly recommend this man. I purchased his biggest system, the 60 quart, purchased a mash and lauter tun, and paid around $185 INCLUDING shipping to Maine. Then...