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    I'm an apartment brewer looking to level up to all-grain brewing and need some advice/guidance

    I have to echo this for apartment brewing. I too have the 6.5. I have access to both 110v and 240- I built the the adpapter GFCI cord but after a few brews I stopped using it and now brew in my kitchen on a 110v outlet. 5 gals is way too much beer for me - too much to drink, too much to...
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    I need to get active in this thread again. After not having enough time to make sour dough on a regular basis I have since settled on this every day whole wheat bread and doing all the kneeding in a stainless steel bowl with a spatula. I am convince this method is a good as a bench needing...
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    When is a kolsch done?

    I've had success with 4 to 6 weeks. 2 weeks in the fermenter and then 2 - 4 weeks in the keg (in the fermentation mini fridge). My chamber and diy kegerator are both mini fridges so each can only hold one 2.5 gal mini keg so I really cant do a long true lagering. I hold ferment and age then...
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    Using all DME

    you can easily look at the kit's ingredients and buy them directly. If the basic ingredients for a wit beer are not available, I'd find another hobby.
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    Corned Beef?

    corn your own briskets in celery juice (and I think you can also add whey to the cure) for a non sodium brine. As for soaking in water, the meat and water will move to equilibrium. Changing the water will draw out more salt.
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    Using all DME

    does she like Blue Moon? That seems to be a popular beer for the millercoorsbud crowd. Wit beers are complex but lack the ABV and IBUs of the classic home brew beers and don't require the lagering of light beers. Northern brewer has an extract wit beer kit that looks good.
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    What’s your first stop for recipe research?

    I’ll start at BYO for a general understanding of the style techniques and a recipe. I’ll also have a copy of Clone Brews I’ll check. From time to time I’ll check here (like the NEIPA thread as it’s about the fastest evolving style). I’ll also check out some of the online recipe kits. I’ll...
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    iSpindle - DIY Electronic Hydrometer

    I used the online formula iSpindel Calibration I'm recharging right now, but I did update the firmware
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    Who's smoking meat this weekend?

    slice and reheat in the microwave. 4 slices takes just 1min 30 seconds in my 900 watt microwave. Half my brisket has been vacuumed sealed and in the freezer. So long as you don't leave it so long that it develops freezer burn and you let it thaw (either in the fridge under running cool...
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    Who's smoking meat this weekend?

    if the temp probe slides in like a hot knife through butter and it has a "giggle" to it, it's done regardless of the thermometer reading. Although after 16 hours at 225° and below 195°, I suspect a temperature misreading someplace. Take multiple readings. The thin part of the flat will...
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    iSpindle - DIY Electronic Hydrometer

    I did all that except I haven't been able to determine if my iSpindel is reporting in Plato. bummer. It reported to Brewfather at 9;56am this morning our s as of 10:43 I have no update with the internal setting of 900. This has been a huge headache all because of some esoteric wifi...
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    iSpindle - DIY Electronic Hydrometer

    Thanks. I suspected that, but I could not find what the character limit was. Meanwhile, I re-entered my data into the online calibration tool and used the 3 point formula 0.9252244978629107+0.0043117531682422411*tilt-0.00006952494454743714 *tilt^2+5.662186042255915e-7*tilt^3 I changed...
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    iSpindle - DIY Electronic Hydrometer

    ughhh I switched the wifi network to my iPhone personal hotspot and that did the trick. So I recalibrated the ispindel ( was a bit sloppy for the initial calibration and wanted better numbers that weren't all over he place), replaced the formula and the device won't upload anymore. I gave...
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    Fermenting Under Pressure

    Yup, Lowering the pressure in the headspace will cause. CO2 to come out of solution until it reaches equilibrium.
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    Air lock

    No change in SG is the true way to know if fermentation is done. Taking samples and measuring isn't always practicable especially when we brew smaller batches so one rule of thumb for typical gravity beers is to 2 weeks before bottling/kegging. There is no need to rush the beer, and yeast...
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    Who's smoking meat this weekend?

    Overnight brisket cook on the WSM. Ribs and chicken today on the FastEddy
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    Who is brewing on Long Island?

    Kedco and Northport Hardware closed today and tomorrow. I should have checked first and then changed my schedule yesterday to pick up ingredients for a rainy Sunday brew day.
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    Ispindel connection problems

    I changed the if connection to my iPhone personal hotspot and it showed up on Brewfather right away. So its a wifi connection issue with my home wifi using the apple extreme and Apple Express. Not the end of the world. I will now see if I can turn off the hot spot and then back on to see...
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    Ispindel connection problems

    It keeps the settings I have not taken logs u/k antenna - I bought on ebay wifi is WPA2/WPA3 personal security
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    Who's smoking meat this weekend?

    I prefer this sequence for the learning curve: chicken: the easiest - it's done when the thermometer says its done. Ribs - Cook three racks at a time and remove 30 minute apart so you know when underdone, done and overdone are Pork - keeping the fire lit, not falling asleep, knowing the...