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  1. BigFloyd

    Texas Weather

    Only in Texas can it be shorts and t-shirt weather yesterday (mid-70's) and then today I watch an inch of frozen rain pile up on the back deck that's supposed to freeze solid tonight when it gets into the upper teens.:drunk:
  2. BigFloyd

    A/B Brewery Tour and Busch Signature Copper Lager

    I have never, ever been a fan of Bud, Bud Light or Bud American Ale. I'd just about rather down a glass of dirty dish water. So, I'm up in Ft. Collins visiting my youngest son who moved there last year, hanging out, skiing a couple of days, and enjoying the incredible craft beer scene they...
  3. BigFloyd

    The Beauty of E-Brewing

    This afternoon, straight from brewing a batch of dunkel lager to cooking a steak sous vide, all on the same single vessel E-BIAB rig. Well, I did decide to go ahead and flush it all of the muck out before refilling with fresh water for the meat (now cooking @ 131F). It would only be...
  4. BigFloyd

    Late Summer Pale - Your Thoughts Please

    Summer can last on into October here in Texas, so I'm thinking of brewing this as a batch to bottle and share with friends who are scared of my "dark beer" (i.e., anything amber and beyond) and simply for something refreshing to drink when I'm thirsty. :D It would be my first time using...
  5. BigFloyd

    New Homebrew Store in Tyler

    It looks like the "grand opening" festivities will be on Saturday May 18 for Tyler's first ever LHBS.:rockin: So far the owner Scott Williamson (ikonis on HBT since 04/09) has in 4300# of grain and some other goodies and is awaiting the rest of the inventory to arrive so he can open the doors...
  6. BigFloyd

    Auberin vs. Lightobject PID, SSR, heatsinks, etc.

    Howdy. I'm excited to be getting ready to make the jump into E-Brewing (thanks to all of the excellent info here and PJ's awesome schematics). I'm going to head over to a brew buddy's house Saturday to help him brew a batch on his single vessel E-BIAB rig. I'm sure that, after seeing how it...
  7. BigFloyd

    If you cold crash......please VOTE in this poll to protect your right to do so!!!.

    https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/do-you-cold-crash-everyone-vote-especially-if-you-dont-402620/ If you don't cold crash your brew, just go on about your business. Don't bother voting. Hey, I think I hear your wife calling....:D
  8. BigFloyd

    An easy 2.3 gallon (LBK-size) Munich faux-lager using Nottingham

    Earlier this year, I was at the nearest LHBS and saw a 3.3lb can of Briess Munich extract for $10. I figured I'd get it and try to work up a 2.3 gallon batch of pseudo-Dunkel with it using some of the leftover specialty grains I had, a packet of Nottingham that was in the fridge, and then stick...
  9. BigFloyd

    Made the jump to AG today - zounds!

    It's kind of like I went from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. My only other hobby that does that is fast motorcycles. My son and his fiance' bought me a Mr. Beer kit as a gift. The two pre-hopped extracts that came with it were for styles not to my tastes, so I started looking into and asking about...
  10. BigFloyd

    Very Simple DIY Stirplate - Is My Speed OK?

    I'm trying to get geared up to do liquid yeast in what I'm hoping is the correct fashion. One of the things I figured I'd need is a stir plate. Here's one I cobbled together 100% from pieces and parts I had on hand. Total cost = $0 The 12V motor is a fan I took out of a really old...
  11. BigFloyd

    Your thoughts on this Munich LME recipe please

    This will be my first batch using a liquid extract other than the HME that comes in the Mr. Beer kits. I've got a Mr. Beer based one fermenting right now (American Light to which I added a 1/2 lb light DME, steeped 1/2 lb German crystal 75 30 min, tossed in 1/2 oz of Fuggles at finish and just...
  12. BigFloyd

    Seeking opinions on Munich LME recipe

    This will be my first batch using a liquid extract other than the HME that comes in the Mr. Beer kits. I've got a Mr. Beer based one fermenting right now (American Light to which I added a 1/2 lb light DME, steeped 1/2 lb German crystal 75 30 min, tossed in 1/2 oz of Fuggles at finish and just...
  13. BigFloyd

    Splitting a pack of dry yeast for smaller batch

    I'm quite new at this, using a couple of Mr. Beer fermenters I was given and getting ready for my third batch. This one will be the first one to not use any MB HME and yeast. I'll be using Nottingham and pitching into a volume of about 2.3 gallons. The yeast packet size is 11 grams. Mr...
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