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  1. Shred

    Best Auto-Brew Systems

    I'm getting back to homebrewing after opening a ~1000 bbl/year commercial brewery (which I sold off my ownership interest in) where I was responsible for our wholesale division and haven't touched a brewhouse in probably 3+ years and haven't homebrewed in probably 6. I see a number of...
  2. Shred

    What are you doing instead of brewing this weekend?

    Looks like it's picked up some oxidized sherry / tawny color.
  3. Shred

    FT: 2013 Imperial Stout Trooper, 2014 KBS and a bunch more.

    I've got 2 bottles of 2013 and 1 bottle of 2014 Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Company and 2 2014 KBS. My full cellar is here: https://www.cellarhq.com/cellars/Shred Let me know if anything catches your eye and what you have to offer. I'm wanting to try Cantillion (any) and...
  4. Shred

    Can too much headspace in the fermenter be a problem for a healthy fermentation?

    Nope. Shouldn't pose a problem. Once fermenation starts CO2 will quickly push the excess O2 out.
  5. Shred

    Wine making advice for a beer brewer?

    Patience is certainly not the issue. I've got a rack in the basement that holds roughly 250 wine bottles. I have other homemade wines down there varying from 1-3 years of age... I'm just looking to take my homemade wines to the next level. I have many award-winning beers and I'd be interested...
  6. Shred

    Brew Stand Build

    This is what I have on my weldless, 1-tier stand and I'm happy with all of it: Burner: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009JXYTG/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20 Caster: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000DD1EG/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20 Pumps...
  7. Shred

    Forgot to check FG before bottling/priming

    I've never done this, but I'd imagine you'd want to fully degas before taking your reading. The CO2 will probably offer some "lift" to the hydrometer. If you did extract, your numbers should be damn close to target anyway.
  8. Shred

    Wine making advice for a beer brewer?

    What are the thoughts on using O2 pre-fermentation? Is that a common practice to help will yeast cell health? Also, temp control (or ideal ferm temps)?
  9. Shred

    Wine making advice for a beer brewer?

    Thanks all... not my first kit, but I've been underwhelmed by my previous kits (though they were slightly lower-priced). I've also had issues with residual carbonation. I know long-term bulk aging can help, but I rigged up a brake line bleeder to follow the drill paddler thing and hopefully...
  10. Shred

    Wine making advice for a beer brewer?

    What's the best piece(s) of advice you can offer to a relatively accomplished beer brewer looking to take wine beyond the instruction booklet in the kit? In brewing, my biggest improvements came with an understanding of pitch rate, temp control and water filtration. How do I take a decent...
  11. Shred

    HomebrewSupply Recipe Giveaway

    RIS all grain kit. :mug:
  12. Shred

    What are you doing instead of brewing this weekend?

    I'll be pouring home brewed Belgian Golden Strong and Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout during the dessert course of a charity fundraiser this Sunday. Should be fun.
  13. Shred

    Help troubleshooting my new DIY RIMS Controller, please

    Yeah, I think for the $25 or so it's worth it to do it right. Too late to return my other PID but we'll just call it a lesson learned. SNR PID it is.
  14. Shred

    Help troubleshooting my new DIY RIMS Controller, please

    Not bursting my bubble at all. I'm glad that's all it is. Sucks that I'm out the $25, but if buying a new PID fixes the issue and I can finally use this thing, I'm thrilled! So, if I grab an SNR PID controller, I should be good to go?
  15. Shred

    Help troubleshooting my new DIY RIMS Controller, please

    I'll start this by saying I'm far from an electrical engineer. I understand the basics, but I'm brand new to all things PID and SSR. We installed 3 switches - 1 for each pump (these work fine) and 1 for the PID/RIMS setup. The lights corresponding to the switches are working properly as...
  16. Shred

    extract barley wine recipe

    Champagne yeast will convert all the sugars that ale yeast can. Ale yeast doesn't convert complex carbohydrates either. Just mono and di-saccharides). Since looking for info in this thread a few years ago, I've done several beers 20% and higher. My 19% Barleywine has won in several BJCP...
  17. Shred

    What are you doing instead of brewing this weekend?

    I've got my "Send-Off" luau themed wedding party this Saturday. We're doing a pig roast with a number of tropical sides and 4 homebrews on tap for 50 friends and family members before we fly to Hawaii next weekend for the actual ceremony/honeymoon. The beers on tap: New England Style IPA...
  18. Shred

    Who's smoking meat this weekend?

    Actually, that was totally posted in this thread by mistake (I meant to post it in the "What are you doing instead of brewing this weekend" thread), but I guess it still works!
  19. Shred

    Who's smoking meat this weekend?

    I've got my "Send-Off" luau themed wedding party this Saturday. We're doing a pig roast with a number of tropical sides and 4 homebrews on tap for 50 friends and family members before we fly to Hawaii next weekend for the actual ceremony/honeymoon. The beers on tap: New England Style IPA...
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