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  1. Sonnyjim

    Backwoods Brewery Upgraded Equipment

    Just wanted to show you all some of our little updates. All of our 3 tier connects have gone to quick connect. Makes things much easier than pulling hoses off and reclamping. We have upgraded our filter to the bazooka screen with 2 other homemade screens, we'll see how it goes for the brew...
  2. Sonnyjim

    NEW INVENTION: How to Keep Your Poured Beer Carbonated

    Ever have that last beer at the end of the night and pour it, but get about 2 sips in and then think...... F.... I have to be up for work tomorrow. Solution??? A Mason Jar. That's right folks. Pour your beer in a mason jar, put the cap on, and put it back in the fridge. When you come home...
  3. Sonnyjim

    Wheat Beer Brew Day Photos

    Not much too it. Just posting photos of our brew day. We are in limbo at J&A Brewery with our setup. We just purchased 2 new Blichmann Burners from HopDawgs (www.hopdawgs.ca) out in BC and are still in the process of setting up a permanent 3 tier system. Our old 3 tier system was custom made to...
  4. Sonnyjim

    IPA Brewday - Backwoods Brewery

    Here' some photos of nailsu1 and myself using our new setup out on the deck for the first outdoor brew of the year. We are getting to know the ins and outs, fine tuning our system, so it was a very successful brew day. The plate chiller is freakin awsome. If you don't have one and can afford...
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    Porter Fermenting Temperature - Need Help

    All wise ones, I'm brewing a Maple Coffee Porter as per this link(added maple syrup) http://***********/porter/item/1796-coffee-porter We have a temperature controlled freezer set at 65Farenheit. The recipe calls for a fruity ale yeast 1098 which is the exact one we have at 63Farenheit. We...
  6. Sonnyjim

    Beer for Stuff. What Have You Traded For???

    How many people here have traded beer for something OTHER than beer? I am sure many people here are hoarders and can barely keep enough to self medicate, however what unique things in life have you traded for your precious brew? To start, I have traded beer for: - rides to work - deer...
  7. Sonnyjim

    Temperature Fluctuation - Standup Freezer

    Hey guys, If there is a proper link that already answers this please link and thanks. I am curious about temperature fluctuation with a standup freezer. Myself and NailsU1 are brewing a coffee porter saturday with fermentation temp calling for 63 degrees farenheit. I know about temp fluc...
  8. Sonnyjim

    Upgraded Brewing System - Blackfly Brewery

    Hey everyone, just wanted to give a few photos of myself and nailsu1's new brewery. For the past 5 years I have been brewing on a very simple system (see Fishbrew21 on youtube). It worked, but nailsu1 has put some dough(no pun intended) into this one. We both currently reside at the end of...
  9. Sonnyjim

    Big Congolmerate Breweries

    So I've had a few... In fact I'm drinking the Canada Day edition of Innis and Gun. Delicious. But seriously, I'm not a beer snob(somewhat though). Although I am completely against the big breweries owning the rights to the tastes of palates across North America through it's advertising of big...
  10. Sonnyjim

    Mr. Malty Yeast Concentration Question

    I am about to use my first yeast wash for a batch tomorrow and was forwarded to the Mr.Malty site. I am currently on the Repitching from Slurry with an OG of 1.056 with a 5.25 US Gallons. My question is how do I know where to put the scale for the yeast concentration from thick to thin? Even...
  11. Sonnyjim

    Yeast Wash Pitching

    Hey guys, I will be doing my first batch with a yeast wash and I have two pint size jars half full of the wash. They have both seperated into two layers. The bottom part is the whiter yeasty looking stuff, and the upper layer is the 'beer' looking kind of stuff. WHICH part is the stuff I...
  12. Sonnyjim

    Malt Barley Planting, Pink Grains...

    Hey guys, dunno if thisis meant for this part of the forums, if not mods feel free to move. I picked up a bag of malt barley from a local farmer who was planting malt barley this year. It was from a local feed store where it was ordered and he planted 50 bags of the stuff. Anyways, I got 1...
  13. Sonnyjim

    Honey Basil Ale

    Hey guys, has anyone brewed the Honey Basil Ale from the book "The Homebrewer's Garden"? I am really into more natural beers and am in the process of being completely self sufficient in my brews. I have a big batch of Lemon Balm Basil that I want to use up and thought I could use it in this...
  14. Sonnyjim

    Making A Starter with Boiled Wort

    Hey guys, I've neer done a starter before and I wanted to do it with the batch currently in my boil kettle, BUT I completely forgot to do it. Can I take my Boiled Wort WITH hops in it, make a starter with it, and then add it to the wort tomorrow? I have yet to have any problems with fermentation...
  15. Sonnyjim

    DO NOT leave immersion chiller outside!!

    I made myself an immersion chiller 2 years ago. I made a batch about 1 month ago and left the chiller out in my storage shed where I keep the rest of the equipment. When I went to go use it for a batch made last weekend I noticed that the pipes had burst in 2 spots. It gets down to -20 just...
  16. Sonnyjim

    Yeast Washing Questions

    Hey guys, I did a bunch of searches on yeast washing and I think it's about time I get into this as it will save a LOT of money and from the links to HomeBrewingWiki it looks quite simple. Now questions..... When you wash yeast do you have to use it for the same type of brew? For example...
  17. Sonnyjim

    Lager Problem

    Hey guys, just a quick background on this batch. I followed a recipe called Uncommon-Common in one of the latest BYO mags and everything was great to start. Everything went well with the brew day and the fermenting temperature is right around 58degreesF. Long story short I only pitched one vial...
  18. Sonnyjim

    Priming with Sugar and Spice

    I just finished an AG Pumpkin Ale and next week I plan on bottling. When I checked the gravity I took a little sample for myself and it felt it just needed a bit more pumpkin pie in a glass smell. Would it be alright to add some more pumpkin pie spices to the sugar before bottle priming? It's a...
  19. Sonnyjim

    Short Fermentation but readings say it's done

    I just finished an AG batch of my own pumpkin beer recipe 10 days ago. The original gravity read 1.050 right on the button and now is 1.010. It started off with a healthy fermentation but by the 4th day the fermentation looked like it had stopped and wasn't emitting any more gas. I've never had...
  20. Sonnyjim

    Grain Mills

    Hey guys, I've been looking for a hand cranked grain mill lately and cannot find one anywhere near where I live for the life of me. I know they run in and around the 30-40$ range and you can find them on Ebay for about that price but because it is a big hunk of metal the shipping is through the...
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