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  1. jldc

    Texas Everything must go. East Texas pick up

    Getting out of the hobby. Everything must go. First person with $300 who can pick up and take it all gets it. Partial list: Chest freezer with digital temp control. Blickmann burner with leg extensions. 8 kegs (4 purchased "new" 4 used, 3 with old beer) 20# CO2 cylinder with regulator...
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    Issues with a monster mill

    I sent this email to the Monster Mill customer service people, but I thought I'd see what you guys have to say: What do you think?? L
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    beer comic

    That's all L
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    Bulk hops in the summer heat

    I have been buying hops by the pound for a while now. I keep the hops frozen and vacuum sealed and it seems to last forever. Well, at least it lasts fine until I use it. Through some bad timing, I'm running low on a few varieties and I need to order a few lbs. I usually avoid ordering hops (and...
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    Post-Boil Hops Additions

    I saw a recipe recently with this technique. Hops are added to un-cooled wort 20-30 min after completing the boil, then the wort is cooled, pitched, etc. I think I'm going to try it, but is this really much different than adding the hops at flame-out? If anybody has actual experience with...
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    Refractometer question

    I've noticed that when I use my refractometer to check my pre-boil and post-boil gravity that if I put a sample of hot wort on the refractometer the reading will be lower at that moment than it will be 5-10 min later. I had assumed this was due to the wrote cooling to room temperature, but I...
  7. jldc

    Beer Tasting

    I have been asked to organize a "Beer Tasting" to benefit a local charity. It will be for about 24 people who presumably are not beer-experts. My guess is that the majority will be BMC drinkers although it wouldn't surprise me to find a few who like microbrews. Off the top of my head, I'm...
  8. jldc

    SMaSh Brews: Things to avoid

    I've just finished my first SMaSH brew (Vienna/NB) and it's peacefully fermenting in my garage. I've been thinking about others. There are lots of threads about what works, few about what doesn't. Grain: Pretty much every grain capable of conversion has been used. It seems like 2-row is...
  9. jldc

    Careful with Glass Carboys

    This weekend, I received an email from Midwest Brewing about an employee, "Andy H", who injured himself when a glass carboy broke while being cleaned. Not interested in starting another flame war. Just reminding people to be very careful with large glass containers. One brewer who has to have...
  10. jldc

    Beer line cleaning

    How often do you really do it? I just did mine for the first time in six months. Granted, this may be a bit too long between cleanings, but two weeks (which I've seen mentioned) seems insane. After every other keg, which is about equivalent to after every commercial keg, seems ok to me. For...
  11. jldc

    First Lager Today: So Far So Good . . .

    So far, so good . . . like the man said when he fell off the Empire State Building. Jamil's Oktoberfest from BCS: Munich Madness 5# Pils 4# Munich 3# Vienna 1# Caramunich Hallertauer to IBU 25 at 90 min (2oz x 3%) Hallertauer 0.5 oz at 20 min WLP 830 German Lager Yeast I mashed...
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    First Lager

    OK I'm going to try my first lager next weekend. I'm going to try to keep things as simple as possible. The recipe is the Oktoberfest from Brewing Classic Styles except I'm going to use WLP 830 German Lager yeast. OG appx 1.055. Large 3.5 liter starter on stirplate. I will ferment this...
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    Sanke leaking at liquid out

    I need help with a Sanke coupler. There is beer leak at the liquid out. There is no o-ring on the connetcion between the beer nut and the the coupler. On the only exploded view that I can find online it shows a neoprene beer shank washer which is listed as "optional" Should I get one? L
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    Help with "mouthfeel"

    Recently, I've been disappointed in the "mouthfeel" of several of my beers (talking APAs mostly with some IPAs as well). It just seems that commercial beers have a thicker feel in the mouth while mine are somewhat watery. Mine have good aroma, good bitterness and flavor but seem "less...
  15. jldc

    Siphoning bubbles

    I kegged an American Amber yesterday - one of the first that I have dry hopped with whole leaf hops. Everything was going fine until I had about a gallon or a bit less left. Then I started getting fine bubbles in the tubing. I've had this problem before with tubing that's loose on the...
  16. jldc

    Stainless Nitro Tap

    I'm thinking of setting up one tap as a nitro tap, although I probably won't use it for stouts very often. All of the faucets seem to be chrome - not are just stainless. Anybody know of a stainless version? L
  17. jldc

    Favorite session beers

    This month's Brew Your Own has a section on session beers. Let's call a session beer one with less than 4.5% ABV but that doesn't taste watered down. My favorite so far is BierMuncher's Nierra Sevada. Anybody else have a favorite? L
  18. jldc

    Struggling

    Today is my first brew in a new house. It's been one struggle after another. I have 40-50 AG brews at the old house, but nothing is where I expect it. To make matters worse, the wind is gusting about 25 mph and getting a consistent boil is next to impossible. On the good side, I've hit my...
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    AHS 20th Anniversary Blonde Rye

    Has anybody brewed this? I'm looking for a summer beer for my Miller Lite drinking friends. Per Beersmith, it's just over 30 IBU which may be a bit high for these folks. I tried searching but searches with 3-letter words (like "rye") aren't very helpful. I've already ordered it and will...
  20. jldc

    AHS 20th Anniversary Blonde Rye

    Has anybody brewed this? I'm looking for a summer beer for my Miller Lite drinking friends. Per Beersmith, it's just over 30 IBU which may be a bit high for these folks. I tried searching but searches with 3-letter words (like "rye") aren't very helpful. I've already ordered it and will...
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