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    Putting it all together...

    Honestly, don’t know much about those set ups. I’ve seen them mentioned on a few videos I’ve watched. Always down to watch brewery related videos, so thanks for that. Heck, the last few nights I have been up waaaaay past my bed time doing just that. I posted this pic on FB last night and tagged Mitch. Cool to hear what he had to say in 2011 back when he was with Stone. Watched a couple other interviews with him from 2011/2012 last night also.
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    Putting it all together...

    I don’t do sours, yet. Too small of a confined space we are brewing in to risk it right now. #Eventually.
  3. I didn’t go to OU, but nice try. Im just saying, if it was Seattle, I could show y’all an amazing time. Then again, maybe schedule Seattle next year and I host y’all at Manfish.
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    Used wrong yeast

    Is that a technical brewing phrase? Lol 😂
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    SMASH IPA

    Nothing I would specifically say to go to, no. I am under the belief that “aimlessly wandering” is learning and learning is good.
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    SMASH IPA

    Google.
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    Newbie Question

    It was never a thought for me when I started out either. Then friends kept telling me I needed to be able to sell my beer because they loved it. I kept reminding them: a) You’re drinking for free and b) You’re drunk lol. however, they were right and here we are.
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    Newbie Question

    Very easily. From my experience all it took was trying that first batch (looking back it was terrible, temp issue I think, but I made it). Then I stepped up to 3 LBKs and got a pipeline started. Within 5 months of my 1st batch I was on to All Grain doing 3 gallon batches, then it went to 5, to 10, to 15 and eventually to 35 gallon batches and well, now, in 2018 we sold 20 BBLs (620 gallons) of Manfish beer. Yes, “obsession” is right.
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    US-04 or US-05

    US-05. For what I brew, I can use it in almost everything... almost.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Agreed! I brewed my 1st batch 9 years ago today. Had it not been for the help of people here, who knows where I would have been or if I would have even stuck with it.
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    fermenting temperature

    You want the temp of the wort. The ambient air temp around can be quite different from the wort temp, especially with the heat of fermentation. Best thing to do with a probe is to attach it to the side of your fermentation vessel (below the wort level), under something thick, like styrofoam. It’s an easy way to get a pretty accurate reading of the wort temp. Best way is to have the probe in the wort itself, but that’s not usually the easiest way.
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    5.3

    Problem is, there is no specific “One Stop Shop” or “Magic Powder” that will do that. You can literally start with the same water and the same grainbill (and hop schedule) but use different mineral adds (or amounts) in your water and you will have different beers in the end. One might be a bitter hoppy bomb, while the other might have the hops muted some as it brings the malt more forward and is more balanced. #ILoveThisStuff!
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    5.3

    100% in agreement. It’s not possible. It will help you get closer, sure, and for an all-in-one powder, fine. However, since not all starting water and not all grainbills are the same... it’s not possible to do exactly what it says. For that reason, I’ve never used it. Same thing for me with “Just add some gypsum to your water for IPAs to make them better”. While “Better” is certainly subjective, nope! Depending on your grainbill and what you already have in your water makeup, you can make things much worse. Personally, I would suggest that until you know what it’s going to do to your water for sure, don’t be adding anything.
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    Stau-Haus Slash Pile IPA🌲

    I started looking at water chemistry in early 2015 thanks to @Screwy Brewer. What I learned helped take my beers to the next level be that with clarity, mouthfeel, or taste. Back then I was doing 5-10 gallon batches and I too started with distilled water. Before a scheduled brew day, I would literally go to Winco or Safeway to buy jugs of distilled water (wherever it was the cheapest I could find for the quantity needed). When we moved to this location, I sent a sample of our well water in to be tested and that gave me the baseline. The first beer I brewed here was to be just a "sample batch" to test the new water and a the additives to see how that batch would turn out (as it is, we were begged for that keg, so it became our first official release on 8/3/17 - #IPA4Life - the same beer we just brewed 56 gallons of this weekend). It is really amazing how I used to be like "My water is good" and thought that was fine. Then after reading Screwy's blog posts, that fired me up to read more and more and to give it a shot myself. "Water" was something I kept putting off learning. I always seemed to be afraid of it for lack of a better way to say it. However, like you said, "water is the only thing we have most control over" and of the 4 main ingredients, that is completely true. I tell you what, there is no comparison when it comes to my Porter when I did it straight up vs when adding CaCo3 to the water. No doubts. Which reminds me, I better find out how much CaCo3 I have, as we are running 60 gallons of Porter (aka "John") next weekend
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I’m obviously not Creeps, but neither have I. The only reason I answer is I have 11# in my hop freezer. Is there a specific reason you ask?
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    Temp & Fermentation

    Hydrometer.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    That would be a great use of it. Seems like a pretty straight forward, easy to use (once programmed) set up. I look forward (most likely) to Brewing on it.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    We know a local, fairly local, brewery that has one. Not sure if it’s the same company or not though. What I like about it is that you can basically run 2 3bbl beers at the same time. The thought of the ease of running 12bbls in a day or even 4 3bbl batches of different beers excites me. Would mean a need for several different fermenters/brites, but could be done and with the savings vs a standard 7bbl system, wow!
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I have done a ton of research today on that 300 gallon set up. I have yet to find a reason NOT to get it. Hmmm?
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Yeah, not sure I’d know many home brewers that would be willing to pay that to brew at home. Interesting though. Thanks for sharing that link. Edit: Intersting.... if this is accurate: “The average time to brew 2 batches of beer with this system is 3.5 - 4 hours +/- meaning that you can brew up to 12BBL of beer with the 300 gallon version in a single 7-8 hour brew day.” Edit2: this really has me thinking. REALLY has me thinking. The brain is churning. Edit3: @Creeps McLane, I just might be owing you many beers in the future!! #JustSayin
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I gotta say, that’s impressive, but what a major PITA that must be. Some of my beers use 90+ lbs of grain (before they are wet) and I am a-ok using a scoop to get that outta the mash tun (our yard waste bin currently has about 900# of grain in it - wet - and I can’t wait to see them dump it when they pick it up today - took 2 guys to move it to the curb lol). I am also quite happy to use pumps to move the wort and sparge water. I get the “simplicity” of the BIAB, but after 10 gals, to me, it was more of a hassle than it was worth.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I went with bigger kettles. Not sure you can do a 1 bbl biab.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I’m really tired, but has this seriously been questioned or am I just missing something more than usual?
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I really liked BIAB, until my brews got too big for the bags lol.
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