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  1. Cato

    BrewMax Booster won't dissolve??

    Pour slowly and stir when in cold water. I use a whisk as well and it dissolves nicely every time. I slowly pour about 1/2 the pack in and stir until disslove and repeat.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    What you haven't seen the Coopers "put your big boy pants on 2bbl fermenter"? Comes with a small hand operated forklift, so you can tilt it and not get trub in the kegs!
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    This could be karma, kismet, whatever. From what I briefly read it sounds like they handle pretty much the whole system, including the controllers. If there's serious interest on your part I'd want to go where they've got one in operation and talk to the guys running it. As a production manager I used to have to make some hefty equipment purchases, and to me it was just as important for me to know the customer support and service capability when there was a breakdown.
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    Miller Lite

    Well said! It's a winding road from extract, partial mash, and AG. I've followed it for learning but certainly have noticed the difference in price and volume output between grain and extract.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I think you're really going to enjoy brew day! Certainly less clean up than 3 vessel, and I'll be interested in your thoughts on it both likes and dislikes. Although I have been buying stuff, it's all been centered on making my brew in a bag process streamlined and simple.
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    Miller Lite

    @Lionfan67, welcome to the forum, if your still here after such an opinionated reception. We should all be here to help and encourage new brewers and not be judgemental about anyone's beer preference whether it be a commercial or craft beer. When I'm looking for a clone recipe I Google for it and also go to the manufacturer's web page to get any details they can provide. Some vendors will have clone extract kits that you can purchase. I usually end up combining ingredients from one or more recipes to try and clone the beer and it's usually a mix of grains and liquid malt extract. So, if you want to brew Miller lite, I'd suggest getting your feet wet with a couple of the Mr Beer kit cans if that's what you have, just to get familiar with the process of brewing, sanitation, fermenting at correct temperatures(which will likely differ from your instructions), and bottling. Don't expect great results at first. Most of us had poor to disastrous first batch or so. If you get great results,lol, then you'll be way ahead on the learning curve. It's a fun hobby and you can brew beer, good beer, in a number of ways with very little in the way of equipment up to very sophisticated and anywhere in between.
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    Partial Mash

    Great reason to have a two speed drill!
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    Partial Mash

    I'd think the pellet hops are easier to use as they don't take up much room in the fermenter or cause bottling issues or sparging issues in the kettle if they're in a hopsack. Plus they store very well in the fridge in a ziplock.
  9. Cato

    2018 Churchills Challenge

    You're definitely dominating the Churchills Challenge! I need to get brewing!
  10. Cato

    Getting back into this!

    Hold on! What's this Churchills Tropical Stout that you've slipped in?
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    @Bonsai & Brew May be of interest or not. A forum members response post from another site, where the OP had very low ph readings , 4.89, in his samples taken early in a cooler mashtun, but then got a 5.39 ph from the preboil wort in the BK. No sparge mash in the cooler mashtun for a pale ale. I had not considered when would be the recommended time to take the mash ph readings, so I need to do some further readings, and to also see if the post below carries any weight. Good thing that I've got a little break before my next brew session!
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I'll be interested to see how they taste and compare! Thanks
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    So, @Bonsai & Brew and @Creeps McLane, wife sent me to store as we were out of eggs and she needed an egg for her to die for crab cakes. Damn right I busted up there in the rain and happened to pass the craft/imported section in the store where you can make up your own six pack from any of the beers. I got a couple Smithwicks, an Elysian Space Dust, a Hoegarten Wit, and two German Wiessbier imports, an Erdlinger, and a Weistephan. I hope those last two are good Hefe/wiess examples. Came home and fleshed out my recipe for a max 3gal batch. 3lb. PILS, 1.5 White wheat, .75 of Red Wheat, and .75 Dark wheat. I chose those last two because I wanted a little more color and fuller taste. Yeast Mangrove Jack M20. Hops I've got Saaz, which is a noble, but kinda feeling the pull of using Mandarina Bavaria for 20-25 min for light IBU and then dry hopping the same last week. Am I off the wall anywhere here?
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    Cleaning 740 ML PET Bottles

    I clean all my bottles by rinse twice and shake out trub right after I've poured, then one drop of 7th gen unscented dish soap and fill to top. About every 2-3 days I'll rinse them out twice vigoursly and put them on the bottle tree.