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    Cato reacted to JoshR in BrewMax Booster won't dissolve??   
    Don't worry if it doesn't completely dissolve. The yeast will find their way.
     
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    Cato reacted to Bonsai & Brew in Stau-Haus Slash Pile IPA🌲   
    Stau-Haus Slash Pile IPA
     
    2-gallon, all-grain (mash-in-sack)
     
    Prepare 2 gallons of distilled strike water adding:
    calcium sulfate ( gypsum), 2 g sodium chloride, 0.25 g calcium chloride, 0.5 g  
    Ingredients:
    Rahr 2-row, 4 lbs. Weyermann CaraWheat, 0.18 lb. Chinook, 0.25 oz. ea, 60 min., 10 min., 5 min. Simcoe, 0.2 oz. ea, 20 min., 2 min. Magnum, 0.3 oz., 15 min. Irish moss @ 15 min Yeast nutrient @ 10 min. Safale US-05   
    Mash grains @ 152 F for 60 min..
    Mash-out @ 168 F for 10 min.
    Sprinkle sparge with hot tap water.
    Boil, hop, chill and pitch!
     
    OG 1.050
    SRM 6
    IBU 60+
     
     
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    Cato reacted to SilverBrewerWI in BrewMax Booster won't dissolve??   
    I just don't use booster anymore...….of course the DME I use in its place behaves the same and with that, I put the heat on and slowly whisk it in while the water heats up.  Works for me.  There are more ways to dissolve booster and DME than I can count.
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    Cato reacted to Shrike in BrewMax Booster won't dissolve??   
    I find it clumps more in cold water.  So I add it after sparging any mashed/steeped grains, before bringing the water up to a boil.  It seems to take a lot less whisking to get it dissolved that way.
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    Cato reacted to kedogn in 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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    Cato reacted to kedogn in 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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    Cato reacted to Bonsai & Brew in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    And perving your fermenting beer has never been easier!
     

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    Cato got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in 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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    Cato got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in 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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    Cato reacted to Bonsai & Brew in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I'm not seeing a 2 bbl LBK setup.
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    Cato reacted to kedogn in 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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    Cato reacted to kedogn in 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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    Cato got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    Cato reacted to zorak1066 in Miller Lite   
    hoppy, stop wasting perfectly good vodka in coffee.  you put rock and rye in coffee.. or seagrams.
    incidentally- discovered McCormick Distillery's 360 Vodka. cheap.. smooth... no headache. good stuff. i would rate it better than luksasova.
     
    as for sticker shock with mr b kit prices.. when you do the math for cost per gallon, yeah.  it's not cheap... but when you consider that they have done most of the work for you....
     
    i used my mr b days to build up skills enough to do 5 gallon kits (which are still not very economical).. and this lead to all grain. AG brewing once you gather all the equipment is dirt cheap. lots and lots of work..  but the savings are good.
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    Cato reacted to BDawg62 in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I have a friend that does 1 bbl Biab.  Had a bag made especially for it.  Uses pullys and hoists to lift the bag.
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    Cato got a reaction from Creeps McLane in 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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    Cato got a reaction from Creeps McLane in 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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    Cato reacted to Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Pretty excited for Saturday’s brew day. I’m gonna try to go as simple as possible. Kettle, grain basket, hop basket, plate chiller. That’s it. No pumps, no sparge, no whirlpool. Let’s try simple for a change
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    Cato reacted to Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I’ll say $1.15 per lb of grain= $28.75
     
    columbus hops were home grown so I’ll say they were free even though the time and labor certainly would argue that
     
    cascade hops were free, pays to go to events and what not
     
    golding hops I’ll say $5
     
    $20 for a lb of mosaic comes out to $2.25 for this batch
     
    throw in $5 to cover water chemistry and whirlfloc 
     
    yeast was approx $14
     
    Grand total- $55
    its a 10 gallon batch- 1280
     
    $0.04296 per ounce, $0.52 per 12 oz pour. $3 for a sixer, $12 per case
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    Cato reacted to D Kristof in Miller Lite   
    ^^^^What he said^^^^
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    Cato got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    Cato got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    Cato got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    Cato reacted to Fire Rooster in Partial Mash   
    Commando it is !
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    Cato reacted to kedogn in Partial Mash   
    Go commando.  
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