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  1. 5 hours ago, Creeps McLane said:

    I was thinking you switched it to easter weekend which would not fly in my house. But i was wrong anyway. 


    I really like the bottle share idea. That sounds like a good time. 


    @hotrod3539 you thinking about stopping?


    @C-ya you staying overnight or just gonna drive the 45 meet and greet and have a beer or two and take off?


    I may stay Fri. and Sat. nights to make it interesting.  I know it is easy to get too much 3F in you to drive.

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  2. I'm an altbier fan so I really enjoyed the article.  I'll try the above recipe as well.  I am just about finished with a 5 gal batch from AIH.  I brewed that one with an ale yeast.  The next batch will done with a lager yeast.  The batch after that will be a lager yeast and then lagered for a couple of weeks extra to see how that influences the final product.  I read that in the BYO article and it sounds like something I would like to try.

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  3. It's on!  Shipped the component to the customer so I'm planning on flying out there Oct. 11 and returning Friday or Saturday.  It looks like I can get there around lunch on Wednesday so I'd head over to the Mr. Beer shop for a few beers, I mean minutes.  Customer on Thursday and try to meet a forum member from an FAL forum.

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  4. 1 hour ago, kedogn said:

    I, like many of my big time brewer friends, have our refractometers collecting dust.  I don't trust it, thus I don't use it and I was quite happy when I heard I wasn't the only one :)


    When I first got mine, I calibrated it and compared it to the hydrometer.  It was always within a point of the hydro, and both were within a point or so of the recipe if the OG was given, or what the brew program calculated.  After that, I quit wasting wort in the hydro and used the refractometer.  Is it 100% right?  Probably not.  Do I care?  Absolutely not!  I like to have an idea of the ABV, but I don't need to prove that it is correct in a lab or a court.


    With 5 gal batches, I wouldn't mind a hydro at both ends of fermentation.  I'll probably do both as a check on each of them for OG.

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  5. On 7/22/2017 at 9:57 PM, bigntall1983 said:

     I was in such a rush to get my first batch started I did not get a hydrometer until it was already in the LBK for a week or so, I have one now so I will be taking readings from now on.



    I bought a refractometer for my OG readings.  The volume in an LBK is small enough that I only want one hydrometer reading's worth lost.  One drop with a refractometer and about 1/2 - 3/4 of a cup for the hydro.  That gets sipped as I'm bottling once I read the FG and make any corrections.

  6. Nice topic, @AnthonyC.  I love barleywines for the holidays.  My first homebrew (at a brew shop) was a barleywine with a coworker back in 1997.  I have some Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine from 2013 in the basement now.  I also have some Samichlaus from 2012, 2013, and I think 2014.  Both of these beers age really well.  I usually drink two or 3 bottles of them over the holidays, and pick up more each season to keep the aging pipeline going.


    (Puts barleywine on the list...)

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  7. Thanks, @Creeps McLane.  You echo what another forum poster said except he doesn't like burst carbing.  He likes the minimum 3 weeks for conditioning so he puts his regulator at 12ish psi for 2-3 weeks after the conditioning phase.  That yields a 5-6 week time to drink but if you plan for it, it may not be a bad thing.  I'm sure I'll play around with burst carbing at least once.

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  8. I'm just getting ready to start kegging myself.  I have a second temp controller mocked up, ready to wire, a freezer to modify for my keezer, a CO2 tank to get filled, and my taps and lines.  I'm just waiting on my double body regulator.  How long to I need to have the keg under carb pressure before it's ready?  I know it needs to be cold (serving temp or lower) to carb, just not sure on the time.  Conditioning will take the normal 4 weeks unless it is meant to be drank young, so the carb time will add to the time before consumption.  I have this chart bookmarked - http://www.kegerators.com/carbonation-table.php for determining vols of CO2, just not sure on the time.


    I have seen a few different things out there but you guys are family so I thought I'd ask here first. 

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