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1 hour ago, Big Sarge said:

Friends, I need some quick help. My anniversary is Saturday and my wife is demanding I give her some ideas of brewing equipment. I usually just let her buy me anything but brewing stuff, but she knows where my heart is. With that said, I'm not going to ask for anything extravagant. I'm looking at ideas under $100. I have a few in mind, but can't make up my mind. I guess I'm looking for the most logical thing, if that makes sense. Here's what I'm juggling, in no particular order:

1. Anvil brewing pump. I'm not looking for anything to big, just something to help with transfers and maybe even whirl pooling (if I can figure out a noninvasive, DIY setup that doesn't require a port on my kettle)

2. Grain mill. These can obviously get up there in price, but I'm looking for something of quality at a low price (if such a thing exists). If it's absolutely stupid to buy something inexpensive, I don't need it. 

3. Stir plate. Another inexpensive version that works. Yes, I could build my own for pretty cheap, but I'm looking for something comparable that's already made. I don't have the spare computer parts laying around. An added cost would be the 2L flask, something to consider. 

 

Any help is appreciated. What makes sense to you?

 

I'd go with a quality grain crusher or maybe a 3-year AHA Membership, including the print copy of Zymurgy.  Congrats! 

 

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11 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

 

I'd go with a quality grain crusher or maybe a 3-year AHA Membership, including the print copy of Zymurgy.  Congrats! 

 

Thanks. Any recommendations on a grain crusher in the $100 range? I've seen some cheaper ones, but wouldn't mind an affirmation from someone here before committing. I'm not sure when my current AHA membership expires, but 3 more years is always a good thing!

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Happy almost anniversary, Big Sarge.

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So I continue pondering the issue at hand (it has been a slow day at work) with the following thoughts:

Has anyone seen great improvements milking their own grain? There's the obvious benefit of keeping them shelf stable a little longer when they're whole, but I got on the subject because I was worried that my last batch of grain seemed like there were some uncrushed kernels in there. It was a quick visual observation and I didn't thoroughly investigate (I was in the middle of making beer). I would like to control as many aspects of efficiency as possible, though. 

The pump would be helpful, but not necessarily needed with my current setup. I would need a whirlpool arm purchased separately and don't want to leave that up to my wife. I am able to leverage gravity for transferring otherwise. 

The stir plate would be nice, if I decide to stay with yeast starters. I'm on the fence about that one. 

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2 minutes ago, Shrike said:

Happy almost anniversary, Big Sarge.

22 years, that has to count for something lol. All of them while in the Army, too. 

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5 hours ago, Big Sarge said:

Thanks. Any recommendations on a grain crusher in the $100 range? I've seen some cheaper ones, but wouldn't mind an affirmation from someone here before committing. I'm not sure when my current AHA membership expires, but 3 more years is always a good thing!

I like the ease of use with the 2-roller NB Hull Wrecker but it actually produces more grain fines/dust than my old Corona-style mill.  I continue to "dust" the grain bag prior to mashing so I can feel better about dropping $115 on it.  Maybe we will hear from someone that opted for a 3-roller or electric mill.

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31 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

I like the ease of use with the 2-roller NB Hull Wrecker but it actually produces more grain fines/dust than my old Corona-style mill.  I continue to "dust" the grain bag prior to mashing so I can feel better about dropping $115 on it.  Maybe we will hear from someone that opted for a 3-roller or electric mill.

This is about the most trusting, inexpensive 2-roller I've found. I'm not familiar with them, other than the "3 must be better than 2" mantra. I could see myself dusting the grain before mashing as a concession. 

From a practical standpoint, with what I have going on right now, do you think the grain mill is my moneymaker?

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20 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

This is about the most trusting, inexpensive 2-roller I've found. I'm not familiar with them, other than the "3 must be better than 2" mantra. I could see myself dusting the grain before mashing as a concession. 

From a practical standpoint, with what I have going on right now, do you think the grain mill is my moneymaker?

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I would opt for a model that includes the base, since your wife is paying for it and all.🍻

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33 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

I would opt for a model that includes the base, since your wife is paying for it and all.🍻

I'm pretty sure I could figure out a base. I love her and all, but I dare not overextend her lol. 

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Main grain tote- 33lbs combo of Briess 2 row, Maris Otter, Golden Promise, and Pilsen. Plus 5lb of wheat, 5lb Munich, and 3 lb of Vienna.

Didn't hurt to take the inventory but I was looking for flaked wheat and oats for a batch of Wit. Apparently about out of flaked wheat, which I found in a smaller storage box but not enough for my recipe.

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And with that, brewing at Copper State with my Dad is scheduled! Super excited. Probably wont even hit me until im walking in. 

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thinking about brewing in the morning. can't decide between a citra hop bomb dipa, or an Altbier that I got all the stuff for.......#homebrewindecision

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29 minutes ago, Jdub said:

thinking about brewing in the morning. can't decide between a citra hop bomb dipa, or an Altbier that I got all the stuff for.......#homebrewindecision

Alt, yummmmmmmmmmy

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46 minutes ago, Jdub said:

thinking about brewing in the morning. can't decide between a citra hop bomb dipa, or an Altbier that I got all the stuff for.......#homebrewindecision

Citra Alt American style altbier?

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15 hours ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

Citra Alt American style altbier?

went with the Altbier. mainly b/c i've never brewed one before (or drank one to my knowledge). wort tastes dark and roasty. this is gonna be good.

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4 hours ago, Jdub said:

went with the Altbier. mainly b/c i've never brewed one before (or drank one to my knowledge). wort tastes dark and roasty. this is gonna be good.

I'm looking to try my hand at another Alt this fall. My first attempt was extract and bottle carbed all to hell, taking away from a promising beer. I don't have many (any) references either, but I do know like the style. 

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57 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

I'm looking to try my hand at another Alt this fall. My first attempt was extract and bottle carbed all to hell, taking away from a promising beer. I don't have many (any) references either, but I do know like the style. 

well the wort smelled great! dark and toasty just like i imagine it will taste.

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49 minutes ago, Jdub said:

well the wort smelled great! dark and toasty just like i imagine it will taste.

What yeast are you using and fermenting at? Mine was more coppery, with a touch of roasty and sweet. I like how the cooler fermentation equates to s cleaner beer. I lagered mine in the cold garage for 30 days during the winter, before I had the fermentation fridge. I'm really excited about making an all grain version. 

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5 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

What yeast are you using and fermenting at? Mine was more coppery, with a touch of roasty and sweet. I like how the cooler fermentation equates to s cleaner beer. I lagered mine in the cold garage for 30 days during the winter, before I had the fermentation fridge. I'm really excited about making an all grain version. 

used K97 German Ale yeast. fermenting at 65 degrees in my ferm fridge. we'll see how the finished product turns out. i was going to follow the normal ale schedule: 2 weeks ferm and one week in the keg. perhaps i should consider letting it sit in the keg for awhile longer to condition. all i have to go by are @Cato's pix of his altbier. looks good!

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42 minutes ago, Jdub said:

used K97 German Ale yeast. fermenting at 65 degrees in my ferm fridge. we'll see how the finished product turns out. i was going to follow the normal ale schedule: 2 weeks ferm and one week in the keg. perhaps i should consider letting it sit in the keg for awhile longer to condition. all i have to go by are @Cato's pix of his altbier. looks good!

I only have one instance of experience to refer to, but I really feel like it's a moneymaker to allow it some extra Lager/conditioning time. It was difficult then and probably would be more difficult now to put that into practice though!

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12 hours ago, Jdub said:

used K97 German Ale yeast. fermenting at 65 degrees in my ferm fridge. we'll see how the finished product turns out. i was going to follow the normal ale schedule: 2 weeks ferm and one week in the keg. perhaps i should consider letting it sit in the keg for awhile longer to condition. all i have to go by are @Cato's pix of his altbier. looks good!

I've never used the K-97 before but do have some as backup for my Wyeast 1007. I ferment my Alts at 61-62 range. Since I bottle I dont know about the keg stuff, but I find they're great to drink two weeks after bottling. 

 

My favorite recipe is Maris, Munich, Pils, pale chocolate, Carafa II, and CaraAmber. However, the Dusseldorf recipe on Briess Malting is very very good and probably the more traditional recipe. For variation I'll make that recipe next time. 

 

No matter which, its a great beer style and every variation I've made got great comments from friends that tried it. I think it'll be a regular in your queue rotation @Jdub!

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9 hours ago, Big Sarge said:

And FYI, I think @Bonsai & Brew is the Alt King lol

Indeed! I'd never heard of the style until @Bonsai & Brew , and now it's really my fav amber to brew.

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23 hours ago, Big Sarge said:

And FYI, I think @Bonsai & Brew is the Alt King lol

 

13 hours ago, Cato said:

Indeed! I'd never heard of the style until @Bonsai & Brew , and now it's really my fav amber to brew.

 

Having a Same Ol' Schtick with my pizza, 🍻's to Altbier!!

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32 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

Thinking about these for this weekends brewday

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Thats some good ammo to work with!

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stole yeast from 3 bell's oberon's tonight. started with a small starter on the stir plate. will prop it up one more time in 3 or 4 days. 1st time to try this. gonna brew an oberon clone in about 1 week or so.

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6 hours ago, Jdub said:

stole yeast from 3 bell's oberon's tonight. started with a small starter on the stir plate. will prop it up one more time in 3 or 4 days. 1st time to try this. gonna brew an oberon clone in about 1 week or so.

Oh hell yeah!!!

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Think I’m gonna brew tomorrow. 4 gal batch of a citra hop bomb dipa. I have had the uncrushed grains for some time vacuum sealed. Gonna use mangrove jack west coast yeast. Indoor batch. High 90’s here tomorrow. 

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Tomorrow, 15 gallons. 3 oz cascade at dry hop. Replace falconers with veterans blend. 5 gallons lager, 10 gallons 05 or 04, whatever is in the fridge 

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On 6/25/2020 at 8:13 PM, Creeps McLane said:

Tomorrow, 15 gallons. 3 oz cascade at dry hop. Replace falconers with veterans blend. 5 gallons lager, 10 gallons 05 or 04, whatever is in the fridge 

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that is a lot of beer. more than i would be able to drink for sure. what's the style you're shooting for?

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6 minutes ago, Jdub said:

that is a lot of beer. more than i would be able to drink for sure. what's the style you're shooting for?

Drinkable lager. I aint drinking it really. Its for two different get togethers that I always provide beer for. Im gonna add raspberry and jalapeño to one keg. Sounds fun

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8 hours ago, Creeps McLane said:

Drinkable lager. I aint drinking it really. Its for two different get togethers that I always provide beer for. Im gonna add raspberry and jalapeño to one keg. Sounds fun

 

That's my favorite style of lager!  😜

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So 3 beers into the evening while grilling a flank steak, I thought its going to rain and be cooler tomorrow so you should brew!

Good idea, except you've had 3 brews and now you're weighing grains and brewing salts, hooking up pump and controller stuff.

Brewing a hoppy Wit to have a change of pace from pale ales.

Crap, I'm whipped from golf and heat, and hope my hasty prep will do for a morning brew session.

Think I'll add some extra coffee for the morning session. Hitting the rack now.

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