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See, I spend easily 90% of my time fretting over a recipe. I think that is more important. I do a quick calculation on grain absorption to find out how much water I need for the mash. I think as long as you pay attention to your OG and have an accurate thermometer you'll be fine. I had a few bad bat...

I think that'd be extremely inconvenient to have only one tap. I agree, though, that seven taps would be a bit cluttered and messy looking. Maybe you could put a total of 3 or 4 taps and go with 3 smaller manifolds/T? That would bring a lot more functionality. But I'm sure you've already thought of ...

Well what most people do is attach the collar to the base of the freezer, and have the lid functioning as normal. I got the idea from homebrewtalk.com, there are 5 or 6 worklogs doing it the same way I did. I think there are many pros, the major being having the extra height from the collar, taps/sh...

Keezer

http://goodluckmakingrent.com/images/keezer.jpg Pretty much done with my keezer, I'm proud of 'er. My first time doing any woodworking or even manly and crafty stuff :p. Still need to decide on a drip-tray, and do some final tubing-management on the inside. I'll take more pictures later. Racked ove...

No, I've never made this recipe before. But it's a clone of Old Rasputin with a minor mod to make it a little more chewy. Do you guys get that beer down under? It's fantastic.

You think I bumped the bicarb up too high? From my researchings it seems that's pretty ideal for stouts.

:) So I'm bored at work, so what does that mean? Obsessing over beer, that's what! Here's my water report, all are in ppm: Bicarbonate: 95-117 Calcium: 139-156 Chloride: 16-34 Magnesium: 3-10 Sodium: 23-32 Sulfate: 27-39 Anything I missed? Ok, so it looks pretty decent, no? I'm pretty much obliviou...

The biggest I've done in my 62 qt pot is 25.5 lbs of grain (Doppelbock with 1.09 OG) and I was aiming for 8 gallons. I think I came out a bit more like 7.5, but it was close. On medium OG batches I have no problem doing 8 gallons, and on more session-styles I can do 9+ gallons fairly easily This is ...

I'd just love to point out that I find it hilarious that a thread on someone's brew rig got offtopic and needed a thread about bag draining which got offtopic and needed a thread about mashouts! Just goes to show you that brewing is an endless course that one never truly masters. I was reading on HB...

I wish I had room to keep grain and a mill. My apartment is already overflowing with brewgear. I could justify the grain bins stacked in a corner, but a mill? Heh. I do buy my hops in bulk though. I really dislike the LHBS here. $3/oz for even domestic American hops? Ridiculous. I remember spending ...

Problems with gravity readings at different temperatures.

I've been using my hydrometer with use of a temperature adjust chart, but I guess that's still wildly inaccurate. Pre-boil gravity: Right on the mark. Post-boil gravity: Boom, good. Then I put it in my nochill cubes and the next day what do I notice? Massively far off from the gravity. Yay, I just m...

Been over two months now and this batch still has a poor carbonation. It seems like a beer that's one week old or something. It goes pfft when I open it, pours a head that dissipates within a minute or two, and there's no actual carbonation in the beer itself. I also have an IPA that's nearly this o...

That looks quality.

I do not have an electric setup (unfortunately) so it won't have any special stuff like that. I just need a big bag that can take the weight required for an 8 gallon batch! I'll try to get the pot dimensions to you later tonight -- it's a fairly large 62 quart kettle.

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