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Old 02-28-2011, 07:25 PM   #1
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Brewing with my TJ :)

just thought I would see if there are any home brewers lurking around the forum ? this is us ( myself and my TJ) brewing some Red Headed Stepchild
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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Cool

heres another showing the wort and hops. this is an all grain batch with fresh michigan hop alliance brewers gold and Willamette hops
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:00 PM   #3
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Hi fellow homwbrewer! I'm with the New York City Homebrewers Guild. I haven't brewed in a few months, because we just had a baby. But soon I plan on doin an authentic BalticPorter with Luplin hops imported from Poland.

Prost!
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I'm also a homebrewer from central Massachusetts. I just finished off the last of my own stock and need to get brewing again. On deck I have a Czech Pils and an Agave Wheat.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:04 PM   #5
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wow, thats great, this is my second all grain batch. the first tasted amazing. I have to batches fermanting and am searching for a good recipe for the next batch. any ideas ?? I'm keeping it pretty simple with a bucket in bucket tun and 5- 5.5 gal batches.
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Hey, PBT, homebrewer here in Redwood City, CA! Went to all grain a few years ago, and love the versatility. Here's my other rig:



Put two batches (5gal) into fermenters on Sunday: SNPA clone and my house brown.

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Old 03-01-2011, 08:15 AM   #7
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Homebrewer here too, 6 years. Racking a pilsener today to put it to sleep for the next 8 weeks. I brew every other week and have an entire room in my hosue dedicated to it.

You guys on homebrewtalk.com?
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:42 AM   #8
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Not active on beer forums much anymore, but mostly hung out at morebeer.com.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:33 AM   #9
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nice mate. that looks like the perfect setup !! looks like 2 turkey fryer burners ( I already have 1 ) I need to switch to the cooler as a mash tun. ( i think the buckets lose a little to much heat) l

looks like your system is all gravity feed. do you have anything you would improve on if you were to build it again ?? any tricks on the build ??

I am thinking I will be builing something like that soon, thanx. prettyboytoys

QUOTE=rgreenberg2000;1089735]Hey, PBT, homebrewer here in Redwood City, CA! Went to all grain a few years ago, and love the versatility. Here's my other rig:



Put two batches (5gal) into fermenters on Sunday: SNPA clone and my house brown.

Cheers!

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Old 03-01-2011, 03:00 PM   #10
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I'll sing up tonight and use the same name, I've been checking it out, it seems pretty good and I have alot to learn. thanx


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Homebrewer here too, 6 years. Racking a pilsener today to put it to sleep for the next 8 weeks. I brew every other week and have an entire room in my hosue dedicated to it.

You guys on homebrewtalk.com?
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:00 PM   #11
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I'm same name there also. It's a great site. I learned a ton on there when I was starting all-grain.
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getting back into it after 5year lay off
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:00 PM   #13
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does anyone have a good website to order grain from ??? with good shipping prices ?? we are in traverse city mi and there are only 2 crappy stores for brewing. they dont carry grain. I have to drive 2 hours to get it and that bites lol....thanx PBT
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I recommend northernbrewer.com if you don't have a locally owned homebrew supply shop.
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My wife got me a home brew kit for christmas, I haven't brewed anything yet. She bought me irish red grains, along with pellet hops and malt extract. Any tips or hints before I brew my first batch?
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:40 PM   #16
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Thanks for the comments on the brew rig. Not much I would do different, as it works great for me. Gravity fed from top tier to fermenter (on ground) at finish. I didn't have the sight glass on the HLT in this pic, but it's there now. Just fill up my strike and sparge volumes with a hose, so no lifting anything heavy at all. You are correct I'm using a couple of turkey fryer-like cast iron burners for heat. Cheap, and easy to mount on the rig. I highly recommend the cooler mash tun. Mine (actually use the blue Ice Cube you can see on the ground behind the structure now) only loses 1.5-2 degrees in a 60 minute mash depending on ambient temp. HLT is 10 gallon aluminum, and kettle is a Norther Brewer 10 gal modified brew kettle. I ferment in buckets, too many stories out there about broken glass carboys!

I got lucky with this build. A buddy of mine crews and races open wheel on the track, and his partner is a metal artist for a living. He also does all the welding on the race car, and since he trusts his life to the safety cage welds, I figured he was the guy to put together my structure without fear of collapse! He had all the metal as scrap in the shop, so I got a screamin' deal on the whole package.

I buy my ingredients almost exclusively from morebeer.com, but they are on my coast, and have a retail shop not too far away. Would probably buy from Northern Brewer if I was in MI.

Happy to share any details on the rig if you want 'em!

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Read a lot on some of the homebrew forums!!!!

Beer Making Kits and Home Brewing Supplies | MoreBeer
HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

These are two really good ones. You can also check out John Palmer's "How to Brew". While it's very detailed, it is a great tutorial on brewing. I believe a free online copy can be found with Google. Papazian's intro tome on homebrewing is a classic.

I highly recommend finding a forum you like. I found MoreBeer's to be a lot like this one in character, though in lurking at Hombrewtalk, I don't think you can go wrong there either.

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Any tips or hints before I brew my first batch?
Make sure your sanitation process is good. Anything that touches the wort once it is cooled must be sanitized. Other than that, you should be fine. Homebrewing is as easy as you make it.

Oh, and watch carefully at first to avoid a boil over! Very messy!
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:15 AM   #19
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for sure ! john palmers book is awsome, that was the first thing i invested in and find it by my side whenever im thinking about brewing. he did a great job with the book. thanx for the info on the sites



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Read a lot on some of the homebrew forums!!!!

Beer Making Kits and Home Brewing Supplies | MoreBeer
HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

These are two really good ones. You can also check out John Palmer's "How to Brew". While it's very detailed, it is a great tutorial on brewing. I believe a free online copy can be found with Google. Papazian's intro tome on homebrewing is a classic.

I highly recommend finding a forum you like. I found MoreBeer's to be a lot like this one in character, though in lurking at Hombrewtalk, I don't think you can go wrong there either.

There are no dumb questions!

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Old 03-02-2011, 08:20 AM   #20
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lol....sanitation is always my strong point, my wife is a doctor and most of the time takes care of this for me lol.....she has even talked about bringing the autoclave home lol.....as for the boil over. i almost had it happen on my first batch with my turkey fryer setup but was able to save it and have marked my gas valve at the "sweet spot" so after I get my wort boiling I just turn the valve back to my mark and knock on wood can almost walk away




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Make sure your sanitation process is good. Anything that touches the wort once it is cooled must be sanitized. Other than that, you should be fine. Homebrewing is as easy as you make it.

Oh, and watch carefully at first to avoid a boil over! Very messy!

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