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      07-22-2009 10:42 AM #101
      wow, i've been on here for about a year and a half and never thought to look for a homebrew thread...
      I am a homebrewer but I've only done extract batches with a preboil tea or mini mash. I love this hobby. I'll be poking in this thread.
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      07-22-2009 11:03 AM #102
      I haven't done a full grain brew yet either.

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      07-22-2009 12:34 PM #103
      Quote, originally posted by Matt »
      If you look on http://www.homebrewtalk.com in the classifieds there's a guy that goes by the name Pedalbiker that's also in PA who sels kegs.
      There's also another guy in Iowa that goes by the name Insco2 that will ship me 4 balll lock corny kegs to CA for $115 so I would imagine it'd be a lot cheaper for you to get them.

      Hell yeah! Thanks for the heads up!
      As for getting your all grain setup off the ground, it is reletively easy. I'll snap some pictures of my setup this weekend when I brew.

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      07-22-2009 02:58 PM #104
      Quote, originally posted by magics5rip »
      As for getting your all grain setup off the ground, it is reletively easy. I'll snap some pictures of my setup this weekend when I brew.

      sweet. i wanna make the switch to all grain. I'm too chicken
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      07-22-2009 04:54 PM #105
      Quote, originally posted by graffkng »
      sweet. i wanna make the switch to all grain. I'm too chicken

      My setup is probably primitive compared to other people's! Its nothing more than a 50qt coleman cooler with a ball valve added for a mash tun. The boiling part is exactly the same as an extract brew (for the most part)

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      07-22-2009 06:27 PM #106
      cant give the link but if you look up BIAB brew in a bag on the brewingnetwork.com forums it's a totally acceptable way for someone to try out all grain w/out buying all of the extra equipment...As long as you dont have 20lb grain bills this method supposedly works really really well!
      A basic rundown is that all you need is a large kettle such as the turkey fryer kettles and a large grain bag that is big enough to fill the entire inside of the kettle. You dont need seperate containers for sparge/mash/boil its all done it one...
      check it out!

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      07-23-2009 12:24 AM #107
      hmmm. I'll have to check that out.

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      07-23-2009 12:45 AM #108
      Quote, originally posted by Moe Sizlack »
      That's a dope setup.
      Anybody here grow hops?
      I've got some cascade to plant this season.

      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] I have to get a hold of some rhizomes before I do this, but a friend of mine planet 5 different varieties about 4 years ago. His cascades generate so many more hop cones over the other he planted.

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      07-23-2009 08:21 AM #109
      http://www.thebrewingnetwork.c...=4650
      There is the link for Brew in a bag...im going to try it out and i'll report back with results..

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      07-23-2009 09:10 AM #110
      sweet i'll try it.
      I'm actually (for once) going to brew a nice fall brew next weekend so I can make any final adjustments and brew a new batch for October/November. I always wait too long and this time i'll be able to tweak it a bit if needed. It's a preboil/extract batch.
      What is everyone else brewing for harvest time?
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      07-23-2009 09:39 AM #111
      I brewed an Oktoberfest extract batch in Aug. last year. I served the two cases for my bday on Oct. 22
      this year, I am still mulling it over.

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      07-23-2009 04:10 PM #112
      nice man....that sounds like a good idea...
      I really really really want to do a Westvleteren12 recipe clone and age it a full year and see how close I can get it to the real deal. Im going to pick up a full rack of them in Belgium in a few weeks!

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      07-23-2009 06:48 PM #113
      what's a full rack?
      I am assuiming you are going to use it for yeast?
      I have no idea but it is making me thirsty.

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      07-23-2009 07:41 PM #114
      in Germany the beers usually come in plastic racks that you pay a deposit or as well as the bottles. I end up keeping them to re-use but I will definitely try to keep harvest some yeast from them. Its usually about 24 in a rack. 24 freaking damn near impossible to get beers!

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      07-23-2009 11:53 PM #115
      don't expect that to be a piece of cake, even in Belgium.
      I don't know if you'll be able to find something like that anywhere but the Abbey
      FS: Oettinger Type E 16 x 7.5, 5 x 100 with all 4 center caps. Perfect shape. Located in San Diego

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      I don't want the butt herp on my schwantz either.

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      07-24-2009 01:30 AM #116
      I love a good trappist style ale, I am very very jealous.

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      07-24-2009 08:15 AM #117
      i've never made any kind of "fruit" beer because I generally don't drink them, but I'm thinking I want to make something with pumpkin, because i've also never done that. Just not gonna make your typical "pumpkin ale"
      I'll get a little creative with this one.
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      07-24-2009 09:38 AM #118
      Anyone interested in kegging equipment, http://www.kegglebrewing.com has great prices. This is essentialy PedalBiker from http://www.homebrewtalk.com storefront.



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      07-24-2009 11:04 AM #119
      I've always wanted to make a pumpkin pie spiced ale...
      And as far as picking up Westvleteren from the abbey all you do is call them up check on availability and make an appt. You give them your name and the car registration #. They keep track of how much one person buy's because they limit it each month/year. What the car registration has to do w/ anything is beyond me but I'm fine with it! They really have no reason to *not* sell it because it supports their way of life and any excess gets donated to charitable causes. And the Abbey is only 2 1/2 hours from my house so it really is no issue at all to make a day of it!

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      07-24-2009 11:17 AM #120
      I need to go to Belgium.

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      07-24-2009 11:54 AM #121
      Hey dude if you roll through here I am an excellent tour guide....I live 45 minutes from the nurburgring and would have no issue helping someone get around if they were in town visiting.

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      07-24-2009 05:07 PM #122
      nice to see more home brewers on the tex! Ive been brewing for about a year. Just ventured into full grain, I have got to say its a little bit more labor but I think the beer is going to be alot cleaner. Ive got about 2 weeks left before I pop the first one and I cant wait.
      Oh yea here is the local shop where I get my supplies http://www.homebrewmart.com/ its owned and operated by Balast Point some of Socals yummiest beer.
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      07-24-2009 05:32 PM #123
      Quote, originally posted by A3VRSIX »
      Just ventured into full grain, I have got to say its a little bit more labor but I think the beer is going to be alot cleaner. cheers

      Its is a bit more labor, but you get completel control over your beer. The biggest benefit you will find is that there are a lot more variables within your control (mashing temps, water amount, infusion vs decoction, etc.) To get cleaner beers, rack more than once into carboys. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      07-24-2009 07:31 PM #124
      I've read a lot of people contesting the importance of secondaries. As long as you rack carefully from your primary into your bottling bucket/keg you should get perfectly clear beer. I tend to leave my beer on the trub as long as possible and let the yeasties clean up after themselves and eat all those residual *unwantables*

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      07-24-2009 07:45 PM #125
      well we send it through about 3 mesh screens at this point in the game and it does filter alot out. but you knw how the squeamish are... people that I tell that a brew are like "oh wow can i have some?" so I share the wealth. when I hand it to them and give them the run down on how to poor it and they look at the bottom of the bottle they get this look on there face like . You know I think they are expecting me to hand them some crap like bud light.
      "naw folks this is real beer! no pasturization and micro filters"
      either way I dont care what they think but who wouldnt want the beer to beer nice and clear.
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