Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I like this better than the Bells IPA, there is a nice spice present.

I would give this an A



November 25, 2008 -- Mendocino Brewing Company announces the launch of its Limited Edition Winter Seasonal.

This Limited Edition Imperial IPA has been delicately crafted for those crisp cool days when the skies are resplendent and the air glistens with the slow fall of a million flakes, when nature gets ready to turn her thermostat way down and your desire for something warm and enthusing is almost a primal urge.Our robust, full bodied IPA is brewed with massive amounts of hops and paired with a rich blend of luscious malts. The result is a perfect balance of heady hop flavor and aroma. At 7.5% Alc. By Vol. this India Pale Ale is the perfect winter seasonal!

Mendocino Brewing Company is a pioneer in the American Craft Brewing Renaissance and has for over 25 years been brewing a range of ales that makes California proud. To herald the coming seasons you can expect coming your way a Spring Bock in the months to come.

Date of Introduction: November 25, 2008

Style: Handcrafted India Pale Ale

Alc/Vol: 7.5%

Bell's Two Hearted Ale


India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.

Original Gravity: 1.058
Alc. by Vol.: 7.0% - 210 cal. per 12oz.
Avail. Pkgs.: 4/6/12 oz. bottles (case), 15.5 gal. keg, 5 liter (1.32) gal. mini keg
Dates Available: Year Round

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Leland's American Stout #1

dark, coffee, nice amount of carbonation. for a stout. It seams as though the grains may have gotten a bit scorched, there seams to be a heavy caramel taste.

Grain Mill Ideas


DIY SloBrewer

IPA Recipe


Lighting IPA
Created by Tapmeister on Mar 24 2007
Makes 5.00 gallons
Style Group: India Pale Ale (Ipa)
Style Type: Imperial Ipa
Prediction Attributes: SG_i-1.09691 SG_f-1.02303 ABV-10 IBU-96 SRM-12
Water Supplement Schedule
1.00 teaspoon(s) Calcium Sulfate (Gypsum)
Mash Schedule
6.00 lbs Caramel 40L
16.00 lbs 2-Row Brewers Malt
Hop Schedule
2.00 ozs Centennial - Whole (30 minute steep)
2.00 ozs Chinook - Whole (60 minute steep)
2.00 ozs Centennial - Whole (30 minute steep)
Yeast: Super High Gravity Ale Yeast
Irish Moss
Priming Sugar: 1 cup malt

Combine mash grains with 7.15 gallons water.
Perform an protein rest at 128 degrees for 30 minutes using infusion.
Perform an saccharification rest at 152 degrees for 45 minutes using infusion.
Mashout at 175 degrees using direct_heat.
Sparge with 4.06 gallons of water.
Run off 6.48 gallons of wort.
Current volume should be around 6.48 gallons.
Add hops per hop schedule.
Add Irish Moss as appropriate.
Total boil time is 1.00 hour(s) at which time the volume will be around 6.23 gallons.
Cool wort and transfer 5.5 gallons to fermentor.
Pitch yeast.
When fermentation is complete, prime and bottle.

This recipe provided by Tapmeister.com

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stainless....maybe it is possible and affordable?


FCAW - Flux Cored Arc Welding-Mig Welding
Flux is contained within the electrode. It provides shielding, deoxidization & arc stabilization. Additional shielding may be added. A smoke suction nozzle around the gun or fume hood aids in reduction of smoke & fumes. Aufhauser flux cored stainless steel wire is formulated to provide all position welding & smooth, stable arc action.



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is a world leader in fermentation sciences for the brewing and winemaking industries. We manufacture liquid yeast for professional and amateur ...

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

coming soon

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dragon Stout

Dark Rum and Guinness Stout

Australian Taxation on Brew


Had Murrays Craft Brewing Co. on HBN podcasts

recipe from BREWMASTER Sean with Murray's

India Black Ale
(hoppy but black)

23 Liter batch (5 gal)
72-75% brewhouse efficiency

mash water with calcium chloride, chalk (maybe play with water)??

(using british and german malts)

6 kilos marasota pale malt
1/2 german wine and pale wheat malt
1/2 wine and vienna malt
400 grams cara hill
400 grams british crystal 145
150 grams forsets black malt
150 grams forsets chocolate malt

20 grams new zealand cascade
20 grams pacific haltal mash hop
27 grams super alpha 60 min add (bittering hop) boiling for 90 min now

25 grams pacific haltal
25 cascade

@ flymount
50 haltale
60 cascade

dry hopping 30 grams each at about 3 days

london ale wyeast 1028

pitching around 20-21^

mash around 67^

lack IPA

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics
Batch Size (Gal): 5.81 Wort Size (Gal): 5.81
Total Grain (Lbs): 17.42
Anticipated OG: 1.0784 Plato: 18.97
Anticipated SRM: 29.5
Anticipated IBU: 72.7
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70 %
Wort Boil Time: 90 Minutes

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
75.9 13.23 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) Great Britain 1.0380 3
6.3 1.10 lbs. Vienna Malt Germany 1.0370 3
6.3 1.10 lbs. Wheat Malt Germany 1.0390 2
5.1 0.88 lbs. Carahell Malt Germany 1.0340 12
2.5 0.44 lbs. Crystal 145L 1.0330 145
1.9 0.33 lbs. Black Patent Malt Great Britain 1.0270 525
1.9 0.33 lbs. Chocolate Malt Great Britain 1.0340 475

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
0.71 oz. NZ Cascade Pellet 7.00 14.1 Mash H
0.71 oz. Pacifica- Pacific Hallertau Pellet 5.50 11.1 Mash H
0.95 oz. Super Alpha Pellet 11.00 42.8 90 min.
0.88 oz. Pacifica- Pacific Hallertau Pellet 5.50 4.8 15 min.
2.12 oz. NZ Cascade Pellet 7.00 0.0 0 min.
1.76 oz. Pacifica- Pacific Hallertau Pellet 5.50 0.0 0 min.
1.06 oz. NZ Cascade Pellet 7.00 0.0 Dry Hop
1.06 oz. Pacifica- Pacific Hallertau Pellet 5.50 0.0 Dry Hop

WYeast 1028 London Ale

Water Profile
Brewer states gypsum, chalk, and lactic acid added to adjust pH/mineral content

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Single Step
Saccharification Rest Temp : 152 Time: 60

New Brew Supplies!

As of Monday night

2.5 cases of cap ready bottles
4x5 gallon carboys
floating thermometer

cost = one 6 pack from the first 5 brews. Now you just can't beat that!
Thanks Marlin! We will put this to good use.

Fesh Hops

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CO2 tanks

there are different size tanks you can use for co2: 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, 50 lb, etc.
it might make sense to think that the cost to fill a 5 lb tank would be twice as much as a 2.5 lb tank, and to fill a 10 lb tank would be twice as much as filling a 5 lb tank, and so forth
but it turns out that at welding supply shops, the cost to fill a tank that is larger is usually only a few dollars more than for a tank half its size.
these costs are off the top of my head, but at a welding supply shop, the prices were like this:

2.5# - 8 dollars
5# - 10 dollars
10# - 12 dollars
20# - 13 dollars
50# - 15 dollars

so to fill a 50 lb tank, was less than twice the cost of a 2.5 lb tank, yet you get 20 times as much co2.
the '#' sign and lb are interchangable, and the '#' is stamped on the tanks.

when i say 'fill' i actually mean swap for most places. what this means is you take in your empty tank, and swap it for a full tank for the cost of the fill. you will lose your pretty new tank if you do this, but i bought all my tanks used anyway.

also, if you didn't know, the tanks need to be hydrostatically tested at least every five years. this means the tank is filled with water to a certain pressure, and the integrity of the tank is measured (i believe they measure the expansion of the tank and contraction of the tank during and after the water to see the durability of the tank) plus they look for micro cracks that can develop around the valve.

what this means to you though, is if you find a tank used (and i recommend you do! such as on craigslist or ebay - but check for shipping costs), always ask for the most current test date. if it is longer than five years, or close to five years, expect to pay for a hydrotest, and deduct that from what you are willing to pay for the tank. just so you know i bought almost all of my tanks for 20 dollars, and they were all out of test (i have a 50 lb, 3 x 20 lb, 2.5 lb, and used to have a 5 lb). so to get a full tank within test, cost me about 50-60 dollars a tank.
hope this helps!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fermenting in a CORNY KEG

as a secondary




great deal if you can build your own

Model: PBUR-05
1-3/16" LONG.

Model: BUR-08



23 tip jet burner to build sculpture with

Amazon 23 tip jet burner to build sculpture with

23 tip jet burner to build sculpture with (nat. Gas, but can convert to propane with regulator)

Able Kitchen 23 tip jet burner to build sculpture with $77.63

BREWING Directions

Check List
Verify equipment and ingredients
Boil water. You will need at least a gallon of sterile water for a variety of small tasks. Start by boiling about 1 gallon of water for 10 minutes and let it cool, covered, to room temperature.
Clean and Sanitize
Clean and sanitize. It may seem strange to the first-time brewer, but probably the most important thing in brewing is good cleaning and sanitization. Clean all equipment that will be used during the brew with a mild, unscented dish detergent, making sure to rinse well. Some equipment will need to be sanitized for use after the boiling stage. You can easily make a simple sanitizing solution by filling the fermentor bucket with 5 gallons of water and adding 5 tablespoons of chlorine bleach (a concentration equivalent to 1 TBS/gallon, or 4 ml/L). Soak all items that need to be sanitized in this bucket for 20 minutes. After soaking, dump the sanitizing solution and pour in some of the pre-boiled water for a quick rinse to remove any excess sanitizer. Place the small spoon and the thermometer in the yeast starter jar and cover it with plastic wrap. Cover the fermentor with the lid to keep it clean. (See Chapter 2- Preparations, for more info,)
1.5 hours
Boil the brew water. In the brewpot, bring 2 gallons of water to a boil. Pour this water into the fermentor and leave it to cool. Now bring 3 gallons of water to boil in the brewpot. You will be boiling all of the extract in just 3 gallons and adding this concentrated wort to the water already in the fermentor to make the total 5 gallons. (See Chapter - Water for Extract Brewing, for more info.)
Rehydrate the dried yeast. Although many people skip this step with fair results, re-hydrating it assures the best results. While you are waiting for the brew water to boil, rehydrate two packets of dried ale yeast. Put 1 cup of warm (95-105°F, 35-40°C), preboiled water into your sanitized jar and stir in the yeast. Cover with plastic wrap and wait 15

Dry Hopping

-Fill HOP SACK w/ pellets vs fresh and drop SACK w/ S.S. weights = to the weight of the pellets in to the beer.
*Remember - no COPPER after FERMENTATION

Bell's Brown Ale


Good but not great. nice toasty oats flavor but seemed to be missing some body.

Fresh Hops

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This was a great beer, Fresh and Grassy, Nice Mouth Feel,

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

March Pump Acronyms


Magnetic Drive Pumps
Small Centrifugal magnetic drive pumps with DC motors.
Centrifugal magnetic drive recirculation pumps for a range of OEM applications.
Small centrifugal magnetic drive recirculation pumps
Small regenerative turbine magnetic drive pumps manufactured from Ryton.
Centrifugal magnetic drive pumps with encapsulated motors.
Centrifugal magnetic drive recirculation pumps for a range of OEM applications.
Multistage magnetic drive pumps for mild liquid manufactured from acetal.
Multistage magnetic drive pumps for aggressive liquids manufactured from polypropylene.
Multistage magnetic drive pumps for mild liquids manufactured from polypropylene.
Magnetically driven chemical transfer pumps manufactured from machined plastic ATEX rated.
Regenerative turbine magnetic drive pumps manufactured from pp or PVDF (ATEX certified).
High volume centrifugal magnetic drive pumps.
ATEX certified centrifugal magnetic drive pumps manufactured from stainless steel.
Regenerative turbine magnetic drive pumps manufactured from stainless steel and ATEX certified.
A comprehensive range of centrifugal magnetic drive chemical transfer pumps.
Vertical Pumps AS Industrial centrifugal column pumps.Penguin Seal-less centrifugal pumps.VSP Multistage centrifugal pumps for OEMs.VTP Turbine pumps for OEMs. Tank/Pump Systems ABF Condensate removal tank/pumps.CC Condensate removal tank/pumps.HC Hot condensate removal tank/pumps.Low boy Low profile condensate removal tank/pumps.TCP-25 Condensate removal tank/pumps.

The basics of "How to Brew"


38 DD Fermentation Chiller


MyloFiore's Jamil-O-Chiller



Local Brew Shops

2061 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS 66062


6633 Nieman Rd., Shawnee, KS 66203


Tuesday, December 9, 2008



Stainless ....Too much work!

I have never welded and it takes too much equipment that I don't have. Too expensive. I will just have to be creative for now.



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3/8" Flow
Body Materials: Polysulfone (-40°F to 280°F)
Maximum pressure: 125 PSI
Body Configuration: Pipe Thread, Bulkhead Panel Mount, In-Line
Insert Configuration: Pipe Thread, In-Line, Elbow
O-Ring Options: Food Grade EPDM

Series HFC-35-NSF Specifications

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Telephone 913.829.5900

Monday, December 8, 2008

Is it possible to weld ??

I am really interested in what it takes to weld a nice brutus type set-up. I have been looking in to internet to see what I can find. Here is a good source of welding knowledge I will share with you.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Common Plumbing Terms/Abbreviations

Close: Shortest nipple - no pipe between threads
FIPS: Threads on the inside of fitting
MIPS: Threads on the outside of fitting
WOG: Water, Oil, Gas rated
NPT: National Pipe Thread