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Old 03-28-2013, 05:55 AM   #901
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I haven't brewed in almost 5 years. I brewed all grain at the time. The brewery is basically ready to go in the basement now, after having lived here for 4.5 years, and 'working on it' for almost a year.

I used to use Promash. I have a bunch of recipes on the old computer that was in the brewery at the old house, but even back then it was woefully out of date. A check of the promash website shows it still isn't updated so.....what's a good one? Preferably something that people upload recipes for.

I think for the inaugural batch I am just going to purchase a kit instead of using one of my clonebrew books. It all seems a bit overwhelming and like preparing to brew for the very first time again
Do you have a mac? I love Beer Alchemy. It's everything Promash was (at least at the homebrew level) and more. Awesome program with updates often.

If you have an iPhone, you can sync from your laptop to your phone and carry it all with you. That is the only thing I miss since switching to an Android phone
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:06 AM   #902
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:13 AM   #903
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I haven't brewed in almost 5 years. I brewed all grain at the time. The brewery is basically ready to go in the basement now, after having lived here for 4.5 years, and 'working on it' for almost a year.

I used to use Promash. I have a bunch of recipes on the old computer that was in the brewery at the old house, but even back then it was woefully out of date. A check of the promash website shows it still isn't updated so.....what's a good one? Preferably something that people upload recipes for.

I think for the inaugural batch I am just going to purchase a kit instead of using one of my clonebrew books. It all seems a bit overwhelming and like preparing to brew for the very first time again
Beersmith 2. http://beersmith.com/

That is what most of the guys I know use. I am still on the first version of Beersmith simply because I have not gotten around to updating yet.

I previously used Promash myself and while there were a couple of features of it that I prefer I was tired of having to build or edit my own database entries every time I tried a new grain, hop, or yeast.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:21 AM   #904
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I have Beersmith. I heard it was good, and since I bought it, I have not had much time to really mess with it. Seems good though. A lot more customizable than the iPad app I was using. It also has apps for iphone and android that will sinc (IIRC).

I was under the impression that Beersmith was "THE" program to use for homebrewers.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:43 AM   #905
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I use Beersmith. You need to tweak your equipment profile a bit to get everything right (my first couple batches were low on volume) but it works pretty well. The only issue I've had is I consistently come in high on OG. Not necessarily a terrible thing, I just tend to have a "heavy" fridge :).
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I have used nothing but Beersmith and things have turned out pretty well. It takes a little to learn all of the avail. features but great overall.




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Old 04-08-2013, 12:01 PM   #907
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I am curious about home brewing but confess to knowing little.

Basic question: I travel and work in the field for months at a time. How much attention does the home brewing process need on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis?

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Old 04-08-2013, 12:06 PM   #908
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I am curious about home brewing but confess to knowing little.

Basic question: I travel and work in the field for months at a time. How much attention does the home brewing process need on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis?

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The more you learn, the more there is to learn. It can be very complex, or very basic you just need to learn some basic rules to follow and the rest is easy. If you don't like to clean, you will not make good beer. Be honest with yourself since cleaning is 90% of it.

To answer your question, you can easily set it up so that you do a brew then leave it for a week, then leave it for a month, or two weeks or??? It's pretty easy to work it into your schedule.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:14 PM   #909
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I'd say give it a shot.

Get a simple starter kit, and a dark extract recipe kit (stout maybe). Then brew when you know you will be home 7-14days later. Bottle it up then. Easy peasy.

If you dig it, you will learn more by reading forums/books and brewing different stuff. It's not hard to make beer, but it can be....like cooking. Microwaving a hot dog is pretty damn easy...but cooking the perfect beef wellington is not. Start simple and have fun!
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:24 PM   #910
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Thanks guys. I am sure that once I get a little settled into my new digs (later this year or next year) that I'll give it a try for grins and giggles.

Stouts are good. How hard are pale ales and IPAs to make?

Is putting beer in a draft keg (5 gallon capacity as I recall) practical? I have some visions of discretely building a kegerator into my RV for those instances when adult beverages are frowned upon.


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They are all the same difficulty to make, but I always suggest starting with dark and full flavored beer for the first time. It hides the little flaws like higher fermentation temp and/or slow chilling after boil (it's called "chill haze"). I also suggested a stout in your case, because letting it sit for a few weeks or a few months can actually make it better.

Kegs? YES!!! 5gal "corny" kegs are used by the homebrew community. Surplus Pepsi (ball lock) and Coke (pin lock) are available online. I have had really good help from the folks at kegconnection.com
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:49 PM   #912
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From start to drinkable, typically how long does it take to make a batch of pale ale or stout?


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Old 04-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #913
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For me, it's minimum 4 weeks. When you keg, it's faster, because you don't have to wait the week or two it takes to carb in the bottle.

Stout benefits from sitting a bit, so I let my stouts sit in the fermenter for as long as I can stand it. I have a coffee stout that has been sitting for a couple months...bottles are in the dishwasher now
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:38 PM   #914
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Pale ale or wheat beers can be ready in 10-12 days.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:10 PM   #915
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I had beer ready in two weeks, once I waited one full year for a Russian Imperial Stout. best beer I ever made.

For my first batch after my 5 year break, I went with an imperial IPA. A week in primary, just transfered to secondary yesterday with 2 more ounces of hops for a total of 7.

It was just a kit but Hopefully is good. The inaugural brew showed some deficiencies in my setup. Like since I bought a hirise pullout faucet, I no longer have a connection for my immersion chiller

Couldnt find my refractometer either so no idea about abv bt it doesnt really matter.

I have one more kit to do then its back to all grain.

Anyone have a JSP 2 roller mill? I need to know what rpm it should turn at as I now have a small motor for it
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