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bio website glasscitybeer.com
location Toledo, OH
age 26
visits member for 2 years, 4 months
seen Oct 13 at 19:08

Just a regular guy who loves everything about beer. From growing raw ingredients, to packaging and serving it to everyone.

I started brewing in 2012 and my first batch was an extract kit that got infected. The following week I went in and spent the money on an all grain setup. In just my first year, I brewed less than 1000 gallons of beer, and at least 75 batches, and gave most of it away to friends and family. I am now planning and working on opening a brewery in Toledo, OH. It should open in early 2014.


Oct
16
awarded  Critic
Oct
16
comment Should you rehydrate dry yeast?
I think trillions is a bit of an overstatement. I thought that a sachet of dry yeast contained something like 200 billion cells. The wyeast smack packs claim to have 100 billion. I would also bet to say the way to get the fastest start is to have a yeast starter already fermenting away. I've had my airlock going crazy within as little as an hour with a nice layer of krausen at the top of the carboy.
Oct
15
awarded  Commentator
Oct
15
comment Cleaning Fermenter
I only ever need about 1 gallon of the solution. I use HOT water and shake the bloody heck out of it. Set it upright to soak the bottom for a bit, seal the top and set it upside down, then set it on the side and rotate it every now and then. I've never had to get the brush out this way. I tend to make my PBW solution on the strong side, though...2.5x - 3.0x stronger than the container says, depending on how nasty the carboy is. Rinse well!
Sep
30
accepted LHBS Got my grain bill wrong. Suggestions?
Sep
29
comment LHBS Got my grain bill wrong. Suggestions?
That's what I'm going to do. I am going to split it up into two smaller batches and add some orange/grapefruit zest to one and leave the other alone. I'm heading back to the LHBS to get the correct grain bill as well. Nothing wrong with brewing two batches this weekend since I didn't brew last weekend. I'll report back here with how it all turns out.
Sep
28
asked LHBS Got my grain bill wrong. Suggestions?
Sep
7
comment What are the easiest and hardest commercial beer bottles to re-use for homebrew?
If you soak Magic Hat bottles in a high concentration of oxyclean / hot water they float off in about 15-20 minutes. Once the labels float off, you can wipe the glue off with no effort using your bare hands. I've successfully removed a lot of tough labels this way. There was a guy who had about 8 cases of magic hat bottles that I took off his hands and had all the labels off within about two days.
Aug
10
awarded  Scholar
Aug
10
accepted Got first 2 kegs and need advice
Aug
10
comment Got first 2 kegs and need advice
Found a complete system on craigslist for $85 used. I'm thinking I may get it. Right now I can only brew to a capacity of 10 gallons. Would I be able to move my batch into the keg after fermentation without it going bad? I assume keeping C02 in the tank would prevent oxidation, but is there anything else I need to be worried about?
Aug
6
comment Amount of Water to Boil for Wort
I just did an all grain batch over the weekend and used a tote filled with 30lbs of ice and a few gallons of water with added salt. My kettle was about 3/4 submerged and I got it to go from boil to 95*F in about 10 minutes. This method has worked wonderfully for me, and I have never used a wort chiller that can be bought from the home brewing supply store. For larger batches (I have a 10gal kettle) I could see this being problematic, though.
Aug
6
awarded  Student
Aug
6
comment Got first 2 kegs and need advice
Nice, that's actually a lot cheaper than what I was expecting. Is a 5lb tank enough for kegs of this size? Would there be any benefit (other than less refilling) if I went with, say, a 20lb tank?
Aug
6
comment Got first 2 kegs and need advice
I was able to get them opened and cleaned quite easily. Money really isn't an issue (but saving some/getting deals is nice), and I really would love to at least use one of these for serving. I was going to go with a 5gal keg, but there was no way I could pass these up. I like the idea of converting one of these into a kettle and may just have to do that. I know a couple of welders/fabricators that would do it for a 12 pack :)
Aug
6
comment Got first 2 kegs and need advice
There was no way I could pass them up at that price! Also, I have an old fridge that I stripped out (and put a sturdy shelve in) that I use for cold crashing up to 2 carboys at a time. One of these kegs will fit into it comfortably.
Aug
6
revised Got first 2 kegs and need advice
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Aug
6
asked Got first 2 kegs and need advice
Jul
26
awarded  Editor
Jul
26
revised Adding Vanilla Extract?
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