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Post by ZackHarrison » Sun May 07, 2017 3:40 pm

Hello Brewnosers,

I figured being new to this group I would take some time to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Zack and I moved to Nova Scotia just over a year ago now and I wish I would have found this group sooner! I have been home brewing on and off for two years now, but my passion for beer has done nothing but explode since moving to the east coast. I come from southern Ontario, right near the Michigan border, so I was lucky enough to take advantage of not only the Ontario craft beer scene but also the Michigan craft beer scene during my formative beer drinking years. Since then I have made several trips across Canada and the United States in my Westfalia on what I like to call "beercations" where I stopped at some of the best breweries in North America and sampled some truly amazing beers. Eventually, I figured if I liked drinking beer so much why not try to make it, and that journey has lead me here. I have only gotten as far as extract brewing - with some malt additions to my extracts - but I am now looking to expand to the all grain market. One thing I love about beer is how many different styles there are and you can be so much more creative after making the switch to all grain - or so I've read. I really look forward to hearing back from you guys and I would love it if you could point me in the direction of resources to help me along my journey to conquer the jump to all grain brewing.

Thanks for letting me join fellow Brewnosers!

Cheers,

Zack

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Post by RubberToe » Sun May 07, 2017 3:44 pm

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Post by Celiacbrew » Sun May 07, 2017 4:30 pm

Welcome. All grain brewing does really open things up creativity-wise. And it doesn't have to be complicated if you don't want it to be. Feel free to ask on here if you want some advice on how to set up a simple system.
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Post by ZackHarrison » Sun May 07, 2017 5:32 pm

Celiacbrew wrote:
Sun May 07, 2017 4:30 pm
Welcome. All grain brewing does really open things up creativity-wise. And it doesn't have to be complicated if you don't want it to be. Feel free to ask on here if you want some advice on how to set up a simple system.
I was hoping someone would reach out with a simple all grain system option! I am in the market to upsize from boiling extract in a stock pot on my stove and would love any and all suggestions!

Thanks

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Post by GAM » Sun May 07, 2017 5:42 pm

Check the classified section. I have some stuff to get you started.

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Post by Lisa J » Sun May 07, 2017 8:38 pm

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Post by RossBee » Sun May 07, 2017 9:57 pm

Welcome.

If you're looking for some new equipment, see Dave at Everwood, he can get you going.
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Post by Brewnoser » Mon May 08, 2017 12:31 am

ZackHarrison wrote:Hello Brewnosers,

I figured being new to this group I would take some time to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Zack and I moved to Nova Scotia just over a year ago now and I wish I would have found this group sooner! I have been home brewing on and off for two years now, but my passion for beer has done nothing but explode since moving to the east coast. I come from southern Ontario, right near the Michigan border, so I was lucky enough to take advantage of not only the Ontario craft beer scene but also the Michigan craft beer scene during my formative beer drinking years. Since then I have made several trips across Canada and the United States in my Westfalia on what I like to call "beercations" where I stopped at some of the best breweries in North America and sampled some truly amazing beers. Eventually, I figured if I liked drinking beer so much why not try to make it, and that journey has lead me here. I have only gotten as far as extract brewing - with some malt additions to my extracts - but I am now looking to expand to the all grain market. One thing I love about beer is how many different styles there are and you can be so much more creative after making the switch to all grain - or so I've read. I really look forward to hearing back from you guys and I would love it if you could point me in the direction of resources to help me along my journey to conquer the jump to all grain brewing.

Thanks for letting me join fellow Brewnosers!

Cheers,

Zack
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Post by Celiacbrew » Mon May 08, 2017 12:49 am

BIAB is probably the easiest and cheapest way to get going but I don't particularly like it. i prefer using a cooler to hold the mash temperature because it is more hands off. Jimmy has an excellent video showin the process. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyz_zT_glDM

To get started you need a cooler, a BIAB bag that fits a cooler, a kettle and a burner. Optionally you can remove the drain from the cooler and add a weldless bulkhead and a ball valve and use a street elbow as your pickup. Dave at Everwoodbrewshop sells all the stuff you need to add a bulk head and ball valve. Biab bags for coolers are sold by a bunch of online retailers one of which is Jimmy/Becky from this board. Their website is called Mashedin. The water around here is good for brewing but you will want to filter it to
Remove chlorine. No need to worry about adjusting your water for now.

Oh and use software like beersmith to get your strike water temperature, it will get you really close. But don't sweat it if you are off by a degree or two it won't make much difference.
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Post by elreplica » Mon May 08, 2017 9:06 am

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Post by LiverDance » Mon May 08, 2017 9:22 am

:welcome:
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Welcome!
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Post by ZackHarrison » Fri May 19, 2017 11:01 am

Celiacbrew wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 12:49 am
BIAB is probably the easiest and cheapest way to get going but I don't particularly like it. i prefer using a cooler to hold the mash temperature because it is more hands off. Jimmy has an excellent video showin the process. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyz_zT_glDM

To get started you need a cooler, a BIAB bag that fits a cooler, a kettle and a burner. Optionally you can remove the drain from the cooler and add a weldless bulkhead and a ball valve and use a street elbow as your pickup. Dave at Everwoodbrewshop sells all the stuff you need to add a bulk head and ball valve. Biab bags for coolers are sold by a bunch of online retailers one of which is Jimmy/Becky from this board. Their website is called Mashedin. The water around here is good for brewing but you will want to filter it to
Remove chlorine. No need to worry about adjusting your water for now.

Oh and use software like beersmith to get your strike water temperature, it will get you really close. But don't sweat it if you are off by a degree or two it won't make much difference.

Awesome! Thanks so much for the info! I was definitely leaning towards doing the BIAB style of brewing. I am hoping to find/buy and old 50L keg and turn it into a keggle. As for the cooler/mash tun ill have to do some searching around for a deal. I'm really looking forward to making some progress and getting creative with my beer!

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