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You didn't mention what type of rye you are using. If it's malted or flaked, you don't have to worry about cooking it. If it's unmalted, you'll need to cook it until it stops thickening, then add it to the rest of your mash.
I started torpedoing my hoppy ales about six months ago. Now, almost all of my ales get the treatment. I have tried ALL the techniques to get hop aroma and flavor into beer and for me, nothing compares to a torpedoed ale. The torpedo process also filters, my hoppy ales are now almost bright.
Can you describe your torpedo set up? Pictures would be great.
Volume measurements are more consistent than weight measurements for spruce tips because the moisture content of the tips can vary widely. Use a quart or so (you can use less if you want) in the boil for 60 minutes - sitka spruce tips will give you a delicious citrusy flavor, douglas fir tips are similar. Not sure about other trees.
EBay, it took some time. I did end up finding a small unit (drinking fountain/bubbler) for $49 + shipping.What brand/model is it? I'm interested.
EBay, it took some time. I did end up finding a small unit (drinking fountain/bubbler) for $49 + shipping.How is that working out?
Well, overkill for homebrewing is in the eye of the beholder. I like to think I'm spending the money I saved by not buying a sabco system.
I've had problems with using refractometers in the past. Multiple readings giving me multiple results. So I've stuck with the hydrometer.