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Title: How are you brewing?
Post by: flbrewer on December 07, 2014, 12:17:21 AM
Just curious how these forums are represented...
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: ynotbrusum on December 07, 2014, 12:59:33 PM
I checked both, because on some rare occasions I will do an extract batch when brewing at a neighbor's house - probably less than twice a year - I am all grain all of the rest of the time.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: JT on December 07, 2014, 02:02:41 PM
Wasn't sure what you meant.  Electric vs. Gas?  Indoor vs. Outdoor?  All grain vs. Extract?  Batch vs. Fly vs. BIAB?  Glass vs. Plastic vs. Stainless fermentation?  Or all of the above?
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: flbrewer on December 07, 2014, 02:20:48 PM
Pretty broad question, are you all-grain or extract brewing?
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: JT on December 07, 2014, 02:37:46 PM
Sorry, I didn't see that it was a survey using the tapatalk app.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: flbrewer on December 07, 2014, 02:48:02 PM
Yeah, I noticed that this morning, you can't see that it's a poll.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: erockrph on December 07, 2014, 03:55:48 PM
I checked both, but it's primarily all-grain for me. I use extract for test batches, or if I don't have much time to brew and I'm jonesing to get a quick batch in.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: theDarkSide on December 08, 2014, 01:33:20 PM
I've been strictly all grain.  Nothing against extract...just haven't though of doing it since I switched.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 08, 2014, 01:44:43 PM
Been AG for a long time, with the exception of small extract batches now and then to try out new hops.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: kmccaf on December 08, 2014, 02:52:16 PM
I checked both. I enjoy making about 2 extract batches a year. Thinking about making some extract sour batches in the near future. Love my all grain brews though.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: EHall on December 08, 2014, 05:41:04 PM
50 shades of grain...
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: 69franx on December 08, 2014, 11:50:54 PM
I checked all grain, but that's only the last 10-12 batches. Just 14 months ago I was extract and I will be revisiting my first extract batch around the anniversary of my brewing in june
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: flbrewer on December 08, 2014, 11:56:59 PM
Not looking good for the extract brewers here...can't believe I'm the only one out of almost 40 brewers that have responded!
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 09, 2014, 12:02:12 AM
Not looking good for the extract brewers here...can't believe I'm the only one out of almost 40 brewers that have responded!

Mashing in a Coleman cooler (ala dennybrew.com) really is pretty easy, man.  Make your own extract to your own specs- it's better !!
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Stevie on December 09, 2014, 12:04:27 AM
Cost is the sole reason I don't brew extract. An extra 1.5 hours is worth the price for me.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: flbrewer on December 09, 2014, 12:06:51 AM
Not looking good for the extract brewers here...can't believe I'm the only one out of almost 40 brewers that have responded!

Mashing in a Coleman cooler (ala dennybrew.com) really is pretty easy, man.  Make your own extract to your own specs- it's better !!

Not to derail the conversation, but I am not totally sold on the safety of coolers and hot water. This is even after listening to a toxicologist on the Better Brewing podcast. If and when I go all grain it will be with SS (I've got problems).
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: JT on December 09, 2014, 12:15:45 AM
Ever used plastic in a microwave?  Styrofoam for coffee?  Thermos for soups/drinks?  Many synthetics and plastics work great for a variety of hot applications. 
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: flbrewer on December 09, 2014, 01:09:27 AM
Of course, but when those manufacturers of the coolers state that they don't recommend you use them for hot liquids it makes me wonder why.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: a10t2 on December 09, 2014, 02:46:31 AM
If and when I go all grain it will be with SS (I've got problems).

Not much of an issue as long as you're able/willing to do BIAB.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: JT on December 09, 2014, 02:51:45 AM
Of course, but when those manufacturers of the coolers state that they don't recommend you use them for hot liquids it makes me wonder why.
You're right, at least both Igloo and Rubbermaid get very vague and just say they haven't been tested for use with hot liquids.  I did find a thread where one of those two stated the inside could warp, perhaps that is the issue. 
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: a10t2 on December 09, 2014, 03:19:58 AM
You're right, at least both Igloo and Rubbermaid get very vague and just say they haven't been tested for use with hot liquids.

Realistically, I think all that means is that the lawyers won't let them say something is safe without exhaustive testing.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 09, 2014, 12:04:06 PM
You're right, at least both Igloo and Rubbermaid get very vague and just say they haven't been tested for use with hot liquids.

Realistically, I think all that means is that the lawyers won't let them say something is safe without exhaustive testing.

+1
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: klickitat jim on December 09, 2014, 12:46:01 PM
I do all grain with batch sparging in stainless. When my mash temp begins to drop I turn on flame and recirculation pump. Then I batch spatge and recirculate. Think of it as vorlauf with fire
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: theDarkSide on December 09, 2014, 01:30:44 PM
Not looking good for the extract brewers here...can't believe I'm the only one out of almost 40 brewers that have responded!

Mashing in a Coleman cooler (ala dennybrew.com) really is pretty easy, man.  Make your own extract to your own specs- it's better !!

Not to derail the conversation, but I am not totally sold on the safety of coolers and hot water. This is even after listening to a toxicologist on the Better Brewing podcast. If and when I go all grain it will be with SS (I've got problems).

Denny's done something like a million batches in his cooler and he'll probably outlive us all.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Stevie on December 09, 2014, 01:38:26 PM

Denny's done something like a million batches in his cooler and he'll probably outlive us all.
+1. I don't think it's the cooler that made Denny the character that he is today.

Old hippies, and some new ones, are some of the best people.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 09, 2014, 01:41:03 PM

Denny's done something like a million batches in his cooler and he'll probably outlive us all.

^^^^^^^^
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on December 09, 2014, 01:45:45 PM
always mashed in 10gal orange Igloo cooler. never cracked, never drops more than 1F (if that) over an hour. mid to high 80's efficiency and with copper manifold for trouble free lautering.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: dkfick on December 09, 2014, 02:20:05 PM
All grain nearly exclusively.  I do an occasional extract batch if I win a kit at an event or I'm teaching someone how to brew an extract beer...

As for the coolers... Yeah mine is super warped on the inside due to the heat.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: morticaixavier on December 09, 2014, 02:41:39 PM
It's funny,

I answered all grain but now I'm thinking that I've gotta knock out a quick brew and I don't really have time for a full on brewday. I might just throw together a 2 gallon extract with grains batch.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on December 09, 2014, 02:45:53 PM
My 10 gallon igloo has warped and cracked in one section. I have temporarily sealed it with food grade silicon until I can replace it.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on December 09, 2014, 02:53:27 PM
My 10 gallon igloo has warped and cracked in one section. I have temporarily sealed it with food grade silicon until I can replace it.

really? that sucks. i've got about 60 mash cycles through mine and looks as good as new. i'll use up to 185F sparge water.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on December 09, 2014, 03:01:45 PM
My 10 gallon igloo has warped and cracked in one section. I have temporarily sealed it with food grade silicon until I can replace it.

really? that sucks. i've got about 60 mash cycles through mine and looks as good as new. i'll use up to 185F sparge water.

Yeah kind of a bummer. I too go up to about 185F for sparge water. I have been waiting to find a replacement on sale or craigslist but my temporary fix seems to be fine for now.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on December 09, 2014, 03:04:37 PM
might seem silly, but do you preheat your igloo before hitting with strike water? I always have used my hot tap water to warm up the cooler before.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on December 09, 2014, 03:11:04 PM
might seem silly, but do you preheat your igloo before hitting with strike water? I always have used my hot tap water to warm up the cooler before.

I don't. The quick temp change could definitely affect the warping it seems.

I try to leave the bagged crushed grain in the cooler overnight then get a temp reading of both before I brew so that I can hit my mash temp more accurately. I think I preheated a couple of times but it threw off my calcs. May be worth revisiting.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on December 09, 2014, 03:13:38 PM
might seem silly, but do you preheat your igloo before hitting with strike water? I always have used my hot tap water to warm up the cooler before.

I don't. The quick temp change could definitely affect the warping it seems.

I try to leave the bagged crushed grain in the cooler overnight then get a temp reading of both before I brew so that I can hit my mash temp more accurately. I think I preheated a couple of times but it threw off my calcs. May be worth revisiting.

not sure if its the answer-just jumped out at me. with preheating, my strike water is usually about 9-10F higher than desired mash temp.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: theDarkSide on December 09, 2014, 03:27:04 PM
might seem silly, but do you preheat your igloo before hitting with strike water? I always have used my hot tap water to warm up the cooler before.

Depends if I remember or not and the time of year.  I store my brewing equipment in the basement which in the winter gets down to 45F or so.  I'll usually just boil up a couple quarts of water and dump that in the mash tun.  I typically go about 12-14 degrees above target mash temp on my system regardless of water Beersmith tells me.  It's a lot easier to cool off the mash than it is to raise it up, especially when all your strike water has been used.  Most of the time I can get it down just by stirring.
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 09, 2014, 03:28:57 PM

  I typically go about 12-14 degrees above target mash temp on my system regardless of water Beersmith tells me.  It's a lot easier to cool off the mash than it is to raise it up, especially when all your strike water has been used.  Most of the time I can get it down just by stirring.


+1
Title: Re: How are you brewing?
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on December 09, 2014, 03:33:04 PM
might seem silly, but do you preheat your igloo before hitting with strike water? I always have used my hot tap water to warm up the cooler before.

Depends if I remember or not and the time of year.  I store my brewing equipment in the basement which in the winter gets down to 45F or so.  I'll usually just boil up a couple quarts of water and dump that in the mash tun.  I typically go about 12-14 degrees above target mash temp on my system regardless of water Beersmith tells me.  It's a lot easier to cool off the mash than it is to raise it up, especially when all your strike water has been used.  Most of the time I can get it down just by stirring.

agreed. i'll do the same thing if its anew recipe and or i need to mess around with PH and might loose heat. if its a regular brew, 9-10 F is all i need to be dead on target.