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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Re-pitch yeast?
« on: August 04, 2017, 02:46:18 AM »
You'll likely be OK but for peace of mind, I'd add some yeast when you get ready to bottle.
You don't need much, half a pack of dry yeast will be enough for 5 gal.
I'd rehydrate the yeast to make it easier to mix into the beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ideas for recipe improvement!
« on: August 01, 2017, 03:47:14 AM »
The amount of hops seems low for a 18.5 gal batch.
For a similar beer, I plan for 25-30 IBU with a similar schedule.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping/Whirlpool Hops
« on: July 29, 2017, 09:15:34 AM »
You'll get varying responses. I brew a fair amount  of hoppy beers and I like 30 mins for APA, 45-60 mins for AIPA. Both @ 175F for me.
This is what I do. Stirring every few minutes or so. I find that the temp drops to around 150F degrees by the end of the steep.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops - Bag or No Bag
« on: July 15, 2017, 03:00:11 AM »
Some people use a paint stainer bag clipped to the side of the BK. Then add hops to the bag as the boil progresses.
I just use some 10"x12" fine mesh bags with a draw string, 2-3 oz/bag. Obviously, I use multiple bags for some beers.
I've experienced a small loss of utilization with bags but I just add a bit more hops to the process.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation question
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:37:25 AM »
I'm not familiar with Briess extract but some extracts are less fermentable than others.
Also, while attenuation in the mid 60's to low 70's is lower than expected, the manuf and Beersmith estimates are just that, estimates.
Try doing a fast ferment test of your wort. That will tell you exactly how much attenuation you can expect from your wort and yeast combination.
To do the test, after you pitch the yeast, take a small amount (80z or so) of the wort and place it in a covered container. Keep it warm, shake it up whenever you think of it. The sample will ferment out pretty quickly and then you can measure the final gravity. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adding Minerals To Water.
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:09:00 AM »
You can add any brewing salts to both the mash and sparge water.
Recommend that you download a copy of Brunwater if you don't already have a program to calculate the amounts of salts to use based on your water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refrigerated before carbonation
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:59:54 AM »
You might want to invert each bottle to re-suspend the yeast.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Fermentation Temp
« on: July 10, 2017, 09:16:13 AM »
I run WLP001 at 62-64 degrees because I've found that it produces a cleaner fermentation profile at those temps versus the manuf recommended temps.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 30% pilsner malt, 60 or 90 min boil
« on: July 07, 2017, 03:10:09 AM »
You will be fine with a 60 min boil.
I routinely use up to 100% pils malt in a grist and a 60 min boil time.
No issues.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: No sparge brewing
« on: June 29, 2017, 07:16:11 AM »
2.25 gal loss is around .155 gal/lb.
That's not much different than my experience which is .14 gal/lb including the dead space in my MT.
I have not seen much difference (just a couple of points) in mash efficiency since going to no sparge.
I was averaging around 75% now its around 72%.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Funny
« on: June 24, 2017, 03:13:31 PM »
When offered one, I will drink a BMC beer, just to be polite.

I will admit, though, that BMC beer is consistently brewed.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Trouble with mash efficiency calculation.
« on: June 22, 2017, 01:26:51 PM »
I don't BIAB so I don't know if 59% is typical mash efficiency or not.
Since you don't sparge, the gravity of the wort in your boil kettle will be uniform no matter when you take the sample.
The amount of sugar in the 7.1 gals that you started with doesn't change.
So, the more water you boil off, the higher the sugar content of the remaining water.
Apparently, you boiled off more water than your original calculation anticipated.

It's just math.
My typical efficiency is 72% to 75%, and I anticipated the amount of water lost in absorption and evaporation.

But thanks for your comment.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Trouble with mash efficiency calculation.
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:01:29 AM »
I don't BIAB so I don't know if 59% is typical mash efficiency or not.
Since you don't sparge, the gravity of the wort in your boil kettle will be uniform no matter when you take the sample.
The amount of sugar in the 7.1 gals that you started with doesn't change.
So, the more water you boil off, the higher the sugar content of the remaining water.
Apparently, you boiled off more water than your original calculation anticipated.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 14, 2017, 03:20:09 AM »
Honestly the current categories are fine. Adding an "advanced topics" area isn't going to fix anything, just make the forum messier in terms of organization/finding interesting topics.

What needs to happen is for people to deal with the question at hand and be civil. If someone asks the best way to step mash, beating the "step mashing doesn't do sh!t" dead horse isn't the answer. You're of course free to express your opinion on step mashing, but at least try and still help the OP.

Likewise, if someone asks why their Weißbier doesn't taste right responding "try low oxygen methods" is a great answer-but if the poster isn't interested there's no reason to go down that road either.

Granted, sometimes things go off topic, and that's fine too. But honestly folks, the sniping and snide comments need to end. I feel only one side of the argument is stirring the pot at this point, but that doesn't mean folks are guilt free for being goaded into a flame war.

This sums up my opinion nicely!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IO-star air drying
« on: June 11, 2017, 03:37:19 AM »
FWIW the instructions on my container of IO Star recommend 1oz/5gal. One minute contact time. No mention of air drying for equipment. It does recommend air drying when used to sanitize beverage containers.

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