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Zymurgy / Re: Martin's article on wort boiling
« on: April 22, 2019, 08:49:05 PM »
Looking forward to getting my copy of the latest issue.

The Pub / Re: I thought the deer were eating the spent grain
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:27:19 PM »
   You need to start a compost heap, it helps keep the aroma to a minimum and the composted material is better for the garden. Another warm week or two and mine will thaw out enough for me to till in the winter's contribution of spent grain.
   Wild turkeys seem to be making a comeback across much of 'Merica. I was driving through Buffalo Wyo a couple weeks ago and there smack dab in the middle of town was a flock of a dozen or so, acting like they owned the place.
You know they're making a comeback when you find them on the Boston Common in the middle of downtown Boston!

The Pub / Re: I thought the deer were eating the spent grain
« on: April 12, 2019, 08:26:20 PM »
I live out in the williwacks so we have plenty of turkeys and a few deer, as well as, assorted other critters hanging around. However, nothing seems to be seriously interested in eating my spent grain. Not even the crows! 

Classifieds / 70 pound Excellante Mechanical Scale
« on: April 12, 2019, 07:20:08 PM »
I purchased this scale about a year ago but no longer need it. I'd like to get $50. for it. If you're interested, let me know and we can work out the details. I can ship.

Good one! I almost forgot what day it was!

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Time All Grain Questions
« on: March 27, 2019, 04:04:59 PM »
Have fun, keep good notes so you'll know what you may want to do differently next time. Your end product may not be exactly what you expected but it's hard to screw up beer so badly that it's not drinkable. 

I mash in a 70 qt cooler. When mashing in I stir for a few minutes to break up any dough balls and to equalize temp. Then I close the lid and don't open it again until the mash ends. I rarely lose more than a couple of degrees. You won't notice the difference between maintaining a temp for 60 min or losing two degrees over the course of the mash in the finished product.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« on: March 18, 2019, 09:57:18 AM »
I'm going. It's about a 4.5 hour drive for me.


I'd recommend cutting the sulfate and chloride levels that I published in half to produce a less minerally perception in the finished beer. That would still give you some minerally character without going overboard. If you're not really interested in a minerally perception, then Yellow Dry should be an acceptable option. Having a decent sulfate content in your water is definitely helpful for a Dort.

Martin, thanks, I'll give that a try next time.

Thanks, I was leaning toward the yellow dry but forgot to include that in my post.

Any recommendations on a water profile for this style?
The Dortmund profile seems pretty minerally. But, the style guidelines do describe "minerally water with high levels of sulfates, carbonates and chlorides"

All Grain Brewing / Re: BrewtanB, who uses it
« on: March 02, 2019, 08:55:34 PM »
I've been using it in both the mash and boil for about a year and a half. I use it at the manuf recommended rate.
At about the same time I made a couple of other changes to my cold side handling (spunding, keg purge and closed transfer with CO2) so I really don't know what difference it made by itself.
I plan on continuing to use it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: no carbonation
« on: February 28, 2019, 11:55:30 AM »
I guess the only option left is to re-open the bottles and add some dry yeast. You won't need much, just a few grains in each bottle. As Visor noted, since you have twice added priming sugar to the bottles, you may have some over carbed bottles. But at this point, other than a package of yeast and your time, you don't have anything to lose.   

All Grain Brewing / Re: no carbonation
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:18:36 PM »
What is the temp where the bottles have been stored?
If it's cool, before I did anything else, I would put the bottles somewhere that is 70-75 degrees. If they're sitting on a concrete floor, get them up off the floor because the floor is just sucking the heat right out of the bottles.
Even after a month in the primary fermenter, there should have been enough yeast to carbonate the beer.
But, if the bottles have been sitting on a table in a 70 degree room for the past month and there's still no carbonation, I guess you'll have to add some yeast to each bottle.
Unfortunately, the downside to opening the bottles twice is going to be some significantly oxidized beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Iodophor age
« on: February 20, 2019, 05:07:29 PM »
“Typically the Iodine mixed into solution will gas back into the atmosphere in roughly 12-24 hours, turning back to clear water.”

How should this ‘water’ be disposed of after the 12-24 hr off gassing?  I don’t dare pour an Iodophor solution down the drain lest it kill my biological balance in my septic system but can this ‘water’ be poured into a septic system?

Same here. I've brewed 5 gal batches pretty much every 2 weeks for the past 16 years. I routinely mix up 2 gals of the sanitizer du jour (iodophor, saniclean/starsan) and at the end of the brew session pour it down the drain into my septic system. There have been no discernable negative effects as a result.

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FWIW, I have been pouring mixed, active Iodophor (and StarSan) dow n the drain into myseptic system for many years without problem.  Considering that the amount I add is meant for 5 gal. And the septic system is hundreds of gal., the solution is so dilute thay it causes no problems.  Maybe your septic system is different.

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