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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: May 24, 2015, 01:09:29 PM »
I adjust based on crush quality, not gap measurement.

Well, I'd say crush quality and still having the ability to drain the tun in a reasonable amount of time. Another thing that Denny reminds me of, is the speed at which the rollers are spun. If you spin fast, you might have to increase the gap a bit and vice versa. Another variable is if you condition the malt prior to milling.  All of these factors suggest that there isn't a preferred gap. However, there is the gap that works for you.

Just to be more complete, I crush very fine and have never had a runoff problem.  I also run the drill I drive the mill with as fast as it will go and I don't condition the malt.  Yeah, counter to pretty much everything oter people do.  But I get great efficiency and IMO great beer.

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Life's too short to use Ringwood IMO. Not my favorite.

Agreed.  I hate the stuff.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: May 24, 2015, 08:07:42 AM »
I adjust based on crush quality, not gap measurement.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just joined this forum
« on: May 23, 2015, 01:03:08 PM »
Welcome!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low FG
« on: May 22, 2015, 01:10:41 PM »
I'll give my next batch a higher mash temp. I guess I really don't know if a pale ale should be dry or not, and if it's really an issue either way with the low FG.

Go get a Sierra Nevada pale ale.  Use that as your guide.
Not Oakshire?

Oakshire doesn't really make a straight ahead pale ale.  And SNPA is kinda the benchmark of the style.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Nottingham dry yeast
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:55:32 AM »
I don't find Notty clean at all.  To me, it's tart, bready, and estery.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low FG
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:53:01 AM »
I'll give my next batch a higher mash temp. I guess I really don't know if a pale ale should be dry or not, and if it's really an issue either way with the low FG.

Go get a Sierra Nevada pale ale.  Use that as your guide.

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Auber TD-100.  Inexpensive and reliable....


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low FG
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:51:46 PM »
I'd call that close enough...definitely within the margin of error.  Remember, mash temp doesn't make as much difference as you mayt have been lead to believe.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Issues with Tapatalk
« on: May 20, 2015, 01:26:00 PM »
Working now after update was uninstalled

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Issues with Tapatalk
« on: May 20, 2015, 01:17:22 PM »
They're looking into it now.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Issues with Tapatalk
« on: May 20, 2015, 12:50:05 PM »
Well tapatalk is still working for me on all my other forums.. Just not the AHA forums.  Says it is failing to connect which makes me think maybe the AHA forums need to install an upgrade or something for the plugin.

I would think so too. Tapatalk works with other forums on my phone. Is there an admin who could have a look?  I think I read somewhere that the forum is built with Simple Machines software (https://tapatalk.com/activate_tapatalk.php?plugin=smf)

I'll shoot a message to the AHA IT staff.

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I think you get more bang for your buck with ice cubes. Bigger temp differential. Only takes me a few to drop a degree or two F.

THIS^^^^

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Equipment and Software / Re: mash tun
« on: May 20, 2015, 08:45:27 AM »
Looking at buying new brew gear and checking out coolers. I see Igloo has a new 55qt black and red one out. Anyone have experience with a black tun? What efficiencies are you getting using black over blue? Denny?

I wouldn't think the outside color makes any different.

It has been proven that by using  blue cooler you get 135% efficiency.  Every 10 brews, a bag of grain magically appears in your garage.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lagering advantage
« on: May 20, 2015, 08:42:18 AM »
I'd say that at this point there is no advantage in terms of further lagering.  Of course, keeping it cold will help prolong the life of the beer.

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