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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brew bag question
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:13:32 AM »
I squeeze as much wort out of the bag as possible. After the tun drains from the batch sparge, I sit the bag in a large mesh colander and let gravity have a go for a while. With a bit of prodding and pushing, I get another gallon out of the bag.

Because of this, I adjusted my Beersmith profile to have a BIAB grain absorption (.586) instead of all grain (.96). This nets me just the right amount of water & wort.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash in a Bag (MIAB) Beersmith Mash Profiles?
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:11:28 PM »
802Chris - did you adjust the grain absorption for 'normal' brewing similar to the BIAB absorption?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash in a Bag (MIAB) Beersmith Mash Profiles?
« on: September 28, 2017, 06:47:20 AM »
BrewBama - will you share the BS profile? I prefer to have a working mash profile vs. adjusting overall BS settings.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash in a Bag (MIAB) Beersmith Mash Profiles?
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:16:01 PM »
Thank you for the feedback.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash in a Bag (MIAB) Beersmith Mash Profiles?
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:09:01 PM »
Absorption, hand't thought of that.

I believe it is because I let the bag drain over time. In the Rubbermaid cooler with graduated markings, I net at least 1 gallon of wort > 1.040. I hate to let this go.

My options are too discard, toss it in the kettle & boil longer, or boil it on the stove & concentrate it into a sticky goo. It adds a few points to the gravity at such a high concentration.

In BS, I adjusted the mash absorption from .96 to .568 to match the BIAB absorption and it brought the water requirements down about a gallon - just as the BIAB mash profile did.

Since this is only MIAB, batch sparge occurs after draining the first runnings.

This just may work.

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All Grain Brewing / Mash in a Bag (MIAB) Beersmith Mash Profiles?
« on: September 26, 2017, 07:12:39 PM »
I mash in a bag (MIAB) not a full BIAB. The process is mash in the bag, drain, batch sparge with about a gallon of hot water, drain again - then let the bag drain (with some squeezing) while the wort is in the kettle and heating.

Because I let the bag drain, I end-up with about 1 gallon of wort which leads to a longer boil time as the batch is over target volume.

The BIAB profiles require approximately 1 gallon less that a batch sparge profile when playing with the profiles. I've tried tweaking the BIAB profiles to require a gallon less pre-boil but I can't get it quite right.

So, is there a MIAB profile that may do what I need OR a helpful push in the right direction to create my own?

Hope this makes sense ..

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Ingredients / Re: Hop Extract & 30 Minute Boils
« on: September 24, 2017, 09:42:08 AM »
I draw hot wort off the kettle into a Pyrex measuring cup and inject the hop shot into the near-boiling wort. Drawing the wort into the syringe a few times cleans it out pretty well. The measuring cup is dumped into the kettle - done.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop Extract & 30 Minute Boils
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:22:27 AM »
What are your thoughts then on a 30 minute boil w/at least 30 minute cool down to 180F before adding the steeping hops?

Do you think the 30+30 will extract sufficient bittering compared to a 60 minute boil w/rapid cooling?

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Ingredients / Re: Hop Extract & 30 Minute Boils
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:53:47 AM »
I normally do a 60 minute boil with a long flameout cool down period. With a 6 gallon batch, the wort sits for at least an hour in the kettle with steeping hops thrown it @ 180 F.

The hot wort rest period should continue to extract bitterness, correct?

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Ingredients / Hop Extract & 30 Minute Boils
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:43:31 AM »
Does hop extract require a long boil time to extract bittering? I am building a light bodied IPA with a target boil time of 30 minutes. The plan is to add hop extract at the beginning of the boil.

Is 30 minutes sufficient for bittering? Will 30 minutes produce the same bittering level as 60 or 90 minutes?

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Denny - how does that Clam Chowdah Saison taste?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Convert a NB kit to a NEIPA
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:43:22 PM »
For my last brew, which was Northern Brewer's 'Off the Topper', their Heady Topper clone, which is not a NEIPA, I did the following for a 6 gallon batch:

* Added 2 lbs. 12 oz. Flaked Oats
* Added 2 lbs. 12 oz. Flaked Wheat
* Started with RO water and added Chloride and Sulfate with a heavy hand on the Chloride
* One bittering charge (hop shot)
* No boil hops
* 3 ounces of Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe @ 185F for 30 minutes
* 6 ounces of Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy


Hazy and Juicy accomplished.

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 07, 2017, 07:02:03 AM »
Anyone?

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The Yard House and 32 Degrees at the M Hotel are decent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Problem
« on: May 06, 2017, 01:56:14 PM »
I am using the Blichmann burner with a Keggle on natural gas. I have a hell of a time getting my keggle to boil too - not sure if it's the conical bottom or what. Even playing with the air intake, it only lightly boils.

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