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All Grain Brewing / Re: thermal mass for Gott 10gallon?
« on: September 25, 2015, 06:16:36 PM »
I preheat my 50 qt cooler with 2 gal of 180 degree water.
It sits in the cooler while I get everything else ready to mash in, maybe 15 min.
It reduces my thermal mass to "0".

I do pretty much the same.  I run about 4 gallons of water heater hot water (I haven't checked what that temp is) into the cooler and let it sit while the mash water heats up.  I drain it right before mash in. 

Works great!


In either of these scenarios, is this pre-heating water used in combination with the strike water, or tossed? What temp is your tun at then, or do you not need to worry about it? I am using Beersmith for my own sanity, and can tell it not to adjust for equipment temp, its just that every time I tried to pre-heat, I had no idea what temp to tell it my equipment was at. I have been using the same method as Jon, and telling beersmith I am at whatever ambient was and going from there and it has worked out well. I am never on the cold side but have been high by 2-5° ac ouple times though. I guess from the rest of the thoughts here are that I just need to figure out what my equipment needs and let the software get me in the ball park
I use the preheat method and tell BS not to adjust for equipment temp, dumping the preheat water right before mashing in.   This works pretty well unless I am doing a multi step mash, e.g. a protein rest.  Then I still preheat to the lower rest temp, tell BS that my MT temp is the initial mash target temp, and let BS adjust for equipment for subsequent additions. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:01:28 PM »
Ok found out how to convert percentages to pounds with my tool.
Why would you want to use your tool for that?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Over-oxygenating?
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:32:07 PM »

You can over oxygenate.

Is it really true that you can over oxygenate? O2 is not very soluble in water, much less so than CO2. If it is possible what are the ill effects? If not, it just seems like a lot of wasted O2.

Beer Travel / Re: London
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:36:07 PM »

I am back from London as of last night.  I did not have a lot of time to explore but did make it to one pub called "The Gun" which was suggested by the hotel concierge as an authentic English pub.

They had several beers on tap, 4 of which were cask ales.

Here I am on the patio area, overlooking the Thames, enjoying a "Jugged Hare". The white dome on the other side of the Thames is the Millenium Dome which was featured in the James Bond movie, "The World is Not Enough."

Beer Travel / Re: London
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:05:43 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions. May not have a lot of options where I am staying (Canary Wharf), especially on Sunday. I am currently in Detroit waiting for my flight to London. I'll let you know what I find.

Beer Travel / Re: London
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:22:30 PM »
I'll be staying in Canary Wharf.

Beer Travel / London
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:21:07 AM »
I will be in London this Sunday and Monday for work. I think I will have at least one afternoon, if not both, available to be a tourist. Any recommendations for specific beers and/or pubs to look for?

Beer Recipes / Re: American Mild
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:43:31 PM »
Thanks for posting this Denny. I really like the idea.  I have recently started brewing some low ABV styles. (I want to decrease my alcohol intake but not beer intake.) I've brewed a Scottish 60/- and English Mild that I'm pretty happy with.  I like American styles so I brewed an American Red aiming at the low end of the gravity range. The concept of an American Mild sounds like an excellent next step down the low ABV path.

Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrade decision. Advice needed
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:20:04 PM »
I built a variant of the "Son of a Fermentation Chiller" for fermentation temp control. I modified the design so it can hold 2 carboys and up to 6 one gallon milk jugs of ice. It can easily ferment lagers. I've even used it to chill kegs to 45F. Just have to remember to swap the ice jugs regularly. I built an arduino based controller but you don't have to get that fancy.

Ingredients / Re: Caramel in beer / Sanitizing cacao nibs
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:20:24 PM »
Are the nibs you bought raw or roasted? I've used cacao nibs once in a Chocolate Porter. Not knowing any better I bought raw nibs and then roasted them myself based on advice. I think the roasting may help kill some of the bad stuff, although you don't roast them very hot or long. I did soak them in just enough vodka to cover them before adding to secondary.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Storage
« on: July 08, 2014, 06:55:45 PM »
I use these:

They are on wheels, they're cheap, and they hold an entire 50# sack of malt.


I bought 6 of these from Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $23.99 with free shipping for orders over $49.

It's the cheapest I have been able to find them.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cool rehydrated yeast prior to pitching?
« on: June 17, 2014, 04:57:39 PM »
The instructions for Nottingham say to get the rehydrated yeast within 10C (or 18F) of wort prior to pitching. I find that by the time I finish the rehydration process the temp is within, or close to,  18F of the wort.

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Equipment and Software / Re: grain crush issue with Monster Mill 3
« on: June 10, 2014, 10:36:10 PM »
I have the older version of the MM3.  One thing to keep in mind is that the adjustable roller is mounted off-center in the rotating bearing assembly so rotation changes the gap.  As a result, there are actually two angles where you will have a given gap between the adjustable roller and the drive roller.  One of those angles will give you a wider gap between the adjustable and idle rollers, the other will be narrower.  I think what you want to do (at least I did with mine) is adjust so the gap between the adjustable and idle rollers is the narrower of the two settings. In this position I think adjustable-drive gap should be wider than the adjustable-idler gap making it the easier/preferred path for the grain.

I am not sure if this makes sense, but I hope it helps.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: local brew shop
« on: May 09, 2014, 12:36:21 PM »
I buy base malts in bulk through my club. Usually my LHBS for specialty grain, yeast and hops. However I have been frustrated on a number of occasions when they did not have what I needed.  Sometimes I have to go to multiple shops or compromise on ingredients. 

Btw, shipping is not free with the  LBHS. It costs me 1 or 2 gallons of gas depending on which shop(s) I go to. And then there is sales tax.

I used to buy more online thru midwest, but their shipping became unreliable a couple years ago.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Looking for electronics help
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:51:53 PM »
It looks like Radio Shack has 120V mini-neon lamps - that might be your easiest fix.  I can't tell for sure, but it looks like the assembly may include the resistor internally.


I originally looked at Radio shack and didnt see anything that i thought would work, do you have a part number? Ill grab one and try it out.


This is what I found on the RadioShack website: 110VAC Snap-In Red Neon Indicator Lamp

It is not exactly what you currently have but it should work.  This unit is rated at 110VAC so I think it should replace the existing bulb and resistor.  There are other mini-neon lamps in different colors.


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