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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pliny the Elder Clone Recipe
« on: April 07, 2010, 03:29:53 AM »
Thanks for the info Brian..

Brew it up!


All Grain Brewing / Pliny the Elder Clone Recipe
« on: April 06, 2010, 04:41:56 AM »
what's up y'all-

I'm super stoked, as i just ordered from Austin Homebrew Supply a clone of this most stupendous, splendiferous (sp?) DIPA.

My question is whether anyone has any feedback about this clone recipe, and whether it's possible, short of selling one's soul, to come close to replicating this beer?



All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency Question
« on: April 04, 2010, 08:46:47 PM »

Nope, no PH testing as of yet. There's a number of process additions i intend on adding to my brewing, and PH testing is at the top of the list.

Any recommendations on relatively inexpensive and effective ways to do this? I've read that those electronic PH meter devices are good, but expensive, and require alot of maintenance. how about ColorPhast strips?

Brew on!


All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency Question
« on: April 04, 2010, 02:01:46 AM »
That's actually an excellent question. From the description of many of the off-flavors in beer that i've read, the astringency one best fits my situation.. there's a perceived bitterness, and not the hop-like kind of bitterness, but more of a harsh mouth-puckering sensation.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency Question
« on: April 03, 2010, 07:32:34 PM »
perhaps i'm mistaken here Denny. Sounds like if there was a correlation, you'd know better than I. I think i menat that a longer mash would create a situation where more tannins would be extracted, which sounds like has nothing to do with PH.



All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency Question
« on: April 03, 2010, 03:31:58 AM »
so glad i joined this forum..this place rocks!


All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency Question
« on: April 03, 2010, 03:13:34 AM »
i have my grains milled at my LHBS, and that doesn't seem to be the problem. I think you might have nailed it with the question about my stirring.... i'm probably inadvertently lifting the false bottom up slightly through aggressive stirring, therefore allowing grains to slip under the false bottom..

Thanks again for the advice!!!!


All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency Question
« on: April 03, 2010, 02:57:53 AM »
it's a stainless one, but i notice alot of grain somehow manages to slip underneath it and get sucked into the drain valve. maybe it's too small in diameter for my mash tun, but it was the one that came with the kit from northern brewer.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency Question
« on: April 03, 2010, 02:45:32 AM »
i guess my false bottom sucks, is my best guess. or maybe its i try to brew too big of beers for my mash tun. i also started to do a regular mash out, which seems to have helped.

Have not done any PH testing as of yet, but that's certainly good advice.



All Grain Brewing / Astringency Question
« on: April 03, 2010, 02:25:33 AM »
Hi Y'all-

I've noticed some recent batches have what i perceive to be an astringent quality to it, and i'm analyzing my processes to pinpoint the reason.

I mash using a 10-gallon Rubbermaid cooler with a false bottom. Almost in 75% of batches, the mash gets stuck, and i usually have to transfer the mash to another vessel, clear the clog, and transfer again, and begin the lautering process over.

During the process, the grains get agitated quite significantly and it's very time consuming when it happens. So, i'm wondering whether these two factors may contribute to the astringency, as the agitation of grain may be extracting tanins from the husks, as well as a rising PH due to the additional time the grains are in the mash tun.

Any light that can be shed on this by anyone would be most appreciated, and suggestion certainly welcome..

Happy Brewing!


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