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Thanks for clarifying the process. The videos are fun and very helpful, too. I've played around with open fermentation with a 20 gallon ceramic vat my wife picked up somewhere. I think I'll add  top cropping to the process and see how that goes.

I held the open fermenter in a fridge at 61 degrees ambient. I may go a tad cooler next time; specific yeast dependent.

I'll start by saying I don't top crop, but have been wanting to, so I'm paying attention and asking.
First, maybe WLP001 isn't a true top crop yeast, but he did get 14 good batches. Could it be he went too far on the number of generations? I've heard/read that 10 or 12 generations is about as good as it gets.

Second question, other than the specific yeast what do you guys think of the process? Again, it's something I want to try so I'm curious.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pilsner Malt question
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:14:19 PM »
I had a very foul smelling lager once. It's been awhile and I don't have those notes, so I can't speak to the yeast I used, temps, etc. It worked it's way out during a long, cold lager period and turned out to be pretty good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New cleaning products
« on: January 28, 2015, 05:31:37 PM »
From the FAQ section on their web site: Cleaning is a three step process: Clean, Rinse, Sanitize. They then go on to say:
Why is Rinsing important? Rinsing is designed to carry away residual detergent and soils after the wash step. It also provides a great opportunity to inspect your equipment for any stubborn soils that might have been missed during the wash phase. Some home brewing sanitizers lose effectiveness in the presence of a detergent, so rinsing helps insure that the sanitizing process has the best opportunity to make your equipment 99.9% free of microbes. The team at Craft Meister also uses the rinse step to routinely check for wear and tear on fittings, valves and handles. The worst (and most likely) time for any of those parts to fail is when your mash tun or kettle is full of hot material.

So, No, the cleaner is not positioned as "No Rinse."

All Grain Brewing / Re: Question on Mash Temp
« on: December 27, 2014, 02:56:46 PM »
So, back to the o/p I see two things I'd comment on:
  -strike temp - as mentioned, there are lots of calculators out there to help with strike temp. Using one of those and keeping notes will help you dial in where you want to be.

  - count me in as "agreed" on the difference between 155 and 153 not meaning much. There's a pretty decent chance his mash was complete after one hour at 155.

Equipment and Software / Re: A New Year Project
« on: December 16, 2014, 05:24:38 PM »
I've been looking at indoor solutions, too. I've always enjoyed cooking and brewing with gas and that was my first route. I still may do so, and if I do I'll have proper in-door equipment (some type of stove rated for inside), natural gas and proper venting. I say NG for me because it's already in the house...not meant as anything negative to propane as many people run their house on propane. Just sayin...
Probably won't be cheap, but it'll be safe.

That said, a couple guys in my brew club went electric and I've started to explore that as well. It seems neither solution is necessarily "cheap and easy" like the current set-up I schlep up the stairs and out side every brew day. But I see the trade off as just that: no carrying stuff in and out and up just to get to the brew site (and then back down again). Plus, winters are long and cold here in Grand Rapids ( I long for my days back home in Austin).

I guess I'm saying that safety and convenience can co-exist, but that doesn't always come cheap and easy. I certainly know guys that are better at DIY than me and they'll certainly be cheaper and just as safe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Measuring a Gallon
« on: December 12, 2014, 05:10:24 PM »
Love the math. I don't have the dimensions of my kettle with me, but my brew kettle is 1" = 1 gallon. Had to smile when I saw that. Was it designed that way or am I just lucky? I don't know, but it seems to work out for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: trub or no trub-brulosophy
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:10:12 PM »
I've been on both extremes for trub removal. In the beginning I was very anal about looking for all sorts of ways to keep the trub out of the fermentor. Later, I got a little lazy and just dumped everything out of the kettle. I'm pretty middle of the road, now. I siphon off the side of the kettle to minimize trub, but don't lose any sleep at all when some trub makes it's way through. I hadn't made the clarity correlation as I didn't make any side by side comparisons, so that was good info...

Equipment and Software / Re: new mash tun losing temp
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:22:36 PM »
I have the 10 gallon igloo. I filled the hollow lid with thinking, "it can't hurt." Seemed to make sense at the time and it was easy. I would agree that it also makes sense that the greater mass of a full mash would help retain heat. Never did a side by side and I don't have any experience with a small mash. Good luck

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: shocking my system
« on: November 13, 2014, 05:51:40 PM »
Great thread. I used bleach for years. I didn't have a problem with it from a sanitizing/no rinse stand point. But I'm clumsy as hell. My wife got really tired of shorts, jeans and t-shirts with white spots all over...and my stuff didn't look much better!

Anyway, now I have one bottle each of star-san and iodophore and grab which ever is closest on brew day.
I too have well water and haven't experienced any problems in that regard.

Good luck with the "shock" if you feel you still want to do that.

Equipment and Software / Re: SS BrewTech Brew Bucket Conical Fermenter
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:00:19 PM »
I like that. Nice video, too. Interested in hearing about your first brew day. Good luck with the lager.

Equipment and Software / Re: Jetboil brewpot?
« on: January 24, 2014, 05:51:16 PM »
Great question and an interesting idea. I'm familiar with jetboil but don't own one. I wonder if there's a way to add on a "flux ring" type of attachment. Keep us posted if you come up with somthing...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Palate Fatigue
« on: December 06, 2013, 05:13:58 PM »
+1 to just changing things up. Pale Ales and IPAs are my favorite brews. Folks in my neighborhood lean the same way. I spent most of this year really foused on improving my IPA. Two batches/montyh for 7 or 8 months.

Had to take a brake. I've since brewed a roggenbier, ESB and stout. Interestingly, I noticed more coffee and chocolate in my stout than ever before. I guess it works in both directions...

Ingredients / Re: oat malt
« on: November 06, 2013, 05:23:43 PM »
Thanks for the answer and the article. Good luck with it

Ingredients / Re: oat malt
« on: November 05, 2013, 05:07:22 PM »
I'm curious what the O/P was looking for from the oats originally? A particular flavor or other characteristic? Just an experiment to see what would happen? Just wondering what drove the question in the first palce. Thanks,

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