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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NOT the way to start a brew day
« on: May 07, 2015, 10:28:52 PM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Critique my IPA recipe
« on: January 22, 2015, 05:06:57 PM »
Update: I kegged this IPA a week ago and tapped it two days ago when it was carbed appropriately.  I ended up not dry hopping it because I wanted to see how much aroma and flavor I would get from the whirlpool alone.  Got to say, I am extremely happy with the results. Even without the dry hopping, it has the best aroma of any IPA I have made in the hop flavor is also stronger and more pleasant. I don't think I will be making any more IPAs without the whirlpool technique.  Thanks all for the advice.

So I ended up buying the T tower.  It came with the cylindrical tower poorly insulated with a quarter inch pipe insulation that did not oppose the inner metal surface and the metal box up top was completely uninsulated.  I ended up putting half inch pipe insulation in the cylinder that was tight against the inner surface. I then silicon caulked the inside seams of the box and then triple insulated all surfaces as below.  After I installed it and put my fan blowing tube into the tower, I have gotten no condensation at all where as my prior normal tower was sweating like crazy.

I would post some pictures if anyone cares and is interested but I can't figure out how?

Just read your entire presentation Denny, wish I would've read that along time ago when I just started brewing. Good write up and experiments. I think most of us are detail oriented and analytical thinkers, but I am realizing that you just have to brew what you like.....Which is kind of hard for beginners because they/we don't really know what ingredients makes the tastes that they like. That's why these forms are so important. Thanks

Equipment and Software / Re: dead space for round igloo 10 gallon cooler
« on: January 14, 2015, 11:12:44 PM »
My rubbermade 10gal MT deadspace is 0.25gal.  I was getting higher volumes when trying to measure it until I attached my hose and drained it like I would while brewing and realized that the suction from the siphon decreases the amount greatly as opposed to just opening the valve.

All Grain Brewing / How well do you clean your mash tun?
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:44:52 PM »
Reading the recent Teflon and PBW thread got me thinking.  I am meticulous about cleaning my kettle, immersion chiller, pump and lines, and fermenter.  But, when it comes to my cooler style mash tun, I just rinse it out, dry it and store it. I guess I feel that everything that comes out of it gets boiled anyway so I'm not that meticulous about cleaning the cooler or soaking it with cleanser. Am I making a big mistake here that I'm not thinking about?

All Grain Brewing / Interesting hop experiment on basic brewing podcast
« on: January 09, 2015, 02:43:38 PM »
I just listened to the 7–10–14 hopping technique experiment on basic brewing podcast and it was pretty interesting.  It was part two of the hopping experiment where the guys, in conjunction with bells brewing, did mash hopping, first wort hopping, and 60 minute hopping with everything else being equal.  They then did a blind taste test as well as calculated IBUs and measured IBUs.  Part two of the experiment was the exact same but they doubled the hops in all cases.  (Cascades).  Most of the tasters felt that the 60 minute and first wort hopped beers were very similar in bitterness and hop flavor (specifically, none of them felt that the FWH was any smoother), where the mash hopped beer was very mild and smooth.  The Lab measured IBUs showed that the highest was first wort hopping, followed closely by 60 minute hopping, with the mash hopped beers less than half of the other two.  The measured IBUs in all cases was also significantly lower than what have been calculated in the recipe (almost half).  On round two when they doubled the hops findings were similar.  Lots of interesting food for thought.  Of course as Denny always says though, personal experience and taste is most important.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cold crashing
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:06:55 PM »
If you have a conical, replace the blow off tube with the CO2 input set at 1PSI so as it sucks and it's just sips on CO2 and you still have your blanket.  For a while when I was using a carbon, I would take one of those kids big punchy balloons, wash it and sterilize it inside with starsan, and then fill it with CO2. I would then just take off my air lock and put the balloon on carboy so as the fluid compresses it would decrease the balloon size.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cold crashing
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:32:44 PM »
To OP, if you've never cold crashed before, the liquid contracting due to the cold will reverse your airlock and suck both sanitizer and room air into your system depending on what kind of system you have. You probably already know this but wanted to make sure.  First time it happened to me I was pretty surprised.  Depending on your system there are several ways to correct for this. 

I've been browsing through his book and in the back he gives all of his recipes.  I find it very odd that he states that they ferment at 72°.  In my thinking, that seems pretty high.  I can't think of any homebrewer's that I know who ferments above 70 and most like to stay around 65°.  Maybe it has to do with the volume that they use or perhaps turnaround time?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dedicated home-brew store in your neighborhood?
« on: December 26, 2014, 04:45:34 PM »
I have one on my way home from work. It carries really anything I would need. Pretty high turnover so everything is pretty fresh too. No complaints. As far as knowledgeable staff, they are all kind of crotchety and have a whatever attitude. They are very nice but never any good input. That's why read the forums.  I have ordered some specialty yeast from online several times and it is always pretty darn old. I make starters anyway so I guess it shouldn't really matter.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Regular Column tower vs "T" towed on kegerator?
« on: December 26, 2014, 10:16:57 AM »
I was worried about the foaming also. My kegerator has a hose that blows cold air up into The tower which might help. I was also worried about the stability of the left and right taps being pushed on over and over again not being over the base?  Good to hear that if it's insulated there is no significant foaming.  I recently changed out my hoses and it was a real b**** to tighten everything in a normal tower. It sure would be easier to clean and work on hoses with that box.

Kegging and Bottling / Regular Column tower vs "T" towed on kegerator?
« on: December 25, 2014, 10:57:33 PM »
I am going to upgrade from 2 to 3 faucets and just wondering if anyone has any experience/opinions about a T tower vs a regular column tower?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temperature and final gravity
« on: December 22, 2014, 09:59:44 AM »
Cool, interesting.  Love this forum.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temperature and final gravity
« on: December 21, 2014, 03:19:38 PM »
Thanks Denny, conceptually I would think if there are more fermentable sugars around, more would be turned in the ETOH AND Co2 and the final gravity would be less but I don't know if it really works out that way.

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