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Equipment and Software / Plate chiller clogging as it cools
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:41:12 PM »
Subject line pretty much says it all, I'm having issues with my plate chiller clogging as the wort chills.  I'll usually run the pump and chiller starting about 15 minute left in the boil, to make sure to it is sanitized with heat.  Once the boil is over I'll let the kettle settle and start running the water. 
the chiller will run for a few minutes and then clog up.

Suggestions?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Slowing Fermentation advice
« on: December 10, 2012, 07:07:35 PM »
Brewed an Imperial Milk Stout, OG 1.102
Mashed at 150 for 60 minutes, got a nice clear runoff.
Added 1lb of lactose and .25lb of cocoa powder to the boil.
Pitched S-04, for lack of a better yeast.
Brew day was 11/24.  We're 3 weeks later, had a nice solid start to the ferment, lots of O2 and then another dose at 12, then 18hrs.  After the 18hr aeration fermentation started.  Now we're sitting at 1.032 and it seems to be holding.

Could this be from all of the unfermentables?  Or do you think give it more time and see if it goes lower?
Can I give it more aeration at this point and try to rouse the yeast?

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Homebrew Clubs / homebrew club officer advice
« on: December 15, 2011, 08:44:18 PM »
So I'm a new officer in my club, any words of wisdom that can be bestowed upon me?

One thing I was wondering, how to go about hitting up local shops/maybe breweries for "help"?

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All Grain Brewing / So I did something wierd..
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:55:11 AM »
Recently brewed a Black IPA.  Did my mash as normal, after I reached my boil volume, I stopped pulling out of the mash.

Instead of dumping the mash right away I added a small amount of water and rinsed another bit out of the mash, I was going to use to feed my bugs so I wasn't too concerned about it being too dextrinous.  It actually came out as pretty good wort, had a little sample taste.

So after the boil, it was a little cold and dry out, I think I boiled off a bit too much as well as lost some volume to hop material.  Instead of being happy with being short on volume, I just added the liter+ of wort that I had pulled off after the mash.
As I dumped it, I realized I hadn't boiled.

The beer came out great, finish is clean and dry with a good malt and hop character.  Not watery, not sour, nothing seemingly wrong.  But I did end up with about 80% Apparent Attenuation, the yeast is listed as I think up to 75%.  My numbers were on up until I added the liter of extra wort, didnt measure after that, and the FG was a bit lower than expected.  I didnt think much about this until I was talking to a buddy at the LHBS, he suggested that the enzymes might still have been active in the extra wort and done some work on the already boiled stuff.  Again I'm not complaining, its actually pretty nice.  Sneaky beer for 8%, almost too easy to put it down.

Anyone have an idea what might be going on here?

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Come join us for the Artisan Homebrew and B.U.Z.Z. Homebrew Club 2011 AHA Learn to Homebrew Day.
On top of Learn to Homebrew Day, this is also the 2nd Anniversary of Artisan Homebrew.
Come join the festivities at Chester County's only Homebrew shop.
Saturday, November 5th at Artisan Homebrew, located at 128 E Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335.

There will be several homebrewing demonstrations, food, beer and fun.  

PM me on the forum or call the store at  610-873-HOPS (4677)

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Yeast and Fermentation / American Farmhouse Blend yeast WLP670
« on: August 22, 2011, 04:04:50 PM »
Ok so I dropped the ball and missed this seasonal.  Then I taste a saison made with it and it was incredible.

Any suggestions to get close to this blend?

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Ingredients / Sea Oats
« on: July 22, 2011, 05:07:55 PM »
Has anyone ever tried to brew with these.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_oats
They are edible(actually in survival guides if you are stuck on a beach) and smell wonderful all dried out.  Just need to get therm milled.

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