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All Grain Brewing / conical as HLT?
« on: June 29, 2015, 06:36:17 AM »
Can anyone think of a reason NOT to use my 12.5 gal SS conical as a hot liquor tank? It would be empty by the time I started boiling so would have at least an hour to cool back down to room temp before introducing the cooled wort. It is on a stand, so I could sparge by gravity, and I have a heat stick, so I'm not talking about exposing it to open flame.

I have a 5 gal double walled SS coffee urn I use for some sparge water but it is not enough for 10 gallon batches, so I have to heat up more in my boil pot and transfer it. 

General Homebrew Discussion / How cold is too cold?
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:19:27 AM »
I have a refurbished Danby kegorator I am turning into a lagering fridge. I have the temp cranked up as high as it will go, and the ambient temp is still below 50. The Oktoberfest I brewed on Labor Day (WLP 838 Southern German lager yeast) is supposed to do best at 55 degrees. I was planning to lager it until a work event on 10/23, but I just found out there is a unrelated competition I'd like to enter with a 9/28 deadline. I have one of those plastic strip thermometers attached to the fermenter that still reads 52, but it has been going down since brew day and 12 gallons is a lot of thermal mass.

Will I be OK, or should I do something to make sure it is done before the comp deadline? The results are being announced on 10/19, so the judging won't take place for at least a few days after the deadline, and it is a "hedonistic" comp, not BJCP sanctioned, so I just need to come up with a tasty beer, rather than hitting a particular style exactly. First prize is $500, so I'd like to do well...

Beer Recipes / Maple Porter
« on: July 28, 2010, 12:34:10 PM »
On a recent trip to the Finger Lakes, I sampled a Maple Porter at Wagner Brewing ( that was delicious. When I asked how much maple syrup would be used in a 5 gallon batch of such a beer, he said it was a trade secret. Does anyone have a recipe (preferably all-grain) or at least some sort of rough estimate (i.e. is it closer to a pint or a gallon?), and when to add it (pre- or post-boil, at bottling, ...)

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