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All Grain Brewing / Mashing High, possible issues?
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:18:33 PM »
I'm planning on brewing a Scottish ale (80/- export) this weekend and am planning on mashing at 158 F. I calculate the strike water to be ~172 F (using beersmith). This would be as high of a mash temp as I have used. I don't expect any problems , as I haven't heard anyone else mention anything, but the thought crossed my mind. At what point do you have to start being concerned about denaturing the enzymes with a high single infusion mash? I've always added grain to water to reduce dough balls, and I guess that could make a difference. I'd also guess the time spent at the high temperature would play a big role.

Has anyone had an issue with mash efficiency at higher mash temps?

Kegging and Bottling / Pressure difference between kegs
« on: October 29, 2013, 11:51:51 PM »
Hi all,

I've had a problem lately (and maybe previously, but not to the degree) with seemingly a pressure difference between two kegs. My system consists of one CO2 tank and one regulator that goes to a 3-port manifold. Currently two of the ports on the manifold go to kegs, the third is closed (no line). One of my kegs seems to pour under a significantly higher pressure than the other. Could the difference in beer levels in the kegs cause this? While it seems plausible to me that it could cause a difference, it seems as though it would be small.

Adding to the problem is that the keg with the higher pouring pressure is leaking out of the cobra tap (which luckily I found after only a few beers worth were on the floor of the freezer). The regulator is set to 10 psi, which in my experience should be pretty typical and low enough that there shouldn't be a leak at the tap.



General Homebrew Discussion / Golden Bock?
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:02:36 AM »
Last spring Sierra Nevada put out a seasonal called "Glissade" and labeled it a golden bock.  It doesn't look like they are going to be releasing it again this year, going with the Ruthless Rye instead (although I like that too).  I am thinking of trying to brew something similar.  I seem to remember reading somewhere (here?) that maybe the way to go would be to essentially take a maibock recipe and substitute the munich malt for vienna.  Does this sound right, or better yet, has anybody tried this?  Any other suggestions for trying to match this style?


Ingredients / Homegrown hops not flowering
« on: September 17, 2011, 05:41:03 PM »
So this is my first post here.  I've been lurking for a bit and have gotten a lot of good information.  Thanks for all who post this stuff!

I have grown hops for the first time this summer.  Two Centennials and two Cascades.  One of the Centennials has not flowered at all.  I think I read somewhere that any extended light source might have an effect on production.  This particular plant is by a motion sensor light, so it probably sees light from this throughout the night.  Could this light be the cause for the lack of flowering?  Has anyone else had an issue like this?  What else might cause a hop plant not to flower?

Also, in general how big is the window for harvesting?  I'm brewing with those that seem ready today, but there are others that are just starting to flower.

Thanks in advance!

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