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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 18, 2018, 03:18:46 PM »
Hope not a stupid question but what is difference between the hydra and a regular IC?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Smith Recommendations
« on: June 20, 2018, 04:24:11 PM »
Is BS 3 out for android yet? Couldnt find it.
No, the announcement email I received from Beersmith stated the mobile version will be out in late July.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Smith Recommendations
« on: June 20, 2018, 04:09:56 PM »
Is BS 3 out for android yet? Couldnt find it.

General Homebrew Discussion / help with partial mash to all grain
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:21:55 PM »
Hey All,

A few months ago I brewed a partial mash from beersmith called stuck farbucks coffee porter. It contained 6 lbs of DME. I would like to this brew again but do it all grain. Is there a way to figure out what grains and weight to replace the DME? the Recipe is here in case that helps.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: can mount pump vertical?
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:19:06 PM »
Post a pic of your stand. I’m having trouble understanding why you don’t have more mounting options.


Here it is, there is 10" between bottom and top 2" square.


Second pic is what I did for the weekend. Being that I am using the middle for just mashtun and burner not used, I mounted the chiller and pump under it. If one day I need to use middle burner, I am hoping the chiller and pump are far enough away.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: can mount pump vertical?
« on: March 24, 2018, 12:26:10 PM »
I would go to blichmann website and shoot him an email. He's good at giving the scoop on his equipment.

I suspect that the pump head with a bleeder doesn't matter what position, it will depend on if the motor is designed to run vertical. The bearing design might require it to be horizontal

Edit: I sent them an email out of curiosity

Thanks!..  I could mount horizontal but the top of pump motor will be about 6" below a burner and not sure if that is too close. I am going to use U bolts to mount it so I can always swap it around if needed. Let me know if they email back


General Homebrew Discussion / can mount pump vertical?
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:00:49 PM »
My new brew-stand was delivered today!  Looking it over, the best setup for me would to mount my riptide pump vertical on one of the legs. Will a vertical mounting still work or does the pump really need to be horizontal?


All Grain Brewing / Re: stir grain bed when sparge?
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:15:39 PM »
In my opinion, you should not disturb the bed once the bed has been vorlaufed and runoff begun. Stirring the bed means that all those fines that were immobilized near the top of the grain bed during the vorlauf, are now mobile and in the wort. They would then be carried into the kettle where they can do damage to your beer.

If there is a concern that your bed is becoming 'stuck', I find that its often because of formation of a schmutzdeck (dirty layer) at the surface of the bed. Some brewers like to 'cut' their bed with a knife, but I believe that gentle mixing of that layer into the upper inch or two of the bed, will improve permeability better than cutting.


I batch sparge but I still see the advantage of not stirring and mixing back in what was filtered out on vorlauf. Is this the correct thinking?

All Grain Brewing / stir grain bed when sparge?
« on: March 23, 2018, 03:17:57 PM »
When I was taught all grain by a friend I was told it was important to not disturb grain bed when adding the sparge water. But been watching vids and reading lately and it appears some do stir up grain bed when adding sparge.

Have I been doing it wrong?


Hey All,

When I first got into all grain, there was an app out there called sparge pal. You entered grain bill and desired mash temp along with a few other things and it would spit out how much and what temp your mash water should be and then also tell you how much and what temp sparge water should be. It always worked well. At some point the app disappeared from iphone and no longer can find it.

Can someone maybe point to similar program out there or a formula I can calculate myself?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: recirculate mash?
« on: March 22, 2018, 11:45:12 AM »
Thanks for all the answers fellas. I am using a ss brewtech mashtun which has a real fine mesh false bottom. After reading, I think I will recirculate after mash time and I also use a fine mesh spider when pumping into brew kettle. Hopefully this will do a good job.


General Homebrew Discussion / recirculate mash?
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:51:31 PM »
Hey All,

I have been all grain for a while now and after mash time, I typically send that straight to brew kettle. I read a little about I should recirculate the mash a bit before sending to brew kettle? If true what is this doing?



Hey All,

I am going to brew an all grain milk stout and the better half would like a touch of chocolate taste to it. This an all grain, what extra grain or ingredient should I add to accomplish this?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Star San suck back
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:40:15 PM »
Do you know who sells the kits?


As a side note I recommend making one of these the eliminate suck back.

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That is awesome!  Did you make that anti suck back device or buy the drilled lids and fittings?

I made mine but the kit is avail online if you choose not to.

Two plastic coke bottles and aquarium tubes, and a 4mm to 7mm connection is cheap.
Use these as caps. They can break, so it’s good to have a few extras.

There ya go.

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