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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Spunding Trappist Ales
« on: May 25, 2017, 05:19:46 PM »
The major goal is to cut down on the sediment. Careful pours get the jobs done but I'd really like to decrease the sediment I'm seeing.

What kind of fermentor do you use?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: "Live and Let (Free) Rise"
« on: May 19, 2017, 08:18:44 AM »
Another thing will be to try and lower OG on all the beers and let the attenuation, something we want dearly with these beers anyway, drive up the ABV.

How was your attenuation on this batch? 

I kegged a tripel on Saturday that was fermented with a repitch of 3787 that hit 88%, which I was pretty happy with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Tips - what kind of box?
« on: May 12, 2017, 12:27:02 PM »
Any decent box should work fine, but I really like these as no bubble wrap is required.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craftmeister alkaline wash
« on: May 11, 2017, 12:24:35 PM »
That stuff is awesome, but I use way less than 1 oz. per gallon.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: May 10, 2017, 09:25:54 AM »
Monroeville, NJ
Personal well
Ward Labs W-6 test

PH 8.1
TDS 190
Electrical Conductivity 0.32
Cations/Anions 3.3/3.3

Sodium 76
Potassium <1
Calcium <0
Magnesium <1
Total Hardness <1
Nitrate <0.1
Sulfate 4
Chloride 2
Carbonate <1.0
Bicarbonate 180
Total Alkalinity 149

Cant wait to brew again!

Are you using a water softener?

All Grain Brewing / Re: I feel like a newbie all over again...
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:09:51 PM »
Do you mill your own grains? What's your mill gap set to?

Yes. I have  Barley Crusher that I keep set at the stock gap (though I installed new rollers on it last year and the stock gap may be different now).

My crush looks like this:

To be clear, the hop bag catches about a golf ball worth the finest grain particulate (same with my old mash tun which utilized a bazooka tube).  Maybe that could be avoided with enough recirculating, but this seems easier to me.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Moving to dry yeast exclusively
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:36:25 AM »
So four packets... into a 1.038 starter wort.  Nothing.  Zip. Zero. Nada.

Did you check the gravity?  I've had starters ferment out overnight and look totally dead.

All Grain Brewing / Re: I feel like a newbie all over again...
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:31:47 AM »
I just used mine for the first time last week, and the runoff seemed as clear as usual.  There was perhaps a bit more particulate in the hop bag.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:26:57 AM »
Belgian pale

The Pub / Re: Good deal on Zymatic
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:26:26 AM »
I fill in the grist and hops in the basic, tell it I'm doing the high efficiency multi step and switch to advanced. 

Can you set up any mash schedule you want or is it a choice between a single temp. or the high efficiency multi step (which per the manual looks like it is a set program that can't be altered)?

The Pub / Re: Good deal on Zymatic
« on: May 02, 2017, 09:02:43 AM »
Do you guys just ferment in the corny keg with all the trub and break material or do you rack to a different fermentor?

When calculating volumes, what do you estimate for grain absorption and boil off?

If I want to end up with 2.75 or 3 gallons of wort so that I can transfer a full 2.5 gallons of clear wort to a different fermentor (leaving some trub behind), is that possible or are you truly limited to 2.5 gallons of post-boil wort?

What is the point of the spindle on the top with the felt washer you are supposed to add anti-foam to?  Does the wort actually get foamy enough to fill the whole keg and bubble up into that thing?

Sorry for all the questions.  I've got 10 days to decide if I want to cancel my pledge or not. 

I'd recommend figuring out how to use the 'advaced" software now because that was the hardest thing for me. It's actually very simple bu since you can access the manual and the recipe software on line it makes sense to go ahead and have it figured out  before the machine arrives.

I can't figure out how to access it, even though I set up an account.  I wonder if you need to actually register the unit first.

The Pub / Re: Good deal on Zymatic
« on: April 30, 2017, 02:40:27 PM »
I ordered the Zymatic. $1379 shipped with full warranty and all the bells and whistles seems like a deal that won't come around again soon.

Agreed.  I just ordered one as well.

After 12 years of brewing, I honestly just don't want to spend 6 hours making wort anymore.  I'm really sick of it.

I mostly brew Belgian ales so using 9 lbs. of grain and 1 lb. of sugar, it looks like I can get 4.75 gallons of 1.057 wort from a brew session, which is good enough for me.

I may try to make some low oxygen modifications, but I get the feeling I'll have to bust out my full rig for proper low O2 brewing.  I'm ok with that though. 

That was really interesting.  I may have to pick up a copy of the book.

Looking forward to hearing Peter speak at HBC...

I don't, but the reports of the thin and bubbled glass sound awful.  Out of the 92 reviews, I counted 9 breakages.

Think of how many stitches you are going to need if it breaks when you are holding it.

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