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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: More Yeast, Temp boost?
« on: January 24, 2010, 11:34:59 AM »
I do use hops when making a 5 gal. starter beer because I drink it (usually lightly hopped), but not when making smaller starters.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: More Yeast, Temp boost?
« on: January 22, 2010, 01:07:30 PM »
Next time think about brewing a 5 gal. 1.035 starter beer first to ramp up your yeast population.  As it turns out, these lower gravity beers are also very popular around my house.

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Not sure how you are aerating your wort before pitching, but any method that results in a large foamy froth (i.e. pouring from bucket to bucket, shaking carboy, aquarium pump w/air stone) uses up some of the head forming proteins before fermentation begins.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 25-point gain in efficiency!
« on: January 20, 2010, 12:55:47 PM »
I crush barley at .025 and wheat/rye at .015 and never a problem with my sparging.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Kolsch - Protein Rest or Not ?
« on: January 11, 2010, 03:06:45 PM »
I don't do a protein rest, but do lager my Kolsch for 6-8 weeks at 32Fto get the yeast (Wyeast) to drop out.

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