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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low OG
« on: January 02, 2014, 08:01:09 PM »
Using Palmer 's 'How to Brew' recipes and techniques. Mash hour, sparge, let sparge rest 15 minutes. Went through my limited notes (damn rookie) and appears don't have important water numbers. Example: last brewed IPA, started with 5-gallon mash, finished with 6.5 gallons of wort, but don't have how much added or preboil volume - believe sparge with 4 gallons. OG was 1.042, FG 1.01

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All Grain Brewing / Low OG
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:44:28 PM »
I'm still a newbie, and if there is a rookie mistake, I've made it. That being said, my OG numbers have been consistently 1 to 1.5 short of target. My mash temps are good but have tried not to lift cooler lid too much to keep heat in. Wondering if haven't been mixing water/grain enough and if more often and vigorous stirring of the grain bed would help?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing supply store startup
« on: April 02, 2013, 11:15:00 PM »
Mulling possibility of opening a homebrew supply shop -- we're barely legal here in Mississippi -- wonder if anyone out there has insight into startup costs and inventory?

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Equipment and Software / Re: building vs. buying mash tun
« on: July 25, 2012, 04:30:59 PM »
Thanks for the link, appears cost-effective and simple -- everything I was looking for!

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Equipment and Software / building vs. buying mash tun
« on: July 25, 2012, 03:15:33 PM »
I was given the basic home brew kit as a present for Xmas and have been brewing kits. Feel its time to step up to the all-grain side of the art of brewing. Been looking at mash tuns online and they seem very expensive. Seems I could build one a lot more economically, however, I'm not the most mechanically inclined person. Looking for thoughts on building vs. buying and best coolers to use (ie: round vs. square)

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