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All Grain Brewing / Re: About the filter in the grain brewing
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:04:04 AM »
There is another question.
Metal filter basket (https://www.zhehanfilter.com/filter-basket/) or bags?
Anyone knows it?

Many here use both or one of these. I think the rule-of-thumb is to add 10% more hops to reach your goal.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Induction Recommendations
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:46:34 PM »
I use a 350W 220V used commerical-grade  induction cooktop with a older model 8 gallon Megapot.  Works very well and can get 3-4 gallons to strike temp in 20-30 min or less with it.  Gets 7 gallons to a rolling boil without issue.  I paired mine with a condenser mounted on the lid to handle steam.

Could you please provide more information on the condenser? I'm interested in some kind of electric system to brew on in my cellar, but I'm worried about the steam. Thanks.

There are a few, including a BYO Magazine article recently on a DIY project (pretty cool).

Here is an example that is commercially available for homebrew applications:

https://www.brew-boss.com/Condenser-Boss-Boil-Kettle-Condenser-p/cb-bb-apmount.htm

I have heard from pro brewers that use condensers in pilot systems that the vacuum created can actually snuff out a boil...but I have no actual experience on this.

Wow! That's cool. Thank you.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Induction Recommendations
« on: December 05, 2018, 10:30:11 PM »
I use a 350W 220V used commerical-grade  induction cooktop with a older model 8 gallon Megapot.  Works very well and can get 3-4 gallons to strike temp in 20-30 min or less with it.  Gets 7 gallons to a rolling boil without issue.  I paired mine with a condenser mounted on the lid to handle steam.

Could you please provide more information on the condenser? I'm interested in some kind of electric system to brew on in my cellar, but I'm worried about the steam. Thanks.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast substitute for Wyeast Irish Ale
« on: October 31, 2018, 09:58:24 PM »
BRY-97 English ale yeast works great in stout.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Does boil rate matter?
« on: October 26, 2018, 10:03:43 PM »


The magic is still in heating the kettle asymmetrically!

And this is to get wort movement with a lower boil intensity?
Exactly.  Some big commercial kettles use either asymmetrical heat or mechanical agitation to the same end.  It's simple for me since I have a 10 gal kettle sitting across two burners on the stovetop.   I use both to get the heat up, then turn one way down and the other nearer high heat during the boil.  I think Martin has some ideas how to do this on a propane burner.

So I've got my kettle offset to one side by a couple of inches. I've already done this, so I know it creates a rolling, circulating boil. So, when it comes time to vent and volatilize the unwanted flavor compounds, am I offsetting my lid on the same side as the burner or the opposite side?

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B in Cloudy Styles
« on: October 26, 2018, 10:07:34 AM »
Thanks, guys! I guess I'll give it a try. I do have a copper chiller, which is one of the reasons I'm trying it. I don't think I have a staling problem because I and my friends go through my homebrew pretty quickly. But, if it improves my beer, even a little bit, why wouldn't I try it? I have been incrementally improving my beer for 25 years now, and I'm not about to stop.

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Ingredients / Brewtan B in Cloudy Styles
« on: October 25, 2018, 11:27:19 AM »
 I recently purchased some brewtan b to try out. On my schedule for brewing are, among others, a witbier and a NEIPA. Since brewtan b is a clarifier, will it spoil the cloudy character inherent in these styles?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Availability of Wyeast 1028
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:26:52 PM »
I see they're still out of stock on 13 White Labs strains and 9 Wyeast.   Includes a number of best sellers. 

This seems really odd.  Must be pure coincidence?!

It certainly is disconcerting.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast lager method question?
« on: October 24, 2018, 08:58:12 PM »
It looks good to me.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:38:08 PM »
No Diacetyl rest?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oktoberfest recipe
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:40:19 PM »
Jamil Zainasheff's Brewing Classic Styles has always been a good starting point for recipes for me - especially on the first try with a style.  Over the years, I've tweaked the recipes a bit to fit my tastes and preferences.  And, over the years, I've tended to end up with simpler recipes in terms of the number of ingredients.  Attempts at "complexity" often just result in a beer with no particular character.  I think that keeping the recipe simpler allows ingredients and brewing skill to shine.   

+ a zillion

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Isn't there a Peroni clone in Dave Line's Brewing Beers Like Those You Buy that's pretty good? My memory tells me that it has rice in it ( I don't have the book with me right now). His recipes are really pretty close to the real thing.

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Can you rack to a keg and then cold-crash?

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I have the capability to brew 10 gallon batches, but I never do anymore. It made my brew day longer and harder, and, frankly, by the time I'm done drinking five gallons, even with the help of my friends, I'm ready to move on to the next thing. Never could stick to one kind of beer--that's why I homebrew!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:43:35 PM »
Can anyone explain to me how this is any different from Walmart, Home Depot and big pharma.

This is not ab praying on lowly homebrewers. It’s just big business.  Do you also avoid Walmart, homedepot and name brand drugs?





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Yes, I do.

That doesn't count, you live in the boonies anyway.

 :)

I do too, and I live in Boston.

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