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The Pub / Re: Kids in brew pubs/tasting rooms
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:23:59 AM »
Depends upon the kids...and dogs. If they ARE well behaved I stick around. If they are yelling, screaming, or barking I split. I know people love their kids and their dogs and want to spend time with them. I suggest if you cannot control either you should spend time with them in the comfort of your own home and not disturb others.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fly Sparge efficiency
« on: February 19, 2018, 06:32:35 PM »
For small (low grist amount) batches I have always used a drilled copper ring with the holes positioned downward in a bottling bucket. No need for anything fancy. I get ridiculously high efficiency with that and a well crushed grist.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fly Sparge efficiency
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:27:09 PM »
Does the mesh touch the walls of the tun? If so position it away from the wall at least an inch to avoid channeling.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fly Sparge efficiency
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:23:12 PM »
I'm betting there are measurement issues in volume, weight, and SG. I'll also guess you crushed your grain at the store or bought it crushed. Often the crush is too coarse and you will not extract the sugars you are after.

So just rough numbers your grain is ~19lb and has the potential for around 36ppg (BeerSmith should handle all this for you). 19 x 36 = 684 which would be your sugars. You can never get everything out so your actual, 59 x 6 = 354 would put your efficiency at 52% which is really low.

So if the issue is fly sparging, you channeled and allowed the water to bypass flowing through the grain to extract the sugars. I kinda doubt this is the issue since with 19lb of grain you would have had a deep grainbed in your tun.

What does your manifold look like in that lauter tun? Could it have channeled to a single point?

IMO the best thing to do is loosen the mash with additional hot water to raise the temp to ~168-170F before sparge. Don't worry about adding too much water here. Then recirculate (vorlauf) and once it runs clear begin to collect. As the level drops to about an inch above the grainbed add more water. Throw out the sparge arm and just perforate some foil to lay across the top so the sparge water can disperse. The sparge arm dissipates heat and you want to keep as much heat as you can in the system.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fly Sparge efficiency
« on: February 19, 2018, 01:21:19 PM »
I suspect there are multiple things going wrong here. Did you correct all your SG reading for temp of the sample?

Sugars are conserved so if you measure a gravity, expressed as points, times the volume you will have the same value post boil.

So 51 x 8 = 408 and 59 x 6 = 354. It gets even worse if your 53 number for preboil is correct. Somewhere you lost sugar and that is not possible.

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The Pub / Re: Giving Back a Rescue Dog
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:56:38 PM »
So sorry for your loss.

We had to say goodbye to our Maine Coon last year after 19 years. That was a tough decision and I still miss him.

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The Pub / Re: Giving Back a Rescue Dog
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:57:34 PM »
I had a buddy who paid a plethora of money for a puppy only to find it had behavioral issues emerge. They ended up returning it to the breeder who had to put it down a week later.

We had our eye on an older cat for adoption and he was a loner and did not do well in areas with other cats. He had been in the shelter so long he lashed out at people. We could not bring him home. Really sad the time in the shelter caused the behavior issues.

We adopted two kittens last year. They were left in an animal shelter drop box. One has issues from time to time, probably due to being separated from his mother too early, but is miles ahead of where he was when we got them. They are part of the family now, warts and all.

Hope you find the perfect companion, or at least one with a tolerable disposition!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: MoreBeer forum is apparently dead
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:24:05 PM »


So to accommodate those of us who are left...does AARP have forums? ;)

http://community.aarp.org/ ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: MoreBeer forum is apparently dead
« on: February 07, 2018, 05:35:31 PM »
I like FB, but I "hide" anything shared by a friend which comes from a source or a topic I don't care to see on Facebook. It has become a beautiful thing filled with beer, bourbon, cats, and owls... ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: MoreBeer forum is apparently dead
« on: February 07, 2018, 03:55:25 PM »
I think many have gravitated to Facebook and groups there. It's not as simple to search, but it provides real time responses. At one time we used email groups and usenet. Then that transitioned to forums. Now Facebook seems to be the flavor of the day. Many of the younger crowd do not use Facebook so I have no idea what the next trend will be for sharing information.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: MoreBeer forum is apparently dead
« on: February 07, 2018, 03:14:25 PM »
I wondered how long it would last many years ago. The OT was about the only active area when I quit participating and came over here. Forums seem to be on the way out. Our club still uses one, but the traffic is light.

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All Things Food / Cornbread
« on: February 05, 2018, 02:04:20 PM »
My mother and grandmother made two types of cornbread. One was in a cast iron corn stick pan and the other in a cast iron skillet. The corn sticks seemed to have a finer texture than the one in the cast iron skillet. She would save the skin from pork and fry it into cracklins and add that to the cornbread. It was dry, but delicious and we seemed to have it every Saturday.

For the Superbowl we have made a tradition of chili and cornbread and the cornbread has little resemblance to that of my childhood. It is however easy, moist, and delicious. I thought someone might enjoy the recipe.

2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
3 eggs beaten
1 cup Sour Cream
1 Stick Butter Melted
1 can cream-style corn
1 teaspoon salt

Mix all together and place into a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake at 375F for 35 minutes until golden brown.

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Eagles because, well, you know.

We made chili and cornbread which has become a tradition. Maybe I'll post the cornbread recipe since it is easy and wonderful.

I drank PBR.

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The Pub / Re: Millennials are murderers and Reporters are lazy
« on: January 29, 2018, 02:45:01 AM »
In NC any brewery can build a taproom with no food sales and most do. Most do have the occasional food truck.

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The Pub / Re: Loss of a great brewery
« on: January 19, 2018, 02:35:22 AM »
If it is a bank auction that would seem to indicate they could not repay debts. Kinda sad to make 10 million in revenue per year and be broke.

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