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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewers Edge Mash and Boil
« on: February 20, 2018, 04:39:32 PM »
So I brewed my first batch on the mash and boil... sort of. I was pressed for time as usual so I heated up my strike water with my propane set up, used the M&B to keep it at temp and then ramped to boil in the M&B. It went quite well for me and did not seem to heat to boil all that much slower than propane. The thing was easy to clean and I was able to use my immersion chiller with some slight modifications  (see: wrestling an immersion chiller for 20 minutes to recoil it). My efficiency was only slightly lower than my normal 78% (it was roughly 72%), and  I enjoyed the BIAB style. I will be brewing start to finish with the M&B next weekend and I hope to take better notes of time/efficiency/ etc to share with the class :-)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewers Edge Mash and Boil
« on: February 20, 2018, 04:34:32 PM »
...  I did my first 20/20 batch Tuesday on my regular setup and from start to done cleanup it only took me 1:45!!! I am excited to see if I could continue that trend with a built in timer!

Yeah Sorry, >:(  maybe an Steep & Extract batch, but 1:45 for all grain is NOT possible... Heating the water takes 30-45 mins, Mash takes an hour and the Boil takes an Hour, then Chilling takes at least 15 minutes, then Cleaning takes another hour or more...

If it's not possible, how can I do it?
I am guessing 802Chris did a 20 minute mash and 20 minute boil. That’s what he meant by “20/20 batch.” A 60 minute mash and 60 minute boil obviously adds to more that 1 hour 45 minutes.

This is exactly correct. He must have misread my post. I definitely accomplished the task.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: NEIPA "Off" Flavor - Blue Cheese - Suddenly
« on: February 20, 2018, 03:54:58 PM »
Over the last six years brewing I have learned the following...

yeast and wort make beer

sanitation and time make good beer

I am forced to relearn this constantly as I am the laziest and most impatient brewer you could imagine.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brewing with Old Yeast vs. New Yeast – Pt. 1
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:36:11 PM »
Very cool, I'll have to check it out when I get home (work blocks beer sites but not this forum yay!) I just picked up a metric sh*t ton of expired dry yeast from AIH, so hopefully you found it still works well.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reconfirm: I HATE White Labs new packaging
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:34:29 PM »
I have to agree on this one. The little tube inside is hard as a rock and its hard to get all the yeast out. For all their faults, I prefer a smack pack. I've also been brewing almost exclusively with dry yeast lately, and repitching... which has been fun in it's own right.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 08, 2018, 04:29:32 PM »
Every once in awhile I will a get a craving for a nice classic west coast IPA. So of course I brewed one last weekend. I then got impatient and went out and bought a (fresh, wahoo!) 12 pack of Sierra Nevada torpedo and drank it all week... Now I'm burned out and don't want IPA anymore for a while.... dammit.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Biotransformation
« on: February 08, 2018, 04:27:36 PM »
Wow... the whole biotransformation info has been around for so long that this thread is like flat-earther stuff to me.

Wait wait wait.... are you telling me you ACTUALLY believe the EARTH is ROUND???? Get a load of this guy  :o

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Pimp My System / Re: New to the club...
« on: February 08, 2018, 02:52:30 PM »
Ernster, that is awesome. that is all.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Conditioning Kölsch
« on: February 08, 2018, 02:51:40 PM »
I agree with Skyler. If you used a true Kolsch yeast, its quite powdery. You are probably best to chill and fine, then bottle and condition a few days later.

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I'm gonna take a stab and say that maybe the saison yeast was carrying a bug and it eventually took root in your bottling equipment . I have heard but never verified that some saison/Belgian yeasts have been shown to carry bugs that don't play so nice and can be quite hard to eradicate. In looking over all your posts, the common variable seems to be the bottling equipment (not the CBC-1), since the forced carb beers are not displaying symptoms, nor did the original saisons.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle condenser in lieu of ventilation
« on: February 02, 2018, 05:06:19 PM »
While it can arrest a lot of the humidity, it wouldn't do anything with the hop and malt aromas. If you can live with that, it could be an option. I'll keep my vent hood.

Good, that's the best part!

I know one wife that would disagree!! :D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewers Edge Mash and Boil
« on: February 02, 2018, 05:05:16 PM »
Thanks Jpeets, I appreciate the info.
I ended up ordering the mash and boil for budgetary reasons and I will post a full review once I get it up and running. It's funny too because the whole reason for this was to save time, space and propane... I did my first 20/20 batch Tuesday on my regular setup and from start to done cleanup it only took me 1:45!!! I am excited to see if I could continue that trend with a built in timer!

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Equipment and Software / Brewers Edge Mash and Boil
« on: January 23, 2018, 04:07:48 PM »
I have been saving my "brewing allowance" since September and I am hoping to solicit some feedback. Not necessarily from this unit (Brewers Edge Mash and Boil), although I think it's what I want. I am wondering if anyone has gone from propane/cooler/kettle brewing to an electric system and had regrets? If I buy this thing I will more than likely sell my whole propane setup to help offset the cost.

I guess I am just teetering on the edge of pulling the trigger and asking if anyone would care to talk me out of it!

P.S. I am typically a no sparge/batch sparge, mash in a cooler(with brew bag). I rarely if ever brew over 7% ABV. and currently avg around 82% efficiency. I currently use an 8 gallon ported kettle on a bayou burner.

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Equipment and Software / Re: brew bucket
« on: January 23, 2018, 04:01:19 PM »
I personally own a brew bucket. I can attest that the simple act of not having to auto-siphon beer was worth the $200 alone. It is also very durable and clean extremely easily. I was hesitant to spend the money, since I am on a VERY  limited brewing budget. I saved for 6 months for it, and I'm glad I did. It should last a lifetime and I prefer it to the buckets I was using, especially since I have had multiple plastic fermenters end up with mold within the plastic (I know this is now the case for everyone, personal experience only).

TLDR: I own and recommend it.

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The Pub / Loss of a great brewery
« on: January 18, 2018, 07:06:36 PM »
Looks like after 24 years, Smuttynose is most likely closing its doors. The article states they are selling at auction, I'll be hopeful but skeptical they will survive.

Their FinestKind IPA was, is, and will continue to be my favorite IPA of all time. Luckily I based my house IPA on it so I can still try to keep the memory alive.

http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Smuttynose-Brewing-Co-to-be-sold-at-auction-469962293.html

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