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All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB wort recirculating pump experiences??
« on: March 04, 2018, 12:13:15 AM »
Oh, those look good.  I brew much smaller batches - 5-6 gallons, but I can still use those.  So far I haven't had any issues with burning the wort though.  And I don't sparge, that's the beauty of BIAB..

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All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB - may have messed up seriously!
« on: March 04, 2018, 12:09:09 AM »
Yeah, almost forgot this thread, sorry.  I carried the batch through to completion and I had my first taste of it last night.  It was good!  I still can't believe it, but it had enough krausen around the edge of the fermenter that I thought, "why not?", so I bottled it and it came out pretty dang good!  Not terribly high in alcohol, this is a guess, but it tastes fine, and I will cheerfully drink it all!

Thanks to all who replied.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB - may have messed up seriously!
« on: February 08, 2018, 02:26:32 PM »
Thanks.  I will probably drink it anyway.  But I think I will also brew another batch fairly soon too.  :)

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All Grain Brewing / BIAB - may have messed up seriously!
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:56:50 AM »
3 days ago I brewed my favorite brown ale in my normal fashion, except that I let the water get to 172F instead of 162, mashed in and THEN realized what I had done.  I iced it down fairly quickly to 145, but the damage may have already been done.  On top of that, it has been really cold up here in the frozen North and so I wrapped the fermenter with my plastic wrapper for which I have purchased a regulator but it hasn't come yet.  it seemed to be working at first, but I checked the temperature of the wort the next afternoon and it was at 85 F, so I immediagely unplugged it.  I added a pack of dry yeast and nothing happened.  The next day I added another pack of dry yeast and still nothing has happened.

Should I throw it out, or is there something I can do?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB and sparging
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:02:05 PM »
I do BIAB and get about 75% efficiency without sparging.

 I have a round perforated aluminum pizza baking sheet that I place over the brew kettle to drain the bag and I squeeze the heck out of the grain bag.  Then I place the bag into a relatively clean bucket while I light the fire under the boil kettle.  After about 10 minutes, I remove the bag from the bucket and pour the additional amount of wort that has accumulated into the boil kettle.

Maybe I could get a bit more efficiency if I sparged, but I like to make the process as simple as possible.

Wow, I really like your idea of a pizza pan with holes drilled into it!  That's gotta be better than the square rack I found at the thrift store.  I also dump that extra wort from the cleanish bucket into the boil. 

I also don't sparge, but I do squeeze the bag a bit.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Container for Holding Grain
« on: March 26, 2017, 11:49:43 PM »
Big plastic box from Wally's or wherever you cheapest box store is.  Keeping it in the bag, though.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Holiday Ale
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:23:01 PM »
I'm guessing that you once started a brew day only to find that someone had taken your mash tun thinking it was a water cooler.

...or someone in his family did.  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Card benefits
« on: November 15, 2016, 11:08:49 PM »
I wish I HAD an lhbs.  I live way up in the Frozen North where there are none.  Try getting your card honored at the bigger online venues.  In their shops, when I'm lucky enough to be near one, no problem, but online, forget it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil over: foam is good or not?
« on: November 13, 2016, 10:40:07 PM »
"The worst problem with a boilover is an angry significant other when you don't clean it up sufficiently.

My wife still hates the burnt wort I haven't completely cleaned from the stovetop."

I have found that it helps a LOT to make a burner protector out of tinfoil and put that under my brew kettle.  I can't tell you how many times I've taken that protector off covered with crud and thanked my stars it wasn't on the stove.

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