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Ingredients / Re: Undermodified pils malt?
« on: April 06, 2012, 05:36:43 AM »
Austin Homebrew Supply has the Briess undermodified Pils on sale for $0.99/lb.

Rye Schwarzbier and trying Herkules hops for the first time.

I'm going to try a low-gravity Munich Dunkel and see how it turns out.  It'll be the first time for me using a no sparge.

Ingredients / Re: Best Pils Malt Questions
« on: December 22, 2011, 01:44:31 PM »
I seem to get better clarity with Best Pils malt if I do a short rest (10 minutes) in the low 140s before I step mash into the 150s.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Storing Bulk Grain
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:51:28 AM »
A year ago I bought a 50lb Vittles Vault.
It holds a 55# sack of malt and I've had no problems with it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Gloves?
« on: October 09, 2011, 10:23:42 AM »
One more benefit of the Blichmann gloves are that my hands fit easily into the large ones.  Every other XL rubber glove I've tried barely fits and I have to tug at them to remove.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottle Condition Before Lagering?
« on: September 20, 2011, 10:42:44 AM »
I've done it a couple of times and have had no problems with lagering in the bottle after carbonating.

A couple of years ago I got a Fountain pump for about $30 at Lowe's. I can't find the gph, but I brewed a Helles a couple of days ago and I got the 5 gallons of wort to down to 52F in about an hour.   After pre-chilling with the IC and hose water I moved the kettle inside to the ice bucket and fountain pump.  Last summer I lost a lot of ice to ambient heat outside.  Keeping the ice water in a cooler inside seemed to help.

Munich Helles

All Grain Brewing / Re: 20 min mash
« on: April 12, 2011, 09:17:05 AM »
I tried 30 and 40 minute mashes for a while with fly sparge and no mash out (insert Denny's point here.)  I didn't have any attenutation problems and my efficiency was fine, although none of those were big beers.  I've started going back to 60 minute and my efficiency might have gone up a point or two.  Basic Brewing Radio had a good podcast in February about mash times if you're intetested.

Equipment and Software / Re: Leaky Better Bottles
« on: April 04, 2011, 05:35:46 AM »
I've only used the plain version and never had a problem.  If you're using the ported one, double check the seal on the valve.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3789-PC Trappist Blend
« on: March 18, 2011, 04:45:41 AM »
Just FYI if you didn't know. A lot of brewers that use Brettanomyces don't use any plastic equipment that touches the Brett with other beers, just to help prevent cross contamination.  Sometimes Brett can hide from sanitizer in small cracks in tubing or plastic.  I've never had any problems with Brett, but I have dedicated some old tubing and plastic to Brett/wild beers only.

Beer Recipes / Re: Let's see some dunkel recipes
« on: March 15, 2011, 05:52:22 AM »
The maltsters url is

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:53:09 AM »
Doing a low gravity Altbier then using the yeast in a regular altbier.

Ingredients / Re: What's the word on Global Malt?
« on: December 14, 2010, 06:01:22 AM »
I've used GlobalMalt's kolsch malt and liked it. I just picked up a pound of the Dark Munich, but haven't used it yet.

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