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Other Fermentables / Blueberries
« on: February 25, 2011, 07:58:15 PM »
Does anyone have any thoughts about what I might do with 15 pounds of blueberries?

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 24, 2011, 06:27:01 PM »
Brewed with the new mashtun last weekend.  What a great set up.  Way easier to mash in and great at holding the temperature.  The batch sparge was much faster and easier than my old setup.  I got clear wort almost right away with the braid in there and only had to recirculate a tiny amount.  On my old set up I would start getting clear wort but when I opened up the valve all the way it would get cloudy again.  No problem like that with this new set up.  Thanks to everyone else for advice and inspiration!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decotion in a strong dark Belgian?
« on: February 19, 2011, 01:06:41 PM »
I have plenty of room for an infusion, the only problem with that is it doesn't leave me a lot of water for my batch sparge.  I suppose that I could decrease my water to grain ratio in my initial step to try and compensate.

I was planning on at least 90 minute rest

You really don't have to take out the drain if you set it up this way...  Cheers!!!

This ^^^^ is what I did. No leaky. Cheersx2!

This seems super simple.  I pulled the spigot out of mine and put in a ball valve.....mostly because I enjoy building things ;)

All Grain Brewing / Decotion in a strong dark Belgian?
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:43:32 PM »
I'm doing a strong dark Belgian and I want to do my mash in the mid 140's F to help get keep the FG from being too high.  Would it be inappropriate at the end of a long mash to do a decoction to raise the temp up enough for a mashout and to help get everything flowing better when I sparge?

I batch sparge and last time I did a mash like this I had a lot of trouble draining my first runnings.  I think the problem was my fairly low temp because it ran a lot better when I warmed the mash up with my batch sparge water

About 10 days

Didn't even think about it and bottled one with no additional yeast, guess I will give it time and see if those worn out yeast from the primary fermentation are up to the task.

I have a second one that needs to be bottled and I don't want to chance it twice.  The US-05 might do the trick nicely.  I wonder if I will have to open my first batch of bottles and sneak a little into each one if they don't carb up....

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations about how much fresh yeast to add to a high gravity Belgian to help ensure good bottle carbonation and conditioning?

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 17, 2011, 12:51:35 PM »
The problem I had with a bulkhead was that it held the braid off the floor of the cooler, and I didn't get a siphon to empty out all the wort.  But I assume different coolers will work in different ways.

Not much dead space in a Coleman Xtreme.  I tried the braid for a few batches, but ultimately switched to a bazooka screen.  I know you tried both and reached the opposite result. 

Well the bazooka screen is in my round cooler and I think the problem isn't the screen but just that the drain is positioned higher than in the extreme so its been leaving more behind.  The braid just seemed easier for me to set up in the xtreme than trying to adapt my bazooka-T set up to fit in.  I decided to leave all the fittings in my round cooler so I can pull it out and mash in that if I ever want to.  I'll see how well it works this weekend.

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:52:55 AM »
I just tested mine this morning with water.  With a braid and a bulkhead installed when drained on a level surface about a pint of water was left behind.  It looked like a good portion of that would have been recovered if I angled the cooler.  Either way it is a big improvement over what is left behind in my round cooler with a bazooka-T.

Can't wait to mash in it this weekend

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 15, 2011, 09:54:16 PM »
Nice.  You'll really like the 70 qt xtreme.  You'll still leave some wort behind though.  Not as much but there's still room beneath the drain.  It helps if you prop up the back end of the cooler before you start the vorlauf.  I use a little ceramic flower pot that used to belong to my wife.  She was going to reclaim it until I told her it was now part of my brewing system.  I'll leave it to your imagination the look I got for that one.

You've probably already seen it but this is the site I followed when I converted mine:

And it is really nice to have all that room in the mash tun for the bigguns.
I just got my order from Amazon ($40 with free shipping!) and put it together tonight!  Leak testing it now, everything looks great!  Can't wait to use it for a Begian Quadrupel this weekend.  Getting the 20 pounds of grain into and out of this should be a lot easier than the round rubbermaid.  I think the hosebraid should help me get a much better runoff than the bazzooka screen I've been using too.

Best of all....Its a blue one  ::)

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 09, 2011, 01:02:03 PM »
I think this will be my next brewing upgrade!  I currently use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid, and it works pretty good, but someday I'm sure I'll want to do 10 gallon batches, and this cooler would be a good choice.  Thanks for the link tygo.

I'll be sad to retire the rubbermaid but am also thinking of 10 gallon batches which will be a lot easier with the 70 qt xtreme.  That being said, I was able to do a 10 gallon batch of 1.10+ braggot using the trusty 10 gallon round rubbermaid.  Boy, that was one full mashtun!

Equipment and Software / Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 08, 2011, 07:11:41 PM »
Can't wait!  I just ordered a 70 qt coleman xtreme cooler to upgrade my mash tun.  I've been using a 10 gallon round cooler for years now with reasonable success but have always had problems getting the efficiency up as high as I'd like.  I think a big part of the problem is that I end up leaving too much of the wort in the bottom of my tun when I drain it off.  I really like the channel in the bottom of coleman cooler that lets everything drain out instead of leaving a bunch of wort behind.  Plus I love all the extra space I'm going to have for making really big beers  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Homebrew
« on: February 07, 2011, 01:38:39 AM »
I wonder if they will release the recipe?  I would be curious to see what this brew really was

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Breakfast time bottling
« on: February 05, 2011, 06:07:09 PM »
This discusson has me thinking that you should start kegging!  ;D

Good point!  I don't have any space to keep a keg chilled though so bottles are easier for me (once they are filled anyway ;))

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