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How do you recirculate your boil kettle?
I bought a 120 ft garden hose for brewing this year. My plan is to try coiling 50ft of it in a baby pool filled with ice water just ahead of my chiller.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency and Recipe Design
« on: June 02, 2012, 07:37:26 AM »
I am definitely missing something here. I thought that mashing at a higher temperature doesn't change efficiency, but rather, produces more unfermentable sugars. Thereby leaving more malt character in tact.

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General Homebrew Discussion / cleaning question
« on: May 31, 2012, 02:16:14 PM »
I just got a really nice stainless steel strained. Would it hurt to throw it in the dishwasher after use? Or would that put too much chlorine on it and affect my next beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / posters
« on: May 29, 2012, 05:09:16 PM »
I have been looking at my brewery and decided I know what it is missing. Beer maiden posters. Anybody know where I can find some of those.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 05:50:57 PM »
Thankyou for your replies. I feel better now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 04:53:01 PM »
I don't use it to make my beer. I use it to clean my equipment after I make my beer. I wipe my stuff dry after I hose it down. I haven't tasted a difference but am wondering if I have been contaminating my beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 04:42:39 PM »
No it is relatively new.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 03:23:48 PM »
I have been using my non FDA approved garden hose to clean my equipment after brewing? Is this a big mistake?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:02:10 PM »
Here's a good article/experiment pitting rehydrated vs dry/sprinkled yeast. My takehome from it is that the effects on fermentation and taste vary from strain to strain, but the differences don't seem to be too significant.

http://hw.libsyn.com/p/1/a/e/1aeeb08f8db636f1/Verslag_hydratatie_experimenen.pdf?sid=6af016d2e83556038c0f9b3c0539b4d0&l_sid=18257&l_eid=&l_mid=2665804&expiration=1337919770&hwt=a2139bdfabe76df3bc4385d00ec142fc

In the end, I personally think of it as the decision whether to rehydrate or not equates most closely to pitching rate. I've always been a rehydrator, but I think I'm going to switch to sprinkling dry for lower gravity beers. I will probably continue to rehydrate for beers in the 1.060 and up range, especially in beers where I want a clean fermentation (although I'd probably still sprinkle something like T-58 if I'm looking for more esters).

This is what I had read and commented on earlier. I didn't remember where I had read it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:04:29 PM »
I am not Denny. But I did read an article on this several weeks ago. I don't remember where I read it. Someone researched this and came to the conclusion that rehydrating makes no difference. However in my own personal experience when I do rehydrated my airlock starts bubbling a lot sooner. I have never been able to detect any difference in the finished product though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 10:19:21 AM »
I have been using nothing but tap water to brew since I began with absolutely no issues. So I would be using the same water, it would just come through a hose from the tap. I was concerned about the hose imparting a flavor, but if it is food grade, would it still?

When my new hose gets here I will run water through it for about 10 minutes or so to purge it, then taste the water coming through it after that. If I don't pick up any hose flavor I will go ahead and use it. But I would definitely purge it before every use.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:49:41 AM »
I just ordered this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Apex-8612-50-NeverKink-8-Inch-50-Foot/dp/B0001MII88/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

It will be nice not to have to keep running back and forth in and out of the house to fill my kettle.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:37:37 AM »
Oh we could definitely taste a difference. I am 56 years old, when I was a kid nobody thought about stuff leaching into food or water.

I was just surfing and found exactly what you mentioned. And it really isn't that expensive.

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General Homebrew Discussion / May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:26:05 AM »
But I just gotta ask. Is there any reason I shouldn't use water from my garden hose for brewing? It sure would make life easier. I have thought about the food grade thing, but as a kid I used to drink out of the garden hose all the time. I suppose we are using different materials for garden hoses these days though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I always liked Tallgrass Beer
« on: May 21, 2012, 07:06:08 AM »
Of course...doesn't everybody?

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