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All Grain Brewing / Re: What happened?
« on: January 17, 2012, 04:02:34 PM »
Thankyou for all the replies. I would like to figure out what I did so I can repeat it. But I have a feeling euge is right. It was the gremlins :)

I have had stuck sparges twice. Both times my grain bill was 50% wheat. I have never had one with an all barley grain bill. I have been thinking about replacing my false bottom with a screen because during the summer I like wheat beers.

I have also noticed that my OG goes up when I use wheat. Just not this much for this small of amount of wheat.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What happened?
« on: January 16, 2012, 05:31:01 PM »
I did make my volume. I had a little over 5 galllons after my 80 minute boil. Only difference between my process on this and my previous red ale was the penthouse of the boil. I gathered less volume and boiled that for 60 minutes.

All Grain Brewing / What happened?
« on: January 16, 2012, 04:07:04 PM »
I mashed the following grain bill.
9 lbs Rahr 2 row
1.5 lbs Rahr malted wheat
Started with 3.5 gallons of strike water. Got 155 so I added half a gallon of cold water to bring it to 150. Let it steep for 90 minutes. Sparged with 4 gallons of 170 degree water. Boiled for 80 minutes.
Brewtarget said I would get 1.050 at 75% effiency. I got an OG of 1.060. Am I grinding my grain too fine? Was there something in my process that would get more extract than predicted? Typically when I use just barley Brewtarget is spot on.

I keep mine in a dark closet in my basement. It stays a constant 66 degrees year round. I haven't had a beer go bad yet. They usually stay in there 4 or 5 months before consumption.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reputable kits online
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:59:10 PM »
I have had excellent experiences with kits from Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottle conditioning
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:28:52 PM »
I don't know anything about kegging. But how long you need to bottle condition varies from beer to beer. A wheat is ready a week or two after bottling. A stout or porter takes a month at the very least. In my opinion most beers are best a month after they have been bottled. I have only been doing this stuff for 2 years there are many on here that are far more experienced and knowledgeable than I am.

All Grain Brewing / Re: toasty flavor
« on: January 05, 2012, 03:22:15 PM »
Thankyou for your responses. I am putting together an order with Pale Chocolate is on the list now.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ferment 3 gal batch in a 5 gal bucket????
« on: January 05, 2012, 03:15:55 PM »
I have been thinking about doing the same thing for my next wee heavy. That way I don't have to deal with 25 pounds of grain in my mash tun. And I don't drink high gravity beers enough for only 3 gallons of beer to be an issue. I just enjoy a good scottish wee heavy from time to time.

All Grain Brewing / Re: toasty flavor
« on: December 23, 2011, 09:14:50 PM »
I love the taste brown malt gives.  It tastes like a toasted bagel.

That's kinda the flavor I am looking for.

All Grain Brewing / Re: toasty flavor
« on: December 23, 2011, 09:12:55 PM »
From the brewery website....

"What we really like about this beer is the smoothness that brewing with cream sugar brings to the palate. This smoothness balances out the copious quantities of roasted barley used in the brewing process to create a rich, complex, and delicious beer. If you have not been a stout drinker in the past, give this beer a try. It might just change your mind about how dark beers should taste. It tastes so rich, but is surprisingly easy to drink!"

Cream sugar??

I would have to say the copius amount of roasted barley. Which leads to the question how much would I want to try to start to keep from overdoing?

All Grain Brewing / toasty flavor
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:36:24 AM »
I don't know if anybody here has tried a Tall Grass Buffalo Sweat. For those who have, what grain produces that toasty type flavor it has?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Storing Bulk Grain
« on: December 14, 2011, 02:21:12 AM »
I stored mine in a couple of lowes plastic 5 gallon buckets with lids. $5 each.

No problems with it being airtight?  I like economical.....

I figured if my ale pail is air tight these buckets would be too. Though I should look into those home depot ones if they have rubber gaskets.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Storing Bulk Grain
« on: December 13, 2011, 04:12:28 PM »
I stored mine in a couple of lowes plastic 5 gallon buckets with lids. $5 each.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How do yall buy grain?
« on: December 12, 2011, 04:19:54 PM »
It looks to me like my problem is not being able to buy locally. We do have a store but it is frequently not open during the hours posted. Then if by some stroke of luck I do catch them open they are sold out of almost everything because they rarely stock thier store. Instead of dealing with the frustration I do all of my business online.

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