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Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment, New Issues
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:49:19 AM »
I use that mash tun as well; it has very little dead space.

Can you post some numbers (mash, sparge, pre and post-boil volumes, lbs. of grain, etc.)?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Darkening Malt
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:45:15 AM »
I have heard using carafa special II, but I tried in vorlaug but had it grind to a powder and I get the roasty bitter flavor.

Carafa Special is made from dehusked barley, but the dehusking procedure does not remove all of the husks, so you can still get a bit of roast character out of it.  According to the talk given by a representative of Briess Malting at NHC, there's something like 40% of the husk remaining.

Blackprinz is made from "hull-less" barley.  My understanding of "hull-less" barely is that the husk is looser than usual and is more easily removed.  I'm not sure whether the final product is 100% free of husks or not.

Midnight Wheat is supposedly totally free of husks.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:28:35 AM »
It's gotta be almost time for the 2017 release, right?  I really love that beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: October 19, 2017, 09:08:46 AM »
It's interesting that they only use pale malt and C-60 in both SNPA and Celebration.

I use C-80 in my Celebration-style IPA (or however you want to classify it), and it's pretty close to the real thing.

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Can you post a picture?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:07:26 PM »
2) Find a way to facilitate “advanced”/R&D oriented discussion for those interested in it. This could be as simple as a creating an “advanced” subforum on the AHA forum. I don’t mean a LODO subforum - I mean a discussion space where the next LODO could be postulated and developed.

I don't think this is a bad idea.

Why can't that be done in the existing structure?

Maybe it would help to have these "R&D" posts in a separate section as a way of conveying the OP's intent and the community's expectations about the content of the thread?

It might not work, but if the goal is to facilitate more technical or advanced discussions here, it seems like a reasonable idea to me.



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 11:16:16 AM »
2) Find a way to facilitate “advanced”/R&D oriented discussion for those interested in it. This could be as simple as a creating an “advanced” subforum on the AHA forum. I don’t mean a LODO subforum - I mean a discussion space where the next LODO could be postulated and developed.

I don't think this is a bad idea.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Revolutions per Pound
« on: October 11, 2017, 03:25:27 PM »
You know next time you are milling by hand you won't be able to stop yourself.

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Equipment and Software / Barley Crusher Revolutions per Pound
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:28:15 PM »
I usually crush my grains by hand, and I sometimes count revolutions to pass the time.

On my last brew day, it took 541 revolutions to crush 10.59 lbs. of grain.  So that's roughly 51 revolutions per pound.

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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:41:23 PM »
The knurling on the rollers is substantially worn down when compared to how it felt after the last refurbish two years ago.

That was the issue with my BC as well.  I ended up replacing the rollers which fixed it.

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This is what I want to do and is shown in the pic.

Fair enough.  The reason the guy in the link is pressurizing the kegs is because he is filling them with beer that is already carbonated.  Without back pressure on the receiving keg, CO2 would start coming out of solution and it'd be a foamy mess.

Pressurizing them alone won't get rid of all the oxygen though; you're still going to want to do a proper CO2 purge.

How do you know when to stop filling the keg before beer shoots out the gas tube?

If you chill the beer before you rack it, you will see the line of condensation creeping up the side of the keg as you fill, and it'll give you a good idea of when it's full. 


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Are you carbonating in the fermentor?

No - in the kegs.

If the beer isn't carbonated at the time of racking, I don't know that there's any advantage to pressurizing the receiving keg. 

You could just purge it fully (by filling completely with sanitizer and pushing it all out with CO2) and then rack in through the liquid post while running some tubing off the gas post into a container of sanitizer.  It helps with the purging if you trim the gas dip tube.

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Are you carbonating in the fermentor?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Spunding Valve
« on: September 27, 2017, 01:29:32 PM »
That should work as long as the spunding valve is functioning properly.  I have a spunding valve that is similar to the ones that morebeer sells which I use for a couple of different applications.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:16:30 PM »

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