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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: January 15, 2017, 05:39:00 PM »
Also, I don't know what happened, but although my last two lodo no-sparge batches hit 73% efficiency (down from the low 80s with a batch sparge), today's brew was only 63%.  Maybe it was the oatmeal.

I still hit 1.053 which will be fine, but I'm seriously considering setting up a 240V RIMS later this year.  I'll have to call an electrician and see if that's a possibility.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: January 15, 2017, 04:54:31 PM »
Both sizes take about the same amount of time, around 5 hours.

5 hours would be great.  Today's brew took me 6.5 hours.

9:00 - start
10:20 - mash in
10:28 - begin 60 minute mash
11:28 - begin lauter
12:14 - begin boil
1:24 - begin chilling
1:55 - chilling finished
2:35 - rack into fermentor
3:29 - clean up and pH readings finished

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 stage yeast starter
« on: January 15, 2017, 12:07:39 PM »
I wonder about staged starters when people are pitching 100ml to 1L, decanting and adding another 1L. At some point it seems the growth will not be what some expect because the yeast amount will be getting close to max for the volume anyway.

That's a good point that is probably often missed.  I believe the max is 200B per liter.  If you've already got 200B cells, you aren't going to grow more by decanting them into another liter of wort - yet another thing I learned from S.C.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:56:29 AM »
I am finally brewing the oatmeal stout I was supposed to brew like three weeks ago.

I started getting everything together at 9:00 a.m., and I was ready to mash in at 10:20.  The water prep definitely takes some time, but I'm hoping to make up a bit with the no sparge. 

On the plus side, I was able to listen to almost half a Dead show...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:46:46 AM »
I thought it was kind of funny, and I think it's supposed to be a humor piece you know?

I hate buying commercial beer, and I try to avoid it whenever possible. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tips for Bottling from Keg
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:16:57 AM »
What you can do is to push a bottling wand into a cobra tap and use that as a makeshift beer gun. Be sure to vent the keg, then fill at no more than 3 or 4 psi. Less foam = less carbonation loss, so it helps to chill the bottles first. If there were any way to purge the bottles with CO2 before filling, even better.

This method works surprisingly well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:20:24 AM »
I went to a friend's house for dinner last night and brought a growler of my APA along with a 6 pack of SNPA.  I might be biased, but the SNPA tasted so bland in comparison.  No one else even bothered to crack one, but my growler was gone fast.

And I'm a big fan of SNPA, when I'm forced to buy commercial beer it's what I usually pick up (well, that or something Belgian-style).

The Pub / Uline
« on: January 13, 2017, 02:21:44 PM »
I don't how I got on this company's mailing list, but they sell a lot of stuff that homebrewers might be interested in: stainless steel carts, plastic storage bins, dropper bottles, cubitainers, glass and plastic jars, wire shelving, bins, casters, storage cabinets, pails, etc.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: January 12, 2017, 12:14:03 PM »
What are you targeting as mash PH out of curiosity? I'm really curious to get some feedback on a low O2 stout. I love my recipe and am thinking about brewing it up lodo style fairly soon.

5.4, but I don't have a lot of experience with stouts.

I don't know that my feedback will be worth anything.  This is the first stout I've brewed since 2013, and I have no memory of what any of them tasted like.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: January 12, 2017, 11:03:31 AM »
I just tapped my low O2 APA Tuesday night.

It's only been in cold storage since Saturday (and I know it will improve with another week or two of cold conditioning), but it's pretty tasty already.  I'm picking up that same "low O2 flavor" that my low O2 Belgian Pale had (or at least I think I am).  I don't detect any sulfur off flavors, and this was 50 ppm SMB fermented with 1272.

I'm not sure how I feel yet about the Citra/Amarillo combo though.

Lodo oatmeal stout is on deck for Sunday which means fermentation days 5-7 will be over a weekend, so I'm hoping I can spund this one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: International presence at HombrewCon
« on: January 11, 2017, 10:15:01 PM »
They can be invited to give a presentation/ participate in a round table

I think that would be really cool. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 31
« on: January 10, 2017, 02:14:57 PM »
In the lab, we take a moment to drop some results for a quick test of people's judging abilities.

That was cool.  I'd be interested in more content like that.

The Pub / Re: Horrible beer products
« on: December 30, 2016, 11:58:38 AM »
I received a nice beer product from my in-laws.

Ingredients / Re: CaraMunich II
« on: December 30, 2016, 08:35:00 AM »
It might not be totally to style (and it's been a while since I've had one of the commercial examples), but I like to use 50/50 pilsner and pale with a bit of cane sugar (or sometimes the golden candi sryup); bitter with EKG and finish with SG and Saaz.  I used to use a lot of 3522 but recently have been using 3787 instead. 

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