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Ingredients / Re: Essential German hops
« on: May 30, 2017, 09:40:43 AM »
This is slightly tangental, but I got some KILLER Sterling from Hop Heaven this year, with a strong Saaz like character.

That's good to hear, I just ordered a pound.  I haven't been too happy with the Saaz I have been getting recently.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« on: May 26, 2017, 10:37:24 AM »
Another easy preventative measure: fine mesh hop bag

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Spunding Trappist Ales
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:57:43 AM »
I'd be all over a 2 gallon SS vessel. I've contemplated a 2 gallon kettle for some time, just haven't made it a reality yet.

SS brew tech now makes a 3.5 gallon version of their stainless brew bucket, though maybe that's more headspace than you would want.

A 1.75 or 2.5 gallon corny keg with a cut dip tube would be sweet but would require a lot of extra gear for someone without a kegging setup.

If it will not work does anyone have any suggestions for doing it other ways?

I don't know the answer to your question about tri-clamp fittings, but a lot of people use stainless camlock fittings on their plate chillers (I use them for connections to pumps, etc., and they're great).

Example (not mine):

If there's not enough space between the ports for tri-clamp fittings, maybe you could use a 90° elbow fitting and then a tri-clamp.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Spunding Trappist Ales
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:02:27 AM »
I use a 2 gallon bucket. When I said pours I was referring to the bottles.

I understood; I was thinking that with a different fermentor you might be able to leave more sediment behind.  Of course, that wouldn't help with active yeast or other particulate still in suspension.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Spunding Trappist Ales
« on: May 25, 2017, 05:19:46 PM »
The major goal is to cut down on the sediment. Careful pours get the jobs done but I'd really like to decrease the sediment I'm seeing.

What kind of fermentor do you use?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: "Live and Let (Free) Rise"
« on: May 19, 2017, 08:18:44 AM »
Another thing will be to try and lower OG on all the beers and let the attenuation, something we want dearly with these beers anyway, drive up the ABV.

How was your attenuation on this batch? 

I kegged a tripel on Saturday that was fermented with a repitch of 3787 that hit 88%, which I was pretty happy with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Tips - what kind of box?
« on: May 12, 2017, 12:27:02 PM »
Any decent box should work fine, but I really like these as no bubble wrap is required.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craftmeister alkaline wash
« on: May 11, 2017, 12:24:35 PM »
That stuff is awesome, but I use way less than 1 oz. per gallon.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: May 10, 2017, 09:25:54 AM »
Monroeville, NJ
Personal well
Ward Labs W-6 test

PH 8.1
TDS 190
Electrical Conductivity 0.32
Cations/Anions 3.3/3.3

Sodium 76
Potassium <1
Calcium <0
Magnesium <1
Total Hardness <1
Nitrate <0.1
Sulfate 4
Chloride 2
Carbonate <1.0
Bicarbonate 180
Total Alkalinity 149

Cant wait to brew again!

Are you using a water softener?

All Grain Brewing / Re: I feel like a newbie all over again...
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:09:51 PM »
Do you mill your own grains? What's your mill gap set to?

Yes. I have  Barley Crusher that I keep set at the stock gap (though I installed new rollers on it last year and the stock gap may be different now).

My crush looks like this:

To be clear, the hop bag catches about a golf ball worth the finest grain particulate (same with my old mash tun which utilized a bazooka tube).  Maybe that could be avoided with enough recirculating, but this seems easier to me.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Moving to dry yeast exclusively
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:36:25 AM »
So four packets... into a 1.038 starter wort.  Nothing.  Zip. Zero. Nada.

Did you check the gravity?  I've had starters ferment out overnight and look totally dead.

All Grain Brewing / Re: I feel like a newbie all over again...
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:31:47 AM »
I just used mine for the first time last week, and the runoff seemed as clear as usual.  There was perhaps a bit more particulate in the hop bag.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:26:57 AM »
Belgian pale

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