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Equipment and Software / Re: Some RIMS Questions
« on: May 25, 2016, 09:47:04 AM »
Well, that's a bummer, but I'm glad to find out now before I've spent any money.  Thanks for the info.

Equipment and Software / Re: DO meters
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:19:49 PM »
I don't have one myself, but this is the model that I have heard others recommend.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: May 23, 2016, 09:06:38 AM »
So, is the sulfite doing anything at all?

The sulfite oxidizes to sulfate.  With test strips, you can measure how much is getting used up during a particular process.

The Pub / Re: AB is making a Kölsch?!
« on: May 23, 2016, 08:42:48 AM »
Nothing confusing Jon, just a straight forward authentic Texan Bock Kolsch. You can tell by the word "Ziegen" and the map of Texas.

Man, it's been a while since I've had a good TBK.

“[Biofine] is a form of auxiliary finings made by Kerry. It differs from [algae based finings] in that the polarity has been reversed so it will fine yeast which is negatively charged. The process by which the polarity gets reversed in the finings uses a lot of aluminium salts which leaves a high residue of aluminium in the finings, too high for the EU legislation but apparently alright for the USA.”

Interesting comment.  Anyone know if it's true?

Equipment and Software / Some RIMS Questions
« on: May 22, 2016, 12:51:10 PM »
Once in a while I think about setting up a RIMS.

Is there anything simpler or better than a mag pump, the 120V RIMS Rocket, and a "plug and play" PID controller?

I've been looking at this controller (the model 2 with the SYL-2352):

All-in, the controller is $280.

The Blichmann 120V Tower of Power control module is $575.  Is that just the Blichmann markup or is their controller superior to the Auber model for this application?

I brew 6 gallon batches, so my strike water is typically under 5 gallons.  I assume the 120V RIMS Rocket has enough juice to bring a mash that size from 145 to 162 in an acceptable time frame.  Am I mistaken?

I'm hoping to brew a Belgian Pale tomorrow if I have time - thinking about brewing it no-sparge. 

Otherwise, I'm going to try a low oxygen mini-mash experiment.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anyone used this keg volume indicator?
« on: May 19, 2016, 04:45:09 PM »
That's kind of genius.

No, I guess not.

Though it does seem like a good opportunity for me to save $30 on that Chugger pump I've been thinking about.

Edit: Pump ordered...


No Blichmann products, gift cards or Grainfathers...

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: May 17, 2016, 02:05:45 PM »
Cool.  I'm planning to pick some of this up soon.  I'm curious to see if it has any effect on chill haze.

Ingredients / Re: Simpsons Golden Promise extract potential
« on: May 17, 2016, 01:04:10 PM »
I brewed a 100% GP ale earlier this year and got 30.66 PPG (9 lbs. of GP yielded 6 gallons post-boil of 1.046 wort).

I tapped a keg of Eureka pale ale this weekend. 

I get citrus (lemon, grapefruit), melon, light floral and light pine.  It has kind of a sharp bitterness; I think it might pair well with something something earthy.  The beer also tastes a bit minerally to me.

6 gallon batch

10 lbs. - 2 row
11.2 oz. - British medium crystal

.5 oz Eureka (18.5% AA) - 60 min
.25 oz. Eureka - 20 min
1 oz. Eureka - 10 min
1 oz. Eureka - 5 min
2 oz. Eureka - 0 min
2 oz. Eureka - Dry hop (3 days)

Wyeast 1272

OG: 1.054
FG: 1.012

I tried the lodo mini mash test this afternoon, but I made a huge and embarrassing error (added 10 times as much SMB as I was supposed to) so I don't have any results to report. 

I did learn a few things just about the general process of trying to mash small amounts of grain in mason jars though which should help me run a better experiment next time.  It's probably going to be a few weeks before I get around to trying this again, but I fully intend to.

Equipment and Software / Brewometer
« on: May 13, 2016, 03:17:43 PM »
Came across this, and thought it was pretty cool.

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