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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:05:57 AM »
I used it for power vorlaufing, pumping from the mash tun to the boil kettle, and recirculating during chilling.

I didn't like having all the hoses on the ground.  Unhooking the hoses without spilling wort on the floor I found to be difficult.  I also didn't like the deadweight loss of wort due to what remained in the hoses when the mash tun was fully drained.

It also seemed like it was kind of rough on the wort.  The whole process seems so much gentler when I do everything by hand.

I don't know - using the pump just felt kind of wrong.

It also didn't reduce my chilling time at all.  I guess my manual stirring was performing the same function.  Now I've got my eye on one of those hydra chillers.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 10, 2016, 09:58:10 AM »
The product spec sheet lists the recommended dosage as 2-4 grams/hectolitre in the mash and 2-5 grams/hectolitre in the boil.

That's approximately .075-.151 grams/gallon in the mash and .075-.189 grams/gallon in the boil.  I shot for the middle of the range with .1 grams/gallon in both mash and boil.

Equipment and Software / Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 07:46:35 AM »
I thought it would make things easier, but it actually made everything more complicated.

I do not like it.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:40:45 PM »
I just finished brewing a batch in which I used Brewtan B at a rate of .1 gram per gallon in the mash and the same at the end of the boil.  I didn't really notice anything different in terms of break formation.

It did turn the strike water a bit milky.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:38:58 PM »
I just emailed them.  Their contact info is on the website.  Rollers are $50 plus shipping.

Equipment and Software / New Mill Rollers
« on: July 09, 2016, 01:08:40 PM »
So last weekend, I replaced the rollers on my Barley Crusher.  Right away, I could feel that the knurling on the new rollers was much sharper than on the old ones.

This morning I milled some grains for an APA and it was crazy how much harder it was to crank the mill (I usually mill by hand) though I left the gap at the factory spacing. 

Anyway, it totally fixed the problem of having the non driven roller stop turning.  I wasn't sure before what was causing the issue, but it definitely appears to be a wearing down of the knurling over time. I think I bought the mill originally in the second half of 2007.

Heating up some strike water, and streaming last night's Phish show...

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Stone Remover from Five Star
« on: July 09, 2016, 08:38:43 AM »
I remember seeing that at HBC; glad to hear it works well. 

I've been using a solution of water and Bar Keeper's Friend for an acid cleanser.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 supply source and gas filtration
« on: July 08, 2016, 03:13:19 PM »
First, where do you get CO2 filled? Do local homebrew shops do it? Gas supply store? We have a local welding service place that will fill them rather cheaply, but I'm not sure if there is a difference in gasses. Is there a "food grade" CO2, or is it all the same?

Some homebrew shops do fill CO2 tanks.  Otherwise, I would check and see if there is an Airgas store in your area.

The tanks I get from Airgas have a sticker on them that say the CO2 is food grade.  Whether that really means anything, I don't know.

Secondly, is it common to filter CO2? I'm a little concerned about contaminates getting into my beer from the CO2, I know it can be a dirty gas.

They do make in-line CO2 filters:

I don't think they are commonly used by homebrewers.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 08, 2016, 11:16:02 AM »
I also started to condition my malt.

Did you notice any drop in efficiency from the conditioning? 

EDIT:  Someone on another board (a chemist) mentioned that brewtan could help take copper and iron out of the way when brewing (acts as a chelating agent... I'm in deep water here) which I know nothing about.

The product spec sheet posted at the beginning of this thread gives a quick overview on this.  I also posted links to some more in depth articles in reply #563 of the below thread if you are interested.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 08, 2016, 09:13:51 AM »

I haven't noticed that on any of the Brewtan beers I've made.  Is there a reason Brewtan would be suspected of reducing foam?

According to the literature, it is effective at dropping out certain proteins.  Though the spec sheet claims that it does not impact foam positive ones.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 07, 2016, 12:24:36 PM »
I could be wrong, but I don't think it was ever stated that the flagship examples of all or most classic styles are/were brewed lodo.
Rather, a group of people attempting to re-create at home a particular flavor they tasted in a subset of commercial beers, mostly German lagers, are stating that lodo brewing is the key to achieving it.

Assuming they are right doesn’t mean that the classic Belgian, English, or American styles are commercially brewed lodo or need to be brewed that way in order for homebrewers to replicate them.
On the other hand, it doesn’t exclude the possibility that brewing these other styles lodo is worth exploring.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 07, 2016, 10:17:47 AM »
I recommend not ordering it from . I knew ordering from Australia could be dicey due to the distance  - and it is.

Ok, I take back what I said - I got mine in the mail today. Gonna use it in the O-fest I'm brewing in a couple weeks, then on a German Pils. I'll definitely be posting the results.

Mine took 12 days to arrive, which seems pretty good considering.  I just made a few changes to my system and process, so I'm probably going to hold off on experimenting with the Brewtan until I get everything dialed in again.

I've noticed some form of that off flavor in pretty much any beer line I have tried.  It is more intense in some lines than in others (in my experience, even in different batches of the exact same brand).

I recently replaced my lines with the ultra barrier silver product, and the beer that sits in the lines definitely develops that flavor.  If I haven't poured a beer for a day or so, I pour and drink the first oz. or two before filling up my glass all the way.

Also using Brewtan B for the first time.

Cool. I ordered some as well but haven't received it yet. 

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