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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:39:12 AM »
i literally could lift the entire basket out of the boil (mid boil)and have the liquid line remain at the same level as when it was in the pot, with only a slight trickle at the seams for the wort to drip back into the boil.

This is exactly what was happening to me with hop bags which is why I decided to give this filter a try.  I've only used it once so far, but when I pulled it out of the kettle after chilling all of the wort drained out pretty much immediately which made me think it was providing better wort contact than the hop bags.

I might try using it as a filter between the kettle and the fermentor as well, in conjunction with whirlpooling and a side pickup tube.

I can usually get away with up to two ounces of pellets floating free in the boil.  Any more than that, and I run the risk of clogging the liquid out tube in my fermentor when transferring to serving kegs.  This is the issue I am trying to avoid. 



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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:30:48 PM »
Not a pain to clean, huh? What about putting in your chiller? I use a hop bag here and there and love that it keeps the post boil trub to a minimum, but hate pulling the bag out to put my chiller in.

I just hosed it down with my sink's sprayer attachment, and it cleaned right up.

The filter I bought is only 4 inches in diameter so it fits in the kettle along with my immersion chiller (I could actually fit a second one in there).

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Beer Recipes / Re: Citra APA
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:12:48 PM »
I feel like everyone on this forum uses way more dry hops than I typically do.  If I can pick up another few ounces of Citra before this is ready for kegging, maybe I'll try three ounces.

I wouldn't want to cut back on the bittering additions.  The IBUs are right where I want them.

It sounds like a lot of people have been having success with the hop stand technique.  I'll definitely be trying that out in the future.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:28:01 PM »
I finally got a chance to try this thing out yesterday.  It worked great as a wort filter and seemed to do pretty well as a hop bag (I guess I'll know more after I taste the resultant beer).

The manufacturer states this size filter can hold four ounces of pellet hops, but I think three is probably more likely given the level of the wort in the kettle near the end of the boil. 

It was a lot easier to use and clean than multiple hop bags, and I feel like it allowed for better wort/hop contact.  I think I might buy a second one.

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Beer Recipes / Citra APA
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:23:31 PM »
Yesterday, I brewed the following to try out some Citra, which I not brewed with before:

9.5 lbs. 2-row
.7 lbs. British medium crystal
1.5 oz. Warrior (15.7%) - 60 min
1 oz. Citra (12.7%) - 10 min
1 oz. Citra (12.7%) - 5 min
1 oz. Citra (12.7%) - Flameout
1 oz. Citra (12.7%) - Dry hop
US-05

I've heard mix things about Citra, so it should be interesting.  I understand it does not make for a pleasant bittering hop, hence the Warrior.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometer Recommendation
« on: March 07, 2014, 01:12:55 PM »
I have one of those; it's my reference thermometer. FWIW, Arbor has them for $26. http://www.arborsci.com/lab-supplies/measurement/digital-thermometer

I have the same one and have been pretty happy with it.  I do wish it would read a little more quickly, but it does work well. 

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The brew was a normal BIAB with a cereal mash and 60 minute rest at 150F.

Why the cereal mash?

For the flaked barley.  It wasn't for any other reason than to keep the recipe and process the same as in BCS so that I could see the difference in how it turns out based on my previous "regular" brews from the same recipe.

Got it.  I'm pretty sure flaked barley is pre-gelatinized and doesn't require a cereal mash.

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The brew was a normal BIAB with a cereal mash and 60 minute rest at 150F.

Why the cereal mash? 

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Ingredients / Re: Toasting Oats
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:33:20 PM »
I don't think there's any need to let them rest. 

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Classifieds / Re: WTB -Ventmatic Faucet
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:33:50 PM »
They recently went back into production.  It looks like they are sold out now (due to a manufacturing issue) but should be available again soon (or maybe you can find them now from a different supplier).

http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3277

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Equipment and Software / Re: Floating Keg Dip Tube
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:43:46 PM »
It might work well for someone who is moving kegs around (bringing them to meetings, etc.).

I think it's cool that so many new products are coming onto the market, even if I don't have a use for most of them.

I do wish someone would develop a stainless steel insulated mash tun with a couple of built in ports for bazooka screens, thermometers, etc. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:37:57 PM »
I went with the 4x10 which fits well in my 10 gallon megapot, and allows plenty of room for the chiller.

I ordered it from the Utah Biodiesel website, but I think it came from Arbor Fabricating.

http://www.arborfab.com/

I might buy one of the stainless dry hoppers at some point in the future (either from Arbor Fabricating or Stainless Brewing).


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Equipment and Software / Floating Keg Dip Tube
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:01:29 PM »
Awhile ago, it may have been on the NB forum, someone was discussing the idea of a floating dip tube to eliminate sucking up sediment from the bottom of a keg.

Looks like one is actually being marketed now:

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/CLEAR-BEER-DRAUGHT-SYSTEM-P3612.aspx

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Equipment and Software / Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: February 07, 2014, 12:53:44 PM »
I just purchased one of these in 300 micron.  Anybody else tried one?  I'm hoping it will be an upgrade over my aging hop bags. 

I also plan to use it to filter wort on its way from the mash tun to the kettle (something I was previously using hop bags for).  They tended to catch a decent amount of fine grain particulate (even post-vorlauf).

 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 27, 2014, 02:04:43 PM »
I often don't shower on brew day. 

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