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All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: November 04, 2016, 04:43:59 PM »
I'm brewing my first low oxygen batch tonight, wish me luck.

Bryan, what type of fitting are you using to go through the wall of your kettle mashtun?  Is it just a threaded nipple with type A camlocks on either end?  I'm interested in using a similar setup for my cooler tun.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Omega Yeast - Pro Strains
« on: October 28, 2016, 10:02:08 PM »
Looks like they've got quite a few brett blends.  I need to get a batch of sour beer going...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: October 27, 2016, 05:38:36 PM »
I bet the constant recirculating is pretty helpful.  I'll see where I come out and report back. 

I do have a pump and could set up a recirculating system, but everytime I have seriously considered it, I've decided not to.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: October 27, 2016, 04:13:52 PM »
I'm planning a low oxygen brew for my next batch (hoping to brew it next weekend).

I'm thinking I can follow the paper pretty well with the following exceptions:

- I'm brewing a Belgian ale so the fermentation schedule will be different
- My understanding from reading the GBF is that you want to use less than 100 mg/l of SMB for ales so I was   
  thinking maybe I would start at 50 mg/l
-Given my schedule, it's extremely likely I will miss the window for spunding so I'll have to add some 
 priming solution in the keg

I think I have everything else covered (condition grain, pre-boil strike water,fill mash tun from bottom, minimal stirring/splashing, no sparge, 60 minute boil targeting 10% evaporation, stainless chiller, etc.).

Any comments or suggestions?

Is it recommended to skip the vorlauf when not utilizing a recirculating mash system?

I really don't know what to expect in terms of the efficiency hit.  I'm usually in the low 80's for this beer, but with no sparge, no stirring to break up any dough balls, shorter boil, and conditioned grain (which I think will result in a coarser crush), I designed the recipe to target 70%.

Ingredients / Re: Polyclar Brewbrite
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:27:39 PM »
Thanks, I may have to give it a try. 

It might work well in conjunction with Brewtan since, as I understand it, one works mostly on proteins and the other on polyphenols. 

Is there a US source, or do I need to order it from Australia?

Ingredients / Polyclar Brewbrite
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:19:03 PM »
To anyone here using this stuff, how are you using it?  What do you think?  Does it require downstream filtration to remove?

Equipment and Software / Re: Cold crashing with Ss Brew Bucket?
« on: October 18, 2016, 08:25:24 PM »
This is what I did:

You could supplement what I do by pumping in more CO2 as the temperature drops to keep it under positive pressure. 

My experience has been that after the initial fill with CO2, it will hold a vacuum as the wort contracts which can then be broken on the day you transfer by adding more CO2.  Don't forget to break the vacuum before you open the ball valve or a bunch of air will get sucked in.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: October 17, 2016, 11:06:30 PM »
OR ferment to gravity and sugar prime the keg.

What method are people using to add priming solution to a purged keg without introducing too much air?

The best I can think of is adding a sampling port to your transfer tubing and using a syringe to dose the beer in-line.  Maybe someone else has come up with an easier solution?

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: October 16, 2016, 05:23:17 PM »
The mini mash proposed by members at the GBF is lowest cost, zero new equipment method for determining whether you're interested.

I was hoping the mini mash experiment would be useful, but it didn't really work for me. 

I think I need to brew a full low oxygen batch to completion to evaluate.  At this point, I have everything I need except a pipe cutter to shorten the gas tubes.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenters with valves
« on: October 14, 2016, 09:39:19 PM »
I just don't trust a spritz of sanitizer enough. Those valves are not "sanitary"

I think I've had my SS brewbucket for about 2 years and have not had any problems.

Equipment and Software / Re: 3 Beer Bottle Shipping Boxes
« on: October 14, 2016, 09:38:28 PM »
Finally got around to buying some of these; they're great.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenters with valves
« on: October 13, 2016, 07:41:53 PM »
I spray the entire valve (exterior and up into the interior) with an Iodophor solution prior to racking out.  I also ferment in a chest freezer so the valve isn't exposed to all that much.

Although the valve on my fermentor can be disassembled for cleaning, I've never felt the need.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: October 08, 2016, 07:32:35 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: October 07, 2016, 07:49:17 PM »
I've got a Belgian Pale planned for tonight (first brew in about 5 weeks).

50/50 Belgian Pilsner & Pale
1 lb. cane sugar
Northern Brewer, Tettnang, and Styrian Goldings
Wyeast 3787

I also may tap a keg of Belgian Strong Golden and am hoping to bottle some Saison for two upcoming comps.

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