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All Grain Brewing / Mash temperature differences
« on: February 14, 2010, 04:33:18 PM »
Hi all,
When I mash I have a floating thermometer in the pot. I will get different readings if I check different spots. My question is if I take a sample of the liquid and the temperature is correct (let's say 152 F) does it matter if the temperature in the grain bed flucuates? I am stirring the grain in the mash tun every 5 minutes or so.

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with Heather
« on: February 12, 2010, 02:23:38 AM »
Thanks Enso

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with Heather
« on: February 11, 2010, 03:21:05 AM »
Actually the hop additions are optional - The heather additions are 1/2 at 60 minutes and the other half at flameout. The bitterness is listed at 23 IBU's. 1.048 OG / 1.008 FG. I would be using dried heather. Would 2 cups of heather be around 23 IBU's. Or would 1 oz of fuggles for bittering and maybe the heather added at the end seem like a better option?

Ingredients / Brewing with Heather
« on: February 10, 2010, 07:20:47 PM »
Can anybody give me some advice about brewing with heather tips? I found a recipe I would like to try, it looks like an 80 /- scottish ale and has 2 hop additions using Fuggles. The heather is two additions and recommends using 1 - 2 cups of dried heather tips. It seems like the difference between 1 and 2 cups of hops would be major.
As always thanks in advance.

All Grain Brewing / Re: RIMS
« on: December 08, 2009, 07:44:54 PM »
Temperature control for step mashing would be one of the benefits.

All Grain Brewing / Re: RIMS
« on: December 08, 2009, 07:43:11 PM »
OK sorry, A return line from the pot on the stove to the cooler. I guess my question is, Do Rims systems recirculate the entire boil volume (of water) or just the typical 1.33 qts per pound. If it is the entire boil volume wouldn't this affect the enzyme activity in such a thin mash. Or would you mash as usual (1.33 qts per pound) and then recirculate the entire boil volume for a certain amount of time and drain the entire volume into the boil kettle.

All Grain Brewing / RIMS
« on: December 08, 2009, 07:19:11 PM »
Hi all,
I have some questions about a RIMS set up. If I put a pump between a mash tun cooler and a pot on the stove, this is basically a Rims system right? I'll just start with this to open a discussion...

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