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Ingredients / Re: Gallotannin purple color?
« on: January 16, 2018, 05:30:08 PM »
I also get a slight pink color in my mash when using BtB.
It doesn't carry over to the beer color or the flavor, as far as I can tell.
Most recent brew using BtB was a German Pilsner.
Which I think would be a likely candidate for showing a color or taste impact.

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It is usually done when doing a partial boil. For example, making a 5 gal batch but only boiling 3 gal and then topping up with 2 gal of water.
By reducing the specific gravity of the boiled wort, the hop utilization is increased and the darkening of the wort is reduced.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Proane regulator problem?
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:31:07 AM »
Another update:
The regulator I purchased locally was preset for .5 PSI.
While it worked, the Hurricane burner didn't run at "full speed" since the original regulator was preset for 1 PSI.
Anyway, long story short, I contacted the folks who make/sell the burner about getting the correct regulator.
Unknown to me the Hurricane burner I purchased several years ago has a life time warranty and they are sending me a new regulator at no cost!
I am impressed.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Sudden Barley Crusher issue
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:59:13 PM »
I've had similar experience with my Barley Crusher.
Had it refurbished after about 1200 pounds of grain, then it started having problems again after around 700 pounds of grain.
Perhaps getting new rollers is the better way to go since I'm guessing that refurbishment involves re-cutting the knurling on the old rollers. The second cutting probably gets below the case hardened metal and doesn't last as long.
The second time, I decided to get another different brand of mill rather than refurbish the old BC.
It was a great mill while it lasted and dealing with the manuf was pretty easy. 

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 27, 2017, 11:49:49 AM »
Here in my part of Maine the seven day extended forecast has us in the single numbers below zero for lows and the single numbers above zero for highs with a stiff wind. We don't usually get this kind of cold until January or February.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Final thoughts on our first beer.
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:17:35 AM »
Your next batch will be easier.
I've been brewing for about 16 years but I still remember my first batch.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Proane regulator problem?
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:14:57 PM »
Update:
Well, after much messing around and either not getting any flame or more than about 50% heat out of my burner, I replaced the regulator.
Problem solved.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Going out of Town
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:47:21 AM »
Sounds like one batch is done and the other is nearly done.
Dropping the heat to 55 degrees won't hurt anything at this stage of the fermentation process.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Hochkurz No-Sparge
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:33:24 PM »
Or maybe people just don't care enough to argue about topics like step mashing, LODO, etc.
Whatever the reason, I'm just glad postings about these kinds of topics don't blow up into 20 pages of posts regarding the pros and cons.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan-B dosage amounts confusion
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:24:44 PM »
The Wyeast website instructions on BrewTan B recommend adding it 0-5 minutes before the end of the boil.
Denny, I notice you're adding it around 15 mins before the end of boil.
Are you seeing good results doing it this way?

Yeah, I am.  My usage is based on recommendations from Joe Formanek.  He's not only the BTB product manager, he's won more awards using it than most people have ever seen.

Thanks, adding it around 15 min makes it easier to get the kettle finings in after adding the BrewTan B.
Wonder why Wyeast is recommending 0-5 min.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan-B dosage amounts confusion
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:57:47 AM »
The Wyeast website instructions on BrewTan B recommend adding it 0-5 minutes before the end of the boil.
Denny, I notice you're adding it around 15 mins before the end of boil.
Are you seeing good results doing it this way?

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I wonder if it could be a difference in perceived carbonation.  Maybe the lighter beers seem to be more highly carbed, while a beer with more body has less perceived carbonation.
I suspect this is the cause.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Proane regulator problem?
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:00:46 PM »
Sounds like you may tripped the safety mech in the regulator. Turn everything off, wait 15 min, crack open the cylinder valve, wait 10 sec, slowly open the cylinder valve completely, open regulator and light.

Second guess, too cold.
Thanks for the tip. I've heard of this happening but never had it happed to me.
I followed your suggestion and everything worked as it should.

I knew it wasn't too cold since I've successfully used this setup at temps in the teens and it was only 30 degrees this AM.

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Equipment and Software / Proane regulator problem?
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:39:03 PM »
I was planning on brewing this AM.
However, when I started the propane burner I got a very low flame. Like the tank was almost our of gas.
The tank did have gas in it but I switched to a full tank.
Now the burner won't lite at all.
I disconnected the regulator from the hose that goes to the burner and then attached the regulator to the tank.
Turned on the gas, no gas is coming out of the regulator.
I assume that's not normal.
Can I assume that the regulator is bad?
Weird, it worked OK two weeks ago.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Forced carbonated, beer flat
« on: December 01, 2017, 10:56:36 AM »
If your tank gauge reads 750, it's not empty.
I find that it takes 7-10 days for a keg to be fully carbed.
Shaking the keg will speed that process up, of course.
Not sure how long the keg has been hooked to the gas but after a few days (3-4) there should be some signs of carbonation.
You may have a small leak somewhere. The first place I check is the keg lid.


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