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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refrigerated before carbonation
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:59:54 AM »
You might want to invert each bottle to re-suspend the yeast.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Fermentation Temp
« on: July 10, 2017, 09:16:13 AM »
I run WLP001 at 62-64 degrees because I've found that it produces a cleaner fermentation profile at those temps versus the manuf recommended temps.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 30% pilsner malt, 60 or 90 min boil
« on: July 07, 2017, 03:10:09 AM »
You will be fine with a 60 min boil.
I routinely use up to 100% pils malt in a grist and a 60 min boil time.
No issues.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: No sparge brewing
« on: June 29, 2017, 07:16:11 AM »
2.25 gal loss is around .155 gal/lb.
That's not much different than my experience which is .14 gal/lb including the dead space in my MT.
I have not seen much difference (just a couple of points) in mash efficiency since going to no sparge.
I was averaging around 75% now its around 72%.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Funny
« on: June 24, 2017, 03:13:31 PM »
When offered one, I will drink a BMC beer, just to be polite.

I will admit, though, that BMC beer is consistently brewed.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Trouble with mash efficiency calculation.
« on: June 22, 2017, 01:26:51 PM »
I don't BIAB so I don't know if 59% is typical mash efficiency or not.
Since you don't sparge, the gravity of the wort in your boil kettle will be uniform no matter when you take the sample.
The amount of sugar in the 7.1 gals that you started with doesn't change.
So, the more water you boil off, the higher the sugar content of the remaining water.
Apparently, you boiled off more water than your original calculation anticipated.

It's just math.
My typical efficiency is 72% to 75%, and I anticipated the amount of water lost in absorption and evaporation.

But thanks for your comment.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Trouble with mash efficiency calculation.
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:01:29 AM »
I don't BIAB so I don't know if 59% is typical mash efficiency or not.
Since you don't sparge, the gravity of the wort in your boil kettle will be uniform no matter when you take the sample.
The amount of sugar in the 7.1 gals that you started with doesn't change.
So, the more water you boil off, the higher the sugar content of the remaining water.
Apparently, you boiled off more water than your original calculation anticipated.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 14, 2017, 03:20:09 AM »
Honestly the current categories are fine. Adding an "advanced topics" area isn't going to fix anything, just make the forum messier in terms of organization/finding interesting topics.

What needs to happen is for people to deal with the question at hand and be civil. If someone asks the best way to step mash, beating the "step mashing doesn't do sh!t" dead horse isn't the answer. You're of course free to express your opinion on step mashing, but at least try and still help the OP.

Likewise, if someone asks why their Weißbier doesn't taste right responding "try low oxygen methods" is a great answer-but if the poster isn't interested there's no reason to go down that road either.

Granted, sometimes things go off topic, and that's fine too. But honestly folks, the sniping and snide comments need to end. I feel only one side of the argument is stirring the pot at this point, but that doesn't mean folks are guilt free for being goaded into a flame war.

This sums up my opinion nicely!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IO-star air drying
« on: June 11, 2017, 03:37:19 AM »
FWIW the instructions on my container of IO Star recommend 1oz/5gal. One minute contact time. No mention of air drying for equipment. It does recommend air drying when used to sanitize beverage containers.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Bottling vs. kegging
« on: May 30, 2017, 02:27:40 AM »
You don't need to add sugar to the keg if you are using CO2 to carbonate.
You can add sugar to the keg when you fill it with beer, then seal the keg, put it where it is warm and let it carbonate much like you would in a bottle.
I've not tried carbonating a keg with sugar so I don't know if it changes the flavor or chemical composition of the beer versus using CO2 to carbonate.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonated but no head and slow pour
« on: May 20, 2017, 02:59:25 AM »
How long has the beer been on gas?
I found that my beer will do what you describe after it has been on the gas for around 5-7 days then by day 10 all pours have a nice head and carbonation.

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I'm assuming this kit was based on LME/DME.
If you had to top off with water after the boil, then the hydrometer reading may be significantly off due to the difficulty in getting wort and water to completely mix.
The steeping grains really don't add much in the way of fermentables to the mix. They do add color, flavor, aroma, etc. When I was using extract, I found that the steeping grain added no sugar to the mix.
 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What Cannot be put into beer?
« on: May 10, 2017, 01:02:00 PM »
I'm in the camp that believes that "just because you can, doesn't mean you should".

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Losing Brain Cells
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:35:22 AM »
My experience with WLP001 is that it really takes off at around 24-30 hours after pitching. If you don't have enough head space, you will have a blow off, lose yeast and make a mess. I've done it more than once.
I think, as noted, the biggest problem here is that you transferred to a secondary vessel before the beer was done. I gather that you were counting bubbles in the airlock to gauge the status of fermentation. The only way to know if the beer is done is by pulling samples over 2-3 days. If the gravity doesn't change, then the beer is done. A 100 point beer is unlikely to be done in 7 days.

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The Pub / Re: Hello
« on: April 18, 2017, 03:18:02 AM »
Having been married for almost 48 years, I can only imagine what you are experiencing after the death of your wife.
This hobby is certainly something that can fill up a lot of time! I know, if I let it, it kinda takes over my free time.
Welcome! 

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