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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wheat malt...poor extraction
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:47:01 AM »
There is a previous thread on efficiency loss with adjuncts, but I can't find it.

Most replies noted a loss in efficiency when using wheat or rye. I tend to see a 5-7% loss when using a considerable amount of either.
Same here, it's kind of a bummer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:43:32 AM »
That refractometer sure didn't get very positive reviews. Kind of apprehensive after reading some of those. Usually there's one or two bad reviews, but that one has quite a few.

Equipment and Software / Re: anyone use a hop spider
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:20:28 PM »
Couldn't you just use a muslin bag that fits around your kettle? Like a BIAB bag? As long as it doesn't drag on the bottom of the pot?
That's what I do with the 5 gallon painter strainer bag.  And the turbulence of the boil keeps the bag suspended - never touches bottom. 
Ah, I figured you had a false bottom. In that case, it wouldn't matter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing hiatus
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:11:18 PM »
I dread the day either of my parents die. Sorry for your loss, man. Welcome back to brewing! We can brew beer the way we like it, that's why I love it!

Equipment and Software / Re: anyone use a hop spider
« on: June 30, 2013, 08:09:34 PM »
I was finding my hoppy beers to not have enough aroma/flavor when I used a hop bag on my last few batches. Pretty much had to use one since I was experimenting with fermenting in kegs; don't want that diptube clogging up with hop trub on transfers.  It's fine for non-hoppy styles, in my opinion, but for hoppy beers, I didn't like it. Sure did make clean up a lot nicer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: June 28, 2013, 11:54:42 AM »
Would the 52qt be too big for 4 gallon batches? I typically mash in the 7-10 pound range.

Going Pro / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:49:23 AM »
If you can combine a homebrew shop and a nice package store selling a variety of beer you can make a lot of money. Some of these locally are doing very well being both and even have draft to go and a sampling bar. Assuming its legal in your state, of course.
I would love to do this! I don't think I'd be adequate on the business side of things though...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Beers You Ever Brewed?
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:11:43 AM »
The next one.
That's not a fun response! The fun is thinking back on beers that stood out the most in the time we've been brewing.

1 - None More Black IPA batch (2012) where I did a hopstand on last year was incredible. I've since started doing that every time. 5oz of simcoe/chinook blend at flame out, let sit for 30 minutes. Makes a huge difference.

2 - Espresso Monkey Coffee Porter (2013) I have tap right now is pretty stellar. Cold brewed decaf Espresso Monkey from Fair Trade coffee. I wanted to be able to drink a pint or 3 at night without the caffeine affecting me.

3 - Satan's Little Helper IPA (2010) I think it was 2row for the base, then some crystal 55, and a little roasted barley for color, columbus bittering and cascade finishing. For some reason, that beer was awesome. Perhaps because it was the first beer I ever had on tap, since that was right when I got my new kegerator. I drank 4+ pints of that a night. I think that beer lasted a week, maybe 2...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Little confused with decoction schedule
« on: June 24, 2013, 02:33:04 PM »
You can do a decoction without a protein rest; check out Kai's page about the Hochkurz mash:

Love the Hochkurz.  8)
I concur!

Thanks!  Also, do I need to set the fridge at a certain temperature setting or does that not matter since I'll have the Ranco or Johnson controller?

Appreciate it!

set it to the lowest temp setting. that way you don't have to worry about the fridge itself kicking off before the controller would if you are fermenting a lager or similar.
This is what I'm finding, as I've just converted my old fridge style kegerator to a fermentation fridge. Set on it's warmest setting, the compressor would stop before the controller was down to the temp it was set to. I thought it didn't matter and that the controller was supposed to override any of that. Guess I was wrong. So I now have it set on the coldest setting and it's working fine. However, on my chest freezer kegerator, I have it set on the warmest setting and it's still working fine at 38F.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today?
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:43:06 AM »
I brewed a helles yesterday. 5.25lbs pilsner, 1.75lbs munich 10L, 4oz acid malt, spalter to about 18IBUs, and 34/70 yeast. RO water, with enough calcium chloride to get to 50ppm calcium. Excited to see how it turns out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 23, 2013, 06:42:26 PM »
Aww man, that's a bummer, Denny. Sorry for your loss...I dread the day either of my parents die...I hate the thought...

Ingredients / Re: Amarillo
« on: June 20, 2013, 06:13:09 AM »
The first time I ever had Founder's Red's Rye IPA I got a huge body odor sort of aroma, it was bizarre. The beer was tasty, but just so dank it reminded me of BO. I think that beer uses Amarillo.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:48:43 AM »
I'm noticing pressure cooker false bottoms have some holes in them...won't grain fall through? I'm intrigued by this idea. I always seem to have a problem with decoctions where while I'm boiling the decoction, the main mash drops too much in temp and adding the decoction back doesn't quite bring it up to the next rest temp. Maybe I'm boiling the decoction too long or something. I usually take most of the thick mash out for the decoction.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Green beer - pellets?
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:33:19 AM »
So, Paul, you're just noticing it now only after switching to all pellets or since switching to your new badass system? Seems odd that pellets would cause such a noticeable difference. But, having never brewed with whole hops or leaf hops, I guess I don't have any authority on the subject.
I have noticed a difference in using a hop sack in the boil versus just tossing them in and letting them roam free. Hop sack gives less of the flavor and aroma characteristics, in my experience. But perhaps it's because I was doing that in conjunction with fermenting in cornies, which I've read that the geometry of them changes the final flavor, somehow.

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