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All Grain Brewing / Re: Little confused with decoction schedule
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:33:04 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, 05:43:06 PM »
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 24, 2013, 01:42:26 AM »
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, 01:13:09 PM »
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, 01:48:43 PM »
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, 06:33:19 PM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain to glass in less than 3 weeks
« on: June 17, 2013, 02:57:05 PM »
Nice. Simcoe and Amarillo make for a great combo. Too bad Amarillo is so damn hard to get these days. Simcoe and Chinook is nice too.

Ingredients / Re: Too dry. How to correct.
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:42:45 PM »
Doubt it would start fermenting if it's at kegerator temps though.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WL Hefe Choices
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:40:24 PM »
The higher temps bring out the banana flavor. Not sure about White Labs, but with the Weihenstephan strain it's better to ferment (beer temp) at about 68F if you want those banana esters to come out more. Some like 'em clove-y, some like 'em banana-y. I would be part of the latter...

Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic carboy
« on: June 14, 2013, 01:13:07 PM »
If all it is is sanitizer in your airlock, I don't see the big deal. I'd rather have sanitizer sucked back than air.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg slush
« on: June 14, 2013, 01:11:25 PM »
Why are these beers freezing? Is it a malfunction of the freezer/temp controller? I'm switching from a fridge to a chest freezer and now I'm nervous my beer will freeze some random time...Maybe it's from the keg sitting against the freezer wall? The freezer walls get pretty cold, I could see them partially freezing a keg, maybe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stir Bar Tip
« on: June 13, 2013, 02:59:58 PM »
I feel like the only one without a stir plate...maybe that'll be the next upgrade.

The salt additions you added were probably fine, soft water is good for hefes. Mashing low and the beer drying out are probably what caused the thin mouth feel.  Unless that's a pH issue...doesn't high mash pH cause a bigger mouth feel or do I have that backwards? Or does that matter at all?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this homebrew?
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:14:01 PM »
Envious of the view, Jim. Would love having mountains in my backyard. Homebrewing is probably the greatest thing I've discovered in my life.  I love brewing at least as much as drinking the beer, if not more, and I take it very seriously. If the beer doesn't turn out the way I expect it to, I get pretty bummed out. Wish I didn't, but I can't help it. I put so much thought and effort into brewing that I want it to be better than anything else I've had.
Must be nice to be up there in the Northwest, fresh yeast and hops right at your finger tips...lucky bastards.
I think I'd take living in the Rockies of Boulder or Fort Collins any day though.

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