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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boiled too fast...
« on: July 13, 2011, 06:55:33 AM »
I'd go along with just bottling the 4 gallons and no additional yeast.  There is nothing magical about 5 gallons.  If it's good? Go with it.

It gives you the option of giving it a unique name like "Short Stout" or the like.  8^)

Paul

*** Edited to make it at sound like I know English.  Sheesh! I need to learn to type better.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: To stir or not to stir
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:26:35 PM »
It will help your efficiency just a bit, but at some heat loss, if you're batch sparing. Just remember, stir, not wisk.

It may help your efficiency, but it didn't help mine at all.  Maybe I was stirring in the wrong direction....
In the northern hemisphere, stir clockwise; southern hemisphere, counterclockwise.  ;)

I only stir at dough-in and mash-out. Like others have said, I just lose heat stirring any more than that.

I thought you stirred up to raise your efficiency and stir down to lower it.   8)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: To stir or not to stir
« on: July 12, 2011, 11:28:56 AM »
For a few batches I tried stirring halfway through the mash and thought I saw a small increase in efficiency.  Now, I usually forget to do it and I don't see any decrease in my efficiency.  I take that to mean, something else helped me get more sugars (someday I'll figure out what).  At this point I stir at dough in and at mash out.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Once n a while something comes along that ....
« on: July 12, 2011, 08:30:55 AM »
Wow!  It went from laughing about "satanic vacuum cleaners" to a nasty exchange about dangerous driving. 

I'm glad we've all learned to relax, not worry and have a home brew.  We all need to vent now and then, I hope you guys feel better but it really doesn't help you or the rest of us in the long run.

Everyone have a safe week, if you're in the US try to stay cool.

Paul

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Ingredients / Re: Deformed Hop Plant
« on: July 12, 2011, 07:05:05 AM »
I'm sure everyone know this but avoid windy days when spraying any herbicides.  Even if they aren't prone to drift the wind will drive them all over.

Some of the lawn service companies in Des Moines spray lawns whenever it fits their schedule, rain or shine or gale force winds.  Makes me shake my head.

Glad to hear the plants survived.  I hope next year is better.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Freezer condensation
« on: July 11, 2011, 09:44:18 AM »
In all the reading I have done the main purpose of the fan was to balance the temp from bottom to top. 

It would probably make the moisture removal product of your choice work a little better but the big win would be the freezer running a little less.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing Ratios
« on: July 08, 2011, 02:51:58 PM »
I would never speak for Denny but I can easily boil off 2.5 gal. doing a 90 minute boil.  60 minute boils will typically drop 1.75 gal.  I usually have fairly hard boil rolling.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Friday humor.....
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:14:01 PM »
Must be Friday.  I saw where the punch line was going and still laughed out loud.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Once n a while something comes along that ....
« on: July 08, 2011, 09:58:53 AM »
That was funny!!!  They were correct with the line "You will never guess what this ad is about."

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gas
« on: July 08, 2011, 08:39:48 AM »
It should work faster than electric and may be quite a bit cheaper.  I can't stress ventilation enough if it is going to be inside your home.  CO detectors are a must but it starts with airflow, get a high volume vent installed above the brewing space.

Paul
Ventilation is important whether you use gas or electric.

I agree, but lacking it is deadly when using gas.  You need to vent the moisture either way or the mold will kill you too, just more slowly.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gas
« on: July 08, 2011, 08:14:33 AM »
It should work faster than electric and may be quite a bit cheaper.  I can't stress ventilation enough if it is going to be inside your home.  CO detectors are a must but it starts with airflow, get a high volume vent installed above the brewing space.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Something about Tijuana, my city
« on: July 08, 2011, 08:11:19 AM »
Those are beautiful pictures!!!  Thanks for sharing!

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash PH using 5.2 stabilizer
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:00:12 PM »
I agree with Denny. 

I gave it try for the same reason you did, laziness.  After 4 brews I gave up on it making any improvements.  It seemed to cause me more issues than it might have fixed.

YMMV

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: July 07, 2011, 02:56:28 PM »
I'm reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to my kids.  Again. :)

Other than that, I don't recommend anything on my reading list.  For example, "Folding catalysis by transient coordination of Zn2+ to the Cu ligands of the ALS-associated enzyme Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase 1"

That ranks right up there with the Code of Federal Regulations, Hawaii Administative Rules, and ASTM Standards I have to plow through on a regular basis... (highly sleep inducing).

Good on you for reading Harry Potter to your young-uns Tom.  My son turned me on to HP nine years ago when he was two.

The adventure is coming to an end on July 15 with the release of Deathly Hallows Part II   :(

I read the first 5 books to my kids.  We ran out of time to read the rest.  When the first movie came out my tribe was upset that the actors didn't "sound like the book".   ;D

You're kids will remember that you did for the rest of their lives.

Paul

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All of this makes me appreciate having a private well. ;)

A-freakin-men!  Not only no chloramines, but absolutely great water.

I'm glad to here some places still have good ground water.  In most areas of Iowa you need to really make sure your water is good and stays good if you want to use your own well.  Farming and lawn runoff has caused a ton of problems in the Mid-West.  I'm not dissing farmers (they're my people) they just didn't know what their practices would cause.

Paul

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