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Kegging and Bottling / Corney keg for conditioning
« on: November 10, 2011, 03:11:17 PM »
I usually leave my beer in the primary for 3-4 weeks and have found this works better than moving to a secondary fermentor.  My question is this: I just started kegging and love it...if I have a brew ready to move from the primary to a keg, can I rack over and purge out the oxygen in the head space and leave the beer under say 10-15 psi for a period of time without hooking up to co2?  I would keep the keg cold 35-38 and just consider it longer conditioning time?  I would appreciate your experience and comment

All Grain Brewing / Normal Boil Evaporation loss-loss to trube and cooling?
« on: November 05, 2011, 02:18:48 PM »
I am sure there is no clear cut answer.  I live in the Denver area at about 6,000 ft in elevation so I think our boil off would be even higher.  I use beer smith, but yesterday I brewed a 5 gallon batch of All grain and used 15% as evaporation rate, 3/4 gallon as loss to trube and 4% as cooling loss which are settings I have used previously.  Beer Smith said I should have a pre-boil volume of 7.01 gallons with the above variables, but I was left with just a little over 4 gallons of wort in my fermentor which is the first time I was that far off.

Two things were different with this batch: I used a Chillus Convolutus wort chiller from Morebeer instead of an immersion chiller and Blichmann's hopblocker.  Both pieces of equipment worked great.  Does anyone have any insight as to why I might have lost 3 gallons of wort with a 60 minute boil?  Does the vigor of the boil matter much?  Thanks very much.

All Grain Brewing / Re: High Gravity
« on: July 19, 2011, 04:22:20 AM »
I brewed 10 gallons and pitched two separate 1200 ml starters.  Good thing I put a blow off on right away.  talk about an active fermentation.

All Grain Brewing / High Gravity
« on: July 19, 2011, 03:41:55 AM »
Is three weeks on the yeast cake in the primary too long for a high gravity beer (1.080-1,090)?  Thanks.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Edit: I did a decoction, damm!t...
« on: July 06, 2011, 02:20:10 AM »
I recently purchased a 10 gallon cooler to be used as a mesh tun.  I like to brew some high gravity beers and need all of the mash tun capacity for my grain bill leaving no room for mash out.  It was suggested that I do a decoction to step up to mash out.  This seems like a reasonable solution to me. Is there anything I should consider regarding this procedure?  Thanks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Efficiency Calcs
« on: January 18, 2011, 12:39:53 AM »
Hi kerneldustjacket,
Thanks very much for you reply.  I was thinking of brew house efficiency.  Such as 70% of brew house efficiency.  I recently purchased Beersmith software and part of determining the grain bill for a recipe is adding in expected brew house efficiency %.  I think I've read someplace that there is a calculation to determine this figure from previous brews.  Also, (probably more pride than anything else) this calculation let's a brewer know how efficient they were at extracting fermentable sugars from their grain bill.  I'm just looking for the lazy brewers way of reaching this calculation.  Seems there are calculators to calculate almost anything these days!

General Homebrew Discussion / Efficiency Calcs
« on: January 17, 2011, 11:02:32 PM »
What is the best way to check brew efficiency?  Is there a calculation system that makes it simple.  Thanks.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Analysis
« on: January 02, 2011, 02:58:29 PM »
I am from the Denver, CO area and was wondering if anyone knows about the water profile here?  Does it require any preparation for Ag brewing?  I have an on board water filter for my brew stand I recently ordered.  Should I filter my water for brewing?  Thanks very much.

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