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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Out?
« on: December 16, 2010, 07:38:41 PM »
What are everyones procedures for a mashout? I used to use a SS kettle as my mash tun, and could add direct heat to raise mash temp or do a mash out. I've since gone to an Igloo cooler mash tun, and only raise temp by addition of hot water. It seems a true mashout would require a large addition of boiling water, or does anyone do decoction-style mashouts? Any ideas are welcome!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Want a bigger better bottle?
« on: December 15, 2010, 08:16:10 PM »
Glad to see the BB people checking in! Thanks for the info. Although I'd like an additional half gallon or so in my BB, they work great and I understand the reasoning behind the size offerings. I'm very happy to have "lost the weight" by converting from glass to BB.

Belgian Dubbel!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Could this be all the yeast I have??
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:56:45 AM »
Hard to tell for sure from the photo, but it looks to me like quite a bit of yeast still in suspension above the trub/yeast layer at the bottom of the flask.

All Grain Brewing / Re: portlike beer
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:30:28 AM »
Oxidation of beer is usually a bad thing (cardboard, etc.), but can lead to sherry- and port-like characters in high-gravity beers.

All Grain Brewing / Re: About being fresh.....
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:22:10 AM »
Those sacks of grain will produce weevils after a while if they sit around. Lots of weevils. Especially when it warms up. Anyway it doesn't affect the brew much but they can spread throughout your house if their population explodes. Keep your grain airtight. Depending on the strength of your brews you ought to get upwards of three 10 gallon batches out of a sack. Seeing your incipient enthusiasm for brewing that probably won't be a problem.  :D

Also, your grain behaves a lot like flour, so if it isn't sealed up good then humidity can throw your weight off some but it really affects how the malt feeds through the rollers in your grain mill.

I've read and it has been my experience that the weevils and eggs can be killed by putting the grain in a freezer for a week or so. It may not be practical for a 50# sack, but it does seem to work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Brew Software??
« on: December 05, 2010, 06:24:57 PM »
Put me down for Beer Tools Pro... I have used them all though, and all have some great attributes. I'm on a mac. BTP on a mac is like fine pale chocolate is to a mild. Bliss it is...

Also Mac, and also BTP. Couldn't be happier.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decocotion mash
« on: December 04, 2010, 03:07:44 PM »
I love doing decoction mashes.  I brew with another guy so it makes the labor easy.

We bought a 2-quart pyrex measuring bowl and use that to extract the mash.  "Thickest part" is an ambiguous term but there's a reason behind it.  The grist holds temperature better than the liquid.  So in order to increase the temperature of your mash, you want to extract as much solid material as possible; hence "thickest part".  Too much liquid and you won't be able to hit your target temperature.  Too much grist and you run the risk of scorching what you are trying to boil.

Have a calculator or brewing program handy when you decoct.  You'll find that sometimes your temp will drop between phases and that will affect the volume you need to pull from the mash.

I also love decoctions. You can't get a really complex malt profile any other way. There is another reason for using the "thickest part". Once you dough in, most of the enzymes are extracted to the liquid. By boiling the thicker portion, you avoid denaturing the enzymes and keep a higher diastatic power in your mash.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recipe software for MACs
« on: December 04, 2010, 02:51:16 PM »
I've been very happy with Beer Tools Pro.

Wood/Casks / Re: Souring in a Whiskey Cured Barrel???
« on: December 04, 2010, 02:47:51 PM »
How big is your barrel? I just kegged a Belgian Dark strong that spent 2 months in a new 5 gallon whiskey barrel and it has TONS of whiskey flavor. A year would likely be too much. A 50 gallon? Maybe OK. I would echo the above recommendation of getting a few non-sour beers through the barrel before souring. My plan all along is to sour my barrel as well, but I've got a Tripel in there now, and I'm going to put a RIS in it for about 6 months and hope the whiskey character is tamed enough to go sour after that. Good luck!

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning immersion chillers
« on: November 12, 2010, 08:42:17 PM »
spray it off with the hose after every use, put in boiling wort with 15 left to go, never been an issue  ;)

This works for me, too.

The only time I used PBW is when it was new, and and the copper coil straight from the box still a little oily after I formed/made it into a chiller. 

Other than that, rinse, boil, repeat.
Ditto here. Once or twice a year I pull out a Brillo pad and give it a good scrubbing, but I doubt it really accomplishes much, other than briefly restoring that shiny, new look.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mix & match?
« on: November 12, 2010, 08:20:11 PM »
What's wrong with the wedge valves? I have kegs with both kinds, and am happy with either one.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Priming/Bottle Conditioning with Molassas
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:12:23 AM »
I had the same issue with a smoked maple barleywine. Added maple syrup at the end of the boil, but at racking to the secondary, the maple was barely detectable. I primed with maple syrup at my usual corn sugar rate plus 25%. The carbonation level is ideal, although the flavor contribution was barely noticeable.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 08, 2010, 11:20:27 AM »
That sucks man.  :(

Since I prime and carbonate the beer in the keg now and just use the tank to push the beer my usage has gone way down. I filled my #5 tank back February and still have about 700psi in it.  ;D
FYI as long as there is any liquid CO2 in the tank, the tank pressure will not change. Once the gauge pressure begins to drop, you're "running on fumes". It may still last awhile, but there is NOT a gradual drop in tank pressure as CO2 is consumed from a full tank.

Belgian Tripel for future aging in a bourbon barrel. I'll be brewing it at our club's Teach a Friend to Homebrew event.

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