« on: December 15, 2010, 08:03:35 PM »
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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.
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.
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...
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.
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.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.
That sucks man.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.
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.
Well for heavensakes..... what you really need to do is to use regular everyday common household white sugar. Yes, sugar of the cane or beet variety. Use 5/8 cup for 5 gallons and you're golden. No need to buy extra DME, and no need for corn sugar, never ever again. You've got a pound of sugar in your pantry at all times, right? Right.