I just stick my brewing spoon into the boiling wort and let it drip onto the refractometer. Why buy more stuff?
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Here's another article about the New Mexico native hopsExcellent article, thanks for posting that. Now I have to find me some native hops. My experience is that Cascade grows best down here, Nuggets do OK and pretty much everything else I've tried has failed.
I have left the MASH vessel valve open so many times that I am now OCD about it.
I bought 6 of them, 4 were excellent, one was not good at all, one still sits in the fridge. You may have had a bad one.Madrudgada Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin is an excellent Brett stout, it may have other bugs in it also.I knew I had one from Jolly Pumpkin. It had some acetic notes as well as the bret. I didn't care much for it. bouef
It was a really inefficient set up. Close to an hour to heat the strike water with my crappy burner and mill the grains. I mashed in my kettle, then transferred the mash to a ZapPap for lautering. Then I had to clean the kettle before I could start sparging. Fly sparging with a saucepan took at least an hour, usually more. Then getting a boil took almost an hour. My how time flew while I has having such a good time.with my old single propane burner setup it took 8 hours to brew 5 gallons, but with my 3 tiered converted keg system I routinely do 10 gallons in 6 hours.
Wow!! 8 hours?! I think with cleaning included, and an all grain recipe the longest I've done is 5 hours.