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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low efficiency
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:41:22 AM »
My sweet spot is 1.5 qt/lb.  Thicker mashes slowed everything down to the point where I could not maintain mash temps.  I have a very small recirc. pump.  Its also way easier to dough in!  Try mashing longer (75 min) and /or thinner mash and see what that does to your efficiency.  Also, post your water report!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low efficiency
« on: September 02, 2014, 08:59:02 AM »
FWIW I have essentially the same setup and process.  I get 80% efficiency every time (for 5%-6% beers) more for smaller beers, 72%-75% for big beers.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low efficiency
« on: September 02, 2014, 08:52:27 AM »
if you are batch sparging runoff speed has nothing to do with efficiency. Also, fly sparging does not necessarily result in higher efficiency.

I'm guessing you don't actually mean .35 on an inch as that's pretty wide and I would think the grain would just fall through.  ;D but .035 would be fine. Maybe too fine, but if you are not getting stuck runoff then it's not too fine!

The next thing to look at is your measurements. It's not possible to calculate efficiency accurately without accurate measurements of all volumes, weights, and gravities.

If those are all right on then water chemistry is next on the list.
+1 For all of these!  Need grain weight, strike water volume, sparge volumes.  Also, where in your wort flow are your PID temp sensors?  Are you stirring your mash after you add your sparge water infusions?  How fast are you recirculating?  You may be getting some channeling during your conversion time, then when you sparge, its not circulating through ALL your mash bed.


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Beer Recipes / Re: porter feedback
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:32:36 AM »
As per another current thread, if you are going to use Brown malt, use Fawcett!

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Ingredients / Re: brown malt for porter
« on: August 20, 2014, 07:39:20 AM »
Beware that Crisp brown malt includes a bit of smoke in it. I used almost 9% in a brown porter and the smoke was too apparent for a few months.
Ah! That may explain it.  I was using Crisp Brown and have Crisp Pale Chocolate.  Need to switch to Fawcett!

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Ingredients / Re: brown malt for porter
« on: August 19, 2014, 11:51:53 AM »
Denny, whose brown malt do you prefer?  I have found that too much (as well as too much pale chocolate) give a slight sour note that I do not care for.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pairing
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:20:11 AM »
I would never eat coyote. Wear yes, eat no.

You can treat whitetail deer like a really lean cut of beef. Steaks/chops are great with a blackberry reduction.

And it's really killing me to not make a "I love to eat beaver" comment here...
...and yet there you go!

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: AHA Club Insurance Program
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:40:53 AM »
Really Steve?  This is your first post on the Forum?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:37:03 AM »
I'd soak it longer in the PBW - it shouldn't hurt anything in terms of flavor affect on future beers, but if you really want to whack it, you could use unscented bleach solution, followed by thorough rinsing and then leave it open in the hot sun for a few days.

Good luck!

+1
I've found this process to really work well!
+2
There was a thread similar to this some time ago, except months, not two weeks.  The PBW/Bleach/Sun was the preferred method (unless you just want a new cooler).

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: polyclar and carbonated beer
« on: August 05, 2014, 10:23:58 AM »
Cool.

I'll give it another week or so and if it isn't at least looking like it is working on it I'll get some polyclar.
FWIW for 5 gallons I add 1 TBS of polyclar,  I mix it with 1-2 oz of vodka (that seems to take the "edge" off the particles and causes less foam).  Do NOT try to mix it in the beer until it is under pressure!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: polyclar and carbonated beer
« on: August 05, 2014, 05:29:17 AM »
Have you already tried gelatin?  Doesn't polyclar need to be filtered out?

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:58:27 AM »
Oh yeah, I remember him now. SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!!
Are you going for the 180 or 240 RPM?

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:36:05 AM »
I'm motorizing the MM3 with a direct drive motor/Lovejoys. Will post pics when I get the parts in and get it running.
First of all, congrats on getting hitched!
Second - where are you getting your motor?  We found a bunch of 160RPM gearmotors a couple of years ago for $40 each but nothing even close to reasonable $$ since.

Dave

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The Pub / Genie or Chamberlain garage door openers?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:56:23 AM »
My 20+ year old Stanley 1/2hp opener is starting to be a PIA.  Any recommendations on a replacement?

Dave

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Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:22:57 AM »
RE:Thermostat
Remember, it's a freezer, so the thermostat will probably give you 10 deg at 1 and -10 at the max setting.  I set mine around 4.  The controller takes over, it won't work any harder if you set the thermostat higher as the air temp inside will never get below 20 or so (if you have a fan in there).  The inside temp can get pretty cold if you have 80 deg beer in there and are trying to cool to 50 or so for lager pitching.  Having a fan inside will make the beer cool quicker and keep the inside temp more even.  I usually put a thermowell in one of two carboys to maintain the beer temp.

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