Look for a place that serves Jolly Pumpkin (or if you are lucky enough, visit one of their tap rooms). I've found that they provide an excellent range of sours, funky sours and bretty "not sours".
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I don't understand why people don't like BIAB.
A stir plate is an unnecessary expense. Your money is better spent on other gear. Perform an advanced search using my user name as the poster and "stir plate" as the search term, and you will discover why a stir plate is little more than home brewing snake oil.
You are the brewer you decide what you want. Sometimes we just get hung up on stereotypes.You wouldn't use a neutral ale yeast in a hefe wort and call it a hefe?
You would if you are Widmer Brewing.
I would say it's a best practice, but won't kill your beer.
I put them in my kettle just before first runnings, then don't change anything from my normal process. This means proceed straight on to the batch sparge, then right to the burner to start heating up for the boil.
I am still unsure if the iodine solution I use for sanitation will affect the taste of the beer after a quick rinse, so I decided not to drop the hydrometer into the fermenter itself.
I'm pretty sensitive to the taste of lactic in the finished beer, so I limit my total input to under 4 ml or so.I'm more sensitive to the aroma, which is why I changed to phosphoric. My LHBS gets the 75% version, so amounts are pretty close to the same (I use Bru'nwater to calculate amounts), but no real impact on aroma/flavor.
With Bru'nwater, it basically assumes you're dialing it in correctly beforehand. You shouldn't need to adjust on the fly unless you've entered your water values incorrectly (or the water company has made seasonal changes to their treatment).
I know I'll need a couple of quick disconnects, and some lines as well. Why are there so many options here?
Do you also need some sort of clips or clamps for the gas/ beer lines?
If changing won't make better beer, why change? Great question!
At some point this question might come up. If person A is doing something that works great for them, why would person B be so adamant that person A should change? Especially if person B has nothing riding on it and will never try person A's beer. If A is struggling and looking for a remedy, I get it.
And I believe kludge is in the eye of the beholder guys. Just sayin...
I agree with you Jim. My responses to Lee were based on his assertions that pumps and a sparge arm are necessary to continuous sparge, and that anything short of a complex setup when continuous sparging was a kludge.