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Messages - knafrancis

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grist Ratio
« on: May 29, 2013, 07:47:43 PM »
Good observations.  I suppose the grain crush also is a factor in tannin extraction.  Temperature and pH makes sense.

Equipment and Software / Re: 10 gallon stainless... thing?
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:25:08 AM »
and distill some fine neutral spirits with it.

Wow.  How to land one's self in jail with a coffee urn.  I can just see my friend's reaction: "You did WHAT with it?"

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grist Ratio
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:23:08 AM »
It would be interesting to know how the diastatic agents in base malts buffer or "fill up" the solubility of the hot water (am I supposed to call it brewing liquor?)  The question about steeping grains is a really good one - if there's no base malt there, why aren't we noticing the "thin mash tannin extraction" problem with that?  Simply a case of volume - ie keep the mash ratio the same, and it doesn't matter whether it's base or speciality grains?

Is there something in the enzymatic activity of a full mash that prevents tannin extraction that isn't there when steeping more heavily roasted malts?

And how many of us would travel back in time and study some serious organic chemistry in college, had we known how useful it would be?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Iron in Water
« on: May 25, 2013, 06:03:44 PM »
And there's always the added health benefits of iron in your beer.

"I'm drinking this for medicinal purposes, I gave blood." 
"Fight anaemia; drink beer."
"This is blood-y good beer."

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grist Ratio
« on: May 25, 2013, 06:01:29 PM »
I think a lot of this is anecdotal, unless you're using hard math like Kai's calculators offer.

I will +1 the idea of 1.5qt/lbs - 2qt/lbs as optimal for efficiency.  Reading the posts here confirms for me why I keep beating the efficiency in some recipes by as much as +0.010 

Efficiency is great and all, but there's of course more variables.  Pg.32 of Gordon Strongs' Brewing Better Beer has some good reminders that mash temp, the type of sparge you intend to perform, and (as the original post mentioned) style are all important to consider. 

I want to say that I've heard thinner mashes (more to the 2qt water-to-grist ratio) run the risk of lighter body in the finished product, and picking up more tannins from dark-roast grains.  I'm not sure I've noticed that, but it's also something to keep in mind.  Maybe stick closer to the 1.25-1.5qt range for darker beers?

Equipment and Software / Re: 10 gallon stainless... thing?
« on: May 24, 2013, 09:17:45 PM »
Cask Ale?  Creative and reasonable thought.  Hadn't even occurred to me, but I love the idea.  At some point, I have GOT to try that.  If I rack cold from a Keg into it, it should be pleasant enough.  The point of cask ale is that it isn't "normally" carbonated, right?

I can't thank you all enough for your insight - I'm really leaning towards the fermentation vessel route.  I only have one fermenter at present - a 6.5 gal carboy - and that extra headspace in this thing would be welcome.  I will probably drill out the plastic breather in the top to accommodate an airlock. 

joe_feist, if he didn't deserve lifetime access to my beer for this, he would certainly get it for loaning me his high-end Stihl chainsaw and helping me through my 6 cord of wood for next winter.  Thanks for the positive ID on this rig from your military days, and thank you for serving.

Keep the great ideas coming.  I will post with results from any use to which I put it.  Leaning towards another IPA batch (got another body who's good for a growler of that every week) soon.

If I ferment in it, can I open the spout, clear out a bunch of the yeast, and consider that racking to secondary? I know that they do something similar in the conicals.

Equipment and Software / Re: 10 gallon stainless... thing?
« on: May 10, 2013, 10:40:11 AM »
I can get my arm in.  Is that bulkhead one you drill out? 

There's no flavours in it, as it was never used.  Still has the wire holding the lid to it for shipping!

The sad thing is my buddy only grabbed one - the other two were taken by a fellow intending to melt them down for scrap...  sigh.

Equipment and Software / Re: 10 gallon stainless... thing?
« on: May 10, 2013, 09:40:55 AM »
Man, I did come to the right place.

Jeff, I think you're in the right of it.  It is definitely insulated, and the pour spout makes me assume its for hot drinks like coffee.  Now, 10 gallons of coffee isn't such a bad thing, especially on a Monday, but there has to be a higher purpose for this!

Equipment and Software / 10 gallon stainless... thing?
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:37:59 AM »
Hi Folks - I don't post here often, but do benefit from your advice.

My question here is - what do I do with this thing, given to me by a friend who loves my beer.

It is a brand new, never used, 10gal stainless container for hot liquids.  Should this be used as a mash tun? If so, how do I get a screen through the small opening? A hot liquor tank?  Some other glorious purpose the likes of which has never been known to man? The lid has a hole in it - fermentation vessel?

Advice much appreciated.  I would also consider selling it.

Overall view

Notice threaded outlet at bottom.

Top has a vent hole (covered with plastic knob, removable)

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: October 29, 2011, 04:23:13 PM »
Hi Folks,

Been a reader on the forums for a while now, but not terribly active.  This is, in fact, my first post.

I appreciated the comments from those who have used  / are thinking of using induction elements for cooking.  I'm seeing that they are coming down in price on Amazon.

We're going to be moving (hopefully) to a new place, where I will loose my lovely Natural Gas range, and will only have an electric stovetop.  We're in the Northeast, where brewing weather can be precarious in the winter.  I'd love to be able to brew indoors using an induction plate, as all of my pots will work on it.

For those who have used an induction plate, do the 120V elements work well?  Will they bring a full boil to 7.5 gal of wort?


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