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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: Today at 06:04:52 AM »
I adjust based on crush quality, not gap measurement.

Well, I'd say crush quality and still having the ability to drain the tun in a reasonable amount of time. Another thing that Denny reminds me of, is the speed at which the rollers are spun. If you spin fast, you might have to increase the gap a bit and vice versa. Another variable is if you condition the malt prior to milling.  All of these factors suggest that there isn't a preferred gap. However, there is the gap that works for you.

Just to be more complete, I crush very fine and have never had a runoff problem.  I also run the drill I drive the mill with as fast as it will go and I don't condition the malt.  Yeah, counter to pretty much everything oter people do.  But I get great efficiency and IMO great beer.
I have been conditioning but found a side effect on Sat's brew that i'd not experienced before. The grains were sticking to the rollers and were slung out of the slight gap between the mill body and grain tray. I think I over did the conditioning. I'm not sure I am going to continue the practice because I got stuck mid way in the lauter. I simply shut the ball valve, stirred the grain bed, re-vorlaufed, and continued the lauter. No biggie but an indicator of crush issues.

Yes you overdid it. You only want be using an ounce or two at most..also more often overlooked is the time you should give it to absorb, I find ~30 minutes to be good.

Here is non-conditioned at .024

And conditioned at the same gap

If you are seeing shredding you need to look at more water or more time. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low FG
« on: May 22, 2015, 07:36:33 AM »
BIAB with a fine crush?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lagering advantage
« on: May 22, 2015, 07:19:58 AM »
Get the beer to drinking status! Tradional German lager brewing recommends 1 week lagering per degree plato, so even by that you should be good to go now(with your 12 plato og).

This controls:


and makes these ( top right whats fermenting)


This Hefe did a Hockurtz step. 57% wheat, 38% pils, 5% melanoidian. 10ibus @60. 145/35,160/45,170/10. 3056@63f

Ingredients / Re: Simplifying Recipes...
« on: May 14, 2015, 01:49:14 PM »
I step mash every beer.  Hockurtz different time/temps based on the style. For me it was this step mash, combined with water and pH, and healthy yeast/fermentations. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Making it smooth
« on: May 14, 2015, 11:21:39 AM »
I had always heard as well that it was soured with soured guiness as well... obviously with nothing to back it up.

Ingredients / Re: Simplifying Recipes...
« on: May 14, 2015, 11:04:23 AM »
I concur it is process dependent. No "foam enhancing" malts in these beers.

When I do use wheat:

All Grain Brewing / Re: Making it smooth
« on: May 14, 2015, 10:57:00 AM »
Is Guinness REALLY partially soured?  Anybody got documentation of this?

when i took the tour, they did confirm two things- they use a "content of lactic acid" in the mash that is mashed separate from the roasted malts, then all wort is blended back together.

Which makes sense because it would just be the pale malts and the pH would be high. Interesting though on the separate mashes.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Food Grade CO2
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:42:57 AM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Food Grade CO2
« on: May 13, 2015, 06:41:41 AM »
Man! You post A LOT!

Beer Recipes / Re: Lagers
« on: May 10, 2015, 06:54:26 PM »
In general, are lagers more difficult to produce given the means to ferment them in? I know it takes longer, but I'm curious if technically, it's harder to produce good results.
Lagers tend to be less forgiving of flaws in fermentation than ales. If your practices are solid, then it is otherwise no more difficult to produce a good lager than most other beers.
Nor really more time involved.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching yeast with no energy reserves
« on: May 06, 2015, 06:55:01 AM »
Interesting...I just pitched a pint Lager slurry(4/24/15) that was harvested 1/15/15 and stored in the fridge since. I had active fermentation in 6hrs at 53f.

This is runoff from a 60%pils, 30%wheat, lager. I like to keep it clean, and my beer thanks me for it  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 06, 2015, 05:27:00 AM »

Hefe, turning Kristallwiezen :(

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