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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Thickness
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:48:57 PM »
I take the simple approach, I try to use an equal amount of strike water and sparge water, ie. ~50:50.

I've not really noticed any temp drops between thinner or thicker mashes in my round mash tun or greater or lesser attenuation as a result of thinner or thicker mash, just lower or higher mash temp.

My experience is if your sparge volume is too low your run risk of an efficient sparge in rinsing the sugars out. YMMV

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Not sure you need the heat. I use a chest freezer and dual temp controller as well with a 2 degree variance. When the temp warms the unit kicks on and chills to set point as designed.

Perhaps adding the heat made the temps fluctuate more frequently and caused the unit to cycle more frequently than needed.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: A question regarding Munich and wheat beers
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:36:31 PM »
Thanks for the input everyone! I really appreciate all the help. I know it may be bad form but I also wanted to get your thoughts on WYeast 3638 for wheats?
I love it. It is my go-to hefe strain. It gives some sweet spice (hints of vanilla/sweet cinnamon), along with the usual banana/clove. Don't overpitch and ferment around 66F for a balanced clove/banana character. Higher temps give more banana and lower temps tend to mute the flavor profile.
+1, that's exactly where I ferment it as well for the balanced flavor profile

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 26, 2015, 04:54:00 PM »
Sticking your face in the fermenting bucket isn't a good idea either, a good wiff of co2 will knock you on your a$$, literally takes your breath away:)

I learned that the hard way when I thought I'd smell the dry hop residue in my Speidel after kegging.  Ooof!
Yup, 2nd batch I ever made, blanked out momentarily and hit the floor! Never did that again!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:46:36 PM »
Sticking your face in the fermenting bucket isn't a good idea either, a good wiff of co2 will knock you on your a$$, literally takes your breath away:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Evaporation Rate
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:05:54 PM »
I've a got a shorter, wider kettle and boil off 1.75 gallons with a good rolling boil, I know its a lot but I'm not ready to invest in a new kettle with better dimensions.

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My propane company says that the most that they can let me drive home with is 60 lbs total.  I don't know if it is a law or regulation or their own safety standard but I have made 2 trips before....hence the need to rotate the supply correctly!
Never heard of that but I suppose it could be a law, I simply swap tanks at Lowes and very rarely am I doing all 6 at the same time, usually 3-4 at a time.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 04:58:48 PM »
I like to have a valve between the regulator and the keg so that if it appears overcarbed I can shut off supply and just use the existing carbonation to push until it settles down. Meanwhile I might monkey with the pressure. You probably have something similar.

At this point it does seem like a carbonation issue. Or something in the diptube. Have you pulled that out yet?
Euge,

This keg does run off a manifold so I could shut the gas off to this one keg, I might just do that and yes, the first thing I did was pull the tubes and poppits to make sure nothing was plugged or impeding flow.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 02:05:15 PM »
Maybe the valve in the QD is giving the trouble. Try that line on a "good" keg.
That's a good idea Steve! Thanks.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:35:46 PM »
So I did the line swap and the beer poured fine out of another tap, so I took apart the affected tap, the QD and bled the line again, cleaned with hot water, everything and put it back together again and wouldn't ya know, same spitting with co2 bubbles coming into the line again after reassembly. Weird.

The only thing I can think is perhaps the old regulator I used is off a bit and the beer is in fact over carbonated even though I had it set at the same 10psi. It's not that bad so I don't think I'm going to go through the hassle of degassing it and starting over.

Any other thoughts I might be missing?

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I've got 6 20's, if I run out I'm an idiot:)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Schedule
« on: March 24, 2015, 10:39:01 AM »
I too pitch cold and allow to rise to desired temp and hold until fermentation slows, then I'll ramp up a degree or two each day until I reach final. Of course this is dependent on the strain being used

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 10:34:00 AM »
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll try the line swap when I get home and see what happens. Otherwise I'll try and deal with the possibility of over carbonation but I'm not convinced that's it since it spits but it could be I guess.

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Wow, that is a really amazing space you created, I am envious and drooling!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 09:09:33 AM »
I don't think the over carbonation would be causing that, and it's only a little over carbonated. My guess would be a clog or restriction of some type on the beverage sided. I have had hop bits stuck in the poppet that knocked CO2 out of solution.

That was my thought at first as well so I disconnected everything, pulled the dip tube and popits, checked the O-rings,  flushed the lines and re-assembled, gave it a couple days to get equalized again and same thing happens. Besides, there was no dry hop or anything and the beer is crystal clear. The foam settles pretty quick so I'm not wasting beer, it just takes a bit to get a full pint, confused.....

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