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Going Pro / Re: Consistency
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:44:07 AM »
Most definitely, I know that 2 of the 3 were well funded and started with custom made 7 barrel systems but like anything else, even well designed things need tweaks and have learning curves, the 3rd was less funded and pieced things together so his curve was larger. As home brewers they brewed amazing beer, always consistent and many awards. As pro brewers the quality is still there but the consistency from batch to batch has been a battle but getting better

Going Pro / Re: Consistency
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:14:12 AM »
Knowing 3 home brewers that have gone pro over the last 2years I know that their experience is more equipment related. As they are always trying to keep up with demand, cost, efficiencies and tweaking their setups, consistency of product can suffer a bit, not to say the product goes from good to bad, just that from one batch to the next there are subtle differences due to small changes made here and there in their equipment and each learning curve associated with each change

Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Tun false bottom
« on: August 06, 2014, 09:58:40 AM »
No stuck sparge:) yes I know crush has a lot to do with that as well as water/grist and believe me I tried various screens and setups, just happier with the false bottom

Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Tun false bottom
« on: August 06, 2014, 09:34:17 AM »

Here we go first post.

Like the OP, I've been tossing around the idea of making a false bottom and found this idea.

Seems simple enough. No need to worry about drilling all sorts of holes, and a pizza pan wont leave much dead space at the bottom either. Ultimately, a false bottom is just there to help filter out the majority of particulates when sparging. Why overcomplicate it? Anybody have any reason to not go this route?
the holes may be too large, not enough of them and the metal might be too thin to support the weight of the grist but for $10 it's worth a try:) report back with your results.

As for the OP, if recommend the 10 gallon tun for larger grain bills and more flexibility with the water ratios being used.

Batch sparging is great, I average 80% efficiency and use a false bottom set below the plumbing with a dip tube. Dead space is about a cup of wort.

No offense to Denny's screen setup, I just never got good runnings no matter how I set it up in a round cooler or the materials used but YMMV:)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Newbie here - bottle storage?
« on: August 06, 2014, 07:58:05 AM »
I use the boxes and when I need to replace them I head over to my bottle shop and snag a few, they're happy to recycle them to anyone that asks:)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison stalled (again)
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:45:17 AM »
3724 is really finicky if not treated right. As per Wyeast, pitch it in the 80's and let it rise into the 90's to prevent it from stalling.

Before I'd followed this advice I had the same problem and it took almost 5 weeks to finish but it did at 1.006

Give it time and it will slowly get there:)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison stalled (again)
« on: August 03, 2014, 06:09:58 PM »
I would keep rousing and even raise the temp some if you can and let it finish

BTW, what temp did you mash at?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison stalled (again)
« on: August 03, 2014, 05:28:27 PM »
At what temp are you fermenting? Get it warmer if it's not at least in the 80's at this point and let it chug away:)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Cleanup
« on: August 03, 2014, 03:37:17 PM »
Could still be working at only 11 days, give it a few more days and try a bottle. If it's fully carbonated a little fridge time will drop all the yeast and it should pack down into a little cake at the bottom.

IME some strains do this better than others

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Autolysis help
« on: August 03, 2014, 01:50:28 PM »
Also, when playing with water be sure to have your water analysis first so you know the base profile, if not you're simply guessing and that doesn't always work so well;(

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Autolysis help
« on: August 03, 2014, 11:16:29 AM »
Could you be thinking medicinal or band aid like, plastic?

Auto lysis is usually not an issue on the homebrew scale, more large batch/commercial.

Phenolics or chlorophenols could be the issue

Going Pro / Re: Warlock Brewing Company
« on: August 02, 2014, 05:10:14 PM »
Best of luck and congrats, liked you on FB as well so I can follow along!

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:13:09 PM »
Tornados are fascinating but not things I like to mess with, having lived in Kansas And experiencing a few I can tell you first hand to take cover and heed warnings!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Upgrading Homebrewing gear!
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:07:57 PM »
If you are looking to eventually do 10 gallon batches then you need a minimum 15 gallon boil kettle with a spigot to hook up to a chiller. You are not going to want to try and pick up +/- 100 lbs of wort:)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bland IPA w/ lots of late hops?!?
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:04:25 PM »

If his research doesn't correlate to my experiences, it really doesn't matter to me as anything other than a curiosity.  I know what works for me and what doesn't and someone else's research doesn't change that.

^^This +1

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