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All Grain Brewing / first batch sparge in the morning
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:10:51 PM »
i finally got around to building a mash tun and will be taking it for a spin tomorrow. i've been previously doing biab so i have a question about my new mash/sparge volumes.

i am making an ipa and am planning on 1.5qt/lbs for my mash.

am i on target? i feel like i am but just figured a double check wouldn't hurt with a new process for me.



Yeast and Fermentation / dunkelweizen yeast
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:52:12 AM »
want to give this style a try but have no idea where to start with yeast selection.


also, when I make a starter do I need to worry about using wheat dme or is regular light dme fine?



All Grain Brewing / improving...
« on: August 27, 2012, 03:25:03 PM »
today i brewed my fifth all grain batch(3 gallon biab). it was the third time i brewed what is becoming my standard pale ale. i hit 73% efficiency. this is the highest i've been so far. today was also the first time i used my grain mill(a barley crusher), digital thermometer and o2 system. the crush right out of the box is pretty good. i think it's better than the crushes i've been getting at lhbs.

anyway, just wanted to share a good brew day. i'm super excited about continually dialing in and improving my process.

thanks for all the information everyone provides!



All Grain Brewing / clarity/sediment/biab/batch sparging
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:21:28 PM »
so i just brewed my 4th all grain batch.  i am doing biab 3 gallon batches.  my efficiency today was 71% and this is up from the last three of about 68%.

anyway, i find that i'm having of trouble with lots of sediment in my final bottled beers.  I've tried several different ways of transferring to carboys but find i am still getting loads of sediment(while using whirfloc).  is this just inherent in biab?  i'm very close to just jumping to batch sparing because i realized the cooler i want is much smaller for apartment storage than i originally thought.  anyway, does sparging through the grain bed help cut down on lots of sediment?

longer post than i thought but i wanted to provide ample amounts of info.


also, i love the 3 gallon batch because, so far, i have brewed 4 different beers.  i am loving variety.  second question: does batch sparging still work with smaller batches in a large cooler that i could still use to do 5 gallon batches?

sorry for the multiple question thread.  i just sort of realized i did this.  but all these things have been in my head at the same time.

thanks for any and all help!


All Grain Brewing / mash temp readings
« on: July 20, 2012, 07:00:01 PM »
how should I be reading these temps?  on Monday I brewed a porter. the thermometer on my kettle read one number while my floating thermometer read almost 10 degrees less. they have both been calibrated recently. I feel like I'm mixing my mash well(I biab 3 gallon batches and don't close off my bag so I can stir well) and have constructed a jacket for my kettle to hold in the heat. I hit 68% efficiency. I'm happy with this number seeing as it's only my 3rd all grain. anyway, wondering if I can gain a few extra points by properly measuring my mash temp.



Ingredients / challenger hops
« on: July 19, 2012, 07:33:51 PM »
i just found 8oz of challenger in my freezer and can't remember why I bought them. I am now taking suggestions/thoughts/comments on how to best use these hops.



General Homebrew Discussion / bu:gu help
« on: July 14, 2012, 09:56:08 PM »
i don't really understand what this number is but understand how to determine it. 

i am just plugging an iipa into beersmith trying to figure out the first brewing recipe. 
it's got a projected og of 1.081, 60.4 ibu and is a 4 gallon batch.  the bitterness ratio, according to beersmith, is .748.  is this good or bad?

i don't know how to interpret this number.  i'm just barely into the green bar on the ibu slider, if that makes sense.  i'm not looking for palate wrecking numbers.  am i on the right track?



General Homebrew Discussion / optimal dry hop temperature?
« on: July 08, 2012, 11:39:12 AM »
is there one?  I'm reading the interesting article by Mitch Steele in the new zymurgy. I started thinking about temp.  I like to ferment my ales right around 61 degrees and have had great success on various ale styles. I'm working on a pale ale recipe now and am dry hopping at 61.  is warmer better? the previous dry hopping I've done has never been above 70 and I've always been happy with the results. mainly curious as I begin to fill my newly acquired chest freezer with several batches at different times.

any and all thoughts welcome!

cheers and thanks.


General Homebrew Discussion / citra help
« on: July 04, 2012, 07:36:36 AM »
it's time to dry hop my pale ale.  i've been using amarillo, centennial and simcoe for the dry hopping.  i have some citra and was wondering if it would work well with these other hops?


happy and safe 4th.


General Homebrew Discussion / how are you using maris otter?
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:24:35 AM »
I've been working on a pale ale recipe with half american two row and half maris otter.

i like this combination so far.  the hops shine through but not without a very nice malty taste.  everything seems to balance out.  though i'm still working on the recipe.  using amarillo and centennial and dry hopping with those two and simcoe. 

how do you like maris otter and how are you using it?  anyone using it entirely for an american pale?



All Grain Brewing / completed my first all grain
« on: May 22, 2012, 04:21:42 PM »
i did a 3 gallon brew/mash in a bag brew session today.  it was awesome.  it was a simple pale ale with amarillo and centennial.  i had a lot of fun and all my numbers were right on target.  i actually was a point over on OG and hit 69% efficiency.  i feel pretty good about the brew day as a whole.  very simple.  very easy.

i picked small b/miab for a couple of reasons.  1, i really like the idea of brewing more often and refining/experimenting.  2, i wanted a little quicker brew day.  3, i wanted to keep things easy and fun. 

not saying i won't build a mash tun at some point, but for me right now, this type of brewing is amazing!

i can't thank you all enough for the answers, insight and information you have provided here.  it is invaluable for any brewer!



Yeast and Fermentation / yeast bummer
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:46:23 PM »
my LHBS raised prices on liquid yeast.

now $8 a pack/tube.

not cool man.

General Homebrew Discussion / bottleworks 13 anniversary ale
« on: May 10, 2012, 05:07:46 PM »
anyone else try this beer?

it's brewed by stone.  it has 13 grains and 13 hops.  it tastes okay.  i sorta feel like it's got too many things making a flavor that is just meh.  it's bitter but without definition.  at least to my palate.  it's an imperial porter and i have to say i'm just not crazy about it.  stone is one of my favorite commercial brewers but i feel like 26 ingredients plus yeast may be just too much not going on.

at what point does too many ingredients become just because we could? 

"keep it simple, stupid."  right?  it's worked for me.

also i am certainly not calling mitch steele or the fellas stupid.  just a saying i know. 



Ingredients / ahtanum hops
« on: April 25, 2012, 03:27:49 PM »
who has used them?  how/style?  thoughts?

cheers and thanks!

All Grain Brewing / on a whim
« on: April 07, 2012, 10:36:21 PM »
i bought a kit at whole foods yesterday.  i saw it and though it might be fun to try a mini batch of all grain.  i figured at the least, it'll be a great way to ramp up some yeast for another batch.

i got it home and discovered there were no instructions, though having been brewing partial and full boil extract batches for a few years, i felt very comfortable knowing how to jump in.  i've also been reading tremendous amounts of info for my jump to all grain as soon as my tv work season wraps up in the next few weeks.

anyway, to my question.  i went online to discover the directions instruct one to make a very thick mash. the "consistency of oatmeal." this is for a simple 1 gallon batch of brown ale.  i'm pretty sure oatmeal thickness isn't ideal. i have run numbers for both miab and batch sparging and am determined that either is a better route. 

so my question: when would one ever need or want an oatmeal consistency for a mash?

i'm pretty sure it's a mass marketed kit, but still picked it up on a whimsical note.

cheers and happy almost zombie day everyone! 

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