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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or Gravity Stand?
« on: Today at 12:17:57 AM »
I also have two deer hoists that I use for pulling BIAB basket from mash tun and pulling fermenters in and out of the freezer chest.  I will add a third when cornie kegs become too much for me.  So mechanical advantage makes my life much easier.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or Gravity Stand?
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:25:56 PM »
I use Two Toosflo DC pumps and recirc to di step mashes.  I like a couple subtle improvements that I experience with this process, but certainly not lifting heavy containers is the single biggest benefit with a pump.  I fill my kettle to preboil my strike water using a small 2 gallon pail, but pump everything after that point.

YMMV, of course, so try it out and I bet you will find uses for the pump in your process.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW vs Oxiclean
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:09:39 PM »
The first I had heard of homebrewer use of Antiformin S.  Be careful with that and be sure it is properly diluted:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops can convert starches
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:03:13 PM »
Could have been the tannins, but I really like unsweetened iced tea and drink a lot of it - so it wasn't that sort of tannin, nor was it vegetal, but definitely a bite right down the middle of my tongue (like when I tasted a hop shot on a dare a few years back).  I won't be going for any other NEIPA for a while.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops can convert starches
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:09:10 PM »
I had a NEIPA Saturday at my LHBS, since it was celebrating the first day of its liquor license (it will serve beer, wine and cider made on premises or otherwise commercially made).  The NEIPA was brewed by a local brewer who opened shop within the last year (an award-winning homebrewer from my club).  I ordered a pint and while it began as a really fruity and hazy drinkable (dare I say enjoyable) beer, the hops definitely weighed on my palate as I progressed through the glass.  By the end, I definitely experienced a bitterness that could have been some kind of interplay between the hops and the remaining post-fermentation starches or sugars - kind of biting straight down the middle of the tongue, like an over-bittered (too heavy 60 minute add) rye IPA can become.  Whether there was biotransformation at work or not, I cannot say;  only that organoleptically speaking, what was pleasant for the first 4-6 ounces, became nearly unpalatable by the final few ounces.

Now I remember why I don't make or drink IPA's more than on rare occasions.  My palate is perhaps too delicate to handle the hop blasts, whether early or late in the process.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW vs Oxiclean
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:47:31 PM »
PBW is better than Oxiclean.  Craftmeister is worlds better than either.

This has been my experience as well.  I recently let the Craftmeister Oxy based cleaner re-circulate for 2 hours (warmed water mixture while I attended to yard work) and could not believe the amount of crud it pulled out of everything from silicone hoses (they look brand new again) to the system pumps and coils in my HERMS set up.  This was after I did my usual cleaning process!  I will be deep cleaning like this (periodically - quarterly) now for the foreseeable future.  I never got this clean in the past with Oxyclean or PBW, though I never recirc'd for that long before, either.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: a little help for a beginner?
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:58:11 AM »
I have one for putting gas in my boat’s gas tank at a dock from a gas can.  Works great for that.  I could see using it in non-beer liquid transfers in the brewhouse.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidization
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:23:36 AM »
Here you go :

Pretty much answers the question.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Layoffs.
« on: October 05, 2018, 07:53:16 PM »
poodle sack race night

I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to gloss over this one. Is this a sack race, but with poodles? Where the sack is made from poodles? Where you put poodles into a sack and have them race each other?

You put the poodles in sacks and throw them into a swimming pool, where they race back and forth while the brewer tries to figure out if they are affecting his hydrometer reading.
Ha!  Somebody remembered  wher I got poodles from! But now PETA is gonna be all over our @$$....  ;D

I can't remember much anymore, but I remember the poodles in the hydrometer analogy.  HaHa!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Imperial Loki
« on: October 05, 2018, 02:52:47 AM »
Our club is doing some experiments going forward, so there should be some data points forthcoming - my guess is that this is one of the Kviek’s - Voss or Hornindal, etc... strains.  If so, then some inference can be drawn from Omega, which started with Hot Head and added some of the others to its lineup.  I assume it would work for your Pilsner and wheat beer.  I have used the Hot Head in a similar base malt arrangement for an ale. And it turned out eminently drinkable.  Also one club member made a barley wine that he fermented with a sous vide heater and turned it around in about 2 weeks, drinking in the third week.  I sampled it and while inherently a tad green for a barley wine, it was remarkably free of phenols or fusels, but with a fair amount of esters.  Good luck and report back you thoughts.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Layoffs.
« on: October 05, 2018, 02:40:15 AM »
The larger distribution system of Heineken was thought to cover the excess production capacity of Lagunitas’ expansion, (rather than growing a bit more slowly, which might have occurred without the infusion of capital).  The greater capacity meant pushing out more beer at a lower price with a smaller margin.  Labor is the biggest cost after marketing, so Lagunitas just followed the typical pattern and when the price point was dropped (which rarely recovers), people weren’t buying more or drinking more, so the profits shrank - something had to give.

I sympathize with the employees and wish economics were not such a cruel mistress.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidization
« on: October 04, 2018, 07:44:36 PM »
An ESB might be the wrong style for this. Malts kilned to 3+ lovibond have little of the compound left according to what Ricardo Fritche presented on the AHA web session.

A Helles or Pils would be the beer to test it on.
Which compound do you mean?

Trans 2 nonenal is the staling compound typically referenced.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing logs
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:33:16 PM »
Gotcha.  I’m nearing the point of going with the Tilt hydrometer, so more data will come from that - probably using the digital data storage with that!  Old dogs new tricks versus don’t get left behind.  Still learning and willing to learn.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushing vs Grinding
« on: October 03, 2018, 04:26:37 PM »
240 RPM on my All American Mill motor:

I really like it table mounted, as I can start the mill and then add grain (I mounted a 6.5 gallon bucket with a large funnel in it as a hopper to direct the grain into the mill); this let's me walk away and do another pre-mash step or prep while the crush happens.

Probably one of my most favorite upgrades to date, as I had burned through 3 or 4 20V cordless drills over the years until getting this motor about 3-4 years ago.

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