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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash in a Bag (MIAB) Beersmith Mash Profiles?
« on: September 27, 2017, 03:18:00 PM »
I don't know the Beersmith tinkering necessary to achieve the result in advance, but as Denny always said about batch sparging is that you run off the first batch and determine how much sparge water to add based on what was collected and what is needed for the start of the boil to get where you want in terms of final volume, knowing that there will be no more than that coming out after adding the sparge water to the saturated grains.

I do a BIAB with mash recirculation and use a simple small pan lid as a mash press to squeeze out the full measure of wort from the bag after mashing.  Over the course of a few batches, I have determined that it comes down to 14-14.125 gallons of initial strike water for most of my lagers of 1044 to 1048 OG (18-20 pounds of grain) for an 11 gallon batch after boil off and cooling.

I don't boil hard anymore, however, so YMMV.

You may just want to try to do it a few times and through trial and repeat attempts to dial in your volumes with your system.  If you brew very different styles and gravities, the math might be trickier than the trial and repeat trial approach. 

Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to brewing, started with Mead
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:36:20 AM »
Welcome to the forum.  There is a section of the forum dedicated to "Other Fermentables", so I suggest you check that out for mead flavoring, additives and process suggestions.  There are some very experienced mead makers on the forum, so I am sure you will gain a lot of knowledge from them.  Best of luck and enjoy your mead making!

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Ingredients / Re: Hops Glut?
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:21:34 PM »
Yes, that was a good article to see the trends occurring...I had heard about a year or two back that the Northern Brewer hop in steam beer was going by the wayside, as well, since it wasn't selling as prolifically and the plants don't put out as much volume on that strain.  The poor farmers are caught in the switches as trendy hops take so long to develop to production levels and by the time they are producing the new varieties, the fickle customers (both craft brewers and their patrons) are on to the next sensations being developed.

I have gone back to mostly lager brewing and use noble hops almost exclusively.  I hope they don't stop making them in Germany.

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Other Fermentables / Re: "Naturally Sweet" Cider
« on: September 23, 2017, 06:14:06 PM »
Getting my apple juice this Friday and I will try the Wy1450 route.  Definitely looking forward to the residual sweetness - and I will keg it, so I am hoping for the best on this maiden voyage with cider!

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B availability
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:09:09 AM »
Yes, the recommended dosage allows a 50 gram pack to go pretty far at the Homebrew level.  I get by with dosing at the lower end of the recommended scale, too - .75 grams in 14 gallons of strike water and 2 grams at 16 minutes left in the boil for an 11 gallon batch (adding a tablet of whirlfloc a couple minutes later).

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B availability
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:21:37 PM »
Thanks, Denny - they would certainly know on the release timing.  I think that it will be well received on the homebrew level, based on the results experienced by those of us who procured it from down under previously and have been using it regularly.  Just wondering what kind of cost to expect....  Also, I wonder if their other products, such as Tanal O2 ("suspension maintaining" additive) will come out for homebrewers at some point in the future.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop Extract & 30 Minute Boils
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:10:48 PM »
The only time I have used hop extract were at annual Club brews at a local brewery, where we wanted easy and identical batches to compare single hop flavoring/late hop/whirlpool and dry hop additions which differed from brewer to brewer as the "only" variable (using the brewery's wort and house yeast by all of us).  Different fermenting temperatures may have occurred, but it was in the spring, so we were all fermenting in our basements at reasonably similar temperatures.  It was really interesting to compare the hops this way.  I don't think I would use up a syringe of the hop extract we had before it would expire in terms of best use date.

By the way, the consensus favorite hop for flavor for our APA was Southern Cross (Mittlefruh and a couple other similar hops were up there, though).

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B availability
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:00:48 PM »
Joe Formanek gave a presentation last night to our Homebrew Club on the subject and he said Brewcraft has the product and is in the process of packaging, so it should be available through anybody that handles Brewcraft - if not immediately, then within days.  Of course, he had 50 g samples for us, so my stash is restored for the time being.  ;D

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Off flavors from stressed lager yeast
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:56:13 AM »
I have noticed that a few people can pick up a very faint lemon character in light lagers (especially a Helles) when fermented with 34/70.  I went to S-189 for dry lager yeast because of that and don't seem to have any problems (though some might say it is too clean for their tastes?)  I pitch 3 packs (re-hydrated) in a 10 gallon batch fermenting at 46F without any issue.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:44:57 AM »
Brewday disasters are few for me, but one recurring (not too frequently, thankfully) issue is tapping a keg in a lagering chest (while hosting a party - ok I had a few and that effected the typical process).  The liquid out QDC is not screwed on to the cobra tap line tightly enough....the next morning discovery - about a gallon or more of Czech Dark Lager is on the floor of the chest freezer from the slightly oozing connection between the flared fitting of the QDC and the tap line barrel swivel.  Makes me cringe and consider not using flared screw on fittings! (I've never experienced a leak with a barbed QDC, but I prefer the ease of cleaning the flared set up). 

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Regardless of the method, if you are going to soak stainless, just keep an eye on it - once the stuff/gunk easily comes off, get the stainless item cleaned up and rinsed, so you don't cause a corrosion.  The stainless should re-passivate with exposure to air.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: post hurricane advice
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:30:35 AM »
But once you get power, drink them fairly quickly, as the staling effects of heat make the beer age much more quickly (oxidative effects are sped up in warm storage).  I hope all turns out ok for you and the other Floridians on this forum, as well as all others affected by the recent storms!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Webinar on Hot Side Oxidation
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:43:26 PM »
Well done Ricardo!  I enjoyed your presentation very much.

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Equipment and Software / Re: K-RIMS build. Two questions.
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:10:56 PM »
The rate of circulation matters when an electric element is being used to make sure it remains covered.  Too fast of a flow rate could drain the vessel in which the element is located, inadvertently causing a dry fire failure of the element.  This can happen in any recirculation setting, including a BIAB, if the suspended bag is draining more slowly than the recirculation from below is pumping back into it...

I just adjust the valve to a slightly cracked open position and have no problems.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B availability
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:05:01 PM »
I heard something about the packaging being in 1 and 2 oz. packs, along with 1 lb packs (that might go well for a group buy).  Looking forward to its US retailer availability to homebrewers.  I wonder if some of the other Ajinimoto products will come to the homebrew level.  I know that they have an additive that helps the wheats and NEIPA's to stay cloudy longer...not that I need that at this point.

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