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Ingredients / Re: Biofine usage rate
« on: January 28, 2015, 03:25:47 PM »
Major - is that true...crap

All Grain Brewing / Re: Martin B. is the man!
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:07:30 PM »
I have been using RO with a TDS of 12-14 then adjust with 3.8 g of CaCl to both mash and sparge and 1.5 g of CaSO4 in the mash with none to the sparge, 3.8 g of lactic 88% to the mash and .5 g lactic to the sparge for a 10 gallon batch using 16 pounds of Pils, 1.5 pounds of Carapils and a half pound of Melanoiden.  The results have been pretty good, but now I am wondering about the pH....if the beer could improve with that measured closely.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Absorption
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:59:24 AM »
For clarity, the absorption rate being referenced above is in the .12 gallons per pound range, right?  I have always just figured a pint per pound for a horseback estimate.  I have so little dead space as to not be worth calculating that part, but YMMV.  Maybe a half cup to a cup, at most below the pickup tube.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Martin B. is the man!
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:48:33 AM »
Has anyone adjusted the spreadsheet when using Avengard Pils or Weyermann Floor Malted Bohemian Pils malt?  Just wondering and I haven't taken a pH reading lately (I followed Brunwater straight up on my pilsners)....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:39:01 PM »
And this is the way it should always be, but I will add;
knowing the gap setting once you find the correct crush for your system helps to take out the guess work shold you ever have to send your mill in for repair (like I did) or if it gets dropped, or anything happens that might change the setting.
THIS. You can say that you adjust for the crush, but without knowing your gap and adjusting from there, it can be tough. Set a gap, check the crush, look at your crush, if it looks wrong, check your gap. Stuff happens, gaps can move, always check the crush, but know your usual gap.
That's why Jack Schmidling scratches the tick mark in the plate and and adjustment knob - as the factory setting.  Line it up and you are at factory settings.  Tighten from there and note the change from factory and you are all set.  If you were to take it fully apart you might have issues, but I've never done that.

Ingredients / Re: Biofine usage rate
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:34:30 PM »
Cool and good to know.  Sounds like it works fast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pale ale hops
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:30:01 PM »
Our Homebrew club (UKG in DuPage county IL) did a single hop experiment a couple months back.  Same recipe same water and same IBU's, but different hops by each guy.  I had Mosaic and it was well received.  The Mandarina and Galaxy were also very good.  Surprising how similar many of them were, but then how different a few of them were.  Most hops can produce great beers used in moderation (i.e., used in moderation so that you hit your intended IBU's and avoid making a session IPA - unless, of course, that is what you intend).

Ingredients / Re: Biofine usage rate
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:10:08 PM »
Thanks, Jon.  I usually use some Whirlfloc, but forgot on brew day. The Biofine bottle is so small and the range is so big, so that's why I asked - no sense wasting it on the high end  The cream ale was sitting in my garage at 40F or so, so it should work great.  Appreciate the insight.  As always, somebody on this forum will know....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:02:11 PM »
My JSP is adjustable at both ends, but it is marked for factory spec by a small tick mark scratched on the knurled knob and face plate.  I just tighten it from twelve to one clockwise beyond the factory marks.  I gapper it when I was initially adjusting it and I think this is at .038.  IIRC....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:40:47 PM »
A lot of decent Black lagers out there, but some get roasty and not to style...I like a nice clean black lager, not a Baltic Porter light.

Your wife serves a new dinner dish and catches you gazing into space after the first bite and asks "so what do you think?"  To which you respond "I am just thinking which beer to pair with this...."

Ingredients / Biofine usage rate
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:46:09 AM »
I thought I would give this a try on a cream ale that I am cold crashing.  Any pointers on usage rate per 5 gallon keg?

When your buddy reminds all of the guys about his Super Bowl party and before responding to him, everyone turns to you and asks what kind of beer are you making for it this year.

Also when Friday rolls around and the first thing anyone says to you is "are you brewing?"

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing the Basic/Classic styles
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:20:18 AM »
I brew mostly lagers, so I agree with S.Cerivisae on this point, but a Saison in the summer months is pretty hard to beat, also.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:03:13 AM »
I, too, have the JSP Malt Mill and tighten it up just a 5 degree turn on both sides.  I haven't gapped it with a measuring device, but I am guessing it's about .038 or so.  I tried tighter and my cordless couldn't turn the rollers well enough and my sparges got stuck, so I backed it off to that point eventually and now enjoy very good efficiencies and no stuck sparges.

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