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All Grain Brewing / Re: Full Body mash temp?
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:18:07 PM »
I love that chart - Denny has posted it before, but this time I printed it out as an 8 1/2 by 11 for laminating and posting on a cabinet in my garage.  It says so much so concisely.  I have the "World of Beer Styles" poster up and guys are always going up to it and pointing and discussing.  Now the brewers in the neighborhood will have another thing to talk about over a brew in the garage.

All Grain Brewing / Re: My first BIAB
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:06:19 PM »
It's still cranking, albeit fairly slowly at this point.  Waiting to see the Krausen fall out and then I will take a reading.  Looks like a good yeast for reusing - nice and robust once it got going (I started it a little on the cool side due to the frigid outside temps, so I shielded the primary and added a light bulb on a wall base thermostat inside the cooler to maintain things at 50F).  Thanks for the advice, Denny!

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:57:32 PM »
Do those hydraulics count as a pump?  BTW, I used the pump and the Jamil whirlpool and it worked great; I'm going to add a pre-chiller for when the wort gets under 80F, just to see how fast I can get it down in the 50's.  It only took about 35-40 minutes for 10 gallons of wort to go from boiling to 2 degrees above inlet temperature using 52F tap water.  Call me a convert.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oatmeal stout..breakfast anytime
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:38:12 PM »
My son says Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is the best stout ever; second place for him for stouts is Obsidian.  I like them both, but also have to pull for Breckenridge's Oatmeal Stout - for me a very much gateway brew that led me into the dark brews.

You're talking miniscule difference in ratings for me; others may disagree...but Sam's is the benchmark, for sure.

I used a side pickup but then opted for a standard 10 inch false bottom for a sanke keggle with the dip tube in the middle.  With the sanke conversion, the side pick up missed too much wort - this shows the benefit of the flat bottomed kettle for guys who have that - the side kick up definitely was easier (less cleaning/disassembly, etc...)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation not finished
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:49:03 PM »
I bet you don't feel like you got spanked now!  Congrats on a successful first big beer.  They require a little TLC and time, but in the end they are worth it.  Next up, try a sour!  Brett is really something....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1g starter - decant or pitch the lot?
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:41:35 PM »
Only losing 3 degrees over a mash time is great - I love that about coolers, but knowing to use a blue one - that is pretty good for someone right out of the gate!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge temp
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:37:23 PM »
Plus, using hot water does effectuate a mashout, if the runnings are in the 170 range (or it will get there more quickly after transfer to a boil kettle that is already under flame....) to stop further conversion in the alpha amylase range.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:30:23 PM »
I soldered up my Jamil Whirlpool type arm last weekend and it is going into service tomorrow.  I have had a March pump and high temp hoses with QCD's sitting idle for a couple years now, as I just didn't see the need.  Jamil's points are well taken and I am going to try to cram two 10 gallon batches in tomorrow with the time savings.  Hopefully, the time will be cut down to a third or so on the chill, allowing me to sync the mash of the second batch to allow for kettle cleaning and then back to boiling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer trading
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:20:17 PM »
What about trading properly preserved "yeast samples"?

Not here, please.

Agreed.  I don't even send by carrier or mail to my daughter any of the beer she and her fiancé helped brew.  She is picking it up personally over the holidays, though!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer trading
« on: December 13, 2013, 02:30:38 PM »
What about trading properly preserved "yeast samples"?

They probably can't produce and give away unfermented wort, but what a draw - if they did a free raffle to see who can take home the 5 gallon sample of wort!  As much as the marketing was a part of the presentation, they missed their chance at really getting at least one convert.

Also MSardina - welcome to the forum of the best hobby on earth.  There are so many really intelligent, pragmatic and sometimes kinda far out and weird (in a good way) people that post here.  You will enjoy being a regular.

Cheers and may your obsession be long lived.

Any chance the yeast are pooped?  Just a thought.  Mort's fast ferment test will establish that, if you have another packet of 34/70 to pitch.  I have found just the opposite with repitched 34/70 (it chugs it lower than 1.010 on some lager batches), but you never know for sure on dry yeast viability and performance...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1g starter - decant or pitch the lot?
« on: December 12, 2013, 08:13:27 PM »

All of my brews are starters, till I get bored using that strain.

Agreed Jim.  So far my own record was about 20 repitches of WLP 800 - without noticeable drift.

I'm no beer judge, but were the hops possibly old and a bit stale?  I have had Magnum give a noticeable vegetal flavor in light lagers when they were stored a bit too long.

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