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All Grain Brewing / Re: Why boother with the iodine test?
« on: May 21, 2012, 04:44:05 AM »
I have not performed an iodine test in 20 years.  Agreed that this would be a good experiment.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Erlenmeyer flasks...bottom
« on: May 18, 2012, 04:37:05 AM »
Some more so than others. I picked up a cheap 5L that I ended up returning because the bottom had an arch and the glass was so thin it made me really nervous to handle. I would recommend you invest in Kimax or Bomex and if you can, inspect before you purchase.

+1.  Don't skimp on the Erlen.....

Kegging and Bottling / Re: To yeast, or not to yeast...
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:06:29 PM »
3/4 cup of corn sugar in your racking bucket.......

Just bought another sack!

Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:22:26 AM »
Dry hopping is all about the aroma and my personal preference is whole leaf.  I once split a ten gallon batch and dry hopped one carboy with 2 oz. of whole leaf Amarillo and the other with 2 oz. Amarillo pellets (b/c it was all I could get) and thought the whole leaf had better aroma.  Those leaf hops will soak up the wort given time in the carboy.

as always, though, it's all about the freshness of the particular batch of hops you're using. For me, sometimes the pellets are better, sometimes the whole hops are better.  I just can't generalize that one type is always better than the other.

+1.  I prefer leaf in my boil and pellet for dry hopping.  But it is just my preference.  I've done the opposite with great success.  End of the day IMHO, it's comes down to one's personal preference.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'n Water weirdness
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:11:36 AM »
Martin, you rock!  Thanks so much for your work.

+1 This tool is going to help make a lot of better brewers.

+1, I like to think Im one of them. Thank you very much Martin, your spreadsheet has helped me create water profiles and produce much better beer!


All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temperatures
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:09:53 AM »
+1.  Sounds like personal preferences versus objective judging to style IMO.

All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: May 15, 2012, 12:00:20 PM »
Pay a trip to YouTube as well.  There are a ton of do-it-yourself videos.  The more you research, the more one particular set-up will make sense to you. 


Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 06:45:31 AM »
The old pellet versus leaf debate is another that will not end anytime soon.......

Sounds like a great experiment though.  Interested in your findings.

Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer WAY off...
« on: May 15, 2012, 05:09:01 AM »
I have the same issue with mine.  The OG is spot on and the FG is not even close.  I'll try this spreadsheet.  Thanks for posting as it was driving me crazy!


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast bummer
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:55:01 AM »
Buy a couple of your favorite strains and learn to reuse-IMHO.  It's really not that hard and you don't have to get in to a microscope or counting cells. 

Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:38:45 AM »
That's the problem with throwing in leaf hops, they will float the entire time.  I now tie them closed in a muslin sack and weigh it down.  Per majorvices, pellets are much easier to deal with when dry hopping.  They also soak in less water. 

You'll still get your flavor though, just wait it out.  And punching them down is fine. 

How long did you let it ferment until you tossed them in?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Consensus on racking out of primary?
« on: May 14, 2012, 12:17:45 PM »
Its consensus here as well.  I, like others on this forum, have even began dry hopping in the primary or directly in the keg.

+1.  Kegging a Pale Ale tonight that I threw 1oz of Chinook in after 8 days......

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Consensus on racking out of primary?
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:56:59 AM »
+1 to the above.  No need for secondary.


Funny you should just post that.  I just kegged my Munich Helles.  It is this malt with 1/4# of CaraPils but tasted fantastic as well....


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