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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Breweasy reviews
« on: December 01, 2015, 10:24:55 AM »
Thanks Amanda. That's very helpful. I had also heard there were limits on the upper gravity but did not hear what that was.

All of the information is on Blichmann's website. If you dig around long enough, you'll find the process flow diagram for it which is what I used to design/price it on my own, but it's just a K-RIMS. All of them have the same limits/advantages, really.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Breweasy reviews
« on: December 01, 2015, 06:08:54 AM »
A friend of mine has one, the 10g 240V version. Very shiny, as expected. Stupid easy brew day. Eerily quiet. Clean up looks easy enough. Not many downsides (outside of the price) that I can see. I priced out building one with non-Blichmann parts and came to around $1400 with SS Tech kettles & 240V, but decided against building it.

There are some limitations on gravity/volume due to the nature of K-RIMS. For instance, we were brewing a Grazter (OG 1.032) and had to brew 15 gallons of it because of the mixture of grain bed depth and amount of water needed in the system. There are limits on the upper end of the gravity spectrum as well, but I'm not sure what they are. They can all be worked around, it's just something to know before you buy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Upcoming Rube Goldberg Brewday
« on: December 01, 2015, 05:50:24 AM »
Do the volunteers have to be close?  ;)

I'm with Dave.  Keep it simple.  You won't add anything with that mash schedule except hours to your brewday.
145 is beta favoring but really really slow.  159 is alpha favoring but denatures everything rather quickly.
You will still get favorable beta and alpha amylase activity at 150-ish without the extra time and hassle spent on the 2 rests.


Can confirm on the 145 slowness and the 159 (okay, 158) quickness. I am still surprised how quickly a mash can convert at 150F compared to the same mash at 145F. Will be posting my data when I get some time.

Extra anecdotal data point: I tried doing the cap the mash thing for a few brews. I never did get the deep color I wanted, so I switched back to the all in approach. Don't think I remember a difference in flavor, but the appearance was all off.

PS: I'll look for TF as well. I'm sure I can get my lhbs to order it if all else fails.

It's interesting that the difference in the mash for 1lb of roasted barley was that big.  Brun Water and Kai's water calculator both predict only a 0.1 drop from roasted barley with this recipe, as Kai's original findings shows that roasted actually contributes less acidity that crystal, per each *L of SRM.  Perhaps it varies by brand and type of roasted malt.

Might have something to do with it being Simpsons which I use.  Simpson's RB is ~650L, whereas Briess for example, is only 300.  Simpson's actually smells like espresso when you stick your nose into the bag, whereas most other brands I've tried are much more subtle.

Oooohhh... that sounds nice. Perhaps for the next dry stout (we brew it all the time - pretty sure it's the only thing we have a nitro tap for!) I'll search out Simpsons and see what's different.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Carbon Credits
« on: November 27, 2015, 02:05:38 PM »
If chemistry books were written like this, I probably could have understood chemistry in college.

Thank you, Mark.

Equipment and Software / Re: Ph Meter Thoughts
« on: November 27, 2015, 08:05:17 AM »
Look at the Thermowerks pH pen style meter. I have it and love it so much more than my Hanna. 3 point calibration, tight fit on the storage cap, and holds it's calibration for weeks (even then it only drifts about 0.05). I believe it was $69-79. Replacement probes are also cheap at $29.

The Pub / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 26, 2015, 07:34:53 PM »
I hope you all are having a great Thanksgiving. I am very thankful that we have this forum, where we are fostering new ideas and techniques all in the name of making better beer. I have the utmost respect for you all!


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
« on: November 26, 2015, 11:47:18 AM »
Too bad Pretty Things is closing down. :(

I like a sliding price for this service. You owe me $45, minus whatever I score your beer. So for 50 pt beers I'm giving you $5.  Seems fair.  8)

So are we going to start the Michael/Antoch/Burkemper review service or what? I'll gladly pay people to give me 50 point beer! :P Hahaha

What constitutes a "professional beer judge"?

Edit: nevermind. Found it near the bottom.
Double edit: $40?? Our homebrew club membership is a steal at this rate!
Get those service points Amanda, then you can be a professional beer judge!

You might want to keep your day job, I think.

Only 61 more exams to (lead) grade, 2 exams admin'd, and 2 exams proctored left to go to get there! Ha. Should be about 2 more years at that rate if my post it note estimates are right, especially considering I'm taking the PE in April '16 which will have me slowing down on BJCP stuff for a bit.

The BJCP Bylaws do not allow one to charge for judging services. The bylaws do allow reimbursements.

Mike, what's the difference here? Reimbursements would be things the judges paid for, and then are given money for exactly that. They aren't paying for shipping. I'm just confused? Too early on the day before Thanksgiving. My brain refuses to work.

GM doesn't mean much, until I make GM, then it will mean a lot.  I feel the same about the Ninkasi award.  ;D

Antoch and Burkemper and I are going to undercut,
Act now, 3 / $100! each their own


Hahahahaha. We gonna take this world by storm!  ;D

But really, who are the GMs? I'm kinda surprised that I've not heard of this.

What constitutes a "professional beer judge"?

Edit: nevermind. Found it near the bottom.
Double edit: $40?? Our homebrew club membership is a steal at this rate!

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