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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency- equipment
« on: February 28, 2017, 04:31:25 PM »
Quote from: Joe Sr. link=topic=28408.msg379899#msg379899
  I bought a brew bag to put in the cooler and now I drain too fast!.



I'm a few batches in on my Brew Bag, and I'm really pleased. Definitely drains quickly and gives clearer looking wort IMO.

+1 ...and high efficiency as well.


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Yep, I got an efficiency bump, too!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency- equipment
« on: February 28, 2017, 04:06:15 PM »
Quote from: Joe Sr. link=topic=28408.msg379899#msg379899
  I bought a brew bag to put in the cooler and now I drain too fast!.



I'm a few batches in on my Brew Bag, and I'm really pleased. Definitely drains quickly and gives clearer looking wort IMO.

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Phil M - what kind of cooler, out of curiosity? I'm having a hard time picturing the wort leaking into the interior and ruining its insulating properties. But that may very well be the case and a new cooler gets you rolling again. But with all the cooler mashers here, I'd just think we'd hear more stories like this if that were the case ( first time I've heard of it). I know Denny is still on his original cooler, still sealed with the mini keg bung IIRC. Not trying to be argumentative, just puzzled.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 27, 2017, 05:58:45 PM »
Amazing looking beers, man.
 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 27, 2017, 05:31:34 PM »
You beat me to it Jon. I went back to the WY thread to look up 3726. I'm trying it!  This beer is fantastic, if you like it better, all over it. Dropping off Sun at GF on 65th, maybe they stock Rustic.


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They do stock it, at least as of a week ago!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 27, 2017, 04:58:36 PM »
Saison 565 so good. Anyone like another Saison yeast better?


You should try Imperial's Rustic strain. It's their equivalent strain to WY3726 (which WYstopped releasing as a PC strain). Really good strain.
 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 27, 2017, 04:53:57 PM »
Great looking beers, guys!

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Ingredients / Re: Raspberry Wheat Help
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:31:54 PM »
If you already have the extract, go for it. FWIW I make fruit beers semi regularly for my wife with puree - never had an infection in a fruit beer. And of course there would be a secondary ferment from the fruit, but that doesn't automatically give off flavors, provided your sanitation is good. $0.02 .

Maybe I'll give the puree a second go 'round.  When I had the first bad experience with it I racked it on top of the puree into a secondary after one week of fermentation and then after another week I bottled.  Could not letting it get that second fermentation of the fruit out before bottling have something to do with the awful taste?


I don't think that bottling too soon was a big factor in that regard, but at a week there would likely beer fermentation still going on. If you bottle, you run the risk of bottle bombs. I'd definitely wait 2 weeks after adding the fruit to package.I honestly think that batch may have had sub par sanitation. Everybody here has been there before. Good luck!

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Ingredients / Re: Raspberry Wheat Help
« on: February 27, 2017, 02:15:09 PM »
If you already have the extract, go for it. FWIW I make fruit beers semi regularly for my wife with puree - never had an infection in a fruit beer. And of course there would be a secondary ferment from the fruit, but that doesn't automatically give off flavors, provided your sanitation is good. $0.02 .

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Ingredients / Re: Raspberry Wheat Help
« on: February 27, 2017, 02:03:26 PM »
I realize taste is subjective so there are no wrong answers here, just trying to gauge your input.

I'm going to be making a raspberry wheat which will be essentially me adding raspberry extract to the keg at packaging. I really want a nice shot of raspberry flavor, not just a hint because my wife really enjoys the fruit beers with lots of fruit flavor.

Do you think the full four ounces that come in the bottle will be overkill or should it be just right?

It won't be overkill necessarily, but it may have an artificial character. If you can afford the extra $18-ish, a can of raspberry puree from your local shop is VASTLY superior. You ferment the base beer first, then rack the beer to secondary, on top of the puree. Wait 2 weeks for the fruit to ferment and package.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Strong scotch ale / wee heavy
« on: February 27, 2017, 09:23:03 AM »
that's a lot of crystal malt OP (25%).  also I think you're in stout range with that grist, giving it the eyeball test.  might want to rethink that - I like the 1% roasted malts and using the crystal weights to target the color you want. 

bear in mind, even mashing low, you may still not get high 70s attenuation. 

that Old Chub recipe (isn't that Oskar Blues name?) looks pretty tasty too.


Yeah, I'd drop the carapils in a heartbeat, even if they use it. Can't see the benefit in a beer that big. That would help.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 27, 2017, 09:15:00 AM »
Of the three the only one I still haven't tried is Lagavulin...I don't know if the Ron Swanson character made it so popular that it sells before I find it or what.

Yeah, I love Laphroaig, too. Awesome stuff. But Lagavulin is pretty sublime IMO, too. And I bet 'Ron Swanson' drove up the interest and maybe the price a bit.
I highly recommend Talisker if you like the peatiest/smokiest Islay malts. The distillery is on the coast of the Isle of Skye, and must have a similar ocean climate. The character is very similar to something like Lagavulin. Talisker doesn't seem to get as much attention as the distilleries on Islay, but it is right up there with them if that's your type of Scotch.

I've had it and agree. Very tasty stuff, and underrated.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cooler not holding temp well
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:58:44 AM »
Thermapen MK4, that gets used daily and checked against ice water fairly often. Well, less often now, it's never budged.

I don't pre-heat, but the cooler/grains were stored inside until right before I added strike water/doughed in.

Only thing I can think of is the lid is somehow no longer seating properly.


FWIW, I cover my cooler with a blanket or sleeping bag, and the put a dumbell weight on the lid. I'm still puzzled at such a high temp loss though, even if the lid doesn't seal perfectly.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cooler not holding temp well
« on: February 27, 2017, 07:54:12 AM »
Shouldn't drop that much. Do you pre heat? Have you measured 10 minutes in to see where it's at? I have brewed in <32° temps and lost only a couple degrees.


I agree. I only lose a degree or two. Is your thermometer reliable, Phil?

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 27, 2017, 07:19:26 AM »
Of the three the only one I still haven't tried is Lagavulin...I don't know if the Ron Swanson character made it so popular that it sells before I find it or what.


Yeah, I love Laphroaig, too. Awesome stuff. But Lagavulin is pretty sublime IMO, too. And I bet 'Ron Swanson' drove up the interest and maybe the price a bit.

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