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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Increased Gravity???
« on: June 15, 2015, 05:21:59 PM »
Sounds like your wort was stratified into varying temp layers by the time you took your sample judging by the 1.01 reading. And you really need to read to the next decimal place - the reading could've been anywhere from 1.010 -1.019. Regardless I'm sure that's not your actual OG, but it's too late to know exactly now. . Is it possible that the reading at the end of fermentation was 1.020 and not 1.002 ?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 15, 2015, 04:31:03 PM »
It's a shame, but being able to brew beer unfortunately doesn't guarantee that somebody isn't a numb-nutted D-bag. Glad that stuff was in the minority at least.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning kegs with infected beer?
« on: June 15, 2015, 11:44:29 AM »
+1 to definitely replacing all rubber parts of the keg (lid O-ring, in/out post little o-rings, and in/out post tube rings).  After that, I would use hot water soak with generous amount of PBW followed by many hot water rinses.  Then sanitize and you should be good to go. 

That's what I would do, too.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: elburko25's bio
« on: June 15, 2015, 11:43:19 AM »
Welcome Myles ! The pics of your brewery/bar are awesome, by the way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My journal of NHC 2015
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:52:47 AM »
Nice job, Marshall. Makes me really wish I could've gone. I'm sure it was a blast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:31:35 AM »
I agree with every point Steve made.


Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:39:19 AM »
Mark - it was very nice meeting you. And thanks for passing along your yeast knowledge. Seriously - write a book someday. I will buy it!
  Plus, how does one top "Yeast?"

Well that is easy.  Write one that is a fraction of the size.  Just focus on quick how's and whys. 

The Yeast book is intimidating and has way too much peripheral info for the guy who just wants to make good beer.  I'll bet a book like that would outsell Yeast.

It's time for Brewer's Publications to start putting out books that emphasize the fun of homebrewing and don't put you to sleep.
I have all 4, started Water way too early in my brewing hobby and gave up before 1/2 way into it. Have not touched the others yet. I will eventually get deep into all 3, but they are in no means easy reads

+2   Totally agree.

Congrats winners, well done !

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mixing yeast
« on: June 14, 2015, 10:12:07 AM »
Why not just make a larger starter with one or the other?

That's what I do when I blend yeast strains (which isn't real often) -  I don't mix them into one starter, I make two starters and vary the size of each depending on what I'm after.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mixing yeast
« on: June 13, 2015, 03:33:15 PM »
Very true.  Sometimes that is half the fun finding out which one comes across more in the final profile.  I try to choose yeast blends that (as you stated) would pair well together and blend nicely even if one outcompetes the other. 

I agree. Sometimes I blend for complexity and sometimes it's to get the character of one yeast and the attenuative nature of another. Not all strains are meant to hang out together, though.

you say to tossed the grains in, poured 150 degree water and walked away. did you stir well before walking away? this is a recipe for dough balls which will kill your efficiency. did you notice any dry areas when dumping your grain?

30% efficiency suggests not mixing the grains and water sufficiently.

My thoughts, too

So crush, pre heating and mash pH all seem to play a huge role. Nothing new there. 

Yep. I'd add having your system dialed in (in terms of volumes) to the list, too. When you can drain the first runnings at the volume you calculated each time, and then drain the sparge water for the correct total preboil volume, you've drained all the sugars possible out of the tun for your system. More sugars in the pot = better efficiency.

EDIT - Even draining out volumes spot on doesn't overcome a coarse, crappy crush though. That's the big efficiency killer.

Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 06:55:39 PM »
Sounds like an awesome trip, Frank!

Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 12, 2015, 04:33:57 PM »
This link will tell you how much grain and strike water can fit in a given cooler. Scroll down to  'Can I Mash It'.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 12, 2015, 04:28:10 PM »
Think I got my cloudy beer issue solve....gelatin really works!

Nice looking beer! Yeah, gelatin works like a champ.

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