Can anyone provide some good examples that are widely available? My Schwarz is tasting pretty damn good but I want to compare it to a solid example of the style to see if I should enter it in a competition or not.
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I am using exactly what you described. I may experiment with starting with more water and a hose attached for draining to a bucket below. Maybe I will just have to brew a batch and see what I end up with...
You do not use a hose? That's a recipe for lipoxygenase oxidation. How is the non-refrigerated stability of your beer?
What kind of false bottom are you using? A domed false bottom with a right-angle hose barb should not result in that much dead space.
Generally, roasted malts are more acidic than other malts. Are you doing anything to adjust your mash pH?
My rubbermade 10gal MT deadspace is 0.25gal. I was getting higher volumes when trying to measure it until I attached my hose and drained it like I would while brewing and realized that the suction from the siphon decreases the amount greatly as opposed to just opening the valve.
1) What happens if you don't tip?
2) Could you be losing suction somewhere? (hose or nipple unclamped/untaped and exposed) Without wet grain packed on top of it I could see a small leak possibly stopping suction.
3) Try it with 4 gallons to start.