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All Grain Brewing / predicting efficincy after continual improvements
« on: February 03, 2015, 09:51:31 AM »
So my brewhouse efficiency has continued to increase over the last 3 batches from 70% to 72.7% to 75% yesterday after averaging around a lowly 65% for a few months. This appears to be directly to related to a very fine crush and water adjustments.

Yesterday's brew session is the first time that I have used acidification to adjust my mash pH which explains the increase from the prior batch. I overshot my predicted OG by 3 points which isn't bad but it is going to make a 5.6% kolsch. I plan to keep my process the same for the upcoming batch which will be an alt. Should I just assume 75% and hope I can hit that again?

I realize that it will likely just take a few batches to get my system dialed in again but I am curious if others have any ideas after experiencing efficiency increases of 10 points.

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Ok cool. The beer level sits right about at the base of the neck. Normally my bottled beers are about halfway up the neck. I hope it is sufficiently carbonated...

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General Homebrew Discussion / importance of volume of beer for competition
« on: February 02, 2015, 01:08:37 PM »
I filled 2 bottles from the keg and had quite a hard time. They both came up short of 12 oz once the foam subsided after capping. I let them overflow in attempt to get rid of foam but had little luck. Will having less than 12 oz in each bottle effect my entry for a competition?

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Premium Pilsner
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:48:57 PM »
Cool thanks. Looks like I may have found my new LHBS. Much better grain prices...

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Premium Pilsner
« on: January 30, 2015, 03:52:15 PM »
Can anyone give me any input on Schill Malz? Primarily their pilsner, Vienna, munich malts.

In this thread I have gone from Rahr to Canada Malting to Castle to Weyermann to Schill...haha

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Premium Pilsner
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:56:25 PM »
Ok long story but I chose to go with Schill Pilsner and Vienna over Castle mainly because of the German/Belgian difference. Anyone have any experience with Schill Malz? It appears that this LHBS carries Schill exclusively for their German malts.

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Premium Pilsner
« on: January 30, 2015, 11:36:00 AM »
Well I was wrong again. LHBS #1 has weyermann pilsner. Looks like that settles it...

80% weyermann pils
15% schill kolsch
5% franco belges white wheat

wlp029
 
Sorry for being all over the place...haha

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Premium Pilsner
« on: January 30, 2015, 11:15:22 AM »
Ok, one last scenario. I am brewing a kolsch. I will probably get some flack for my choices but it has worked well in the past for me. Let's assume the grain % are set in stone. Basically, which LHBS I go to will determine which grains I can use. I am not going to go to 2 different shops for one beer.

LHBS 1:
80% Canada Malting Pilsner
15% Schill Kolsch Malt (I have been wanting to try this) or GW Vienna
5% Franco-Belges White Wheat

LHBS 2:
80% Castle Pils (I didn't realize they have this and Rahr Pilsner)
15% Briess Vienna (this is the only Vienna that they have)
5% Rahr White Wheat

Ideally:
80% Castle Pils
15% Kolsch Malt
5% Franco-Belges White Wheat

Neither store has a continental choice for Vienna Malt. From what I gather, most may tell me to go with #2 since it is continental pilsner for a German style beer. Moreover, I assume that most would just say to scrap the Vienna altogether. If nothing else, I can call it an "out of style Kolsch style ale with domestic Vienna malt" or "the beer pretending to be a kolsch"


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Beer Recipes / Re: help with recipe
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:44:04 AM »
I would also say that is way too much carafa malt (in my opinion). I recently used 7 oz of midnight wheat in a black lager that got me to 26 SRM and is definitely dark enough for a black IPA. It all depends on how much roast you want but I would definitely cut it back to under a pound. After looking at the OP it sounds like it is too late for that....

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Premium Pilsner
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:27:54 AM »
I think it's in the same vein of the other thread on buying cheaper malts. If I use pils malt it's usually on German and Belgian beers, and there's just zero substitute for German and Belgian pils malts IMO. I love Rahr 2 row above all domestic 2 rows and don't doubt that their pils is solid, but if it's a beer with a pils base, I go with Avangard, Best, Weyermann, Dingemann's , or Castle (depending on availability and what I'm brewing).

I prefer pilsner malt to 2 row for pretty much everything that I brew and I use a lot of munich and Vienna as well. Domestic pilsner for something like an APA is something that appeals to me.

I see that they do have Castle pils as well for only $0.40 more a pound...

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Premium Pilsner
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:12:13 AM »
Any thoughts on this malt? I may have found another LHBS that is considerably cheaper ($0.40/lb) in my area but their line of malts is also different.

Unfortunately, it looks like they only have Briess Vienna and Schill Munich which I don't know anything about.

It looks like an average batch would save me 20% so I need to figure out which malts I prefer...

Rahr over breiss is my vote.

Well it's more like Rahr vs. Canada Malting as far as pilsner is concerned and Briess vs. Great Western for Vienna. For the most part, my current LHBS has me covered for more expensive, continental malts

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Ingredients / Re: low alpha hops
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:43:07 AM »
Well this thread has convinced me to give it a shot since I am brewing a kolsch with low IBUs. I am going to use 1.5 oz FWH of 2.1% Tettnang and throw in a bit of N. Brewer to get me around ~22 IBUs.

I have decided to go with a more traditional kolsch instead of my 'americanized' version. My brewing has been slowly shifting toward more simple and more traditional which I thought would never happen...

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Ingredients / Rahr Premium Pilsner
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:31:12 AM »
Any thoughts on this malt? I may have found another LHBS that is considerably cheaper ($0.40/lb) in my area but their line of malts is also different.

Unfortunately, it looks like they only have Briess Vienna and Schill Munich which I don't know anything about.

It looks like an average batch would save me 20% so I need to figure out which malts I prefer...

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Ingredients / Re: lower cost bock
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:11:42 AM »
I am a penny pincher when it comes to brewing which can cause its issues. I mainly avoid certain styles that I may be too cheap to do properly like American IPA. Maybe I have gone down the wrong path...

It seems that my LHBS overcharges considerably for a lot of british, continental, and other specialty malts. If you are trying to brew very traditional styles then I say go with the others advise. For the most part, my beers are a take on traditional styels and I have had great luck primarily using Canada Malting Pilsner and Great Western Munich base malts for most of my beers.

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Ingredients / Re: got my water analysis
« on: January 29, 2015, 10:19:35 AM »
Hi Everyone, Being new I have been using RO water to do my brewing. On advise from a fellow brewer I started to add 1 gallon of my well water to my 5 gallon extract brewing. People who have tasted have reported better tasting beer so was a good step.

My question though, were do I get a water analysis done. Tried looking at the local water reports via the county and my rural area does not have one available.

Thanks all,

Michael

Best place I've found id Ward Labs....www.wardlab.com.  Get test W-6.

That's exactly what I just did. I had some issues getting the kit but it ended up being a postal service issue.

My water company had some good information but apparently my water comes from 2-3 sources which complicated matters. I am fairly concerned that my water may not remain unchanged in the future...

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