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Equipment and Software / dead space for round igloo 10 gallon cooler
« on: January 14, 2015, 06:32:47 PM »
Does anyone use this and a false bottom for a mash tun? f so, what is your dead space? I just replaced my Rubbermaid cooler and transferred over all of the existing hardware including the false bottom. I had 0.41 gallons of dead space in the Rubbermaid.

To measure my new dead space amount I am putting 1 gallon in the mash tun and draining until it stops while tipped. I subtract the collected volume from the original gallon to get what is left in the cooler. I have done this about 5 times and have gotten dead space measurements ranging from 0.50 gallons to 0.63. I feel like I have gone crazy right now. Any idea what I could be doing wrong? The new cooler is slightly more narrow and the spout appears to be lower than the Rubbermaid but everything else seems pretty much the same.

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Beer Recipes / Re: brown ale with munich base
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:06:00 PM »
Thanks for posting! My plan is to do something very similar in respect to the grain I think.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Creating recipes
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:26:30 AM »
One last thing: it's helpful to approach brewing as a life-long marathon, not a sprint. There's always something new to learn.

I have come to this realization recently when trying to perfect my own recipes. For the most part, I don't brew one recipe very often so with little tweaks and changes it seems to take me quite some time to perfect one. Certain recipes are worth development and I realize could take years depending on how often I brew them. Others can be almost perfect after the first attempt.

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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith Loss Adjustments
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:55:21 PM »
You are probably experiencing less boil off then beersmith predicts? You should be able to put in you post boil volume and adjust your boil off amount to reach you preboil volume. This will give you your evaporation rate which will be helpful for future batches. Maybe I am on the wrong track...

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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith Loss Adjustments
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:16:50 PM »
You need to measure your losses and edit the equipment profile that you use. For instance, I have .41 gallons of dead space in my MT. I think Beersmith is defaulted to .25 gallons?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Classiest beer style
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:56:26 AM »
Miller High Life 'The Champagne of Beers'

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Porter style and yeast choice
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:09:50 AM »
Man I used WY1275 once in a porter but it was quite a while ago. I remember getting a very mineral/chalky type flavor in the beer but at this point, I don't know if it was related to the yeast or something else like water...

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Beer Recipes / Re: brown ale with munich base
« on: January 13, 2015, 07:26:57 AM »
kmccaf, did you get this kegged yet? What are your impressions up to this point?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Munich Dunkel
« on: January 13, 2015, 07:14:38 AM »
Thanks for all of the help. It is a more simple style than I realized. I don't think my LHBS has Best Malz but maybe I can get some Weyermann.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Munich Dunkel
« on: January 12, 2015, 03:16:57 PM »
Last question. What kind of water profile? Brown balanced, malty, etc?

I say go with what you're after. I personally like a 'brown balanced' type profile - using all Munich is gonna give you a ton of malt character , even using the balanced profile.  And the 'malty' would further accentuate the malt character.

Good point. Thanks

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Beer Recipes / Re: Munich Dunkel
« on: January 12, 2015, 03:03:22 PM »
Last question. What kind of water profile? Brown balanced, malty, etc?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Munich Dunkel
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:43:57 PM »
Thanks! Can I get away with 34/70 yeast?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Munich Dunkel
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:26:43 PM »
What maltster was the Munich II? What litner rating?

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Beer Recipes / Munich Dunkel
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:42:51 PM »
Looking for some good basic Dunkel recipes. I was thinking of doing a really malty, smooth brown ale but thought maybe a dunkel might get me more of what I am looking for. I have had a couple of tasty commercial examples lately which have piqued my interest.

I assume Munich base malt?
What do I use for color? Chocolate or Carafa malt maybe?
Would 34/70 be an acceptable yeast for the style?

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Ingredients / Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:52:35 AM »
I use pilsner with some Vienna and wheat. I see that my LHBS now carries kolsch malt so I think I will replace the Vienna with that. I use WLP029. I would like to try WY2565 for comparison.

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