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Equipment and Software / Re: is this a good/decent stir plate?
« on: November 20, 2009, 01:28:06 PM »
I am very happy with mine. It is slightly stronger than the homebrew Hanna. (I have both.)

The Pub / Re: SWMBO
« on: November 20, 2009, 11:47:16 AM »
Just hover over the last LDH

it has always been my understanding that carapils should be mashed to prevent haze. Although, I don't recall it ever being inferred as a necessity with other light crystal malts. Would be interesting to have more data on this topic. 
Mine too.

Probably Pliny the Elder. Gotta check my hops first.

The Pub / Re: SWMBO
« on: November 19, 2009, 01:51:55 PM »
How about LDH? That's what Melissa calls me. I thought it meant Loving Devoted Husband, but I was wrong.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Partigyle Spreadsheet
« on: November 19, 2009, 01:33:55 PM »
A recent zymurgy had a table about the expected gravity of first runnings vs the mash ratio. I do parti-gyles for all of my big beers and use only the first runnings for the big beer. The thicker the mash, the higher the gravity (and less runnings per pound).

1.25 qt/lb will get first runnings close to 1.090, 1.1 upper 90's, 1.7 in the 70's.

You have to figure out the amount of grain backwards. What pre-boil gravity do you want? Let's say 1.090 . So we will mash at 1.25 qt/lb. (Or check the zymurgy chart.) Because of grain absorption (let's say 0.5 qtlb) you will only get 0.75 qt of first runnings per lb of grain. What pre-boil volume do you want? Let's say 6.5 gallons (or 26 quarts). To figure out the amount of grain, divide 26 by 0.75 and you'll require 34.66 lb of grain. Mash 34.66 lb of grain with 1.25 qt/lb (mash volume) = 43.3 qt of water (= 10.83 gallons). Add the volume of wet grain 34.66/3qt = 11.5 qt or 2.9 gal for a total mash volume of 10.83 + 2.9 = 13.7 gallons. Got a big mashtun?

Simply run off the first runnings (6.5 gallons) into the boil kettle. Then batch sparge with 6.5 gallons and collect 6.5 gallons of second runnings. In my experience the gravity of the second runnings will be about half of the gravity of the first runnings or ~ 1.045. If you have a second boil kettle you can have the 2nd beer boiling within 15 minutes of the first.

Brew on 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Seconday and Dispensing in Same Keg
« on: November 17, 2009, 03:08:16 PM »
Yeah. If you are going to move it, take it to a party, etc. transfer it into another keg.

The Pub / Re: "Velvet Revolution" 20 years later.
« on: November 17, 2009, 10:37:17 AM »
This might not be interest to you but today marks 20 yeast of "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia.
Extraordinary time for me and many other.

Czechs and Slovaks are marking the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution - which brought down the Communist government of the then-Czechoslovakia.

I just wanted to share.

Someone can't get their mind off of brewing!   :D

The Pub / Re: Brew Dawgs!
« on: November 16, 2009, 09:25:46 PM »
Once I figure out how to post a picture I'll show Daisy, our 10 year old beagle. Got her when she was 2 from someone a few blocks away.
Sometimes she even lets us sit on her couch!
She cleans up any spilt grain while brewing.
If you see a beagle at the Falling Rock Tap House, we're probably there with her.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Free Zymurgy downloads
« on: November 16, 2009, 01:34:58 PM »
Could be Denny.  I'll try to find it at home.

The Pub / Re: favorite bourbons
« on: November 15, 2009, 09:22:30 PM »
The altitude and bikes (you get to sit down!) adds a certain something.
I have to thank the US Army (and your tax dollars) for sending me here for 4 years of hard duty!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Flaked maize percentage for CAP
« on: November 15, 2009, 09:17:06 PM »
Maybe try some grits or polenta and a cereal mash?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The beer gods have smiled!
« on: November 15, 2009, 09:15:31 PM »
Another reason to never throw out any homebrew, ever!

The Pub / Re: favorite bourbons
« on: November 15, 2009, 02:18:50 PM »
Oh yeah, Colorado Whiskey!
Unfortunately Flying Dog abandoned Stranahan's and us and moved to Maryland.
Stranahan's got wort from ?Oskar Blues new brewery for a while.
And Stranahan's just moved into the old Heavenly Daze Brewery on Alameda and Kalamath a few blocks south of the Breckenridge Brewery.
There are a couple of other microdistilleries starting up around here too.
Hmm, I think I see another idea for a bike pubcrawl.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Free Zymurgy downloads
« on: November 15, 2009, 02:11:30 PM »
That's great Denny. How about Michael Hall's article on bottle priming? About 10 years ago?
Thanks, Tom

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