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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing with flaked maize
« on: March 15, 2013, 11:55:50 AM »
I've used up to about 10% flaked corn with absolutely no issues except that it gave the beer the taste I was looking for, and it got used again. :D

I just have them toss it into the grain bag at the LHBS after they mill the rest of the grains.

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My first concert was Aerosmith 1984.  First Rush concert was distant early warning 1984. :D

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Albion Ale
« on: March 10, 2013, 06:31:11 PM »
I was prompted to purchase a 6-pack with the incentive of receiving a bottle signed by Jack Mauliffe.  For $8.49, it seemed like the risk on the beer was worth it.  It is quaffable and delicious in its simplicity. I really enjoy the balance and how the hop flavor really comes through in the obviously simple grain bill.

I really wonder if it's much more than 2-row.  Again, don't get me wrong, I thought it was very enjoyable in its simplicity.  Simple drinkable beers without a ton of hops to hide behind are really quite a bit more impressive than another hop-bomb of a commercial beer.  Honestly I've gotten tired of commercial hop-bombs, I'd rather make them myself and drink something commercial that's harder to make and less forgiving.  I've seen on my blonde ale what a big difference that just a small ingredient change can make.  Never noticed that with a hoppy APA or IPA.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging: Dilution
« on: March 10, 2013, 06:23:24 PM »
Get a bigger cooler!  ;)

We're working on the upgrade to ten gallons.  Plus a brew-shed / man-cave.  It's in the works hoss! :D

For the moment, my batches may be slightly less than optimal, but they've been coming out pretty damn good anyway.  The 2-banger batch-sparge is probably less than optimal, that's a given.  Bigger cooler on the way.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging: Dilution
« on: March 10, 2013, 04:55:49 PM »

I guess I stumbled upon the approximate correct technique by accident.  This is what I've been doing, basically.  Wind up with about 6-6.5 gallon pre-boil, about 5 or slightly  less after (depends on how much hops, mostly). 

Drain mash tun till it's a slow trickle, then add sparge water, then drain again, then add sparge water, then drain final time.  OG works with beersmith II if I use 67% efficiency (top of design page input). 

Beers have been coming out fine since I made adjustments and figured it out.  Even before then, they were good but my OG was low.  Adjusting efficiency on beersmith was key (for me at least).

Do you have a very small mash tun?  There should be no other reason to have to sparge twice.  And are you stirring well after you add the sparge water?

Yes, and yes.  5 gallon igloo cooler mash tun (cylindrical, vertical).

I have a 5 gallon mash tun.  I usually sparge twice and stir in each time (and let sit a few minutes each time).  Total sparge volume (per run) about 1.75 gallons.  Similar to BS "recommendation."

Any tips on improving?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: is there an easier way?
« on: March 10, 2013, 04:10:43 PM »
so i'm an extract/partial mash and partial boil brewer with several batches under my belt.  i just about have my process dialed in with all of my new gadgets, primary among them being my immersion chiller.  i've also been reading about how extract brewers should put half of their extract in at the beginning of the boil, and the other half in the last 15mins or so to avoid a lot of kettle carmelization.

all that being said, does it become a problem to interrupt the boil?  by the time i drop in my IC and add another 3ish pounds of extract, my wort temp has dropped 15-20 degrees.  should i return it to boiling before i continue my hop timers?  or just continue on business as usual?


It don''t matter that much hoss. ;D

just make sure no extract gets boiled less than ten minutes.  Get a little of the extract in at the beginnig, but otherwise wait for the rest. 

Try to boil as much as you can or all of the wort if possible.  That's as big a deal or bigger than whether all of your extract gets boiled sixty minutes. 

Extract beers can come out damn excellent.  Full boil and fermentation temperatures probably being the biggest factors.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging: Dilution
« on: March 10, 2013, 03:46:37 PM »
You should run the mash tun dry for each runoff. Otherwise you're intentionally leaving sugars behind.

Yep.  What you want to do is measure how much runoff you get from the mash.  Subtract that from the amount you want to boil.  The answer you get is how much sparge water to use so that you have nothing left behind.

I guess I stumbled upon the approximate correct technique by accident.  This is what I've been doing, basically.  Wind up with about 6-6.5 gallon pre-boil, about 5 or slightly  less after (depends on how much hops, mostly). 

Drain mash tun till it's a slow trickle, then add sparge water, then drain again, then add sparge water, then drain final time.  OG works with beersmith II if I use 67% efficiency (top of design page input). 

Beers have been coming out fine since I made adjustments and figured it out.  Even before then, they were good but my OG was low.  Adjusting efficiency on beersmith was key (for me at least).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Tun: Temperature Uniformity
« on: March 10, 2013, 03:39:49 PM »
I stir well in the begining then every 15-20 minutes. I use a round "yellow" cooler and take my temps at the top. I loose 1-2 degrees depending how long I mash.
My cooler is round and blue. :D

I stir three times during the 75 minute mash and don't worry about it otherwise.  If the temp is close enough, it's good enough.  It's always within 1-2F anyway.

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So it passed?  F'in A-ball man!

:D

Welcome to the 20th century!  Oh wait...  ::)

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I suppose I should make a Vienna lager?

Honestly, I would make a blonde ale (we're on edition IV now, FWIW). It's popular as hell, even the BMC drinkers love it.  My other most popular beer is Elderberry Wheat, believe it or not. Again, the BMC drinkers seem to love it.

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It's all about Metal man!  8)

Sometimes on saturdays we listen to car talk on npr tho.  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A few ideas for better beer.
« on: March 10, 2013, 03:16:33 PM »
#2 and #3

have helped me immensely

I sometimes use dry yeast tho.  Works great with straight rehydration.

for liquid yeast I make a starter, at least a 24h 1 quartH2O / 100g DME starter at the minimum.  Usually a bigger starter and longer, with refrigeration/decant.

The biggest and best thing is no doubt fermentation temperature control, with a freezer/johnson controller.  The freezer holds two fermenting buckets (one has to be an 8 gallon "short" bucket tho).  Temperature is a steady 64-66F.  I live in TX.  Result is "good beer."  It's TX, it's hot here.  Enough said.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Albion Ale
« on: March 08, 2013, 03:04:56 PM »
I'm having one now.  I find it rather simplistic and not complex, but I also don't think that's a bad thing.  Many modern beers are just too much, too over the top.  This one is not.  It's simple, tasty, light, and would be a great fishin' beer.  My only criticism is that I wish it was in cans. 

Since my house beers (apparently, lol) are currently "bleach blonde ale" and "elderberry wheat," both of which are pretty simple and not at all over the top, I can find myself appreciating this beer for its simplicity. 

I question BA and RB classifying it as an APA tho.  Doesn't really fit into that category very well.  Honestly it's closer to my blonde ale than any APA that I've made. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Red's Apple Ale
« on: March 08, 2013, 03:00:17 PM »
Good to see this thread, I know I'll skip this one.

The king of apple beers still remains New Glarus, Apple Enigma FTW! :D


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