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Yeast and Fermentation / Lagering question for Steam beer
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:02:04 AM »
Doing an Anchor Steam clone; been in primary for about a week @~64F. Just tasted some and i am not pickng up any diacetyl and i think fermentation is done. So what next? do i cold crash? lager? or simply keg, force and serve?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate question
« on: January 03, 2013, 01:24:27 PM »
Cool thanks, My gallon of WLP810 Is on its way to the fridge.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate question
« on: January 03, 2013, 01:16:19 PM »
How long do you use the stir plate after fermentation begins? do you run it till the bubbles stop?
...I tightly seal the foil on top and off she goes for cold crashing.
Do you bother cold crashing if you are planning on brewing in the next few days or would that be if you wanted it to keep longer?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Stir plate question
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:25:11 AM »
How long do you use the stir plate after fermentation begins? do you run it till the bubbles stop?

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Ingredients / Re: Gratzer Water
« on: November 16, 2012, 07:11:09 AM »
I found the Weizenrauchmalz at Rebel Brewer and I'm going to brew it this weekend. I'm using WPL029 and going with Hallertaur.
Martin suggests boiling. Do i simply boil all my mash/sparge water (about 10 gal.) or do I need to decant as well?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: HERMS vs RIMS
« on: November 16, 2012, 06:53:24 AM »
Yeah, TOP is a little spendy; I just want the flow rate/ alarm but dont know where to find one.

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indeed, anybody chooseing to use this plant for medical or recreational purposes would do well to do something other than smoking. While study after study seems to confirm that the risks associated with tobacco are lessened or even absent with MJ it'll still tear up your lungs and if you already have a lung related issue or are an athlete etc.
Enter the vaporizer. I have made several batches using Rosemary (dry hopped about 20g.) but that's for flavor and aroma. Personally I like to keep the two (alcohol and cannabis) separate, and by the time you start to feel the effects of the THC in your beer, you've already ingested far too much to be enjoyable.
FWIW, PBW does an excellent job cleaning glassware. Just sayin'.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mash 100% Wheat
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:24:39 AM »
I recently brewed an all wheat beer and it converted just fine. lots of enzymes in wheat malt.

now, the runoff, that's another issue. flow, stuck, stir, flow, stuck... took forever to runoff. should have used rice hulls.
gonna use rice hulls for sure. thanks for the advice.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: HERMS vs RIMS
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:20:50 AM »
Design the wiring so there's no current going to the heat element unless the pump is running. additionally a flow rate alarm like Blichmann's TOP prevents scorching should you get a stuck mash.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: HERMS vs RIMS
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:32:35 AM »
Still stuck with going with either electric RIMS or electric HERMS.  Need to figure that out so I can finish planning my build.
RIMS IMO is easier cleanup. I use a shop vac to clean the mash tun and backflush/recirculate everything, including counterflow wort chiller with five star liquid line cleaner followed by a hot rinse. I guess a HERMS wouldnt be much different- back flushing a coil of tubing versus a heating element in a 18"X1.5" copper pipe.

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Beer Recipes / Mash 100% Wheat
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:22:29 AM »
I want to do a Gratzer (see Zymurgy Nov/Dec 2012 page 37). I always thought Wheat malt (in this case Weyermann Weizenrauchmalz) lacked enough enzymes to get a full conversion. What do you think?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: HERMS vs RIMS
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:04:22 AM »
I built a RIMS and use propane for HLT and BK; electric for pimps PID and heat element. i looked at The Electric Brewery site and was impressed. My only concern with going all-electric is this: I tend to brew on cold, windy/rainy days. our power goes out pretty easily around here so if the lights go out i'm screwed. Whereas gas at least can get me through the process.
So how much of a cost difference are we talking (percentage-wise)? If it is significant, i could see upgrading and getting a generator for backup. And how long would it take to re coupe the $$s just needed for the upfit? The generator i could justify because that can be used for other things like chest freezer (fermentation) and simple house power needs.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Troubleshooting a funky fermentation
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:34:28 AM »
OK, just tasted a sample; definite phenolic (medicine) taste. Completely different than the smell. I will take Euge's advice and RDWHAHB.
 Now 5 days in primary and still chugging along. Gonna rack tomorrow and dry hop. Over 15 years of all grain brewing, I wont cry if I have to dump one. Just would like to know what went wrong. Probably time to reassess my sanitation practice- gotta keep those nasties on the run ya know...

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Ingredients / Acid rinse cloudy
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:13:59 AM »
Using StarSan to sanitize i have noticed the water gets really cloudy like really thin skim milk. Is this normal? I am getting similar with the low-foaming Saniclean, muddy water. I am using well water through a carbon filter.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Troubleshooting a funky fermentation
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:38:01 AM »
I have something "different" going on in the primary of a SNPA clone recipe. I did an identical batch about 4 days ahead and is doing fine. I repitched the 1056 from that but the head in the fermenter looks like melted ice cream instead of the usual Rocky Krausen i am used to. It's hard to explain the smell, sour, acidic, maybe vinagar? does not smell right. I'm thinking infection but would like some guidance as to specifically what it might be.
I did an AG cooler mash at a festival/ demonstration, and after chilling didnt pitch till the next day. I rinsed the carboy with the low-foam acid rinse a day or so before, and plugged the carboy with a stopper. Could that be the cause?

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