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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: slow starter
« on: March 19, 2012, 11:44:16 AM »
I think the only harm is the potential for under pitching


I'm not sure 1 pack in a 1L starter is going to give you the cell count you'll need (236 billion) for a 1.065 wort. On a stir plate you'd need 1.5L, without you'd need 4L.

There's a free pitching rate calculator here:

Also, with a 1L starter you don't need to (IMO) worry about cold crashing a decanting, you should be ok pitching the whole thing in there without an effect on flavor

All Grain Brewing / Preheated MLT strike water calcs
« on: March 19, 2012, 11:31:02 AM »
I'm trying to nail down what my strike water temps need to be on my system to get my desired mash temp. I'm using the dreaded not blue 10 gallon gott MLT. Did my 1st AG brew following along "How to Brew", and it got me pretty close but surprisingly I don't find a graph for calculating strike temps for a preheated tun. I have beersmith, and there is a place to set mashtun temp, but I have no idea what to enter after I add 2 gallons of boiling water and let it rest 10 minutes per HTB. I kept good records, and know I lost 8 degrees after stirring in the mash and about 4 degrees over the 60 min sacc rest. Is it just a matter of repetition and getting to know my system or is there a chart somewhere I can use to get close? Should I skip the preheat and just use beersmith with a roomtemp mashtun setting?


Equipment and Software / Re: Ranco 2 stage settings
« on: March 15, 2012, 01:53:03 PM »
Sensor is in a thermowell, so I'll set both sides to 68 with 1 degree differential. Thanks zorch

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Rocket
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:42:41 AM »
Shiny toys are good. And this is a great hobby for shiny toys

Equipment and Software / Ranco 2 stage settings
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:41:41 AM »
I wasn't planning on having to ferment in my fridge, let alone battle mosquitoes during mid-march, but evidently high 70's and low 80's are here to stay for a while in Michigan.

I have a ranco 2 stage and a ferm wrap, and my 80/- is getting warmer than I wanted, although it is conveniently at day 5 and  while i was planning on a diacetly rest I don't want it going above 69 or 70 (65 is the desired ferm temp for this recipe, i was going to bump it to 68 for the d-rest) So...I need to chuck the whole works in the fridge and I'm unsure what I need to set my heat, cool and buffer numbers at to hold at 68. Thanks in advance

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mike McDole...Brew System...Recipes?
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:19:26 AM »
Tasty APA:

I think there may be a newer version of it on the BN forum.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Rocket
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:08:11 AM »
Great info, thanks Jason

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Rocket
« on: March 15, 2012, 10:16:03 AM »
I did some more checking and it does say it can be used w/ gravity but you need 4' elevation. Anyway, are you getting a lot of hop flavor and aroma with it? As opposed to whirlpool/hot stand hopping, any difference?

Equipment and Software / Hop Rocket
« on: March 15, 2012, 09:58:55 AM »
Does anyone have a Blichmann Hop Rocket? If so, are you happy with it, and do I need a pump to use it or can you use it inline from kettle to fermentor with gravity? I wrote Blichmann but haven't heard back yet and there isn't much information on the website. Thanks

....your girlfriend really does know the difference between an Irish Red and a Flanders Red

All Grain Brewing / Re: Well that was cheap and easy.
« on: March 14, 2012, 03:09:56 AM »
guess i'll skip installing one, thanks for the input

All Grain Brewing / Re: Well that was cheap and easy.
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:41:41 AM »
I wonder if theres a way you could install like a blichmann thermometer through the side of the cooler MLT?

All Grain Brewing / Well that was cheap and easy.
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:40:33 AM »
Thanks to all of you for your advice and answering my rookie questions. My first all grain brew day went great, no real surprises (other than how much easier it was than I had anticipated). Batch sparge went well (didnt quite get the 3.5 gallons I wanted, sparged with 4, got my 7 to the kettle, preboil gravity was within 2 points of recipe)  and the scottish 80/ is happily burbling away in the carboy.

My big take away from the brew was the need for a good thermometer. The floating jobs are crap for checking the mash, IMO.

Thanks again

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain brew
« on: March 09, 2012, 09:10:26 AM »
I did my first AG last month and made a very simple spreadsheet combining notes from Denny's site and Palmer's book.  It's pretty straightforward with just a handful of inputs (mash temp, grain bill, etc...) and I ended up hitting the calculated numbers just about spot on. I'll be more than glad to pass it along if you'd like. 

If you could email that to me that would be awesome. Thank you kindly

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuck ferment????
« on: March 09, 2012, 09:01:36 AM »
Isn't it true that if you use Beano in the fermentor, you basically have no way to stop it until all the sugar is gone? I remember John Palmer saying on Brewstrong that you cant denature the enzymes post boil so they just keep going and going.

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