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All Grain Brewing / All grain gear
« on: February 17, 2012, 05:04:36 PM »
I'm making the jump to all grain in the next 2 weeks. I'd like to just batch sparge and I'm wondering what gear I should go with. I have a 5 gallon brewpot and a 10 gallon brewpot with a ball valve and thermometer and a propane burner. Do I just need a cooler with a valve and a false bottom?

Ingredients / When should I add lactose...
« on: February 17, 2012, 05:00:57 PM » the boil. Brewing a cream stout this weekend. Thanks in advance.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewpots
« on: February 02, 2012, 02:32:01 PM »
Thanks for the advice guys, 10 gallon NB Megapot w/ therm and ball valve looks good........or maybe the blichmann.....that guys makes some great looking gear. Anyone have any?

Equipment and Software / Brewpots
« on: February 01, 2012, 04:35:35 PM »
Looking to upgrade to a pot large enough for a 7 gallon starting volume. I like the northern brewer 8 gallon megapot with valve and thermometer. I am concerned it wont be big enough for a 7 gallon boil. Any recommendations?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: To decant or not to decant??
« on: January 28, 2012, 01:27:45 AM »
Starter gravity was 1.030. I'm buying a stirplate, but did not have one for this so it was aerated by swirling it every 20-30 minutes. I did work today, so it went 9 hours with no aeration.

Ingredients / Re: Hopping schedule
« on: January 28, 2012, 12:54:03 AM »

10.4 Amarillo whole
9.3 Amarillo pellet
13.4 Citra whole

Ingredients / Hopping schedule
« on: January 28, 2012, 12:18:06 AM »
Brewing an APA tomorrow, and I'd like it to have a big hop flavor and aroma, while keeping the IBUs somewhat close to the style guidelines. I have the following in the fridge:

3oz Amarillo pellets
2oz Amarillo whole
1 oz Citra whole
2oz Willamette pellets

Any ideas?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: To decant or not to decant??
« on: January 28, 2012, 12:12:40 AM »
 Great forum here, BTW. Lots of input with differing opinions but no flaming. I'm glad I joined the AHA.

Last question, I swear. What would you shoot for as a fermentation temp with this yeast (WLP001) to produce a nice clean beer. Starting gravity is 1.051 or so, if that matters. Fair amount of late hop additions. I have a controller and a ferm wrap so maintaining temp is no problem.

Thanks again.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: To decant or not to decant??
« on: January 27, 2012, 10:21:10 PM »
Thanks for the answers. I think I'm stuck pitching it at this point. As far as cold crashing, are you letting the slurry come back up to temp before you pitch?

Yeast and Fermentation / To decant or not to decant??
« on: January 27, 2012, 09:25:51 PM »
Brewing an APA tomorrow, made a 1L starter with WLP001 last night. Should I chill and decant that for a 5 gallon batch, or just pitch the entire starter in? I dont want to change the flavor of the beer, but I do want a great fermentation. Also, if I do decant after chilling, do I need to let the slurry come back to room temp prior to pitching?

Thanks in advance for your input.

APA. Amarillo goodness. Starter for that one and bottling a cascade APA tonight

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First brew day mistakes
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:34:37 PM »
Had fermentation temps all over the place (I live in MI and heat with wood, gone during the day) - double ouch. Put the carboy on a container of water and it will keep the fluxuations to a minimum.

I picked up a Ranco controller and a ferm wrap heater, working really well. I'm able to maintain 68 degrees with a towel around it for a bit of insulation. Much better than trying to control ambient room temp. Went the space heater route prior. The girlfriend will probably shoot me when the electric bill comes

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First brew day mistakes
« on: January 24, 2012, 07:29:02 PM »
Brewing again this sunday. Going to try a starter for the first time. OG should be 1.050-1.053. Using WLP001, and I've read that it may not be necessary to use a starter with that gravity? Is it a "best practice" to do one anyway?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / First brew day mistakes
« on: January 24, 2012, 04:33:25 PM »
I'm new to the hobby (obsession?). I'm absolutely hooked, in spite of about 4 and a half gallons of really lousy oatmeal stout. My second batch is under my belt now, and looking back at my first I'm amazed at what I've learned since.

First Batch:

Didn't cool the wort (dumped it on top of 2 and a half gallons cold water in carboy, result being it didn't cool to 75 for about 5 hours)
Didn't aerate wort
Pitched dry yeast without re-hydrating
Fermented 5 gallons in a 5 gallon carboy without a blowoff setup (initially)
Had fermentation temps all over the place (I live in MI and heat with wood, gone during the day)

The result was an under attenuated beer (finished around 1.024) that tastes not much like an oatmeal stout. Some fruit/alcohol wine flavors.

Since then I've listened to about 40 hrs worth of podcasts (mostly brewstrong), finished one book (Papazians), halfway through J Palmers "How to Brew", bought "Brewing Classic Styles", started a brew logbook, purchased an additional 6.5 g carboy, ranco 2 stage controller, fermwrap, thermowell, yeast starter flask, and about 10 other things I'll remember after I post this.

My 2nd batch (dry hopped APA) is currently sitting at exactly 68 degrees awaiting bottling this weekend. High hopes for that one.

What a hobby.

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