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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1388 Starter Size Help
« on: January 17, 2012, 02:26:27 PM »
Option D, aerate well, in a couple days you will have enough yeast to handle the extra sugar you will be adding then.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC details
« on: January 17, 2012, 10:23:28 AM »
Gotta love this board, quick, insightful answers to every question.

Homebrew Competitions / NHC details
« on: January 17, 2012, 12:26:20 AM »
Any news on the TBD location? When are the rules coming out? How many bottles per round? Pick your location?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ambient vs. Fermentation Temps
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:53:53 AM »
Had my glycol pump die on one batch of ale. This was a ten gallon batch, but the temp went up 88 in a 72 degree room, was fermenting at 65, and it was a Scottish 70l beer. The temp does shoot up quite a bit. I strongly suggest a thermowell (sp?) for beers that you are interested in temp controllling.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewhemoth Brag
« on: January 06, 2012, 04:59:10 PM »
Glad you are having fun with it. I'll be kegging ten gallons out of my Brewhemoth tonight, 10 gallons out of my other one next week. Partigyle Scotch/Scottish ale up next if I can find some nice chunks of granite........

Beer Recipes / Re: Formulating my first Dunkel
« on: January 06, 2012, 01:43:42 PM »
100% Munich 10L is the way to go.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann 14 Gal Conical
« on: December 31, 2011, 09:57:58 PM »
Look into Brewhemoths. They are nice, 22 gallon size, I'm currently fermenting two 10 gallon batches in them, I own two. They are pressurizable to over 100 psi, you can buy a chiller attachment. A good deal.

All Grain Brewing / Re: poor all grain efficiency, don't know why
« on: December 28, 2011, 04:33:45 PM »
If you ended up with 6.5 gal of 1.060 wort, that's about 60% efficiency by my math. What would your typical efficiency be for a smaller beer? Lauter efficiency for that mash (it sounds like you were batch sparging) would be ~80%, so your conversion efficiency is in the 75% range.

Have you calibrated your thermometer(s) and hydrometer(s)? Did you check mash pH? Generally, for conversion efficiency to suffer, either the temperature or the pH has to be out of range.

No matter what, I'm thinking you may have some volume measurement error, since 10 gal - 18 lb * 0.12 gal/lb = 7.84 gal. Unless you're mechanically squeezing the mash dry, you shouldn't have been able to get 8+ gal out of it.

You hit the nail on the head with this one. To determine effiencies, one must have a fairly exact measure of all the inputs and outputs. Calibrate your buckets, etc. You might be surprised.

Ingredients / Re: Leaf hops vs. pellets...price
« on: December 20, 2011, 12:17:55 PM »
My guess would be cold storage issues, the leaf takes greater space.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Time Judging Specialty Category
« on: December 12, 2011, 12:42:39 PM »
If I had known it was you who headed down to Urban Chestnut Saturday, I would have accepted Larry's invite. You did go down with Larry, right?

Ingredients / Re: Dry Hop Temp
« on: October 07, 2011, 04:46:13 PM »
My conical is leak checked at 100 psi (160 if the welder is to lazy to adjust the regulator). Trying to speed up the finished result by carbing at the same time as dry hopping.

Ingredients / Dry Hop Temp
« on: October 07, 2011, 10:17:24 AM »
What would be the ideal temp to dry hop an APA? Currently I have it at 38 degrees with 11 psi of CO2 on it in my conical, hoping to carbonate at the same time. What temp would you pick?

Other Fermentables / Re: raw or heated honey best for mead?
« on: September 28, 2011, 04:42:33 PM »
Don't even need to mix the honey in. Just pour the honey (and yes raw is best), water, nutrients, rehydrate the yeast add, a bit of aeration. The yeast will eat its way thru the honey.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/23 Edition
« on: September 25, 2011, 10:52:59 AM »
Brewed 10 gallons of APA yesterday, today 10 gallons of Saison.

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