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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mashing Experiment
« on: Today at 12:10:45 PM »
Or it could just be a measurement error since it's so close.

Agreed. Like I said. Nothing terribly scientific or definite here. Just an observation.

Try it a dozen or so times to see if you get consistent results.

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As much as I commend Marshall for doing these experiments, don't let it discourage you from doing your own!  Don't blindly believe him, me, or anyone else.  Try things for yourself and discover your own reality!

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Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: Today at 12:08:23 PM »
domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale

Is that their actual 2-row or their pale ale malt? Or both?

It's the pale, not the pale ale.  Just a bit lighter color.

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Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: Today at 11:26:56 AM »
Remember, this is objective....

domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale
domestic Munich malt - Great Western
domestic rye malt - Briess
continental pils and Munich - Best Malz

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Brewer Intro and "Hi!"
« on: Today at 09:03:52 AM »
I kid. The Saison wasn't nearly as horrendous as I expected.

That makes at least 2 of us!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mashing Experiment
« on: Today at 09:01:55 AM »
With a bit more attention to detail, planning and patience I believe I could have gotten ~80% on the step mash.

Or it could just be a measurement error since it's so close.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 20% Rye Pale Ale not clearing
« on: Today at 08:58:45 AM »
9 days is way too early to be concerned about beer appearance/clarity at this stage of fermentation.  Let your beer sit for at least 2 wks total prior to packaging.  During that second week after fermentation has died down, the yeast will still continue to clean up after themselves (conditioning), improving the beer, as well as allowing the yeast to drop out of suspension resulting in a clearer final product.

+1

+2

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I lift it out of the chest freezer onto a nearby table.  No problem stirring stuff up.  You're worrying about something that just isn't a problem.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stir Plates
« on: June 29, 2015, 10:03:51 AM »
Whether or not stir plates provide any appreciable level of aeration (either before or during active fermentation in the starter) is a topic I have seen debated almost endlessly.  Are you aware of any studies on this issue?  I'd love to get a definitive answer; all I've ever seen is conjecture.

It doesn't seem like it would be a difficult experiment for someone with the proper equipment.

I have access to a very high quality DO meter at the brewery, but it will be a while before I'd have time to test this.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stir Plates
« on: June 29, 2015, 08:58:01 AM »
I think "completely unnecessary" is a personal choice.  I made starters for many years using the method you describe.  It worked fine.  But I find I get better results using a stir plate, so for me it's not "completely unnecessary".  If it ever dies, I'll go back to the shaking method.

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General Homebrew Discussion / !
« on: June 28, 2015, 02:46:02 PM »
Savory or herb ale?  I've got a recipe for clam chowder saison...yes, really!  And welcome!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:10:04 AM »
Too bad there isn't a chiller built in to the zymatic. Then it truly would have been automated, but probably add another $1k to the pricetag...

New roof or zymatic? Choices.

Many people hook up a plate or immersion chiller with it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 26, 2015, 10:46:59 AM »
I see, that makes total sense that the recirc and heat would cause volatile molecules to go bye-bye. I was very skeptical but it sounds amazing.

I was very skeptical also!  My first reaction was "DO NOT WANT!".  After finding out that Annie Johnson was involved with the company, I decided I should give it a closer look.  Glad I did!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 26, 2015, 09:54:43 AM »
I just read up about the zymatic and am considering it. (I wish it was $1k instead of $2k) I see that it doesn't really boil, it heats to just under a boil. Has anyone who has used one brewed some pilsner malt heavy beers that might be susceptible to DMS?

I've made both pils and tripel with mine and it's not a problem.  It gets the wort to 207-208 and the constant recirculation mimics a rolling boil.  The few degrees below boiling doesn't matter at all because of that recirculation.

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Going Pro / Re: Start up funds?
« on: June 26, 2015, 08:29:08 AM »
I think I saw a how to video on this called Breaking Bad.

 ;D

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