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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Grains
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:16:28 PM »
Either way is fine.  There will be no appreciable difference.

+1

This isn't mashing, no conversion.  Only washing out sugars that are already there.  The water to grain ratio is all wrong for mashing.

I recommend steepers use the same kind of water/grist rations that you'd use for mashing.  Not only does that get them in the groove if they want to mash, it also insures there won't be any tannins extracted due to a high pH caused by using too much water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Grains
« on: March 30, 2011, 10:23:35 AM »
Start timing when you hit about 152 degrees - and try not to exceed 155 by much.

It is at this temperature that the starches in the grain are converted to sugars.  

Steeping grains usually don't have anything to be converted.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Grains
« on: March 30, 2011, 10:20:51 AM »
Either way is fine.  There will be no appreciable difference.

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I would be interested in trying a side by side comparison of the two ciders coming from the two different mills... fine grind vs coarse grind.

My guess is that the difference would be yield rather than quality.  In line with that, I get more juice out of the apples if it's been a rainy fall as compared to a dry one.  And it seems to help to "sweat" the apples.  Let them sit for a week or 2 after harvesting.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop Me Please
« on: March 30, 2011, 08:13:45 AM »
My American brown uses a combo of Tettnanger, Columbus, and Chinook.  I'm a big fan of combining Amwerican and German hops for American styles.

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All Things Food / Re: Cashew Crusted Halibut recipe
« on: March 30, 2011, 06:57:13 AM »
What temp do you use for the fish Denny?  I was planning on making fish for dinner tomorrow anyway, and I've got all of the ingredients except the filet :)

350ish.....until it starts to flake

And Gordon's correct....moderately fine

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Ingredients / Re: How to use tea in beer?
« on: March 29, 2011, 04:19:34 PM »
I use chamomile in wits.

WTF??? Who is this and what hve you done with denny????  ???

Hey, every few years I think I'll try one again.  I work on the keg for about 8 months, decide I'll never drink it, and either dump it or give it away.  I do like wit, but only every once in a while.  Of course, that's not to say that if....oh.....somebody like.....YOU made one, I wouldn't enjoy it to the max.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Cervesa Recipes?
« on: March 29, 2011, 02:25:50 PM »
Man, the guys very first post and you're hacking on his choice of styles... :)  Shouldn't we be nurturing him and slowly guiding him to new styles that build on this and expand his beer horizons...

Aye....

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Diacetyl Rest Timing
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:44:57 PM »
Yeah, you might want to think about it....;)

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Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:44:23 PM »

As for your last question, I would never let my beer anywhere near my camping coolers!  Let's just say the sanitization standards are a bit different!

Thanks for the reply, Denny. Cheers.

:)  What I meant was that maybe you should think about trying batch sparging with your current setup rather than your camping coolers.

Yeah, I knew that, I was going for the easy joke about my camping coolers.  And I will be batch sparging my next brew--an easy pale ale that I am very familiar with so I can gauge the difference. I can expect 115% efficiency, right?

Yeah, and if it's a blue cooler, maybe even more than that!   ;D

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Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:38:43 PM »
thanks Denny for helping this guy take baby steps in equipment upgrades and giant leaps in beer quality.


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Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:35:37 PM »

As for your last question, I would never let my beer anywhere near my camping coolers!  Let's just say the sanitization standards are a bit different!

Thanks for the reply, Denny. Cheers.

:)  What I meant was that maybe you should think about trying batch sparging with your current setup rather than your camping coolers.

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I grew up in Eugene. Got started at the Home Fermenter Center. Is there still another HBS on Willamette?

The one on Willamette has moved to 13th.  The Home Fermenter Center is where I shop.  Still run by Jim and his wife.

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Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:54:23 PM »
Phil's Sparger (I could use a new one - but they aren't made anymore).

The reason being that Dan Listermann said it was the most worthless piece of equipment he ever produced.

Why did he say this?  I have used mine for 15 years, and it works just fine.  I use a five gallon cylindrical cooler (blue) for a mash tun due to space constraints, so another (in addition to the two I use for well, coolers) big rectangular cooler and batch sparging don't work for me.
???

It broke easily.  It seldom spun like it was supposed to, although the spinning made no difference anyway.  It lost heat as it spun (if it did) and from the distance the water had to fall from it.  And mainly that there were far easier and more effective ways to accomplish fly sparging.

Why couldn't you batch sparge with the equipment you already have?

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Zymurgy / Re: March/April Issue?
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:51:07 PM »
Good point.  I'm just so used to saying "Email Kate"....

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