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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Pale Ale
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:32:01 AM »
Thanks Jon!

Anytime !  Some brewers use more rye (in some beers), but you like this beer, and using a higher amount of rye can lead to a stuck runoff. I say go with what tastes good to you. This'll be good.

Yeah I thought it was a low % as I couldn't make out a lot of rye taste in this beer. Although I have little to no experience drinking rye beers.

IMO, 15% rye is about as low as you can go and still detect the rye.  I've gone as high as 40%.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting 1056 behaviour
« on: February 23, 2015, 02:51:14 PM »
Does anyone know if Sierra Nevada uses the same strain for their "lagers"?

AFAIK, they use a real lager yeast.  Can't recall which one at the moment.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 02:50:09 PM »
Ok...silly question #2.  What is the steam output on this thing?  Is it pretty much self-contained?

I set it up in the laundry room becasue I just had my kitchen cabinets refinished and I was worried about steam.  I don't see or feel ANY at all!  2 more pluses I just thought of...since it's a 2.5 gal. batch, you don't need to make a yeast starter for most batches.  Saves $$ on DME.  And since you boil in the keg you;re going to ferment in, you don't have to sanitize a fermenter.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:19:14 PM »
Denny, is this the 110 or 220v model?  How long for your mash to get up to temp?

110.  I can look at my online brew session log and see it took about 45 min.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:01:51 PM »
This thing is basically a no sparge RIMS system.  The mash recirculate the whole time.  You hook a keg of water up to it to start, then it recircs through the heating elements until it's up to temp.  Then it pumps the water into the mash chamber and keeps recircing.  My temp is holding EXACTLY where I set it!

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:38:17 PM »
OK, I'm 30 min. into a 90 min. mash.  Here are some vids of the beginning of the process...






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Questions about the forum? / Re: Ask The Experts
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:12:15 AM »
Yeah, I do!  You can either start a thread or PM me.  I don't expect to see any more Ask the Experts for a while, if at all.  I was "running" it for a while, but the AHA has taken over so the schedule is in their hands.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 09:30:41 AM »
My LHBS just got one of these and are brewing up SMASH recipes to compare different malts and hops, awaiting some finished b3rs to see how they turn out. Its a pretty cool machine and takes up very little space

Yeah, it's sitting on my kitchen table right next to my laptop.  I'll be starting the brew in the next couple hours and will post video.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ipa water addition help
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:33:09 PM »
Nope,  4.6 give me good conversion I was looking on ex water and they have baking soda as a ph raider is this tru I do have baking soda

That will also add sodium which may or may not be desirable.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:32:07 PM »
Just ran it through the rinse cycle.  When I turned it on, the first thing that happened was that it signed onto my wifi network!  Something that mu cooler has never done...;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ipa water addition help
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:19:18 PM »
Mash ph is low 4.6 what's best way to raise not having chalk I knew I would forget something I was worried about being high and didn't consider being low

Pickling lime, but I'd bet you likely don't have any on hand.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ipa water addition help
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:18:48 PM »
And should I add the salts to my strike water while heating up or add after mashing in?

Add to the water before heating it.
Denny, is this true for most salts? For strike, I have been adding after heating,  but before mashing in. Sparge I have been doing essentially the same.

IIRC, Martin has that if you use Bru'nwater you should add salts before heating.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Show off your foam!
« on: February 22, 2015, 02:29:49 PM »
Enjoyable for a homebrew, but might be objectionable a commercial venture and to the barman pouring the beer.

I would have to believe that the pump breaks the beta-glucans up. Inserting a grant reduces the stress that the trip through the pump might place on the wort and along with it, a reduction in the beta-glucan destruction. Beta-glucans are terrific head builders. I've produced many a beer with heads that large or greater and they all included a minor percentage of flaked barley (which is full of beta glucans). I've since switched to using a minor percentage of flaked wheat which has less beta-glucan content and also has a nicer flavor.

But aren't you still running the wort through a pump post grant?  I'm having a hard time seeing what the difference would be.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ipa water addition help
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:28:03 PM »
With the sparge additions could I just add them to the kettle or would going thru the grains add something?   I have heard both sides figured I would ask and see what you guys say

Additions for pH adjustment should go in the tun.  Additions for flavor are fine in the kettle IMO.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ipa water addition help
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:27:19 PM »
And should I add the salts to my strike water while heating up or add after mashing in?

Add to the water before heating it.

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