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All Grain Brewing / Re: Conversion Efficiency
« on: November 21, 2012, 11:11:42 AM »
For one thing, I think the OG estimate was off.  I get 1.066 in Promash using your grist.

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Ingredients / Re: CaraAroma in Irish Red
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:59:57 AM »
I usually include 1 lb of C-120 in my 10gal Irish Red recipe.  If any of you have used Weyermann CaraAroma in anything I was wondering if it would work well in place of C-120?

Dave

CarAroma is much lighter.  It's like carapils IIRC.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuck at 1.020
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:58:36 AM »
Sparging with boiling water is not a good plan.  You are likely extracting harsh tannins, which may or may not be the "starchy" flavor you are referring to. 

It's the pH, not the temp, that's the culprit in tannin extraction.  If not, no one could do decoction mashes.

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Equipment and Software / Pumps
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:30:13 PM »
I have a march pump and it works fine.  I don't know that there is much of a difference between the march pump and the chugger pump.

All of them will handle boiling temps, even with the plastic head.  I've had one with the plastic head for years and it's been great.  I'm sure the stainless head is cool and looks nice, but it's definitely not necessary.

Agreed.  I use the standard March 809 HS and it's worked great for me.

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Beer Recipes / Parti-Gyle Belgian Dark Strong
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:29:21 PM »
Here's my recipe....no Special B, but I used 2 lb. of D180 syrup.

http://www.candisyrup.com/uploads/6/0/3/5/6035776/dennys_400th_-_variation_001.pdf

Thanks Denny!  What do you think the Caramunich provided?  Also, why the turbinado sugar in addition to the D-180?  Thanks for the link.

The CaraMunich gives it body and richness.  The turbinado was partially to increase the sugar % and partially for flavor.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Ringwood Ale Yeast (1187) Trouble...?
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:27:33 PM »
How do you rouse the yeast? Just shake up the fermenter?

Swirl it gently.

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General Homebrew Discussion / FWH question
« on: November 20, 2012, 11:32:05 AM »
But it will avoid the boil over thing

I haven't found that to be the case.

Yep Denny, it did foam up and boil over. I really wish I had bought a bigger kettle. An 8 gallon kettle just isn't big enough for 5 gallon brews.

BTW My 1 week in the bottle sample of this beer was terrific.

before I got a bigger kettle, I used fermcap and it usually helped prevent boilovers

Before I used Fermcap, I used a spray bottle which was very effective.  Due to some concerns about Fermcap, I've gone back to that.

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All Things Food / The Perfect Winter Meal
« on: November 20, 2012, 10:42:40 AM »
I think I want to marry all you guys. :-*

I'm gonna tell your husband!  :)

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Beer Recipes / Parti-Gyle Belgian Dark Strong
« on: November 20, 2012, 10:41:58 AM »
Here's my recipe....no Special B, but I used 2 lb. of D180 syrup.

http://www.candisyrup.com/uploads/6/0/3/5/6035776/dennys_400th_-_variation_001.pdf

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General Homebrew Discussion / FWH with BIAB
« on: November 20, 2012, 09:29:27 AM »
I didn't end up FWH ing, but i don't understand how, if I FWH and leave the fwh hops in for the boil, why I don't get similar bitterness.  Is this assuming u remove FWH hops before boiling (but after lautering)?

There are chemical changes that happen when you FWH that result in the bitterness tasting less bitter, even though it measures a bit more IBU.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mashing? Important?
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:09:34 AM »
I guess right now the only German styles I would want to brew would be maybe an Oktoberfest Lager and I guess that's it.

Would I need a RIMS system to do this?

Nope, nor a HERMS.  When I do step mashes, I do them as step infusions.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mashing? Important?
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:44:56 AM »
I do it once in a while so I can see if maybe I missed something when I decided it doesn't make much difference.  So far I haven't been able to convince myself I'm missing something by not step mashing.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wet milling fail / I'm an idiot
« on: November 18, 2012, 11:17:23 AM »
But it's not the only way to get the kind if result you're talking about.

No way! This is the Internet and only one person at a time is allowed to be right.

Let me know when it's my turn! ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wet milling fail / I'm an idiot
« on: November 18, 2012, 10:03:04 AM »
Truly amazing how tight you can set the mill and the improved conversion.
At least somebody gets it.
I get that it reduces dust. And also that it may help with lautering. I have absolutely no faith that it produces a superior conversion.
A finer crush will almost certainly improve conversion.  What's your current conversion rate?

Jumping in here....I get 99-100% conversion efficiency regularly.  I crush very fine and don't condition the malt.  I think what euge is getting at is that you can achieve the same results without conditioning.  Now, if you've tried it both ways and conditioning works better for you, so be it.  But it's not the only way to get the kind if result you're talking about.

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The Pub / Punkin Chunkin
« on: November 16, 2012, 01:58:44 PM »
Too cool!

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