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Beer Recipes / Re: Strong dark Belgian ideas from mixed grains
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:49:32 AM »
I've never used more than .5 lbs of carapils in 5 gallons that I can recall.  I haven't used carapils in years, although I've been considering it as I'm not happy with my head retention these days.

Carapils, wheat, or other protein laden grains are not a panacea for poor foam.  To help yo diagnose your problem, see...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sanitizer left in carboy...
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:44:45 AM »
I wouldn't think that such a small quantity would be a big deal. The guy who works at my LHBS and started a nano brewery told me that some brewers literally spray-bottle Starsan over the top of their beer after pitching the yeast and before sealing the fermentor.

So I guess the logic for spraying star san on top is to kill airborne bacteria and wild yeast that may have settled on the surface of the wort in the few seconds that the lid/bung was removed. I would think the star san would be diluted with wort long before the required 30 or 60 second contact time. Has anyone else heard of this technique? I can't make sense of it.
I've heard of that technique... It's technical name is paranoia.


There seems to be too may people who think they are getting out of this alive.  I really wish they would notice that we all have an expiration date and just let the tiny little threats go once in awhile.  Too much of anything is bad for you, don't seat the small stuff.

+1.  Spot on.

Indeed.  Life is a terminal disease.

Yeah, but that's not the point, at least to me.  The point is the length and quality of life.  Not that I agree in any way with the article, but I just find this to be a weak argument without much thought behind it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Trouble with gas posts
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:40:48 AM »
Craftsman (and probably some other manufacturers) makes a 7/8" and 11/16" ratcheting box wrench. Tom recommended it to me, and I will pass on the recommendation. Makes for one tool to wrench them all.
Hey, where is Tom these days?

Working 2 jobs and dealing with kids!  I heard from him the other day.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks Denny
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:34:37 AM »
Like many, I have Mr Palmer and Mr Conn to thank for my "expertise". Recently I've been refining my mash and sparge techniques. Someone had planted the thought that frequently stirring would increase efficiency. Seemed to make sense. Then Denny suggested the max fun, max quality, max effective way of only stirring at dough in. By golly, it's true. My last brew was an IPA, 12# Washington Select, 1 1/2# Munich, 1 1/2# crystal 40, mashed in 6 gallons at 154° for 90 min. Vorlauff was beautiful with maybe three little grain chunks coming through. Efficiency was 80%, which it 10 higher than I usually get.

Thanks Denny

How would you approach this method for a step mash? Only stir when adding water?

First, I think that 99% of the time a step mash is a waste of time and energy.  But yes, only stir when adding water.

The Pub / Re: Anybody into watching movies at home?
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:25:27 AM »
My internet connection is so slow I con't use Amazon Prime, Vudu, or most streaming services.  Netflix works for me, but only because they can scale the quality to my internet speed.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dill pickle beer
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:00:53 AM »
Ok, so I know somebody has done this, maybe billy club, if he's on here. Wife wants to try this and I'm game.lets hear ideas.

For the love of all that is beery, DON'T DO IT!  Eat a pickle with the beer, pour some pickle juice in the glass with it...but don't brew it!  Unless you want to be the guy I talk about in our book.....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks Denny
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:59:16 AM »
He is even a good guy in person!

See you next year in Grand Rapids, Denny.

Looking forward to it, Jeff!  My biggest regret in missing NHC last summer was all the friends I didn't get to see!

I have tried to mash breakfast cereal before back in my stupid, stupid youth.  Please don't.

It was the secret ingredient at one of our Iron Brewer comps a few years back.  I'll never forget the color of a Froot Loops mash....

Hahaha. I love homebrewer 'war stories'.

I received many death threats that day.  I never realized homebrewers could be so vindictive!

If you look around here you'll find other threads weighing the merits of refridgerators vs freezers as fermentation chambers.

Yep!  I got a lot of great info when I asked a couple weeks ago, but I still haven't decided which way to go.

All Grain Brewing / Re: equal amounts for 1st and 2nd runnings
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:46:20 AM »
I disagree.  I've done it and conversion is just fine.

I agree with you, Dave, but that seems like so much extra effort when you could just mash thinner in the first place.

All Grain Brewing / Re: equal amounts for 1st and 2nd runnings
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:45:01 AM »
Thanks everyone. I will start with the new grain mill and adjusting my mash water ratio in order to get my collected volumes from 1st and 2nd runnings closer to the same amount.

I may be posting a pic of what my crush looks like in a separate thread to get advice on how it looks...

Sounds like a plan.  I know my efficiency went up a few points when I went to a thinner mash.  In addition, I didn't have to mess with adding more water before the mash runoff to equalize the runnings.  As mentioned, if your runnings are within about a gal. of each other it's plenty close enough.  In addition, there's a school of thought that getting more first runnings will increase the quality of your beer.

Go ahead and post a pic of your crush, but I really don't think it will help you.  None of us are brewing on your system, so none of us can tell you if it's too fine.  Sure, it's easy to spot if it's not crushed enough, but beyond that you just have to crush and brew, and see how it works for you.

I have tried to mash breakfast cereal before back in my stupid, stupid youth.  Please don't.

It was the secret ingredient at one of our Iron Brewer comps a few years back.  I'll never forget the color of a Froot Loops mash....

The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:00:17 AM »

A bass player!  No wonder we hit it off!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks Denny
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:54:35 PM »
Unfortunately for me, I learned all the bad brewing practices on my own before I even heard of Denny, so I don't have a blue cooler or any other color cooler for that matter.  I'm stuck doing fly sparges on a modified SABCO system.  If I had only known.

Yeah, if only....:)

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