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Pimp My System / Re: My system needs pimping
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:33:26 AM »
And running the wort through hot is enough to sanitize a pump?  Or, how do you sanitize them?  Anyone use a "Chugger Pump"?  This is what my local guy has http://www.torontobrewing.ca/servlet/the-1367/Chugger-Brew-Pump-with/Detail

I generally recirculate StarSan through it, then boiling wort, but a lot of people I know do only the boiling wort.  The 809 has a kinda tough time with it, but since I upgraded to the 815 impeller it works great.

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Pimp My System / Re: My system needs pimping
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:51:58 AM »
Get a pump or 2.

But what pump?  I know nothing about pumps and I'm open to burner recommendations too (affordable burners...)

March 809 HS is the standard.  There's also the 815 for a little more "oomph".  Here are some examples, although you can buy them from many sources....

http://home-brewing.northernbrewer.com/search?asug=&view=grid&w=pump

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Alpha Amylase conversion post mash
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:45:02 AM »
I think the answer is a definate maybe.  Conversion will continue. I think starches tend to stay in the grain until they are converted into sugars, so there may not be many starches to convert in wort. Probably the bigger problem is that starches converted to simple sugars obviously can't be converted back into complex sugars. So after an hour at low temp, raising to a higher temp won't build the body back up unless there are unconverted starches.
 
Of course, this answer is mostly brain splatter.

Good answer IMO!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Alpha Amylase conversion post mash
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:44:13 AM »
So on another thread about coolers, Denny posted a chart that showed the conversion temps and it got me to thinking, which isn't always a good thing.  Will your wort collected in a batch sparge continue to convert sugars as you heat it up through 158-160?  If so, could you effectively do a Hockhurz type mash by heating the wort up and holding it at 158 for a few minutes before you head to the boil?  This would help guys who worry about temperature loss in a cooler and don't want to thin out the mash more with a hot water infusion...

Theoretically, yes.  Since the enzymes are in the wort, not so much in the grain at that point, it will keep converting until you denature the enzymes.  I don't know how much difference it would make.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is liquid yeast significantly better?
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:41:33 AM »
I wonder if an average homebrew dude changed only his/her yeast if it would change the end product

My experience says yes.   Maybe subtle, but different.

maybe not so subtle. I do this a lot. the same beer with us-05 vs Belgian saison for instance. totally different end product. I've also done California ale vs 1968. huge difference, not as much as the s-05 saison combo but.

Yeah, obviously!  I was thinking more along the lines of comparing similar yeasts, like  05/1056/001.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm brewing on national TV tonight
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:37:01 AM »
Cool, Rob!  Wish I could see it.

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Pimp My System / Re: My system needs pimping
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:35:18 AM »
Get a pump or 2.

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Going Pro / Re: Growler exchange
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:32:44 AM »
This place just opened up here in Eugene...http://thegrowlernation.com/ .  There are getting to be a few of them around the state.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is liquid yeast significantly better?
« on: August 01, 2013, 09:12:21 PM »
I wonder if an average homebrew dude changed only his/her yeast if it would change the end product

My experience says yes.   Maybe subtle, but different.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is liquid yeast significantly better?
« on: August 01, 2013, 08:18:39 PM »
No, I can't just sprinkle the dry yeast into the wort.  Not when rehydrating seems to be recommended.

You absolutely can sprinkle, and if you haven't I strongly recommend that you try. There are many of us who find no improvement in using rehydrated yeast over just sprinkling it dry.

+1.  I've tried rehydration a couple of times and can not tell a difference from just sprinkling it on top.  I really didn't notice much difference in lag times either.

+1.060

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1.) Yes, I agree the financial force is from commercial, but the rule change would affect us and allow us to ship via USPS (not saying that's a better option, but it would be an option).

2.) "There's not enough money to be made from homebrewers for it to be a factor" - sounds like there wouldn't be much pull from that statement, even if we were involved.  I know this has been an issue for a while and not just with USPS - just seems like the iron is hot, why not add some grease?

Hopefully they'll include homebrew and not just make it for commercial breweries.

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This may be great news for shipping homebrews and other alcoholic liquids - not sure if it will save the USPS, but is there anything we can do (from AHA) to encourage this to happen?

http://news.yahoo.com/ap-interview-usps-eyes-alcohol-deliveries-172601094.html

Cheers!

1.) This relates pretty much to commercial shipping.  There's not enough money to be made from homebrewers for it to be a factor.

2.) How do you know the AHA isn't already involved with this?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is liquid yeast significantly better?
« on: August 01, 2013, 12:41:31 PM »
I don't know whether this makes a discernible difference in 5G of beer but, IMO, this makes liquid yeast better.

If it doesn't make a discernible difference, why would it matter?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:45:07 AM »
Ah, I see. Well, that's cool I guess. A Hochkurz step infusion is easy enough.

Here's a good chart...


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy National IPA day!
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:25:39 AM »
I have several ready.  Unfortunately, due to my work schedule, I won't be able to drink any of them for the next week.

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