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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye IPA Recipe
« on: February 12, 2013, 08:47:10 AM »
More rye and forget the mash hops.  IMO, it's a waste of hops.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Open air fermentation
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:01:33 PM »
If you're not going for wild yeast fermentation, what is the advantage for open fermentation besides maybe top-cropping yeast?

Supposedly it effects the flavor of the beer.  I've tried it a couple times, but didn't really notice any difference, but YMMV.

I think it may have a more noticeable affect when fermenting on a commercial level.  Purportedly Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss is dramatically different open fermented versus in a conical.  I don't know how much different it would be at our size fermentations since we really don't build up *that* much pressure.

Speaking of Kellerweiss....


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Equipment and Software / Aeration Systems
« on: February 11, 2013, 10:43:49 AM »
Try a MixStir. Inexpensive and I've been vert satisfied with how well it works.  Under $20.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Conference pointers
« on: February 11, 2013, 10:27:00 AM »
"I remember Drew saying something important, what the heck was it?".

I defy anyone to name one thing important I've said! :)

How would anyone know after they go deaf from all the f bombs?  ;)

Thanks for trying, Jeff!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Conference pointers
« on: February 11, 2013, 10:00:19 AM »
Take good notes in the tech, sessions. You will always go - "I remember Ray/Stan/Greg/Vinnie/Matt/Denny/Drew saying something important, what the heck was it?". Notes written in the back of the program help.

Jeff, with me I think the word is "goofy", not "important"!  :)

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All Grain Brewing / My First Batch Sparge
« on: February 11, 2013, 09:19:18 AM »
So are most of you batch spargers adding your water at higher temps than 168?

Yeah.  I'm never under 190.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Open air fermentation
« on: February 11, 2013, 09:15:55 AM »
If you're not going for wild yeast fermentation, what is the advantage for open fermentation besides maybe top-cropping yeast?

Supposedly it effects the flavor of the beer.  I've tried it a couple times, but didn't really notice any difference, but YMMV.

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Beer Recipes / Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 10, 2013, 04:42:44 PM »
Batch sparging is so wonderfully easy. 83% every time on a double batch sparge.

What do you get with only one sparge?  I get 83-85% with one.

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Beer Recipes / Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 10, 2013, 03:16:47 PM »
I predict you will have an incredible beer.

No way...it's got Fuggles!  ;)

And Denny, you would be proud.  Batch sparge #2 and I may be leaning away from my homemade sparge arm.  It was really nice to sparge indoors when it's 20F outside!

Dave

Good on ya, Dave!

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Beer Recipes / Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:13:43 PM »
I predict you will have an incredible beer.

No way...it's got Fuggles!  ;)

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+ 1 for everything Dave mentions, excepting that runoff time is the next most important variable after crush.  Those two factors are what I feel are the most important for efficiency.

Unless you're batch sparging, in which case runoff speed makes no difference.

Dave, I found that my efficiency went up 2-3 points on a consistent basis when I increased my mash ratio from 1.33 qt./lb. to 1.65-75.

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All Grain Brewing / Need Some Serious Help
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:28:47 PM »
Yeah, that's how I understand it, although I think I saw something recently that suggested there were some minerals in RO water.  I could be mistaken about that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Conference pointers
« on: February 09, 2013, 04:25:37 PM »
Crispy told me at a conference once that he sampled every beer at club night.  He used a very, very small glass.

I will say that these days I'm betting that would be an impossible task unless one was using a nano glass. I'm not even sure you could get around the taps in the time for club night.

Don't you recall Crispy's nano mug?  Can't be more than an oz.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitizer in the Fermenter
« on: February 09, 2013, 03:36:29 PM »
What sanitizer were you using?  I'd bet that you got such a small amount in there you'll be fine.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Need Some Serious Help
« on: February 09, 2013, 03:34:30 PM »
I'm betting it's your water.  If you want to continue using your tap water, get an analysis for www.wardlab.com .  Or use distilled/RO water.  Either way, also get Bru'nwater https://sites.google.com/site/brunwater/ and start adjusting your water.  400 ppm hardness sounds like a bad thing.

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