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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Marshmallow Root Powder?
« on: September 17, 2013, 03:28:32 PM »
Aren't mucilage and pectin in those quantities going to be problematic in a beer?

Beer Recipes / Re: Hopstand & Dry Hop IPA
« on: September 17, 2013, 03:27:01 PM »'s 8 AM and now I want a beer!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Beer Yeast for Bread?
« on: September 17, 2013, 03:22:23 PM »
Jeff Renner would be the expert, should the Batsignal be turned on?

That would be's been too long since we've heard from him!  Please give him my regards of you see him!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 17, 2013, 03:21:01 PM »
thanks klickitat jim, I do plan to keep reheating mash tun, especially as I brew in my kitchen next to a window.   I think if I bump my temperature a little bit higher than my strike temp, I can stir off some heat during the 5 minutes or so I will be stirring grain to get to an even temp.

Sounds like a plan!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:43:55 PM »
kramerog/denny, so perhaps stirring for about 5 minutes can improve extract efficiency and also give more time to get a better accurate temperature reading in multiple locations, then close the top of the lid, likelier to see less of a drop. 

I like making session beers, but wanted this one to be a step towards making a bigger beer, an RIS, I just want to make sure that I am not letting my pounds of grain go to waste.

I don't think stirring longer will have any effect on your efficiency.  It will just mean that you have an even temp throughout your cooler.   Your efficiency issue is either your crush (most likely), or volumes.  I don't recall the beginning of the thread...are you using a false bottom?

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Brings back memories of the fight over shutting down TechTalk.  8^)  Was that only last year?  Wow!  Seems longer ago than that.

No suggestions for improvement.  I've finally learned where everything is again.


I think it was longer than a year, but I'm not certain.  I find it interesting that after all the squall over shutting down TechTalk, the new one goes months without anyone posting.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:38:02 PM »
kramerog, if I was brewing a 5 gallon batch from say 13.5 lbs of grains and about 5.9 gallons of strike water in that 10 gallon MLT, would I lose more than 1 degree in heat?  Just wondering because I read a lot on blogs that if you are doing 10 gallon batches you should lose little, but more dead space on top of mash you lose more temp.

Thanks again.

It's not a big deal and it's not the cause of your lack of efficiency.  Stir for at least 3-5 min. before closing up your cooler.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 07:49:29 PM »
Denny, so major change in temp doesn't effect the enzyme activity in the mash? Just that you get more fermentable sugars at lower temps (146) and more unfermentable at higher temps (156)?

Correct.  You'll still get conversion at the lower temp.  I think it's likely you didn't stir enough.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:15:09 PM »
So I brewed and I think I figured out the problem. I still had an efficiency problem, though not quite as bad, did have double crush and it improved but not by a ton.

I use a 10 gallon round rubbermaid mash ton, and I am brewing 5-gallon batches so I am getting about 7.3 gallons of wort for boil. I did use 1.75 qt/pd for my mash in, but was still getting temperature drops from mash in at 153 drop to about 147 by the end. I have a fair about amount of deadspace above my mash because I have a big cooler. Could that be a big part of my efficiency problem?

How can I better insulate my cooler to stop this significant drop in temp?  Towels on bottom of tun and at the top?  Towel around the ball valve? How can I fill up some of that deadspace inside?  Foil inside my mash tun?

I am open to any and all ideas, particularly from those with experience with round mash coolers.

The temp drop could affect your fermentability, but it's very unlikely that it affected your efficiency.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Today's brew
« on: September 16, 2013, 03:21:17 PM »
Looks tasty!  Saturday or Sunday I start on a quest to see if I can make my Rye IPA into a decent Rye APA.  Trying to get it from 7.3% ABV down to more like 5.2%.

Why?  ;)

Partially to see if it can be done.  Mostly because if I don't start drinking lower alcohol beers, I'll have to stop drinking.

+1.035 to session beers!

It didn't exactly turn out to be a session beer.  Shooting for 1.052, got 1.055.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Beer Yeast for Bread?
« on: September 16, 2013, 03:18:34 PM »
Although I haven't tried it, the consensus is that it works, although not as well as bread yeast.  Beer yeast is bred to eat sugar while bread yest is bred to make CO2...or so I'm told.  While there is some xover, each is a bit specialized for its task.

Ingredients / Re: One pound of cascade hops.
« on: September 15, 2013, 08:15:14 PM »
If you need some 2006 Summit, let me know!

Ingredients / Re: One pound of cascade hops.
« on: September 15, 2013, 07:42:50 PM »
It's funny to thing about all those centuries when people didn't have vacuum sealers and how the hops were always terrible.  ;D Dry them wrap them well in plastic and foil and freeze them and they will be fine for a year or more. If they start smelling cheesy then compost them but it's not really a big deal if you can't  vacuum pack them.

It's really no different than thinking about all the infected beer people used to drink.  Tastes were different, there was nothing to compare it to, and stale, infected beer with cheesy hops was better than no beer at all.  I mean, some people think Moosehead and Corona are supposed to taste like that!

Ingredients / Re: Homebrewing making a mark in the water supply community
« on: September 15, 2013, 03:52:57 PM »

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