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Questions about the forum? / Re: new forum look
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:31:21 PM »
That pic of Duncan is...disturbing.  Makes me think of a prostate exam....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Full Body mash temp?
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:01:13 PM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:59:56 PM »
Chilling today, I got a Doppelbock down to 48F using tap water. It has been cold here.

50' immersion chiller, pump, and Jamil return whirlpool.

Same setup here, similar results.

Questions about the forum? / Re: new forum look
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:56:47 PM »
AHA IT staff is looking into the missing buttons.  Personally, I think Keith took them...;)

ETA:  TapaTalk not working for me, either.  I just reported that.  Maybe they forgot to reinstall the plugin.

Questions about the forum? / Re: new forum look
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:32:18 PM »
Thanks, Jon.  This is gonna take some getting used to, huh?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Single Infusion Mash Time
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:06:43 PM »
I mash for at least 60 min.  90 min. or more for lower temps or when I want a very fermentable wort.  My test results differ from Dave's ion that I have seen better conversion efficiency and a more fermentable wort from longer mash times.

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:36:18 PM »
FWIW I rinsed with untreated well water for years with nary a single bad batch to show for it.

Although I generally don't any more, I've done the same with no negative consequences.  The this day, when I rack I sanitize the racking cane and tubing, then fill them with tap water from my well to get the siphon going.  Nothing I'd recommend to anyone, but also never a problems doing that hundreds of times.

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:38:03 PM »
BLEACH  Bleach leaves a residue and need to be rinsed.  IMO, the rinsing defeats the purpose.    Spend the $ for Iodiphor or Star San, no-rinse sanitizers.

We're talking cleaning, not sanitizing.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st all grain attempt
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:34:46 PM »
Good on ya!

All Grain Brewing / Re: how to darken my Saison
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:54:14 PM »
Sinamar.  Add it drop by drop until you get the color you want.  It won't change the flavor.

Ingredients / Re: Gotta Vent about CaraPils
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:51:40 PM »
I swear Sierra Nevada's website used to specifically list carapils as an ingredient in Torpedo and Celebration. 

Now it just says "Two-row Pale, Caramel."

I'm as certain as I can be that Celebration has always been just pale and crystal.

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:48:48 PM »
Ok, two quick questions.  What is AL and why no hot water for carboys?  I'm using plastic carboys so would that make a difference?  That's three questions, but who's counting?

AL= aluminum.  Some people use Al kettles

Hot water should never be used on glass carboys.  There's too much risk of shattering.  Yeah, I know some people do it, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.  No problem with plastic.

Actually, I've gone to a side pickup now.

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:37:58 PM »
I've used Oxiclean Versatile for pretty much all of my brewery cleaning for close to 15 years.  The only thing I wouldn't use it for is AL.  Works great for glass, plastic, vinyl tubing, etc.  I use 1-2 Tbsp. per 6 gal. fermenter in hot water (don't use hot water for carboys).  Rinse thoroughly after using.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1g starter - decant or pitch the lot?
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:16:37 PM »
Ha! Don't worry, I decanted. Brew day went well. I hit all my temps. No real surprises. A good day.

BTW Denny this was my first time using your cheap n' easy mash tun. Also my first batch sparge. It worked very well. I used one of those Coleman extreme coolers (blue, of course) and only lost 3*F in a garage that was 30*F. Mashed in at 154* and wound up at 151* after 75 minutes.

Cool!  (pun intended!)

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