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All Grain Brewing / Re: Considerations for 3-gallon all grain batches
« on: August 24, 2012, 10:42:05 AM »
FWIW I've never had the braid "float". I think that is nonsense.

Same here.  I've had it raise up when I stir, but that's no big deal.  Even if it does float, it doesn't affect anything since all the draining happens at the outlet.

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Beer Recipes / Fresh Hop Recipe
« on: August 23, 2012, 04:25:21 PM »
Fresh/wet hops typically weigh about 4 times more than dry?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Dry moss?
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:42:56 PM »
Denny,

It  seems that none of these descriptions require boil or a hot environment when IM and proteins interact.

Kai

Hmm, guess I didn't read it that way.  It would be nice to know that it worked without boiling.  I've always understood that it needed the physical action to help coagulate the proteins.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1ST Time Washing Yeast
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:19:14 PM »
even with slants don't you need a deep freeze for long term?

Nope.  Slants keep in the fridge and you reculture them occasionally.  To freeze yeast, you mix it with glycerin.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry moss?
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:03:55 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrageenan

I'm not too well versed in Irish moss, but maybe it just needs to boiled somewhere in the process and not necessarily in the wort? It seems like the active ingredient is similar to gelatin.

http://homebrewandchemistry.blogspot.com/2009/01/irish-moss-brief-description.html

http://homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/936/how-does-irish-moss-work


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry moss?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:10:17 AM »
Despite Janis' apparent success, I'm stumped.  If it works without being boiled, it contradicts everything I know about the science of Irish moss.

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The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:08:54 AM »
Reading through this thread is just another reason I'm happy to live in Iowa, I guess.  I've honestly never considered "defensibility" as a feature when buying a home.   ::)

No kidding, man.  When I read that, my first thought was that if I had to worry about defensibility, I wouldn't live there!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash out and sparging
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:26:37 AM »
See www.dennybrew.com for more info.

I'm curious, do you whirlpool after the boil?  I'm kinda guessing not since even with the holes pointed down on your kettle pickup you'd take up break/hop matter.

I don't use that pickup any more (GOTTA get that pic changed!) but, no, I don't whirlpool then or now.  I have a pickup that curves back around to the side of the kettle.  I bag whole hops and let pellets go through the pump into the fermenter.

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Beer Recipes / Re: What's your favorite X-mas beer style/recipe?
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:21:11 AM »
My favorite winter/Christmas beer is SN's Celebration, so I brew Dean Larson's "Christmas Tree Ale" recipe for the holidays.  and, of course, BVIP.

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Equipment and Software / Re: efficiency false bottom vs bazooka
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:35:53 AM »
Like I said, same system gets me 83% when I fly sparge for an hour.

What's your conversion efficiency? It sounds like you aren't finished at the end of the mash rest, and the long sparge is giving you extra time to get full conversion.

Not sure what conversion efficiency is but I mash for 60-90minutes, depending on the beer and always raise my mash to 168 by adding boiling water to stop conversion/allow for better sugar extraction. For batch sparging I drain and then add my sparge water and drain again. I do this as fast as possible but like I said my outlet tube is small. Maybe it's not draining fast enough. I don't mind. I just set my efficiency on Hopville to 70% when I know I'm going to batch sparge and I get good results.

In batch sparging, the speed of runoff makes no difference to your efficiency.  Do you stir in the sparge water really well?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash out and sparging
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:30:23 AM »
Hi!
I had made a reciept in BeerSmith, and when i select a Double Infusion for the mashing the program tells me to do it in 3 steps(protein rest 30mins, saccharification 30 mins and mash out 10 mins) using X amonts of water for each one, the total amount is the total water ill use for the reciept.
So i was wondering if the mash out is the sparging, so i have to sparge 10 mins with that amount. Or mb ill have to make the mash out with out draining and then make the sparge with more water.
I have a papazap double bucket for the mashing and sparging.
Thanks guys!

Beersmith is a tool.  It is NOT instructions on how to brew!  Do a single infusion mash with a single batch sparge.  A mashout is not needed.  See www.dennybrew.com for more info.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Diacetyl Blindness
« on: August 22, 2012, 01:08:52 PM »
Sometimes I have trouble tasting diacetyl, but I can nearly always detect it as a slickness on the roof of my mouth.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:33:15 AM »
I boil the starter for 10 min., but I start with a slightly higher volume to account for boiloff.

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Equipment and Software / Re: efficiency false bottom vs bazooka
« on: August 22, 2012, 08:44:55 AM »
Like I said, same system gets me 83% when I fly sparge for an hour.

What's your conversion efficiency? It sounds like you aren't finished at the end of the mash rest, and the long sparge is giving you extra time to get full conversion.

That's a good thought, Sean.  I guess the hat didn't kill your brain after all!  ;)

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