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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation timing
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:50:23 AM »
Again - all depends on pitching rates, starting gravity, oxygenation, yeast strain, and temperature (setting and variance).

Check gravity. Taste. Package when ready.

THIS^^^^

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: can you repair a beer
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:47:59 AM »
When it's done just call it a session IPA. I say this simply to annoy Denny. Nothing bad about an extra hoppy and bitter pale ale, IMO.

Annoyed! 


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: can you repair a beer
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:46:14 AM »
Preboil, mine is always high, but the wort runs into the kettle through the bottom so that kind of makes sense.  Nothing like having your gravity drop after boiling for an hour . . . now I take a reading after the hot break to gauge where it is, it has been mixed enough by then to give me a reliable number.

exactly.

+1.060.  Learned through experience.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: off flavors Help
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:36:19 AM »
I don't add salts in my water in sac no problems but in Iowa I get all these issues I make a big starter 1lbs of DME and a teaspoon of nutrition for the yeast

A lb. of DME?  What size starter?

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Ingredients / Re: Mash or Grain "Tea"?
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:32:13 AM »
I've done it both ways for an alt and settled on mashing (although I often use Sinamar).  You use so little dark grain that it has virtually no impact on the mash.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Iron Brewer 2013
« on: May 28, 2013, 01:54:41 PM »
I think the out post is on the top to be used as a vent.  The beer tap is on the bottom, using the gas poppet.  It looks like a real ale cask.

Exactly!  It was beer left over from our club's real ale fest a few weeks ago, being served with gravity.

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Ingredients / Re: Hops is toxic and could be deadly to dogs...
« on: May 28, 2013, 01:52:31 PM »
Thanks for reminding folks. My spent hops go from boil kettle to a bag to a place dogs can't reach. I will also be cautious at harvest time if I ever get enough to harvest lol

I haven't ever heard of a dog who was the least bit interested unused hops.  It seems to be the sweet wort that draws them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Reality
« on: May 28, 2013, 12:22:23 PM »

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The Pub / Re: Stereo receiver
« on: May 26, 2013, 12:58:45 PM »
If it has the features you need, it should be a good one.  In the world of consumer audio, you'll get all kinds of esoteric replies.  But coming from a pro audio standpoint, it's a good brand and the specs are listed in real world figures.  Price is good, too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Re: 1st All grain today
« on: May 26, 2013, 12:54:35 PM »
Barley and hops want to become beer. It takes a lot for us to screw that up.

Sheer Genius!

I don't know if Marc realizes it, but that came from Dan Listermann many years ago.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grist Ratio
« on: May 26, 2013, 12:52:36 PM »
Thanks Denny! I've done this and never felt there was much of a difference but it makes sense.

Yeah, obviously there's no guarantee that using more water will cause problems, but if you want to be safe it's best to either control the amount you use or treat it to avoid problems.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grist Ratio
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:43:15 AM »
It would be interesting to know how the diastatic agents in base malts buffer or "fill up" the solubility of the hot water (am I supposed to call it brewing liquor?)  The question about steeping grains is a really good one - if there's no base malt there, why aren't we noticing the "thin mash tannin extraction" problem with that?  Simply a case of volume - ie keep the mash ratio the same, and it doesn't matter whether it's base or speciality grains?

Is there something in the enzymatic activity of a full mash that prevents tannin extraction that isn't there when steeping more heavily roasted malts?

And how many of us would travel back in time and study some serious organic chemistry in college, had we known how useful it would be?

Diastatic power has nothing to do with tannin extraction.  It's a pH issue and you can have pH problems whether the malt is diastatic or not.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grist Ratio
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:17:39 AM »
The dark-roast grain tannin extraction is interesting. Will have to think about that one...

I'd guess that it's becasue as you increase the amount of water you use, you decrease the amount of buffering you'll get from the grain.  If that's the case, all you'd have to do would be to treat your water appropriately and you'd avoid problems.

Now would this apply when steeping darkly-roasted grains?

IMO, yes.  You should steep in about the same amount of water you'd use to mash in order to be certain to avoid pH issues.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grist Ratio
« on: May 26, 2013, 09:34:40 AM »
The dark-roast grain tannin extraction is interesting. Will have to think about that one...

I'd guess that it's becasue as you increase the amount of water you use, you decrease the amount of buffering you'll get from the grain.  If that's the case, all you'd have to do would be to treat your water appropriately and you'd avoid problems.

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General Homebrew Discussion / 1st All grain today
« on: May 25, 2013, 01:49:50 PM »
In the future you can skip a step mash with that kind of grist.  It's unnecessary and could be detrimental.

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