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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fauxpils results and discussion
« on: August 06, 2012, 09:19:14 AM »
...Greg Doss from Wyeast gave a very interesting seminar about a mash temp vs. fermentability experiment he'd done.  Surprising results which kinda make me question a lot of things about mash temps.

I'm very interested in that one as well.

The one thing I remember fro it is that he found a 153F mash temp produced the most fermentable wort.  Surprised me!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fryer for boils
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:43:36 AM »
Since I found out that Fermcap is supposed to be filtered out, I've cut way back on my use of it.  For instance, I've gone back to using a spray bottle of water to control the boil.  I"ll still use it when I have to, but I use as little as possible and avoid it if I can.

Where did you hear that?

Probrewer forum and data from one of the wholesalers who sells Fermcap.

" It is adsorbed onto the surface of the yeast, vessel walls and filter media. "

http://www.brewerssupplygroup.com/FoamControl.html

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Going Pro / Re: realistically, what does it take?
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:38:05 AM »
Owning a business sucks. Be sure to include your opportunity cost in any analysis you do. Do you like spending time with friends or family? Do you like to do anything besides work? If you'd value your leisure time at anything over about $0.10/hour you'd likely come out in the red if you own your own business.

That was exactly the point I came to after owning my own business for close to 30 years.  For the first few years, it was exciting and the work was fun.  After about 10 years, it became just a job I went to every day.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fauxpils results and discussion
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:27:23 AM »
Kai pointed out that the perceived difference in bitterness may have been due to reduced hot break in the kettle for 3X. The wort for 3X was noticeably clearer running into the kettle, so there may have been less hot break to bind the hop acids.

This is interesting. I wonder if this means a triple decoction is worthwhile for a massive IIPA.

If you're thinking about it increasing the bitterness, I'd have to say there are easier ways.

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All Grain Brewing / Shift in thought regarding optimal mash pH
« on: August 05, 2012, 04:10:32 PM »
I don't recall saying that, but I cool to room temp (70-75) for measuring.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New iPhone Brewing App
« on: August 05, 2012, 03:25:34 PM »
DOH!  Steve, I dickchimped it!  I had the display in landscape so I couldn't see the results box.  It works fine and I'm an idiot!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / need directions for extract/partial mash
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:52:15 PM »
do the mash using 2 qt. of water per lb. of grain.  When it's done, sparge the grain with another 2 qt. per lb.  Then add the extract and as much water as you need to get to the volume you want to boil.

If you have more extract than you want to make at the time (I have enough for a 5 gallon batch but I wanted to make 5 1 gallon batches) what's the ratio?

There's really no way for mw to answer that without knowing what you want to end up with.


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Going Pro / realistically, what does it take?
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:51:03 PM »
Is it possible to just sell kegs?  Say to local bars?

I've noticed that a few of the taprooms around me have teamed up.  Like they share the same facility and sell both of their beers in the taproom.

There are resources out there for what you want to know, but I'm not in a position to get to them at the moment.  If nobody posts more info by tomorrow, I'll try to get you some links.  But one of the first things is for you to decide exactly how you want to approach it.


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Homebrew Clubs / That's my club!
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:48:46 PM »
Yep, ours!


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Going Pro / Re: realistically, what does it take?
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:24:03 PM »
First, you need lots of money and a lawyer....

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching rate
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:22:41 PM »
Think in terms of gravity units.  3 gal. of 1.080 = 240 gravity units (3*80=240).  5 gal. of 1.051 = 250 gravity units....pretty much the same.

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do the mash using 2 qt. of water per lb. of grain.  When it's done, sparge the grain with another 2 qt. per lb.  Then add the extract and as much water as you need to get to the volume you want to boil.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / need directions for extract/partial mash
« on: August 05, 2012, 12:35:29 PM »
Yep, that's it.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: August 05, 2012, 09:39:49 AM »
Great info!  Thanks for your thoughts, Kai.

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