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The Pub / BB King tonight
« on: March 10, 2013, 08:00:11 PM »
Working a BB king show tonight.  Man, that dude is older than I am! :)


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All Grain Brewing / Batch Sparging: Dilution
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:34:35 PM »
Get a bigger cooler!  ;)

We're working on the upgrade to ten gallons.  Plus a brew-shed / man-cave.  It's in the works hoss! :D

For the moment, my batches may be slightly less than optimal, but they've been coming out pretty damn good anyway.  The 2-banger batch-sparge is probably less than optimal, that's a given.  Bigger cooler on the way.

The only thing that's less than optimal is that you're doing a bit more work than you'd have to otherwise.  Not a big deal, and if the beer is good, it's all good!

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All Grain Brewing / Starter All Grain Equipment
« on: March 10, 2013, 05:27:49 PM »
I guess I'm doing BIAB wrong since I use a 40 gallon (not quart) kettle, a bag, and brew between 10-20 gallon beers on it. I use three thick-wall conduit poles ($10 each) in a tripod and use a small chain binder to lift.  It's nice to not have to clean much up and the three pole tripod folds up and is in my garage.

I also have s smaller one using paint strainer bags from the local big box store. I brew on it when I brew away from home.

BIAB is a cheap and easy way for someone to 'test the waters' of all grain brewing without the massive investment.


I don't see where you're doing anything wrong, but I also don't see where it's easier than what I do.  But that's the beauty of homebrewing.....

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All Grain Brewing / Batch Sparging: Dilution
« on: March 10, 2013, 05:07:06 PM »

I guess I stumbled upon the approximate correct technique by accident.  This is what I've been doing, basically.  Wind up with about 6-6.5 gallon pre-boil, about 5 or slightly  less after (depends on how much hops, mostly). 

Drain mash tun till it's a slow trickle, then add sparge water, then drain again, then add sparge water, then drain final time.  OG works with beersmith II if I use 67% efficiency (top of design page input). 

Beers have been coming out fine since I made adjustments and figured it out.  Even before then, they were good but my OG was low.  Adjusting efficiency on beersmith was key (for me at least).

Do you have a very small mash tun?  There should be no other reason to have to sparge twice.  And are you stirring well after you add the sparge water?

Yes, and yes.  5 gallon igloo cooler mash tun (cylindrical, vertical).

I have a 5 gallon mash tun.  I usually sparge twice and stir in each time (and let sit a few minutes each time).  Total sparge volume (per run) about 1.75 gallons.  Similar to BS "recommendation."

Any tips on improving?

Get a bigger cooler!  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Batch Sparging: Dilution
« on: March 10, 2013, 04:40:03 PM »

I guess I stumbled upon the approximate correct technique by accident.  This is what I've been doing, basically.  Wind up with about 6-6.5 gallon pre-boil, about 5 or slightly  less after (depends on how much hops, mostly). 

Drain mash tun till it's a slow trickle, then add sparge water, then drain again, then add sparge water, then drain final time.  OG works with beersmith II if I use 67% efficiency (top of design page input). 

Beers have been coming out fine since I made adjustments and figured it out.  Even before then, they were good but my OG was low.  Adjusting efficiency on beersmith was key (for me at least).

Do you have a very small mash tun?  There should be no other reason to have to sparge twice.  And are you stirring well after you add the sparge water?

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All Grain Brewing / Starter All Grain Equipment
« on: March 10, 2013, 04:37:42 PM »
I'm going to suggest brew in a bag, because it's awesome and easy. I did the cooler thing for the last several years only to find brew in a bag, and I love it. It combines the ease of extract brewing with the control of all grain. And it's cheaper for start up. Currently, I do 3 gallon brews in a bag on the stove top. Dig it.

BIAB seems like a viable method of you do small batches like you do.  But when I think about lifting a bag with 15+ lb. of hot, wet grain, it makes me glad for my cooler.
True. I think brew in a bag is practical really for the up-to-5-gallons kinda brewing; I think it's still a viable method for 5 gallons. But much more and you're limited, for sure. People have ways to hang the bag and whatnot over the kettle instead of having to hold it while it drains.

For 5 gal. the least amount of grain I'm gonna use is about 11 lb.  Even that much, hot and wet, is more than I want to deal with in a bag.  YMMV.  And having to improvise some apparatus to lift or hang the bag kinda negates the "simple and easy" aspect of BIAB.

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All Grain Brewing / Starter All Grain Equipment
« on: March 10, 2013, 02:08:11 PM »
I'm going to suggest brew in a bag, because it's awesome and easy. I did the cooler thing for the last several years only to find brew in a bag, and I love it. It combines the ease of extract brewing with the control of all grain. And it's cheaper for start up. Currently, I do 3 gallon brews in a bag on the stove top. Dig it.

BIAB seems like a viable method of you do small batches like you do.  But when I think about lifting a bag with 15+ lb. of hot, wet grain, it makes me glad for my cooler.

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All Grain Brewing / Starter All Grain Equipment
« on: March 10, 2013, 11:42:51 AM »
Take a look at www.dennybrew.com

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: racking to limit attenuation
« on: March 10, 2013, 09:47:31 AM »
You need to kill off the yeast somehow.

Plutonium?

Glow in the dark beer!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: racking to limit attenuation
« on: March 09, 2013, 01:40:23 PM »
Just racking will not necessarily stop fermentation.  Neither will refrigeration.  You need to kill off the yeast somehow.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing with Rye
« on: March 09, 2013, 12:15:42 PM »
Yep, for malted or flaked rye just mash it like you do any other grain.

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Equipment and Software / Re: promash vs beersmith vs others
« on: March 09, 2013, 09:26:54 AM »
Do you have a generator Denny? Or at least a solar calculator? We outlanders neeeeeed to be ready to brew during the Zombie Apocalypse.

Nope, no generator.  I guess in the event of zombies I'll have to put the dogs on a treadmill and hook something up to that.  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Hoses....
« on: March 08, 2013, 08:13:45 AM »
LOL, i will find a creative way to fix my issue and report back!

I'll be pulling for you....we're all in this together ;)

Hey, can women use that phrase?  ;)

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lowers sulfate from 75ppm to 55ppm

Not a huge difference, huh?  I say flip a coin and see what happens.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Homebrewopedia Cider Recipes
« on: March 07, 2013, 02:34:21 PM »
Thanks for the info I am going to make my first batch here in a couple weeks

Cider is pretty darn simple at it's most basic...just apple juice and yeast.

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