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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rookie Needs A Lil Help
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:31:09 AM »
The recommendation is to not use wort for starters that's been saved without being pressure canned.  Supposedly there's a risk of botulism.  Based on that, I'd toss the wort.

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The malt itself, without a doubt.  My time...priceless!  ;) 
Then quit work ;D

On my mind every minute of every day!

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I agree, an ounce of really dark malt like black patent or roasted barley can darken a beer quite a bit without adding noticeable flavor.  I would go that route.  Cold steep it overnight and then add the liquid during the boil.

Or just use Sinamar...;)
Sure, if you want.  Although the malt is probably 10x cheaper. :)

The malt itself, without a doubt.  My time...priceless!  ;) 

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I agree, an ounce of really dark malt like black patent or roasted barley can darken a beer quite a bit without adding noticeable flavor.  I would go that route.  Cold steep it overnight and then add the liquid during the boil.

Or just use Sinamar...;)

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Sinamar is a great way to get color without flavor if that's what you're looking for.  Munich extract wouldn't be a bad thing to explore, either.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast bummer
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:39:34 AM »
Could I freeze yeast slurry and refresh it with a little wort on/before brewday?

It needs to be mixed with glycerine and kept in a freezer that does not self defrost.  As Morty mentioned, Dr. Tom is the guy with the details.

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Equipment and Software / Re: My new system.......
« on: May 21, 2012, 12:31:31 PM »
Wow, very futuristic looking!  I recently brewed a 15 bbl. batch at one of Rogue's locations.  I'm struck by how much different the Dutch system looks from what I brewed on.  And I know what you mean about getting rid of the spent grain!

For comparison....




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Equipment and Software / Re: Tired of crappy therm and hydrometer
« on: May 21, 2012, 11:36:13 AM »
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I'm willing to bet you don't mash at 32F!  I've found that using a freezing/boiling "calibration" can leave you way off the mark at mash temps.  I got a calibrated lab reference thermometer and use it to calibrate my brewing thermometers at 150F.

Thats a safe bet, no doubt. Where did you get the lab reference thermometer?


I bough it at William's Brewing many years ago.  I don't think they still carry them, but there are scientific supply places that do have them.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Why boother with the iodine test?
« on: May 21, 2012, 11:34:28 AM »
I've started using Kai's conversion efficiency chart.  That's a far better way to check for complete conversion IMO.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tired of crappy therm and hydrometer
« on: May 21, 2012, 10:02:47 AM »
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Your thermometers were "off" compared to what? What was your reference temp?

Standard ice bath for 32f.

I'm willing to bet you don't mash at 32F!  I've found that using a freezing/boiling "calibration" can leave you way off the mark at mash temps.  I got a calibrated lab reference thermometer and use it to calibrate my brewing thermometers at 150F.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy mash temp
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:41:37 AM »
Getting ready to partigyle. According to Noonan, you are supposed to collect 13 qts sparge runnings and heat this for the second mash's strike? do I got that right?

I don't think so.  You just sparge to get your second running beer and boil that.  You don't do another mash with runnings.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mixing Lager Yeasts - Pros and Cons
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:39:47 AM »
A few years ago, Sun King made a great Belgian Golden with what they said was a "mixture of 7 yeast strains". If I ever get a chance, I'd really like to ask the SK guys how they did this...

Can you match up the Belgian strains with similar behaviors/attenuation ranges this way? Kind of like Hopfen described with the PU strains.

If you dump enough yeast in, will it give you something different (and worth the price of all that yeast)?

Sure, you can put 7 or 70 yeasts into a beer, but how do you know that it made a difference?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Why boother with the iodine test?
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:38:48 AM »
I've been saying for years that the iodine test is useless.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Possbile IPA recipe
« on: May 20, 2012, 09:09:50 AM »
A quick calculation shows an OG under 1.060, assuming a 5 gal. batch.  You should only need one pack of yeast for that.

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