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All Grain Brewing / How does my grist look?
« on: May 01, 2012, 02:38:17 PM »
The husks in your crush look to be fairly in tack.  It looks good to me.

My understanding about shredding the husks too much is that it can cause problems in your mash by not setting up a good filter bed or a stuck mash.  And the small pieces can cause more tannin extraction.  I've never seen the tannin thing myself but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.  I have had some serious stuck mashes over the years.


419 batches, 0 stuck runoffs.

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All Grain Brewing / How does my grist look?
« on: May 01, 2012, 01:57:11 PM »
Denny- Do you think it's my mill, or operator error?

When I was dry-crushing the grain, I was getting lots of shredded husks. Conditioning helped, but I was still getting a fair amount of broken husks. Conditioning + double grind gives me mostly intact husks.

Frankly, I don't worry much about shredded husks.  If that crush works for you, it's the right crush.

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All Grain Brewing / How does my grist look?
« on: May 01, 2012, 01:05:30 PM »
Looks a lot like mine after one pass through my JSP MaltMill

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General Homebrew Discussion / 1st round NHC results
« on: May 01, 2012, 09:01:06 AM »
I like this everyone-gets-an-entry stuff.
Sure there are more than 30K members, but until the last couple years it hasn't filled up, so there's plenty of history of less than 10% of the membership participating.
I like the max 5 entries per day stuff too.  It won't help with the explosive growth of the competition/hobby for more than a couple years but it's a start.
And as for the GABF "members-only" stuff, that makes way too much sense; stop that crazy talk! 


But how could you guarantee that trend would continue if everyone got one entry?  I could see a situation where more people would enter since the entry was included with their membership.

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General Homebrew Discussion / On my Brown Malt experience
« on: May 01, 2012, 08:48:04 AM »
It seems there is variation in brown malt between maltsters.  Some (Crisp, IIRC) use the terms brown malt and amber malt interchangeably for 35L malt.  Others (Fawcett, IIRC) call 70L malt brown malt.  My recipe calls for the 70L stuff.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:53:27 PM »
If every AHA member got 1 entry, there would be in excess of 30K entries.  That would exacerbate the problem.

Events / Re: NHC Beers
« on: April 30, 2012, 09:45:20 AM »
Can't wait to try your beers, Tom!


...and yours too Denny.  :)

You'll have a chance, Ron, but a word to the wise....Tom's beers are generally better than mine!

Events / Re: NHC Beers
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:24:07 AM »
Can't wait to try your beers, Tom!

All Grain Brewing / Re: FauxPils Faceoff
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:13:46 AM »
I'm in.  Sounds like a great idea.

General Homebrew Discussion / Grain storage
« on: April 29, 2012, 02:20:12 PM »
Thanks Denny.  That makes the decision very easy.  I was thinking 6 months max.

Look for big Rubbermaid plastic tubs on sale.  They're a great way to store opened bags.  I just stack unopened bags on metal shelving.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain storage
« on: April 29, 2012, 01:21:25 PM »
I've found that a couple years isn't a problem.

Beer Recipes / anyone have a Cider Recipe?
« on: April 28, 2012, 02:55:56 PM »
All I've ever done is add yeast to cider.

Not much of a recipe, but I don't think you need to do anything more.

That's about it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Nitro bottling
« on: April 28, 2012, 01:51:54 PM »
allot of bars use a nitro/CO2 mix. Can you force carb using this to get that creamy head (on draught)? Or do you force with CO2 and use the mix just for serving? I dont know anything about it!

Yes, you force carbonate with CO2 (hence the word "carbonate) and just use the beer gas for serving.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Head retention
« on: April 28, 2012, 01:50:36 PM »
I have been adding Fermcap to my fermenter and it works great. But I still get excellent head retention. How come the stuff works in the fermentor but not in the glass? Where does it go?

Because hopefully by the time the beer is fermented out it's dropped to the bottom of the fermenter so it doesn't make it to your glass.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: O2 Barrier caps... Really?
« on: April 28, 2012, 01:49:17 PM »
I couldn't swear they work, but I'm willing to pay more for them for beers that are going to be aged a long time.  Couldn't hurt.

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