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Beer Recipes / Re: Questions on Denny's
« on: August 20, 2011, 01:07:33 PM »
Why would he recommend that?  Has he ever tried it?  If he doesn't know what it tastes like as it is, how would he know what or why to change?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: So, how long to do a 5 gallon all-grain batch?
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:13:40 AM »
Is batch sparging simply pulling out all the wort at once, adding all your sparge water, mixing and pulling out the wort again? Or do you add sparge water in steps? Do you guys find that this is just as effective as fly sparging?

Your first description is correct.  It's at least as effective as fly sparging and in some cases even moreso.  I average about 85% efficiency with batch sparging.  See www.dennybrew.com for details.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brewing-related injury
« on: August 20, 2011, 07:20:03 AM »
I think Denny nearly set himself on fire one time. But he'll have to tell you about that one... 8)

That's an urban legend in our club....didn't really happen, but it makes a great story!  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: So, how long to do a 5 gallon all-grain batch?
« on: August 20, 2011, 07:14:35 AM »
1 hour sparge/lauter

You can cut that down to 15 min. by batch sparging.

It takes me about 4 1/2 hours for my average single infusion batch from the time I run water to the time I finish cleanup.  Depending iin the beer, sometimes I'll extend the mash or boil for an extra 1/2 hour beyond that.  I have a situation where I have most of my stuff set up all the time, so I don't have to deal with getting it out and setting it up.  You can see my equipment and method at www.dennybrew.com .

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The Pub / Re: Yesterday Evening
« on: August 20, 2011, 07:10:28 AM »
NICE!

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All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: August 19, 2011, 03:27:38 PM »
I think the perfect balance for me between thriftiness and quality is Forschner...a good chef's knife around 30 bucks, and I use it daily, love it.

I'm with ya....after I saw that it was the knife ATK used and recommended, I bought the 8" chef's knife.  AMAZING!  Within a week, I was back buying a Forschner paring knife....$6 and it's one of the best knives I've ever owned.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Copper boil kettle - taste impact?
« on: August 19, 2011, 03:25:05 PM »
I would recommend against using aluminum. It will leach too easily into even slightly acidic liquids and impart a metallic taste.

If you;re recommending against boiling in AL, I have to disagree based on my own experience.  I used an AL kettle for a lot of batches.  I couldn't taste anything wrong with the beer, and neither could the judges who awarded me ribbons for the beer brewed in it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain brewday
« on: August 19, 2011, 03:23:14 PM »
...using the dennybrew batch-sparge method...

Wow people still use that old method?  I think it was developed way back in the twentieth century.

:)....by a guy who's older than dirt!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain brewday
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:07:26 PM »
Congrats, Tony!  Glad I didn't screw ya up!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless steel braid for Mash tun
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:05:26 PM »
Sweet, Now i know what to look for.  

Thanks!

Edit:  And yes, i've been reading Denny's batch sparge article over and over.  Want to do it right.  :-)


Once you try it, I bet you end up saying "Is that all there is to it?"

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless steel braid for Mash tun
« on: August 19, 2011, 10:37:59 AM »
I use a toilet supply hose, maybe 18" long.  Cost about $7, IIRC.  I just use a hatchet to chop off the ends.

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Ingredients / Re: Pilsner Malt Extract Yield: Best Malz vs. Weyermann
« on: August 19, 2011, 07:58:49 AM »
Like Paul, I think I get a bit higher yield from Best that I do from Weyermann.

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Wet Hops
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:23:55 AM »
If you were anywhere near me, you could come and pick all the Cascades you wanted.  I've got lbs. left from the last 2 years and I'm not looking forward to picking, drying, and packaging this year's crop.

I'm about as far away from you as you can get in the lower 48, but my question to you is how do you package your hops so they are still good 2 years later?



Dried and vacuum sealed, stored in the freezer.

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The Pub / Re: Got Wood?
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:19:42 AM »
I've got about a cord and a half left from last year, since it didn't get real cold.  We've got a small house and a big woodstove.  If you fire it up when the temp is above about 35F, you need to open every window in the house.

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Wet Hops
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:17:21 AM »
If you were anywhere near me, you could come and pick all the Cascades you wanted.  I've got lbs. left from the last 2 years and I'm not looking forward to picking, drying, and packaging this year's crop.

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