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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do I need a starter?
« on: March 19, 2011, 10:28:58 PM »
Mash temp advice is solid.  I'd say if you go for 148, mash for 90 min. to ensure complete conversion.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to grain ratio for mash tun.
« on: March 19, 2011, 07:18:46 AM »
btw and not to hijack the thread....is Ken Schwartz still around in the homebrewing scene somewhere?Just wondering.

He mentioned in an email some years back the he's no longer active in brewing.  IIRC, his website even disappeared for a while, but he put an archival version back up.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ale fermented at 62 degrees
« on: March 19, 2011, 07:16:25 AM »
According to Wyeast, it should be ok from 64 - 74

A suggestion, not a requirement.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: define "West Coast style beer"
« on: March 18, 2011, 09:37:57 PM »
I would say the west coast philosophy is "hops, hops and more hops."



And big flavor...nothing subtle.  Big and hoppy, hoppy and big, hoppy and hoppy, big....you get the idea....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water loss to absorbtion and evaporation.
« on: March 18, 2011, 09:36:39 PM »
Absorption - According to Denny's write up of "Cheap 'n' Easy Batch Sparge Brewing" ( found at http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/ ) water absorbed by grain is around .1 gal./lb.



I appreciate the citation, but that's an estimate and was rounded off for the sake of easy calculation.  I suggest you take a few brews to actually measure it.  I think that these days mine is running pretty close to .12 gal./lb.

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The Pub / Re: Buddhism?
« on: March 18, 2011, 09:33:58 PM »
This thread is really walking the line.  Technically, religion is not an allowed topic.  The mods are discussing it, but until we make a decision, I'd appreciate it if everyone would keep to answering the original question and not make comments related to the religion itself.

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Beer Travel / Re: Surprise AZ
« on: March 18, 2011, 09:20:51 PM »
Thanks, Eric!  I've got one more night here and I hope I can get by there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: This Calls For a Beer!
« on: March 18, 2011, 07:48:58 AM »
Ron, the actual event was some time ago, and I am enjoying the lifestyle.  You should try it someday.

 



Way to go, Jeff!  I just turned 59.  I figure only another 20 years or so til I retire!  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: This Calls For a Beer!
« on: March 18, 2011, 07:45:04 AM »
Come on Denny, even I do better than that!

Good on ya!  Between our jobs, 2 dogs and 3 cats, that's about the best we can do....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Caveman Brewing
« on: March 17, 2011, 10:16:19 PM »
Maybe 8-10 years ago, a guy in our club organized a caveman brewing session....even wrote it up for Zymurgy.  There were 2-3 brewers IIRC.  Did it pretty much like chumley describes...no scales or other measuring equipment.  I went by to laugh at them.  Bottom line...the beers sucked.  Maybe someone else could do it better.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: This Calls For a Beer!
« on: March 17, 2011, 11:45:42 AM »
Thanks, I think you're right, being a dad is pretty awesome for me.  There's only a little bit of jealousy towards my friends who have no kids and jet off on vacation at the drop of a hat. :)

Well, just to make you feel better, we have no kids and our only vacation in the last 5 years was 2 days at the coast last Aug.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to grain ratio for mash tun.
« on: March 17, 2011, 11:29:54 AM »
Comparing conversion of 1qt/lb to 3.4qt/lb, the thinner mash increased converson by 16%.  2qt/lb was 9.5% more efficient.  This would definitely compensate for reduced sparge volume resulting from using a higher mash volume.  I'm not sure this aspect was included in the study that concluded that equal runnings were ideal.  I haven't seen that info.

As Kai says, it wasn't taken into account, but if you'd like to read the data, it's here...

http://home.roadrunner.com/~brewbeer/files/nbsparge.html

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: This Calls For a Beer!
« on: March 17, 2011, 11:26:24 AM »
Getting the OR homebrew law passed certainly calls for a beer!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to grain ratio for mash tun.
« on: March 17, 2011, 09:10:40 AM »
I fully concur with that.

Kai

I concur also...I've seen it in my own brewing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Best by date
« on: March 17, 2011, 09:07:27 AM »
Made up 3 qts of 1.033 wort with 3/4 tsp yeast nutrient.
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That's at least 3x what I meant when I said "half a pinch"!  I'm sure it will be fine though. :)

I got big fingers!

Naw really the the packet of nutrient said "1 tsp per gallon".

Wow.  The Wyeast nutrient recommends 1/8 tsp.for propagation and 1/2 tsp. for 5 gal.

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