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Equipment and Software / Help with mash tun size
« on: March 18, 2013, 08:51:04 PM »
I'm looking at 150 qt but they only come in green or white. No Blue so I don't know what to do.

My dirty secret...my 152 is white.....ssssshhhhh.......

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Equipment and Software / Help with mash tun size
« on: March 18, 2013, 08:32:12 PM »
Thanks Denny.  That's the one I was referring to.  Mtnrockhopper above mentioned that one. 
How big is your "Malt Coffin"?

Oops, missed the link above.  The mash coffin is 152 qt.  I've had 75 lb. of grain in it at 1.5 qt./lb. with room to spare.

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Ingredients / Columbus hops
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:12:20 PM »
I like single hopping to learn what a hop tastes like. I just don't want to make something undrinkable, from what you say it sounds like I am safe from that. Thankyou.

I agree that it's a great way to learn about a hop variety.

Try a small extract batch using the "15 minute pale ale" recipe. I did that two weeks ago with Mosaic. 3 lbs DME, 8 oz 60L crystal, Safale05, 3 oz Mosaic. I may do it again this weekend with a NZ hop. Fun and fast, and I'm not looking for the Rosebud of homebrews, just some insight into a particular hop.

Yeah, that's a good idea...and pragmatic!  Like you say, I'm not looking for an award winning beer.  Just a way to experience a hop variety.  Thanks for the idea.

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Ingredients / Columbus hops
« on: March 18, 2013, 05:12:37 PM »
I like single hopping to learn what a hop tastes like. I just don't want to make something undrinkable, from what you say it sounds like I am safe from that. Thankyou.

I agree that it's a great way to learn about a hop variety. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Contact time for Potassium Metabisulfite
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:58:21 PM »
Can't answer your question, but I've always been told that metabisulphite isn't a good sanitizer for beer.  It works for wine because of the lower pH and higher alcohol content.  Is that incorrect?

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Ingredients / Columbus hops
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:56:02 PM »
I got an unbelievable deal on a pound of columbus hops through yakima valley hops a while back. I have never brewed with them so I don't know what they taste like. Would an IPA single hopped with these be a bad thing?

Columbus is one of my favorite hops.  Dank, resinous, a bit citrusy.  I'd do a single hop beer with them.....except for the fact that I don't really care for most single hop beers I've tried.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation profile
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:43:26 PM »
Thanks for the input.  I had assumed that going below the suggested ferm temp would stunt the yeast growth.  I'll try going cooler for my next brew and see how that goes.

It can.  It's definitely depends on the strain.  Keith (majorvices) recently posted about US-05 fermenting in the 40's.  Unless you want to experiment, I would stay within a few degrees of the low end to be safe.

Dave

I've run 05 in the mid 50s and 1007 in the high 40s.  Of course, experience pays when it comes to yeast abuse, but in general I feel that the recommendations you get from manufacturers are too high.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation profile
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:52:28 AM »
Thanks for the input.  I had assumed that going below the suggested ferm temp would stunt the yeast growth.  I'll try going cooler for my next brew and see how that goes.

I just started WY3787 at 58F.  I've heard people say they have problems doing that, but I had blowoff in less that 24 hours.  At that point it was up to 62.  Today it was 64.  I'll let it go a couple more days like that, then remove temp control and let it go wherever it goes....probably high 60s/low 70s.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Anybody familiar with PBW?
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:49:41 AM »
does the water have to be hot for it to work?


I think it's more effective with hot water.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation profile
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:34:46 AM »
To tell the truth, I don't even look at the suggested temp range for the yeast.  I just know that if I start ales at 58-62, leave it in the low 60s for a few days, and then let it rise, I'll get what I want.
Denny, do you typically start that low even for Belgians?

Yep.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Anybody familiar with PBW?
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:34:11 AM »
yeah - rinse quickly after use.  i would wear gloves when using sanitizers though - they tend to wreck my hands from time to time.

denny/amandaK - what concentration are you guys using now?

2-3 Tbsp. per 5-6 gal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anybody familiar with PBW?
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:28:02 AM »
Yeah.  At least it's never bothered me.  FWIW, I seldom mix it that strong.  It seems to be equally effective at a much lower concentration.

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Going Pro / Re: Portable Bottling Trailer
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:48:21 AM »
We used portable bottling truck for the beer I brewed at one of Rogue's facilities for NHC last year.

How was the shelf life of the final product?

Drank what was the last bottle AFAIK about a month ago.  Still fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Raisins in a Dubbel
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:47:03 AM »
1/2-1 lb.  Depends on how prominent you want it.

per 5 gallons?

Doh!  Yes.  Sorry, lack of sleep.....

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Equipment and Software / Re: Help with mash tun size
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:46:09 AM »
Graham, this one might help, too.

http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

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