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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: surprisingly low wort fermentability
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:21:14 AM »
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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: surprisingly low wort fermentability
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:09:19 AM »

Actually, even for single infusion mashes the optimum temp for best attenuation depends on the mash time as well. The longer the mash time the lower the optimum temp will be.

Mash time was held constant in Greg's experiment so that other factors could be compared.

BTW, looks like the avatars are broken again.

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The Pub / Re: Sake Makers In Japan Try Their Hand At Craft Brewing
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:05:55 AM »
Just heard that story ion the radio a minute ago!

Equipment and Software / Re: Grist Gun
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:04:44 AM »
You just want to be careful to keep everything clean with that kind of setup.  You don't want bits of grain or dust around where they could contaminate your wort.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: surprisingly low wort fermentability
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:28:25 AM »
Interesting info as always, Kai.  Sorry about the wild goose chase with Greg's info.  I had totally forgotten that is was for single infusion mashes.  I plead old age!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Methods to cool a hot fermentation?
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:24:46 AM »
I noticed a fairly prominent, but not overwhelming, sulphur smell coming from the yeast this morning that I hadn't noticed after the first day. The White Labs description (and the yeast reviews) didn't mention sulphur at all, could this be due to the higher fermentation temperature compared to the first day? Or might it have just taken a couple days to build up enough to notice?

Don't worry about smells coming off the fermenter. Sulfur is common.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Canning/Bottling in mason jars??
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:24:03 AM »
I use 1/2 gal. plastic containers with snap on lids.  That way I don't have to worry about them bursting, which I've heard stories of with glass.  I simply sanitize them with StarSan.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Problem with keg hopping
« on: September 17, 2012, 09:55:06 AM »
I made my first mash tun out of a 3 gal. round cooler and a SureScreen a la Ken Schwartz's directions.  Only took me 2 batches to move to a bigger cooler and a hose braid and move the SureScreen to a keg.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash pH and water adjustments
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:58:23 AM »
Sounds right to me.  I do basically the same thing in my IPAs.  The pH is fine without mash adjustments, so I add minerals to the kettle.

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Beer Recipes / Avery homebrew recipes
« on: September 16, 2012, 11:45:14 AM »
It doesn't look like this has been posted here, so....

Avery has put homebrew versions of their recipes online at .  I'm a big fan of Maharajah.  I might have to give it a go.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:11:56 AM »
...but I'm more interested in that flavor in Spaten helles or dunkel, or the flavor of a nice bock or doppelbock.

For the Dunkel and the Doppelbock, I think aging the beer is key.


Having tried Kai's beers, I have to say that if he's aging them to get that flavor, it's the right thing to do.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Water Profile for IPA
« on: September 15, 2012, 03:10:35 PM »
So; considering my present tap water has Chlorides at 8.3ppm and Sulfate at 3.2ppm, if I wanted to shoot for, say, a balance of 80ppm Cl to 120ppm SO4, assuming a volume of 7 gallons; I'd add 4.5g CaCl2 and 8.4g MgSO4.

Does this look correct?

Can I just drop this in my boil pot when I start the boil, or should this adjustment be made to the water prior to the mini-mash so it can have an effect on the whole process?

It depends on what you need to do.  Adding it to your mash will drop the pH is you need to do that.  If not, you can just add it to the kettle for flavor.

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Kegging and Bottling / Problem with keg hopping
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:25:14 PM »

Denny - wouldnt the sure screen cause CO2 to come out of solution as the liquid pass through it?

Nope.  It works great.

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