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All Grain Brewing / Re: Plugged mesh in kettle
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:50:08 PM »
Has it worked for you before?  Is it hose braid or a Bazooka?  As big a proponent of the braid as I am, I've never gotten it to work in the kettle.

General Homebrew Discussion / OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:26:34 PM »
The bill to change the OR homebrew law is about to go before the Business, Transportation and Economic Development Committee (BTED) as soon as Feb. 2 and then could be in front of the full senate by Feb. 4 or the week after.  It's time for OR homebrewers to swing into action.  This bill was drafted by an OR senator who is a homebrewer with input from the Oregon Homebrewers Alliance.  You can read the bill and the amendments that go with it at .  Contact your legislator to support SB 444 with the "dash-1 amendments."  Do it now!  It's likely this bill will sail through the legislature, but we need your help to make sure.  You can post questions or comments on the OHBA website.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Hydrometer reading
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:11:09 PM »
You need such a small amount of beer to take a hydrometer reading that I don't think I'd take the (probably) small risk of pouring it back in.  I open my fermenter lid and use a sanitized turkey baster to take a sample for readings.  I've never trusted the spigots on seems all to easy for an infection to live in there.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using yeast cake after primary fermentation
« on: January 21, 2011, 04:07:50 PM »
That's a great plan for a maibock!

All Grain Brewing / Re: March pump weather-proofing
« on: January 21, 2011, 03:17:48 PM »
Check this out....

Great! Thanks Denny. I've got a toolbox that's the perfect size for this.

That project has been on my to do list for over a year...I tend to procrastinate a bit!  ;)

All I know is, when I started just adding a couple grams of calcium chloride I got much more of that egg drop soup look in my kettle.  The effect was quite dramatic

I experienced exactly the same thing.  I made a pils recently where I really concentrated on the water, and it was the nicest looking break I've gotten in nearly 400 batches.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Overshot my OG
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:34:49 PM »
I'm not sure how effective that would be.  A MixStir would be your best bet, and you'd get aeration at the same time.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Overshot my OG
« on: January 21, 2011, 01:06:22 PM »
I shook the carboy every time I added water before taking a reading.

That usually doesn't mix it adequately....voice of experience speaking here!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Duvel Tripel Hop
« on: January 21, 2011, 12:54:23 PM »
What is balance?  Why can't a beer be considered "balanced" if it's balanced toward hops?  Why is balance such a big deal?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Modified batch sparge?
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:53:52 AM »
In the time it takes you for that 15 min. recirc., I've recirced and run off the mash, added sparge water, recirced and run off the sparge.  Basically done it all in the time it takes you to recirc.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Modified batch sparge?
« on: January 21, 2011, 08:32:22 AM »
compared to a 2 run-off batch sparge the no-sparge should loose you about 7-8% in lauter efficiency.

I don't think the mash will be too thin for the enzymes to work efficiently. I found that starch conversion does happen faster and tends to be more complete in thinner mashes.


Boy, I wish my no sparge efficiency only dropped that much!  I go from 85% with a single batch sparge to somewhere between 55-65% with no sparge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: three tier systems how do they work
« on: January 21, 2011, 06:12:40 AM »
And you certainly don't need a 3 tier system to go all grain.  I've done nearly 400 batches on my Cheap'n'Easy system ( and I love it!  As to time, it takes me about 4.5 hours for a 5.5 gal. batch.

The Pub / Re: Going back in for surgery in a week.
« on: January 21, 2011, 06:05:33 AM »
Great news, Dean.  Here's to a successful operation and speedy recovery!

Nope, gypsum lowers pH.  You can add stuff like gypsum and CaCl2 to the kettle for flavor if you don't want to affect your mash pH.

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