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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Icezilla SPAM?
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:52:02 PM »
I am glad to say I've never heard of it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Insulated stainless mash tun
« on: November 29, 2014, 09:24:00 AM »
Yeah, I was concerned about that.  What I think I'll do is put the heating pad on top of the lid with a blanket over it.  I did use the foil bubble wrap - one layer anyway.  More can only help.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill
« on: November 28, 2014, 01:12:05 PM »
Yeah, I actually sent two Captain Crushes back.  Neither one worked worth a hoot.  It could have been just an odd coincidence that I got two semi-functional ones in a row, but I was done trying.  The first one developed a screeching noise (after only 4-5 batches) that was so bad dogs in the neighborhood howled.  The second one would just spin the driven roller but never pull grain - no matter how I adjusted it. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How important is it to decant the starter?
« on: November 27, 2014, 08:50:00 PM »
It's not critical in that you are not going to spoil a batch of beer.  But you are putting a liter of bad tasting beer into what you hope is good tasting beer.  It takes no time to decant and it's not hard, so no reason not to.

The proof is in the starter.  Take a taste next time then ask yourself if you want that flavor in your beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Insulated stainless mash tun
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:32:06 PM »
My meager insulation did not do the trick.  FWIW in this conversation, I have always preheated the MT.

My next strategy is to put a heating pad against the outer wall of the MT, underneath the insulation.  Hopefully that will work.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer Calibration
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:57:01 AM »
+1 to taking your preboil sample after reaching a steady boil to get uniform mixing. Steve, I saw that your measurements were 1.041, 1.043, and 1.055. Let's throw out the 1.041 since it was taken before reaching boil.  How close together time wise were the last two taken ? Evaporation would obviously concentrate the boil and increase your readings. I just ask because on my system my preboil (on a 60 minute boil) is usually ~ 12 pts lower than my post boil OG, the difference between your last 2 readings.

The first was 1.032 pre-boil, then the post-start-of-boil two were 1.043 & 1.055.  The later two were maybe 10 minutes apart because I wanted to let the samples cool prior to testing.

I'll probably keep using it to see if I can establish a pattern.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer Calibration
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:18:02 PM »
I stirred the wort in the boil kettle after sparging and took a sample.  My refractometer read 1.032!  It should have been 1.041.

IME, stirring isn't enough. You can't get an accurate pre-boil gravity until just after the boil starts, whether you're using a hydrometer or refractometer.

But sample 2 & 3 were post start-of-boil. Regardless, the refractometer is wildly innacurate.  And I calibrated it after these samples.  It zeroed perfectly.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer Calibration
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:05:14 PM »
I brewed an American Brown Ale today.  I often don't take a preboil gravity reading, but I thought I would today.  I stirred the wort in the boil kettle after sparging and took a sample.  My refractometer read 1.032!  It should have been 1.041.  So I'm thinking about adding DME.

But I thought I should take another sample and reading.  Stirred again, drew my sample and it read 1.043.  Nice.

But I thought I better get 2 samples alike so I stirred again, sampled... and it read 1.055!

I'm thinking it would be immoral for me to sell the refractometer.

Oh.  With the hydrometer my OG was 1.052.  Beersmith predicted 1.051. 

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Ingredients / Re: Flavor hops for American Brown Ale?
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:47:27 PM »
Thanks Martin!  I like your thinking.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Insulated stainless mash tun
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:44:53 PM »
Yes, I find it odd.  I just have one brew on my new Blichmann MT, but I was surprised how quickly it lost heat as opposed to my old keggles.  I ended up having to infuse some of the sparge water to keep it in the target range.  I now have made a insulating wrap for it.  We'll see how that does tomorrow.

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Ingredients / Flavor hops for American Brown Ale?
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:41:34 PM »
I am working on an entirely new recipe for an American Brown Ale.  The BJCP guidelines mention light to moderate citrusy hop character.  I want the beer to be balanced in favor of maltiness, but I do want some of that citrusy hop showing through.

So, in a five gallon batch, which hop and how much of it would you recommend for a late addition and dry-hopping?

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The Pub / Re: Best beer city in the world
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:47:35 PM »
My fervent hope is that the best beer in the world is no where near ANY city

I hope so too Jim.  Since I can easily drive to your place to get some.
Thanks but if its at my place, I didn't brew it here. Not yet anyway.  But I know a little farm house in the foothills of Mt Hood that has several World Cup golds

Well you did use the word hope.  I hope you make the best beer in the world.  Then I can brag that I know you.  And drink some of it.

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The Pub / Re: Best beer city in the world
« on: November 23, 2014, 06:03:20 AM »
My fervent hope is that the best beer in the world is no where near ANY city

I hope so too Jim.  Since I can easily drive to your place to get some.

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It will just speed up what would also happen in the chest freezer.  This includes maturing and staling - its all a matter of time and temperature.

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