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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 10, 2015, 11:47:35 AM »
I just think the Blichmann false bottom is the best.

I am not a fan of the Blichmann design.   In my humble opinion, it's a bit of a hack.  If you are going to use a false bottom, your money is better spent on a slotted design (that's what's used on commercial tuns).  A 16 to 20% open-space slotted design false bottom is a work of art from a mash bed fluid dynamics point of view.  What is the diameter of your tun?

The Blichmann is the best one I have used.  And I still have it so I might as well use it.  The only other one I have used is similar to the one that came with this unit and what you show in your pics.  Just holes in a stainless plate.  I would definitely like to try the slotted design you speak of.  Now I wonder if it would be easier for my son in law to make a new slotted one than cutting a bit from the circumference of the Blichmann...  I'll have to ask.  They do have a water jet cutting device.

The diameter of the new MT is ~15.5".

Equipment and Software / Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:04:29 AM »
I participated in a Kickstarter (, because I wanted a stainless insulated MT.

It arrived late last week.  I quite pleased with it with the exception of the false bottom - which isn't bad, I just think the Blichmann false bottom is the best.  So I am going to have my son-in-law who is a pipe fitter make the Blichmann false bottom to work in the new MT.  I need to try it soon!  Here are the pics:

Classifieds / 10 gal Blichmann G2 Brew Kettle
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:54:18 AM »
Upgrade time! I have one "BoilerMaker™ G2 10 gal Brew Pot by Blichmann Engineering" for sale. I have used it for a BK for less than 10 brews. It is in great shape. it comes with all the original peripheral items - even the shipping box! These sell for $355 new. I will sell this one for $200 + actual shipping.

If you are wondering why I am selling it, I just bought a new MT which has made this kettle redundant. PM me if interested.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop and Brew School
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:37:18 PM »
Denny, what does a decent hotel run in the area?   How long does it take to drive from Portland to Yakima?  I was thinking about piggybacking a trip to Oregon with Hops and Beer School.  I could hit Bend, Eugene, and Portland before driving up to Yakima.
I'm right in the middle. Portland to Hwy 97 is about 100 miles (Biggs Junction) At that point you are about 135 north of Bend and about 75 south of Yakivegas.

We should think about a collaboration brew day, bbq, and bottle share day...

That sounds really good.  I hope everyone has the time.  If at all possible, I'd say the day before would work best, but that is up to the attendees.  What say you all?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature of US-05
« on: August 08, 2015, 09:43:01 PM »
I wanted to ferment low because I am nearing the capacity of the fermenter and I don't want an eruption. 

I wonder if a fermentation eruption sounds like this to the yeast cells?  :)

No, that is how they sound inside the fermenter - happily jamming away.

This is how they sound dying on the outside:

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature of US-05
« on: August 08, 2015, 11:41:26 AM »
It is currently happily bubbling away at 62*.  I wanted to ferment low because I am nearing the capacity of the fermenter and I don't want an eruption.  I doubt that anyone but perhaps a super taster would be able to pick up the peach ester in a RIS.  I'll start ramping the temperature as fermentation slows.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting Smegma out of Better Bottles
« on: August 08, 2015, 11:34:48 AM »

"noun: smegma: a sebaceous secretion in the folds of the skin, especially under a man's foreskin."

Using full bio-hazard gear, deposit it in the trash.  The out-of-doors trash.

Equipment and Software / Gravity measuring BS
« on: August 06, 2015, 03:04:46 PM »
I ranted about this a year ago or so, but I want to get it off my chest again because of a new situation.

I brewed a RIS yesterday and was shocked by a wild miss on the OG.  It should have been 1.092 and it came out at 1.077!  I learned part of that lesson.  I need to decrease the efficiency for bigger beers.  BUT,

I have three gravity measuring devices: a refractometer, and four hydrometers, one of which is a full scale model and three are narrow range models.

I used the high range hydrometer to get the 1.077 OG.  A couple of minutes ago I decided to enlist the others.  The refractometer and the broad range hydrometer were within 1 point of each 1.086!

This makes me crazy.  It's like having an elastic yardstick.  I don't swear very often but this tempts me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Big beer OG Misses
« on: August 05, 2015, 07:58:41 PM »
I feel like whacking myself on the forehead.  This is something I should have known.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Big beer OG Misses
« on: August 05, 2015, 07:33:10 PM »
Yep, I just learned something.  I plugged 62% in the efficiency field and boom - 1.076 predicted.  Now I know.  I've been keeping it at 75%.

Thanks all!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Big beer OG Misses
« on: August 05, 2015, 06:52:01 PM »
My efficiency goes down with really big beers as one would expect.

The one I made that was at 1.115, it was a batch sparge, I ran some 1.040ish wort into a 10 gallon kettle I have, then boiled it hard until it was over target, added into the main batch. No small beer on that batch.

That may be the issue.  I wonder if Beersmith compensates for the loss in efficiency of a big beer.  Maybe it is a setting I can manipulate.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Big beer OG Misses
« on: August 05, 2015, 06:16:26 PM »
I take the sample from the hoses that go from the BK to the fermenter.  So it has a lot of trub in it.  The wort is not yet to pitching temp.  I may take another sample once it gets there.

All Grain Brewing / Big beer OG Misses
« on: August 05, 2015, 05:29:41 PM »
I need to figure out what is going on.  I hit my numbers consistently with average gravity beers.  But every time I attempt a big beer I miss my numbers - sometimes by a lot. 

Today I brewed a RIS which was supposed to be 1.092 OG.  I took a pre-boil gravity and it showed 10 points lower than predicted so I added all the DME I had (about 13 oz.).  Even with that the OG is sitting at 1.077!

The grain crush was good.  Brun'water predicted a pH of 5.5.  My temperature held steady in the mash at ~155*.  It was an hour mash.  I planned a 90 minute mash but was running short on time so I kept it to an hour. 

I'm at a loss.  Any ideas?

The good news is that even when I miss my OG the beer still tastes good.  :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature of US-05
« on: August 05, 2015, 12:30:11 PM »
Sure.  I've used it as low as 52.  It does seem, though, that the lower you ferment, the more likely you are to get the peach ester from it.

Interesting application for an APA or AIPA.  I assume I won't get much at 60* though huh?

Going Pro / Re: Tell me what you think
« on: August 05, 2015, 12:28:04 PM »
Belay that BS!   ;D    (The old man on my ship's favorite expression when some junior officer gave a less than stellar order while standing conn).

Am I going to have to request permission to come aboard?  Are you going to blast music form the 1MC? Are you going to have a gedunk store?  Am I going to have to stand before the mast if I say something bad about your beer? :)

Ha!  I wish I were better at funny responses.  So the answers are: yes, yes, and maybe.  The only certain thing is if you come in with your cover on and hear the ship's bell ring, you buy everyone a round!

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