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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 80 year old hops plant.
« on: Today at 06:15:25 PM »
I think it was in Stan Hieronymus’s book For the Love of Hops, he stated that hop fields in the Tettnanger region of Germany last for 100 years. If the hops are good, the can have a market. One plant won’t produce much, though.

I bought a system a little over a year ago. I got tired of going to the store and wrestling the 5 gallon jugs in and out of the car to home.

My tap water TDS is 650+, and the RO is usually 10 or less ppm.  I have changed the pre filters once. I don’t think I am spending too much on this water. My back thanks me.

Edit - Then there were  the times I got the stink eye from people lined up as I filled 4 5 gallon jugs. One had 2 5 gallon jugs, so I was not so sorry.

If you look on various online buy/sell lists such as Craigslist, you can find brewing equipment for cheap.

I agree with Jim. Also, if you are going to spend a lot of money on a kettle, make sure you won't be itching to replace it within a year. I started with a small stovetop kettle for partial mash and extract brews and quickly wanted to upgrade. It was less than $50, but it is now sitting unused. I eventually purchased a 10 gallon kettle on sale for $49 and added an electric element myself. I saved hundreds of dollars and have been using that happily for a couple of years. Think carefully before dropping a lot of bucks on equipment and make sure that what you buy today will work for you next year.

Control that fermentation. Second vote for Jim.

When you do buy a kettle, make sure it has the size and all the options you want now and down the road.

Buy once, cry once!

All Grain Brewing / Re: pale malt difference
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:22:16 AM »
I just tasted a gravity & pH sample from my first brew with Simpson's Golden Promise (I know, how did I not get to this before.)  I think I'm in love.
I like the GP from Simpsons over other maltster.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Golden Pils
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:48:44 PM »
My local kwikee mart has six packs of 16-ounce cans of this for $7.99 plus tax.  Well worth it after working in this heat all day.

Local too.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:34:04 AM »
You need the moisture, correct?

Most definitely. Was an early spring too, so no significant precipitation since March. You can probably tell by the grass if you look closely. ::)
Ah, yes.

We were in Santa Fe in April, they said they didn’t have a winter. No snow in the mountains equals no water in the reservoirs.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:08:17 AM »
I guess it's officially an early monsoon season, four afternoon hailstorms in a row...

You need the moisture, correct?

They were celebrating in Santa Fe when they got rain a day ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW vs TSP
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:05:19 AM »
I've been reading a lot of labels. The more I read the more confused I get. Some TSP is TSP, some is sodium meta whatever which is also in PBW. Does it really matter?  I'm beginning to think not. Use whatever to get off the gunk and then rinse the hell out of it.
Many states/ local governments outlawed true TSP as it was a problem in the downstream runoff, as the phosphates cause algae blooms in ponds and lakes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: efficiency
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:56:24 PM »
I mash at about 2 qts per liter, add water at the end of the mash time, recirculate, then pump to the kettle. The SG Of the final running is around 1.020 or more. Some sugar is left behind, but so are tannins.

Sage advice. Good efficiency is desirable, but I can assure you that high efficiency can be problematic (read: tannins!!). I can produce an overall efficiency in the low 90% range with my system, but also incurred a low tannic edge in my beers. I purposely reduce my efficiency into the low 80% range by reducing the amount of sparging water that I place into the tun.

My goal is to keep the gravity of my final runnings above 1.015. That is well above the 1.008 that is commonly touted as a proper end-point for runoff. I typically place only about 3/4 of the calculated sparging volume in the tun and that reserved 1/4 of the sparging water is added directly to the kettle as needed to top up the volume to my pre-boil volume.

Efficiency is the enemy of good beer, but do strive to get your system efficiency into the 70 to 80 percent range, if you can.

I’m unclear on “2 qts per liter”. Possibly this is a typo and should be 2 qts per lb.  I believe I’ve read Josh Weikert uses a similar modified method.

Four brews in on this new system configuration and I am only a few points shy of 70 now. I am thinking my HLT/BK and MLT dead space and pump/hoses loss volume measurements could be erroneous. On my next brew day I’ll take more accurate measurements of those losses. This could be a simple math error.  However, I would also like conversation a bit higher and will apply effort there as well.

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Brain fart the morning after the club picnic. Fixed.

Somewhere I read a long time ago that Jamil Z said he was around 65% eff, but he was trying to get high quality wort. I have been around 68% efficiency the last couple of years.

All Grain Brewing / Re: efficiency
« on: July 08, 2018, 02:09:37 PM »
I mash at about 2 qts per pound, add water at the end of the mash time, recirculate, then pump to the kettle. The SG Of the final running is around 1.020 or more. Some sugar is left behind, but so are tannins.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW vs TSP
« on: July 08, 2018, 06:52:39 AM »

The Pub / Re: Came home with 5 lb more hops...
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:17:36 AM »
Scored those at HomebrewCon?

All Grain Brewing / Re: efficiency
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:15:21 AM »
Doing a modified no sparge has given me better tasting wort, but lower efficiency. I can use a little more grain to make up for that.

All Grain Brewing / Re: efficiency
« on: July 07, 2018, 12:26:36 AM »
I have my gap at 0.030" (approximates ASBC coarse grind) and get over 90% brewhouse efficiency, with no runoff problems at all (fast and clear,) fly sparging with a false bottom.   So you could obviously go finer than that with a BIAB.  I do check the adjustment with my feeler gauges every few runs.  Every so often it needs readjustment, even with exponentially less use than a LHBS mill.

EDIT One trick to milling fine is to keep the rpm's down.  Milling slower will limit husk damage even with a narrow gap.  I guess that's another thing that's less relevant to BIABers.  But LHBS should slow their mills and they could tighten the gap for everybody.  <150 rpm is a good target.

Robert, I am curious how 0.030" approximates ASBC coarse grind (I assume no 14 sieve). I am thinking Darcy’s law and pH to increase my efficiency. Like mentioned above it’s probably only a pound or two of grain and gallon of water difference for a total of 5 bucks but I feel like it’s my job to try to increase efficiency.

I am using a drill for my JSP Malt Mill so I may employ a clamp to eliminate the variability between the mill and drill (aka my finger).

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This is in Palmer and Kaminski, Water, p. 71, on trials on effects of gap on pH: "The 0.8 mm setting on a two roller mill is probably most similar to the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) coarse grind condition, which is determined not by roller spacing but by 75% of a malt sample remaining on a No. 30 sieve...."  That's where I got that,  0.8 mm is 0.032".  But that's not why I picked the setting.  LHBS owner said 0.030" was working for him, I tried it, I liked it, I stuck with it.

I too use a JSP with a drill.  If you come up with a mechanical improvement on the human finger, please post details and pics!

Aside: I'm just like you on feeling it's my "job" to try to increase efficiency.  But I just accidentally happened on this from George Fix today: "However, it is rare in brewing for efficiency and beer quality to be in harmony."  Guess we should relax now and then, and buy the extra malt.  Oh, who am I kidding?  :)

As a homebrewer, I no longer chase efficiency. I am after better beer.

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