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Equipment and Software / Re: Calling All Metallurgists!
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:27:56 PM »
And really glad I posted and got your advice Jeff.  That would have ruined a good beer and a lot of hops.......

Whoa! Like I said not a metallurgist, but thought give it a try in a glass as an experiment just to see. Glad it saved you some angst over ruined beer.

I have one wrapped in water weld curing now.  Will try it out when I get home on Thursday.  Or maybe I'll just buy a handful of SS pipe fittings........or marbles.

The wife is going to pick up more of the glass beads she uses to weigh down flower vases. Those are real cheap. One other usewill be to keep meads up to the neck of the carboy.

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The starch has been carbonized and will not yield sugars in the mash. You get points for the OG, but those are not fermentable, giving a higher FG.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction Tips?
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:34:31 PM »
This is how Jeff Renner does his cereal mash for CAP.  I think he has a really big pressure cooker.
Yes he does!

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Yes, not legal on tribal lands as I understand it in Alaska.

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Going Pro / Re: Square footage
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:04:12 AM »
This is about the same size.
http://www.craftbeer.com/featured-brewery/colorado-boy-brewery

Mmmm, the Colorado Boy.  Sort of like Doughboy. :P

He knows his stuff apparently.  He wrote this book--> Brewery Operations Manual

He had some good advice in the panel discussion here, on going pro.
http://www.ahaconference.org/conference/past-presentations/2010-presentations/

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Going Pro / Re: Square footage
« on: October 14, 2013, 08:19:40 AM »

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique my "American Bitter" recipe
« on: October 14, 2013, 08:05:28 AM »
Pretty funny, with all your recommendations garc_mall, I'm really close to a clone of Surly Furious! :)

And to think, I have never had this beer. Hopefully I get to have it in Grand Rapids next year!
Don't know if Surly will be there, not in MI. Someone could bring cans to share.

My wife has stated that we are going to fly into Minneapolis to see her extended family, and then drive over to GR. So I will get a chance to have their beer, whether at NHC or on my way there. Maybe I will bring cans to share! I will also hit New Glarus, and visit Leos on my way in.
You have a plan there Marc. Sounds like the start of a NHC beercation.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique my "American Bitter" recipe
« on: October 14, 2013, 02:34:48 AM »
Pretty funny, with all your recommendations garc_mall, I'm really close to a clone of Surly Furious! :)

And to think, I have never had this beer. Hopefully I get to have it in Grand Rapids next year!
Don't know if Surly will be there, not in MI. Someone could bring cans to share.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Help! Peppercorn IPA
« on: October 14, 2013, 02:32:03 AM »
This is a great one. The base beer looks close to yours.

By Mike Bardallis.
http://2cicerones.blogspot.com/2011/11/brew-day-batch-352-rye-peppercorn-pale.html?m=1

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Equipment and Software / Re: Calling All Metallurgists!
« on: October 13, 2013, 11:57:01 AM »
And really glad I posted and got your advice Jeff.  That would have ruined a good beer and a lot of hops.......

Whoa! Like I said not a metallurgist, but thought give it a try in a glass as an experiment just to see. Glad it saved you some angst over ruined beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 12, 2013, 11:13:43 PM »
Will we be able to taste this in Grand Rapids? Hint, hint.

Edit IIRC, the recipe gets published in Zymurgy, so we can brew it!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 12, 2013, 04:25:27 PM »
I just got on line and found this. Very cool Mr. Gladish. Susan says Congrats also.

Looking at the winners, a couple nights ago we had Taproom IPA, Wookey Jack, and Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker. Those were worthy of the golds received.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Calling All Metallurgists!
« on: October 12, 2013, 09:58:26 AM »
I'm not a metallurgical Engineer, but an Engineer, so here foes.

These are made of a Chrome Steel used for ball bearings. The chrome content is 1% or so, and the carbon content is there to make it hard and tough for the high bearing loads.

Stainless has 10% or more Chrome. 304 SS that most of us have in our set ups is 18-20% chrome so the it is "rust free".

With the lower chrome content it may be best to put one in a glass of beer for a week or whatever length you will dry hop with and see what happens. If it comes out pristine then you are good to go, if you see corrosion then you need a plan B. I use some 304 SS elbows and nipples that are not in use for my dry hop weights. I also have some glass marbles that are also used.

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Ingredients / Re: Using Biofine Clear
« on: October 11, 2013, 03:44:27 PM »
Biofine Clear (PVPP), in terms of fining, is basically an inorganic alternative to Gelatin. They are both used to drop out polyphenols and proteins. Chances are if you haven't seen positive results with multiple Gelatin additions, you won't see them with PVPP. Along with How to Brew, here is a good fining reference:

http://beersmith.com/blog/2008/12/30/fining-agents-improving-beer-clarity/

IME, Biofine is more effective at clearing hop haze than Gelatin, and it doesn't smell like rotten meat.

I've never used it to clear a protein haze, but a grist of 100% Muntons MO shouldn't have enough protein to generate an obtrusive amount of turbidity, especially if you fined in the kettle and had decent hot/cold break.

How 'hazy' are we talking? Can you see through a pint?

BioFine Clear is colloidal silicon dioxide according to the Northern Brewer product description. I have heard of it being used in conjunction with PVPP, a plastic, to also drop poly phenols.

I will soon carb and tap a BoPils that was kegged and lagered with Biofineclear.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitizer ingredients
« on: October 10, 2013, 12:14:39 PM »
"quat (being cationic) will kill head retention in addition to giving the beer a medicine-like flavor profile"

http://www.birkocorp.com/brewery/white-papers/principles-of-cleaning-and-sanitizing/

One Brewpub we have brewed at uses quatenary ammonia for much of the non brewing surfaces. I got to spray down the floor in the open fermentation room with what they call jokingly, death spray.

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