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Equipment and Software / Pump Selection
« on: May 26, 2013, 01:36:57 PM »
Been toying with the idea of getting a pump to transfer water from HLT to MLT because I want to change my setup. Any suggestions on a good, reasonably priced pump for this?

Yeast and Fermentation / Over Attenuation?
« on: May 23, 2013, 01:00:15 AM »
So a buddy and I were having a conversation about final gravity. I have several recipes that have finished below 1.010. Around 1.005-1.008 to be exact. He mentioned getting that low usually means wild yeast was introduced somewhere. I've only been brewing for a year and typically US-05 is my go-to yeast. What do you think of this hypothesis? 

Equipment and Software / Brewhouse Vendors
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:52:05 PM »
Anyone ever used or  Pros/cons?  Thanks!

Going Pro / Combining Batches
« on: February 21, 2013, 01:27:30 PM »
Forgive my ignorance, but I have a question regarding how things are done at the commercial level.  Say you can consistently brew your recipes.  You have a 3 bbl system with 7 bbl fermentors.  Can you brew two separate batches in one day and combine the two in one fermentor?  From my research I've found that three 7-bbl fermentors are cheaper than six 3-bbl fermentors.  I would assume you could brew a 3 bbl batch, get it down to pitching temp, pitch enough yeast for both batches, rack to primary, brew the second batch, get it down to pitching temp, then combine with the first batch in the fermentor.
Or would you not pitch the yeast until the second batch is in the fermentor and aerate the whole thing together, then pitch the yeast?

All Grain Brewing / 10-gal Batch with 2 different OG's
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:04:23 PM »
Did a compilation yesterday with my brew buddy. Split an apricot IPA. His OG was 1.060 and mine was 1.053. Both our hydrometers are calibrated and he actually checked with 2 different ones.

Our grain bill was 22 lbs 2-row and 1 lb C60. Boiled for 90 min. Anyone know what the cause could be?

Going Pro / Pro Brewery Efficiency
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:10:23 AM »
Looking for some input for 3-10 bbl brewery efficiencies. Thanks.

Going Pro / Beer Smith, Scaling, & Going Pro
« on: February 12, 2013, 12:01:48 AM »
Is Beer Smith sufficient for scaling hombrew recipes to 3 bbl, 7 bbl, etc?  Is this program enough for starting a microbrewery?  What considerations, if any, need to be taken into account when scaling recipes of that magnitude?

Equipment and Software / Filtering Coffee Grounds
« on: January 09, 2013, 03:04:31 AM »
Made a coffee stout without making the toddy. Just put the grounds right in the fermenter. When I rack to keg, I use a CO2 push. Any suggestions on a way to filter the grounds out without introducing O2?

General Homebrew Discussion / Growth of Homebrewing/Microbreweries
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:21:45 PM »
I'm new to homebrewing.  I've done about 8 five-gallon batches since June of this year.  My first was an extract recipe and then I went straight into all-grain.  I joined AHA back around September I think.  I've always enjoyed drinking craft beer over macrobrews and finally got tired of the limited selection of craft brews in the Florida Panhandle.  Since I've started brewing my own, I've noticed a gradual increase in the selection here, and particularly at places you wouldn't expect to see them (e.g. gas stations). 

I know it's not attributable to me, and maybe I'm now just more aware, but I'm curious to know what others have seen growth-wise in the microbrewery industry.  In particular (AHA moderators weigh in please) has there been a noticeable increase in AHA membership over the past few months or years?

I've also noticed the homebrew supply companies seem to be selling out of a lot of items or have started having longer shipping times.  Again, this is my first year so it may be related to the holiday season.  What do you all think?

Beer Recipes / Indian Brown Ale
« on: December 24, 2012, 03:47:42 PM »
I brewed a clone of DFH Indian Brown Ale a few weeks ago from a recipe I found in Zymurgy.  I can spot a few errors in my procedure that I will change before I brew it again.  One I noticed right away was that I don't think it should be dry hopped.  Sam says on the website that it is dry hopped similarly to the 60 & 90 minute IPAs, but the aroma from mine seems a bit too strong for this beer.  I don't get the aroma from the actual beer.

Also, I didn't caramelize the brown sugar, I just added the brown sugar at the end of the boil.  I can definitely taste the brown sugar.  I used the Ringwood Ale yeast.  I read this yeast needs a d-rest so I attempted it.  Unfortunately, temps were crazy that week and I don't know if I was able to get it high enough for the d-rest.  Fortunately, the brown sugar flavor is masking any diacetyl because I can't taste it.

I'm thinking about trying this one again, but maybe simply using a 1056 or S-05.  Also, I think I'll skip the dry hopping and stick to the warrior and vanguard in the boil.  Any thoughts?  Will this beer get better with some age, maybe lose some of the strong hop aroma and brown sugar flavor?

General Homebrew Discussion / Starsan after BLC
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:49:16 PM »
Is it necessary? If you've cleaned your small parts and sanitized them, do you need to run Starsan through after BLC?

All Grain Brewing / OG right after pitching yeast
« on: December 03, 2012, 04:00:40 PM »
So I'm an idiot.  I guess I was so happy that I had enought volume at the end of the boil that I forgot to collect some wort for an OG reading.  However, we noticed it as soon as we put the carboy in the fermentation chamber.  We immediately took it out and grabbed a sample for an OG reading.  I was going for 1.086, but got 1.071.  We already aerated and pitched the yeast.  I would estimate about 8-10 minutes passed between the pitching of the yeast and the OG reading.  Is this OG reading valid, or did the yeast start going that quickly?  FYI, I pitched two packs of US-05.

Equipment and Software / New upgrade to my setup
« on: December 02, 2012, 01:30:36 AM »
Utility sink with hot and cold water.

In line water filter hooked up to the cold water line.

Beer Recipes / DFH Indian Brown Ale Dry Hops
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:30:59 PM »
What do they dry hop this with? Sam says on their website that it's dry hopped, but the clone recipe in Zymurgy only uses Warrior at 60 min and Vanguard at flame out.

Beer Recipes / Imperial IPA Ideas
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:04:28 AM »
I'm planning on brewing this Saturday.  My questions is on the hop bill.  What to use where.  I've been doing a lot of SMaSH beers to try to get the hop flavors down, so this will be a little different.  Let me know what you think:

Batch Size: 5.00 gal     
Boil Size: 5.72 gal
Estimated OG: 1.086 SG
Estimated Color: 9.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 93.3 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount       Item                                                   Type         % or IBU
14.00 lb      Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)            Grain        90.32 %       
1.00 lb       Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)     Grain        6.45 %       
1.00 oz       Warrior [15.00 %]  (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops         45.3 IBU     
2.00 oz       Cascade [5.50 %]  (45 min)                Hops         27.7 IBU     
2.00 oz       Cascade [5.50 %]  (20 min)                Hops         18.3 IBU     
1.00 oz       Amarillo Gold [8.50 %]  (2 min)           Hops         2.0 IBU       
1.00 oz       Amarillo Gold [8.50 %]  (Dry Hop 7 days)  Hops          -           
0.50 lb       Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (at flame out)          Sugar        3.23 %       
2 Pkgs        US-05 Ale Yeast             Yeast-Ale                 

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