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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin finings and oxidation?
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:12:39 PM »
I think if you get your water and PH right and are patient (2 weeks in keg) gelatin is unnecessary for clear beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:13:07 PM »
Amarillo by Morning IPA

Simcoe for bittering and all Amarillo late. Delicious.

PS. During brew day I was surprised by a low gravity measurement. I looked around and found a 0.5# of Munich I forgot to add to the mash I subbed in some DME to hit my OG. All’s well that ends well.

The Pub / Where to Drink in Huntsville, Alabama
« on: December 02, 2017, 03:15:13 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Bier de Garde
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:25:52 PM »
I ended up brewing 10 gallons of Bier de Mars and 10 gallons of Bier de Garde. Bier de Mars was 1.070 and Bier de Garde was 1.060 (the former more amber the latter mroe pale). I split the Bier de Mars between WY Kolsch and WY Alt and the Bier de Mars split between Omega Alt Yeast and Saflager 34/70. All Pitched and fermenting at 58.
Will these be served at YH?

The Pub / Re: Left Hand Suing Whitelabs
« on: November 26, 2017, 10:24:27 AM »
I still use White Labs and Wyeast without fear.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the holidays
« on: November 24, 2017, 04:27:49 PM »
For Christmas I will have :
American IPA w/Amarillo
American Pale Ale (w/ less late hops than usual)
Christmas Ale (Amber Ale w/Simcoe)

It’ll definitely be a hoppy new year.

All Things Food / Re: Tom is on
« on: November 23, 2017, 10:52:38 AM »
Looks great. Happy Thanksgiving.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 19, 2017, 07:06:20 PM »
And two brews in one weekend for me. Amarillo by Morning IPA today.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:07:42 PM »
Extra Pale Ale today. First brew in 2 months.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:06:25 PM »
Brewing my take on Tadcaster Porter

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Sounds good. Nice label!

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:27:02 PM »
Just had one tonight. This is a good vintage.

So, does this qualify as a Red IPA or just plain American IPA according to BJCP?

Good either way. Just something I think about.

Aldi sells beer?
Always did in Germany. Then in the US I got Wernsegrüner Pils there. They always had wine too.
I have walked around the two Aldi stores in Huntsville twice looking for beer. I haven’t found it. I didn’t look for warm beer though.

Aldi sells beer?

Equipment and Software / Re: Unibrau V3
« on: October 27, 2017, 05:21:19 PM »

Tri-clamps are nice, but they seem especially extravagant for a BIAB system. You're going to change one hose connection per brew day.

Yeah, I think they are overkill on this system, but that's how it comes.

Do you have a pump and/or heat exchanger now? I'm wondering if the 12 W rating on the pump is accurate too; that's ~1/60 HP. Would probably make for pretty low flow rate through the plate chiller.

I have a Chugger pump that I use to recirculate wort at the end of the mash, pump to the boil kettle, and recirculate ice water through my immersion chiller.  I wasn't planning on using the plate chiller, but this is something to consider.

Are you brewing electric now? A 1500 W element takes almost two hours to heat 10 gal of strike liquor.

I'm not.  The manufacturer claims it can raise temperature 1.5° F a minute.  I was thinking I'd probably heat the initial strike water on my stove (like I do now), as it has a very powerful burner and can bring it up to temp in the amount of time it takes me to mill grain and get everything set up.

These are all good points, thanks for the response.

I want to change my setup, but I don't really want to build it myself, and all the turn-key solutions involve a compromise of some sort (it's kind of frustrating actually).
I can't honestly speak to the system itself, but I have a similar BIAB setup (no pump), and I love it. Well..I guess I don't have triclamps...or a strainer pot... Or a plate chiller... Ok, I might just be another idiot on the internet.
That sounds like my setup. I love BIAB. So easy.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment, New Issues
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:15:49 AM »
Hey everyone,

I finally bought my own equipment after brewing with a friend for a while.  I bought the SSBrewtech Infussion MT and Kettle.  I also got the chugger pump and duda energy 30 plate wort chiller.  I've made two batches with this new setup and have ended up low in my conical fermenters.  I'm only getting 4 gallons into the fermenter and a lower than expected OG.  I'm assuming this means I'm not getting full conversion AND losing water somewhere.  Now, I've noticed every time I transfer water/wort I end up losing a little in my lines but I don't know how to account for this in BeerSmith.  While I'm losing water/wort in the lines, I'd still need to figure out why I'm not getting the correct OG.  I'm currently set up to do a single infussion mash with no mashout and fly sparging. using a 5 gallon water cooler as my HLT. 

I'd love to hear your input, thanks so much for any help you can provide me with.
If your loosing liquid between mash tun and kettle then you can adjust (increase) the BeerSmith Lauter Deadspace in your equipment profile.

If your loosing liquid between kettle and fermenter then you can adjust (increase) the BeerSmith Trub/Chiller Loss in your equipment profile.

You also may be boiling off too much. You can adjust the Boil Off parameter in the BeerSmith equipment profile and/or try to boil less.

For efficiency, you can calculate your actual efficiency and put that number in BeerSmith.

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