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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low really low
« on: October 06, 2013, 09:41:15 AM »
Looks like a mill might be the next investment....and probably a smart investment.  I asked about having the LHBS double crush and they were hesitant to do so because they indicated it clogs/gets stuck in their mill, so I didn't push the idea.  I usually run it through their electric/belt driven mill, but they do have manual mills.  I will see if I can adjust that mill and use that.  Just carve some milling time out of my weekly visits. 

I don't make a lot of dark beers and didn't measure the ph.  I need to include that in my process but just haven't made that move yet. 

Thanks again. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low really low
« on: October 05, 2013, 08:03:52 PM »
All really great suggestions. Thanks everyone. I will try more stirring, pressing if off on volume and calibrating my thermometer.  I'm brewing in 2 weeks so I will report back. Just need to get a mill or hit up one of my friends.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low really low
« on: October 05, 2013, 03:52:29 PM »
Hit my volumes rather spot on.  no idea what else it could be. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low really low
« on: October 05, 2013, 03:03:14 PM »
Calibrated the hydrometer....and was spot on.  Left the sample at room temp roughly 60ish.  and it it rose to roughly 1.058...but still rather low.  I wish I could figure it out.  I guess next time just have to really take some good notes. 

Thanks all of the suggestions and feedback. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low really low
« on: October 05, 2013, 02:13:25 PM »
Thats what I thought too.  Never heard any fellow club members complain about the crush from the LHBS...but who knows.  might just have to see about getting a mill.  I just can't believe that I was that far off. 

All Grain Brewing / Low really low
« on: October 05, 2013, 01:36:13 PM »
I was brewing up a dark cascadian ale today. Measured my SG and it was much lower than what I was going for. My water amount was spot on. Pre boil and post boil collection was good.

My targeted OG was suppose to be 1.075 and I measured 1.056. Way low!

I calculated that it was roughly 55% efficiency.

I guess I just don't know how I would be so low. I batch sparge. Rather frustrated but I will just roll with it.

Any suggestions? Only thing I can think of is bad crush at the LHBS.

Yeast and Fermentation / superfood vs. wyeast nutrient
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:08:06 PM »
Recently went to the LHBS and they were out of wyeast (I think that is the brand) yeast nutrient.  So I talked for a bit about an alternative, specifically for a starter and for boil. They suggested superfood, which they indicated would work the same as the blended nutrients from wyeast.

My question is, how much superfood should I use for a 2 liter starter?  1/4 teaspoon? 


Equipment and Software / Re: Wort chiller
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:03:53 AM »
I think it really depends.  I spent over $100 on my DYI wort chiller.  Granted it is 50 feet but it was not cheap and I have recently seen some really inexpensive chillers.  I could have sworn I just saw an SS chiller for $99....I will try to find the site.

If you go the DYI route, do yourself a favor and get a tube bender.  It is roughly $15 but will save tons of headaches and give you a good looking chiller.  Also...measure twice and bend once.

Good luck.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pumpkin spice to the bottling bucket or secondary?
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:24:35 AM »
Awesome information.  Thanks a lot everyone. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Decanting
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:22:16 AM »
Is leaving the flask with the foil over the top enough protection or should I put an airlock on it?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Decanting
« on: September 23, 2013, 08:24:36 AM »
Perfect!  Thanks a lot Big Al. 

Beer Recipes / Pumpkin spice to the bottling bucket or secondary?
« on: September 23, 2013, 08:17:57 AM »
I recently brewed a robust pumpkin porter.  I am a week away from bottling this brew but I have a quick question.  If I am looking for more pumpkin spice flavor and aroma should I add it to the secondary (as we would with hops) or to the bottling bucket.

I am concerned about adding it to the bottling bucket because I don't want the spices floating around...but if that is what is suggested, I will do that.


Yeast and Fermentation / Decanting
« on: September 23, 2013, 08:07:47 AM »
So I am planning decanting for the first time.  I am planning to brew on Saturday and will get the starter going today.  I will give it roughly give it 2-3 days for the 2 liter starter and then crash it in the fridge.  I was wondering if anyone has advice on the length of time I can store the starter in the fridge?


All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks Denny
« on: September 09, 2013, 02:15:05 PM »
Agreed with everyone here!  Thanks for everything Denny!

Beer Recipes / Another Pumpkin Beer - Pumpkin Porter - Suggestions?
« on: August 30, 2013, 10:03:15 AM »
So I am planning to brew up a pumpkin porter this weekend and this is the first time I have ever added vegetables...or really anything, to my mash besides grain.  Looking for a robust pumpkin pie beer.  Thoughts on the following recipe? 

5 gallon batch

5.75 lbs Marris Otter
1.75 lbs Light Munich
1.25 lbs Brown Malt
1 lbs 80 L Crystal Malt
.7 lbs Chocolate
.5 lbs Debittered Black
.5 lbs Dark Wheat
.25 lbs Chocolate Rye
.75 oz Simcoe (60 minutes)
1 oz Willamette (20 minutes)
.75 oz Willamette (5 minutes)

2 - 28 oz cans of pumpkin
3 tsp of pumpkin spice mix

yeast: British Ale

Thoughts?  Should I need to add a pound of rice hulls to avoid getting stuck?

Thanks All!

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