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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ProMash -> BeerSmith 2
« on: July 15, 2011, 02:27:49 PM »
No spot Denny, but I know Brad will consider what his users want, within reason.

I know that he will, Fred.  I think that at this point the thing I'm having the most trouble with is that Beersmith seems to rigid about making you do stuff its way.  Maybe that means I haven't looked at Beersmith enough, which I freely admit.  But ya know, I don't wanna choose a mash profile from a list.  I don't want to have to deal with equipment profiles.  I want it to be more free form.  It's entirely possible that it can work like that and I haven't figured it out yet, which is why I keep going back to Beersmith and working with it.  I also have to figure out how to get it to give me the same results as Promash in terms of gravity, IBUs, volumes and stuff like that so I can can work on recipes that I've used before and have them give me the same results.  I'm not in any way dissing Beersmith.  I just need more time and experience with it.  Until I can get that, I'll stay with Promash or use both at once so I can see what the differences are and how to deal with them.

Same for me.  I don't know the purpose of a set mash schedule or why I need to input my system's equipment.  I haven't spent enough time on it yet to see why and how it all works.  I wanted to record the mash schedule on my last brew and gave up after several minutes, adding it to the "notes" section.
I'll figure it out eventually, but like Denny, I liked the simplicity of Promash just fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ProMash -> BeerSmith 2
« on: July 15, 2011, 01:04:41 PM »
I switched to Beersmith because I have a PC and a Mac and it works on both for the same price.  I would not have switched from Promash except that my PC hard drive crashed and the new PC doesn't like the antique floppy discs that I originally loaded Promash with, whenever that was.
Hopefully I'll be able to learn to export my recipe docs to Beersmith.  I still find it a bit cumbersome, but I'm still learning.  It is a lot fancier.

I had a very successful solara project in which I kept adding wort to a carboy with a pretty thick slurry of yeast and stuff on the bottom.  Occasionally I would use a wine thief to remove some of the beer for bottling, mostly for competitions.  It worked well and won several medals.  Eventually the thickness of the trub at the bottom reached an inch or so and made me nervous about autolysis, so I transferred the beer to another carboy and threw the trub away.  Fortunately there were enough bugs in the transferred beer that it made a nice pelicle right away.  I now have two of these projects going, one with bugs from several commercial sour beers and one with Bret B.  I add partially fermented wort to them every so often and blend them to taste.  It's interesting and kinda fun.
I don't know if the above helps with your scenario though, but I'd keep the blend and pitch it for sure.

The Pub / Re: Showering with Gordon
« on: July 14, 2011, 03:24:29 PM »
Several years ago I saw a scuba diver reading a paper back book about 15 feet under water while he was doing an extended safety stop after a cave dive.  I talked to him later and he told me that the book is useless until the next dive, but then it's just fine if you can remember your place in the story. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer leak
« on: July 14, 2011, 10:43:20 AM »
I wonder if any of you have this problem.  I use the ball lock flare (threaded) quick disconnect (beer out, black).  I try to crank the nut nice and tight when connecting, but twice now, moving other kegs in or out or disconnecting for some reason loosens it...two days later I open the discover a couple of pints (or more) in the bottom of the is so much fun to waste beer and you know how us brewers like to clean.

Has anyone had this problem?  Has anyone devised a solution?  I was thinking of using some silicone tape on the threads to insure against this...


I hate it when this happens.
Does it leak with the black quick-connect attached?  If so I would check the o-ring at the top of the post.  If not, then the o-ring at the top of the dip tube, under the post may have failed or the spring-loaded poppet in the post is bad and leaking.
I don't think thread tape would help much.

Zymurgy / Re: Pilsner Urquell triple decoction
« on: July 13, 2011, 08:56:24 AM »
If I had to guess, it would be due to this:

"A stiff mash of <1.25 quarts of water per pound is better for protein breakdown, and results in a faster overall starch conversion, but the resultant sugars are less fermentable and will result in a sweeter, maltier beer."


Since I am pulling out the thickest part of the mash for each decoction, that volume will produce more less fermentable sugars if Palmer is correct.  I should pull out Noonan's book and cross reference, but this would be where I would start looking for additional dextrins.

Thanks for that, but I don't know if that really makes much difference.  At least in my experience, it's a stretch to relate mash thickness to wort profile in more than a very minor way.

On the other hand, if one pulls a thick decoction of 40% and raises that to high sacc rest of 156-160F, then that would account for it, eh?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Making starter from grain.
« on: July 12, 2011, 12:52:00 PM »
Instead of that, consider making 5 gallons of something with an OG around 1.035.  You'll be fine with one packet/vial/smack pack of yeast, generate plenty of yeast for your next batch, and have something low alcohol you can drink.

Just a thought.
That would be a great idea except that I've been asked to make a wit and I finally got the yeast.  I'd have to make Wit Lite and then make regular Wit.  Or would you call the first one "half wit"?
I wonder what an all pils malt, fairly hoppy, wit-fermented beer would taste like?  It might be kinda fun, except that some wit yeasts tend to have a sour/tart note.  It could be a very refreshing, low-gravity summer ale.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 15 more minutes.....
« on: July 12, 2011, 11:55:21 AM »
When does your door to door beer dispensing tour begin?  ;) My neighborhood could use it. It's hot out today.

Mom, Mom!  The beer man's here!  Can I have a dollar?

Ingredients / Re: Show us your Hops 2011!
« on: July 12, 2011, 11:53:12 AM »
For some reason your pics are not coming through. Are you using a photo hosting site?

They come through fine for me (and that's saying something as work usually kills most anything).
It looks like he's hosting them on shutterfly.
They look fine to me, too.
Very healthy hops.

Zymurgy / Re: Pilsner Urquell triple decoction
« on: July 11, 2011, 01:04:01 PM »
I'm thinking he meant melanoidins or the perception of malt sweetness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 09, 2011, 11:08:15 AM »
That's an avocado tree.
Maybe next NHC in Seattle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 09, 2011, 10:01:00 AM »

OK, here on the left is an IPA with all El Dorado hops and next to it a rauchbier.
I was doing some bottling today for a competition and managed to pour a little of each for their photo ops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 09, 2011, 09:57:23 AM »

I hope I get this right.  On the left is my CAP, then the Hopfenweisse with Citra, then my Export, then a still young Vienna.  I'll post some darker beers later.

I got an email from the AHA with a link to sign up, which I did.  I subsequently got a confirmation email.
Looking on the AHA site and even doing a search there came up with nothing, so I think it's invitation only for members by email  so far.

I've been trying to hold off posting for something important, because this will be my 1000th, but this seems appropriate.

I am going to help brew 10 bbls of Smoked Porter on Sunday with my friend Craig at the Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville.  Last weekend I smoked 150 pounds of pale malt over alder chips for this brew.
When we brewed this last year, the beer took runner up best of show in the Best Florida Beer Pro Competition out of 102 entries.

Looking forward to a hot, but interesting day at the pro level.

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