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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 04:49:57 AM »
This is how I do it.

I basically do the same thing but I just use the CO2 to get the siphon started
and I don't have the fittings. I just hold the gas line up to the carboy cap till
the siphon starts. I stick a cotton ball soaked in alcohol in an air lock and put that
in the carboy cap to act as an air filter, I don't know if it actually filters anything but it
makes me feel better.

All Grain Brewing / Re: figuring out grain bill %'s
« on: February 25, 2010, 02:55:28 PM »
Why don’t you just figure out how much grain you need by assuming a standard 36 ppg for example? For this you need to know the efficiency, target volume and target gravity. If you want to be really precise with the extract potential of the grist you can calculate the weighted average by considering the extract potential of each malt and its grain bill portion.

Once you have the total grist weight the individual grain weights are easy to calculate from their percentages.

That’s how I do it.


I think that is what I did by
using the gravity per lb of the base malt
for all the other grains, so the weight %'s would stay constant.

All Grain Brewing / Re: figuring out grain bill %'s
« on: February 25, 2010, 04:48:41 AM »
See if this works for you.

The spreadsheet gave me the same #'s that I calculated by hand.
So I did something right.

All Grain Brewing / Re: figuring out grain bill %'s
« on: February 24, 2010, 08:12:06 PM »
Here you go, good for starts - and it's free....

I have brewtarget , but how do you go about resizing a batch
for efficiencies with it?

All Grain Brewing / figuring out grain bill %'s
« on: February 24, 2010, 05:24:22 PM »
  I know the percentages of grain I want,
but have to adjust them for efficiency.
  I tried using the method in Designing Great Beers to figure out
my grain bill. What this did was screw up my percents by weight.
I believe the book is giving me %'s by gravity per lb. ?
  So what I did was use the gravity per lb of the base malt
for all the other grains, so the weight %'s would stay constant.
  This seemed to work but I'm not sure it's the correct way to
go about it. Are there any easier way to scale grain bills for efficiency?

I can put all #'s up if any one cares???


Beer Recipes / Re: Roggenbier
« on: February 16, 2010, 04:56:12 AM »
I was thinking about what to brew next
I have a book with a recipe that calls for flaked rye.
I thought I might give it a try.
Any one ever use flaked rye?
I am guessing it would be much more of a subtle
flavor then using malted rye?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Saison Dupont
« on: February 15, 2010, 08:38:52 AM »
I recently tried this for the first time.
It was very skunked, I however did not enjoy it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/12
« on: February 14, 2010, 03:08:40 PM »
just got done re-brewing a pale ale
I've done twice before trying to nail
down my volumes, temps, times, etc.
got 89% efficiency which is way over
what I was shooting for  :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst oversight you've ever done!
« on: February 13, 2010, 09:07:27 AM »
Sanitized a keg with starsan hooked up a cobra
tap to run the starsan out of the keg and to sanitize the tap and lne
I put a rubberband around the tap to hold it open
ran out the starsan filled and pressurized the keg
hooked the tap back up with out taking the rubber band
off.  Didn't lose too much beer but felt like a complete moron.

General Homebrew Discussion / First Wort Hopping ?
« on: February 08, 2010, 06:09:56 AM »
I brewed a batch that called for first wort hopping.
Do you remove the first wort hops or leave them in
for the whole boil ? ( I left them in)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Do You Prime Your Kegs?
« on: January 17, 2010, 07:03:00 AM »
I did it a couple times but I didn't care for the sediment it created in the keg.  In addition, in my case I didn't see any advantage to doing it.

Why would this produce more sediment?

I'd like to see a video

when i sparge, i keep the water level topped up over the grain the whole time. eventually i pretty much drain my entire 15g hlt into my mash, and get my 15 or so gallons in the kettle. when i'm done, the level of the liquid in the mash is still above the grain bed.

when he sparges, he keeps the water level topped up over the grain, until he gets close to his volume. then he lets the wort drain out of the mash/lauter tun, ending up with 15 or so gallons in the kettle, but when he is done, there is no liquid left in the mash.
IMHO it doesn't really matter.  The only issue would be, as Kai pointed out, the grainbed maybe compacted.  I fly sparge and I do it both ways, even with my 10 gallon igloo full, and I mean packed with grain.

How to calc your water.  The grainbed will retain approximately .1 gallons per pound of grain.  As long as you account for this you will be very close in your calculations.  preboil volume = mash water added - .1 gallons * pounds of grain + additional water (sparge ) needed.


So then for 6.5 preboil volume
with 3.5 gallons of mash water
10 lbs of grain I would need approximately
4 gallons sparge water?

6.5=3.5-1+sparge water
6.5=2.5+sparge water
4=sparge water

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: dry hop time and taste?
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:18:01 PM »
Might take more than a week or two.  Don't give up on it; you said it tasted pretty good before the dry hops.  Dry hops fade off so if you have room to store the bottled or kegged beer, just let it sit for a month or three and give it another try.  You might be pleasantly surprised.  I had an awful stout about 100 batches ago and recently found a few bottles left.  I tried it on a whim and it was actually halfway decent.  You never know what time will do.

Those hops were only in the keg for maybe 48 hours, I would have thought that such a short time wouldn't have that much effect on the taste. Makes me wonder if some thing else is wrong. Home brew club meeting next week I'm going to bring some to
get some second opions.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: dry hop time and taste?
« on: January 05, 2010, 03:00:56 PM »
I'm hoping if I let it sit
a week or two the nasty taste
will mellow.

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