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move it to an even warmer part of the house?

or get one of these: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/electric-fermentation-heater.html


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All Grain Brewing / Re: First time doing a true lager
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:39:04 AM »
Any yeast with more oxygen will have more growth.

I think a better way to make rabeb25's point would have been that lagers need a lot more yeast growth (colder, slower, etc) to make the best lager beer possible.  A higher concentration of oxygen, like that provided from a 90 sec blast of pure O2, helps promote that growth. 

Certainly isn't required, but then again a starter isn't required, but most people find it makes a better beer...

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Ingredients / Re: Kolbach of Weyermann Malts
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:32:40 AM »
I believe that is where I took it from as I usually do a longer alpha rest. It's really not a pain to do, like decoctions, so I'll likely keep doing this mash schedule for my lagers.
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I started doing the Hockhurz step for my lagers and while I've not done a side x side comparison versus a single infusion, i have liked the results so much and it is so easy (for me) to do, that I keep it as a standard practice for lagers. 

40min at 145/20 min at 158 for drier beers like pilsner
20min at 145/40 min at 158 for beers like dunkel and marzen

bear in mind, it takes me 20 min to ramp up, so i often strike in at the desired temp, and then begin the rise about 10 min before the end of the step.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency survey
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:50:06 AM »
I hit 80% on the head almost everytime, occasional deviations, but usually a standard deviation of <2%.

"60% of the time, it works every time"

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Equipment and Software / Re: Whirlpool Rest
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:33:34 AM »
Professional articles advise minimal pumping of hot wort for whirlpool to prevent breaking the trub floccs up and shear stress on proteins. Best method is hand mixing with a spoon or paddle which can be applied up to 15 BBL. To get good separation you want your trub to coagulate and aggregate, not blend it up finely. Also professional breweries use low shear pumps on VFDs (with gentle flow paths) so they can be slowed down. Furiously whipping the wort with a homebrew pump at 3500 rpm for an hour can't be good for the quality of the wort.

The best method with a pump is to turn it off as soon as you get sufficient velocity in the whirlpool and then let it settle.

very interesting info - did not know that.  one thing though, as I do have a whirlpool arm on my setup - aint' no way its whipping around at 3500RPM.  the velocity of the WP is, to me, significantly slower at least visually, to a professional whirlpool. 

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Going Pro / Re: Woohoo!
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:55:41 AM »
nice job anthony!  one fer the good guys!

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Going Pro / Re: Super CIP
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:56:09 AM »
not worried about the chlorine on stainless?

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Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Homemade stir Plate
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:51:29 AM »
Thanks - I am interested ... can you tell me if it is at least a 80 mm or larger fan and does it come with the stir bar as well?

yes - its 80mm - Model AFB0812L

wasn't planning on throwing in a stir bar, but could be convinced.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:27:28 AM »
i have always found using plumbers pipe tape (teflon) to be best - it flattens out enough to cause no issue with the gasket.

I use a dryhop basket like the one pictured here midway down the page:

http://utahbiodieselsupply.com/brewingfilters.php

but I consider it a luxury toy over a nylon dryhop bag or paint strainer bag.  it doesn't perform any better but its shiny  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:27:28 AM »
I guess the "Heavy" is a tilt of sarcasm?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast Remains or Worse?
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:51:30 AM »
Paul, I know the feeling. I dumped zero beer sthis quarter. Quarter before I dumped 60 bbls of beer. So, put that in perspective. That said, it always sucks, no matter how much you dump.

that is some perspective.  i guess if a pro has to do it on occasion, i can't beat myself up too much about it.

thanks keith.

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Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Homemade stir Plate
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:56:52 AM »
Here you go:



As for shipping - prob going to be in the $5-$7 range - will do exact when I have a buyer.

Will send as cheap as possible.

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Classifieds / For Sale: Homemade stir Plate
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:05:55 PM »
One of my brew buddies just gave me a pro grade stir plate to thank me for the years and years of free beer he's drank at my house.

So...I'm looking to sell my old home-made computer fan model.  Looking for $20+shipping or best offer.

Will post pics if requested. 

Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast Remains or Worse?
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:58:26 PM »
I'm thinking I should just dump both kegs tonight.  I just don't think i can enjoy them - its a shame, because I get hints that it was as good as always (house recipe). 

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