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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many people use hop bags?
« on: July 20, 2011, 02:10:15 PM »
From talking with some other brewers I did learn that as a general rule of thumb using a hop bag decreases the hops efficiency by about 10%

I've heard this before. Does anyone know the basis for the 10% figure?  Is it the result of a lab test?  Or just perception?

does it matter? Denny has had his FWH beers test out to 10% more IBUs than the same beer brewed with a 60 minute addition of the same amount, yet I see posts all over saying "to me FWH is like a 20 minute addition" in terms of bitterness.  (emphasis mine)

point is - you'll need to use a bag and see if it really is any different in your perception - size of bag, apparatus used if any, all come into play. 

I did not notice much difference, but these were lighter hopped beers (helles, vienna, czech pils) so its understandable.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When to drink my AHA Beer
« on: July 20, 2011, 10:05:38 AM »
How can something be "double black"?

The same way Stone's RIS is an Imperial Russian Stout  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When to drink my AHA Beer
« on: July 20, 2011, 06:21:33 AM »
Holding on to the Double Black IPA from Stone, as its the only beer UPS didn't "lose" on the way back from San Diego.  Mainly because I carried it myself.  I was wondering how long I should hold off...

waiting for the 'drink it fresh' folks to chime in.  :)

Looks like that is also the 15th anniversary beer, so assuming you can buy Stone in your area, you *could* go buy a few when it comes out in August and have that one now and lay a few down for later on.

The only beers I like to age are Old Ales and RIS (maybe a few others - I have 12 lambic 750s aging right now) , so I guess I'm one of those "drink it fresh folks" - I prefer Bigfoot fresh actually  :o

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stepping up US-05 for 11 gal batch
« on: July 19, 2011, 04:23:29 PM »
DME you would need to make your starter is probably about the same cost.

+1 - you'd probably need at least a half pound of DME...

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The Pub / Re: Vibrams
« on: July 19, 2011, 08:51:44 AM »

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The Pub / Re: Vibrams
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:29:36 AM »
cool conversation guys - I've been on the fence about getting them, but my Asics are wearing out now, and I think I may go try these on based on the good reviews.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many people use hop bags?
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:26:43 AM »
I use a 5 gallon nylon paint strainer for everything but a FWH addition.  Works great -- minimal mess.

I like this idea, but it seems like it would be somewhat difficult to use with an immersion chiller.

use this: http://www.bayareamashers.org/gadgets/Hop%20bag%20holder.pdf

and then with an oven mitt, you can lift the hops out and sneak the IC underneath - takes a little technique, but its doable.

1943
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ProMash -> BeerSmith 2
« on: July 16, 2011, 07:14:02 AM »
 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.  

Come on now - choose a basic one from a list and then alter it (via the little check box next to the list drop-down) to your heart's content - even rename it Denny's Nonconformist Mash profile  ;) you can add steps or delete them, etc. And you can save your own mash profile to reuse later.

Its not rigid - its organized and actually quite versatile- you just have to know how to work within its parameters, which involves playing around with it to become accustomed.

What I'm hearing is simply people being used to a particular program - which is okay - nothing wrong with using what's comfortable.

Edit: actually, in looking at it - you don't even have to choose from the list - just hit "add mash step"

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Equipment and Software / Re: Placement of Vent for Condensate Hood
« on: July 16, 2011, 07:06:41 AM »
The hood is 6' and has an 8" round exhaust riser on the top to which I will reduce to 6" and hook up a vortex fan. 
Why are you reducing it?  8" diameter is almost twice a large as 6".

My guess would be because his vortex fan is 6"

good question tom - but yes, I've decided on the 6" vortex fan since it has a max CFM of 449 (which I am adding a control to lower when full power not needed) but the 8" has a max of 747 CFM which is considerably higher than what I need.  I can of course mod it with a controller - I'm not dead set yet, but being that the room is A/C'd, I want to be cautious of how much air is being sucked out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 7/15
« on: July 16, 2011, 07:01:03 AM »
Ah - wrapped up around 11:30pm last night - hit every number with the exception of gravity being 1.066 instead of 1.064 (shucks  :D ) but including 5.5 mash pH at room temp with my new Milwaukee.  There's pressure on the airlock this morning - now for the yeast to do their job.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ProMash -> BeerSmith 2
« on: July 15, 2011, 12:48:26 PM »
Am I the only one that still uses Promash these days?

Nope...I keep trying to learn Beersmith, but between confusion and stuff I'm used to in Promash that isn't in Beersmith, I keep going back to Promash.  I haven't given up on Beersmith, though.
So this brings up the question, what is the motivation to move to Beersmith? If Promash has worked for you (and me) for so many years, why change? Is it simply because it's still evolving and getting updates, whereas we all know Promash is not?

that in and of itself would be motivation for me.  

but I'd like to know, what is in Promash that isn't in Beersmith?  Granted I only used the trial version of Promash before deciding on Beersmith, but I can't recall any situation where there was a difference in terms of capability - I just preferred the look and feel of Beersmith better and hence chose it and became accustomed.  

edit: great minds think alike Fred

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many people use hop bags?
« on: July 15, 2011, 11:35:31 AM »
+1 to martin - you'd be amazed when you see the 'cone' form.

even better - hook up a weldless ball valve setup with a pickup tube against the side...

get a mix stir for oxygenating.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Placement of Vent for Condensate Hood
« on: July 15, 2011, 11:18:31 AM »
believe me - I will never, ever have a problem with freezing.  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Placement of Vent for Condensate Hood
« on: July 15, 2011, 10:51:30 AM »
hmm - for this application, I would imagine I would want it sloped downward at the exit/wall so that water condensate can drip out the vent, rather than running back into the fan or even the hood opening itself?

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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: July 15, 2011, 10:24:25 AM »
has anyone figured out how to export a recipe as text in the new version (i.e. for purposes of cut/pasting a recipe on a forum, etc.) - its alluding me for some reason.

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