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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing in an erlenmeyer?
« on: December 14, 2010, 02:14:45 PM »
I would be worried that even with FermCap you will have boilover when you add hops.
Have you ever clean a boilover on the stove?  :D

ah - forgot about hops - was thinking of when I make starters, but there is not hops - good point.

yes I have (starters prior to Fermcap) and I got the same comment everytime - "I thought we had all that equipment in the garage so that you didn't have to make a mess in the kitchen!"

Equipment and Software / Re: Malt Mill
« on: December 14, 2010, 02:04:51 PM »
I have a Barley Crusher that I've used for the past 5 years - put about 1.5-2 tons of grain through it in that time.  Its finicky and aggravating at times, but right now it works fine for me (hope it doesn't hear me type that :-) ).

If I could do it all over again, I'd buy a Monster Mill - bigger rollers (diameter and length), more solid construction, and it looks like deeper knurling (sp?).

Every time I have issues with the BC, I swear at it and tell it I'm buying a MM tomorrow and for some reason it starts cooperating for the remainder of the grist.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing in an erlenmeyer?
« on: December 14, 2010, 02:00:55 PM »
Perfect that's what i wanted to hear. Thanks a ton guys!

And yes i was thinking of boiling and fermenting in the flask, one gallon is 3785ml so that would leave me (I think) enough head space for boil and krausen.  I will use a blow off tube regardless.

just use some Fermcap and you need not worry at all about boilovers, and maybe not about the blowoff - tho I'd still be ready given the geometry.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager
« on: December 14, 2010, 01:37:56 PM »
What are the consequences of not letting it lager long enough?

it just won't be as rounded, smooth, crisp - lagerlike

that said, I've got a little bit of bock that didn't fit into kegs that I carbonated in a 2L bottle and let sit for a week.  damn is that good stuff, but I know it will be better in 3months time.

I've been telling my wife I need more beer equipment for some time now.  She seems to think otherwise...

you can tell her I have 4 - you're not nearly as bad as "that guy" (me)

All Grain Brewing / Re: 109% Efficiency!
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:57:58 PM »
Yea but I like the flavor impact a long boil has on my BWs and Wee Heavys.  It is a secondary effect to increase efficiency utilizing a long boil, the efficiency increases because I have to increase my wort collection to compensate for the evaporation losses of a long boil.  Thus my efficiency increases because choose to alter my brewing procedures by performing a long boil (and the need to collect more wort to allow it). 

Energy efficient, nope, not that.

I know - I should have put a smiley after the last sentence - I know there are other purposes, it just seems oxymoronic to put the words more efficient in the same context as boiling longer.  ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Want a bigger better bottle?
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:49:30 PM »
I'm pretty happy with glass & don't mind the extra weight. 

everybody says that until they see one break.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash Temps
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:41:54 PM »
it doesn't matter whether you fly or batch sparge - the tun is the same  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: 109% Efficiency!
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:32:04 PM »
I think the answer is yes and no.

I often leave behind a lot of sugars in the mash (which I sparge a little more to freeze for starters, but that's a different story), which I think is what fred is getting after.

for example, I generally collect 14gal for a 12gal batch, losing 1.5gal to evaporation over a 90min boil and .5gal to hop absorption and dead space to get 12 in the fermentor. 

For an average 1.065 batch of beer, I generally acheive 77% efficiency in collecting my 14gal, but can collect about 3qts of 1.025 starter wort with another sparge while the boil is going on.

if I sparged another 1.5gal through the mash grain bed, I could get another 1.5gal of 1.025ish gravity beer for 15.5 gal but then I would need to boil longer to get down to my batch volume, in this case 3 hours total of boiling given my boiloff rate. 

There would be a little more sugar in the wort at this point since I collected more sugars.

However, I think this is retarded since to save a few $2 in grain by being more efficient I wasted $5 in propane and polluted more as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash Temps
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:16:51 PM »
rot = rule of thumb

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash Temps
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:07:03 PM »
what yeast are you using?

1-2df would be hard to notice - probably needs to be 3 to really tell.  an experiment in Zymurgy would be cool hint, hint

All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager
« on: December 14, 2010, 11:44:51 AM »
Do you pitch while it is warm and let it slowly cool?

Or do you cool to fermentation temps before pitching?
Yes.  I prefer to cool a little lower than planned temp and let it rise - 45, pitch and let rise to 48-50 for ferm. but pitching at ferm temp is okay.

How many of you cold crash the starter and only add the yeast?  That seems like a huge amount of additional liquid to add to the fermenter to me.
you're right on track here - it takes ~1gal of starter to grow up enough lager yeast - starter beer is gross - don't want that in with the good stuff. i crash all my starters, but I wouldn't dare think of not crashing a lager starter, for precisely the reasons you mention.

I plan on brewing smaller lagers around 1.040 to 1.070 (pilseners and bocks as an example).  Is there a standard time and temp I should lager these?
this is a personal preference thing.  My SOP is anything lighter pils/helles/dort (1.050ish) should be ready after 2-4 weeks lager, dunkel, schwarz, fests and vienna 4-6 weeks, bocks/doppelbocks 10+ weeks.  You'll probably see a dozen or so suggestions posted about this though, you'll have to find what works for you.  

These are a few concerns for me.  I have one chest freezer to use as a fermenter AND for lagering.  So, I need to plan things a little more so I'm not tying up my freezer.
 get another freezer  ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: irish red ale
« on: December 14, 2010, 11:11:02 AM »
whoa - didn't mean that as an offense - was curious because I've never known flaked barley to require a step mash, but wasn't sure - perhaps you had heard otherwise somewhere which is why I was asking - I only use it a few times a year max.

Beer Recipes / Re: irish red ale
« on: December 14, 2010, 09:28:25 AM »
Going to have to two step it I think with the Flaked Barley but that's not a problem.

what makes you think that?

Ingredients / Re: What's the word on Global Malt?
« on: December 14, 2010, 07:33:39 AM »
Bird is the word.  ;D

sorry, I couldn't help myself.

if the dunkel TM sent me was with global malt, then yes, it does make a wonderful dunkel.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using Munich Malt
« on: December 13, 2010, 08:03:46 PM »
ok I will have to give the BM light munich a try. looks like they also have a 10-12L dark munich, do you have any experience with it?

No I don't and probably won't for a while. I just ordered myself a bag of Weyermann Munich II. Looks like the price went down. It's "just" $56 now. The price for Weyermann used to be in the 60s.


Kai - how can you say that when a few posts before you say you're about done with best dark Munich ?

Confused :-[

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