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The Pub / Re: Magazine Subscriptions
« on: January 08, 2016, 06:56:26 AM »
Yep "Brew Your Own" is the only other magazine I read besides "Zymurgy".  Also, More Beer's website hosts all of the old "Brewing Techniques" issues.  I read through those occasionally.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 07, 2016, 01:01:55 PM »
We almost touched 80 here in Virginia Beach, VA on Christmas.  It got down to the low 30s for 2 days and had a light dusting of snow on Tuesday the 5th of Jan.  Now we are back at a respectable 47.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:57:22 PM »
Thanks Factory -

Are you also on iPhone/iPad? Can you please send your device specs and version of iOS?

Much appreciated.

I have an older iPad 2, 16GB WiFi only and I'm running the latest IOS 9.2.  It is time for a new iPad, because this one has been running more and more slowly with each IOS update.

Pimp My System / Re: New brew system
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:54:59 PM »
Another sweet build! Again, I wish I had the skill and equipment to weld my own stuff.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: January 07, 2016, 11:27:23 AM »
Sorry to hear about your troubles with the Zymurgy app. We are always striving to continually improve the app experience.

We do hear of the 'document error' from time to time, usually because an issue didn't complete downloading or was interrupted. You can tap and hold the issue to delete, then try again. If the problem persists, please let us know which issue is causing the problem.

re: disappearing issues, we have not been able to get that bug to repeat but I will add it to our bug list for further investigation. I assume you are able to re-download those missing issues?

Sr. Web Developer

I have also experienced the "disappearing" issues.  They don't actually disappear, they "un-download" themselves.  Meaning, I will attempt to reopen an issue that I was reading, and notice that I need to download it again.  So I assume the data file is purged somehow, or there is a memory leak of some kind.

So when is the Kickstarter Campaign?

Seriously awesome build.  I wish I had the skills/equipment/imagination to pull off something like this.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dark vs. light
« on: January 07, 2016, 05:35:21 AM »
Hats for beer.  Keep beer warm, keep beer happy.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Paddle
« on: January 07, 2016, 05:23:45 AM »
A Navy Master Chief friend of mine made mine out of a piece of White Ash. 

Here's his Facebook Page.  He makes shadowboxes for folks that are retiring.  The photo of the mash paddle he made for me is near the bottom.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low pH with Best Pils Malt?
« on: January 06, 2016, 08:31:15 AM »
I remember Martin recommending we enter Rahr 2 row in Brunwater as 5L, to account for its higher acidity. Maybe we need to start doing something similar for Pils malts.

That's good to know.  I brewed a Blonde last weekend with Rahr 2 row and my mash pH was .27 low.  It was my first time using phosphoric acid to reduce alkalinity, so I thought I may have added too much.

Just like step mashing or decoction versus single can argue things either way for specific differences.  I don't fly sparge because I didn't find it to yield sufficient differences to justify it, but I acknowledge that I could get a slightly higher efficiency with fly sparging - I'd rather just adjust the grain bill and stick with batch sparging, saving water.  I say find the system and process you like and work that to get repeatable and acceptable results.  Or try new methods once in a while to do something different (I did a direct fire step mash recently to see how the mash thinned out at various temperatures - stirring constantly - that was a tiring brew day!).

It's really a fallacy that fly sparging is always more efficient than batch sparging.  My average batch sparge efficiency is higher than many people who fly sparge.

I tried fly sparging a few times and I actually got lower efficiency than I do with batch sparging.  I'm sure that I was doing it wrong, probably running off too fast.  But now I'm a batch sparger.  It's just too easy, must faster, and I get 80%+ efficiency.  It's a no-brainer to me.

Ingredients / Re: Question About Grain Storage
« on: January 05, 2016, 12:03:06 PM »
Thought experiment: if sub-freezing temperatures were a problem, most breweries wouldn't be able to use grain silos.

I would assume that the large thermal mass presented by a grain silo storage system would help hold the grain at a fairly constant temperature.  Of course, I don't have any evidence to back that up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Upcoming Rube Goldberg Brewday
« on: January 05, 2016, 09:10:55 AM »
There were actually two of them.  I looked it up and here are the links.  The results of both are that "Truby" had better clarity.
Part 1 (incidentally, this looks like the first published XBMT)
Part 2

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Upcoming Rube Goldberg Brewday
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:11:37 AM »
According to the article, looks like they say that the zinc and lipids from the trub help foster yeast growth, which in turn help reduce ester synthesis. So some trub is a good thing. I've always let some trub in the fermenter.

Wasn't there a exBeeriment that addressed this?  I've always carried some trub over into the fermenter.  It settles out eventually and I'm careful to not transfer it into the keg.  I've never noticed any problems with clarity or yeast health, but then again, I've never tried to transfer only clear wort into the fermenter.  So I don't have any basis for comparison.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do you clean before AND after brewing?
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:06:20 AM »
I brew primarily in my garage so I always clean as I go, and then finish up after the beer is in the fermentation chamber.  I either cover the equipment or turn it upside-down.  If it gets dusty, I'll give it a good rinse and sanitize before using it.

I use 75g DME per 1L of water, so I guess that works out to be .75g per 1mL.  If I recall correctly, that puts me in the 1.030ish range.
Math in public, gets me every time, meant to write .75g per 10mL.

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