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All Grain Brewing / Re: First Wort Hopping question
« on: April 10, 2013, 02:14:28 PM »
can't wait to try this out, thanks to bentwood for the article link!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: first wort hops
« on: April 09, 2013, 02:22:17 PM »
Been reading a lot about this lately, can anyone describe what the difference is in flavor/aroma for a noob who hasn't tried this FWH method yet?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: rookie who needs help with floaters!
« on: March 26, 2013, 04:48:33 PM »
Thanks to all for the great info! To add some of the requested details.
1.) The boil looked completely normal, no floaters.

2.) I did only ferment for 7 days. OG was 1.050 FG was 1.012. Took the lid off the pail and saw the floaters. I record these things in a little notebook, but I did not take pictures. next time for sure!

3.) The floaters themselves were pale yellow, round in shape, about 2mm or so at their largest. Once I put the beer into secondary, most of the debris/floaters fell away to the bottom within 3 days. I just racked what I could safely into a pail with a spigot for bottling and left about 1 gal in the carboy so as not to put any floaters in the bottle.

4.) 1 tsp Irish moss went into the wort with 15 mins left. I did rehydrate it first in water.

Next time for sure I'll let the fermentation start cooler, go longer, and be more patient.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: rookie who needs help with floaters!
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:07:49 PM »
The wort wasn't really 'clear' on any of the three brews that I had floaters in. I should have added that. I actually don't strain anything through a seive, or bag, or anything like that. I just re-circulated and tried to be careful not to disturb the bed. The wort I ended up boiling was free of particles, but it certainly wasn't clear. maybe I'll strain the next one and see if that helps.

Forgot to include that i did use irish moss on that wort. the resulting beer was very clear, no haze at all, just all those annoying floaters.

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All Grain Brewing / rookie who needs help with floaters!
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:07:23 PM »
I've been lurking around these forums for awhile now, getting some really great tips from the community. This is a great forum!

I recently switched to all grain brewing, and have done 3 beers that all ended up with A TON of floaters in them. Yellow colored, maybe 2-3 mm in size. Enough of these to cover the surface of my beer. So far the taste doesn't seem to be off, but is there something I'm doing wrong to make these little guys appear?

Here's the recipe for a Kolsch I did that tasted fine, and had a good head, but required a lot of extra work to get rid of these floaters:

8# german pilsen
1# wheat malt
.25 # honey malt

1 oz hallertauer @ 60 min.
.25 oz Saaz @ 15 min.
.25 oz Saaz at 5 min.

mash for 60 min at 155, sparge @ 170 f
60 min. boil, WL 029 german yeast pitched at 72 f, fermentation kept at approx 62 f for 1 week in fermenter, 3 days in secondary, bottled 2 weeks.

the only issue i had during brewing was my vorlauf took a really long time before the bed settled and let the wort ran clear into my boil pot.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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