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All Grain Brewing / Re: No Sparge Single Infusion Efficiency
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:13:13 PM »
Around 60% most of the time, but haven't done one since buying my own mill so may give it another go and crush finer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dry Hop in Keg
« on: March 13, 2017, 04:21:53 PM »
Cold temps to start, so it will take longer as others have mention, that and the age condition of those hops. My process is to dh in bags in the primary so i don't have to cold crash, then keg hop commando and leave at room temp for 4 - 5 days then into the cooler.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Irish red with Red X malt - the verdict
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:48:43 AM »
Brewing this up Monday, found the Red X at Rebel Brewer. Thanks again for the help finding this malt online. I was going to go ahead and get the wlp028 yeast, but I already had 3 packs of US05 I got on the cheap, so I decided to use it instead. Should make good beer, but just not all the flavors that's true to this style.

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I've tried carared, didn't get the red I wanted (more orange).  The beer also had a flavor I didn't care for, but a lot of that was probably due to me getting too cute.  Crystal x 2, carared, melanoiden, roasted barley.

Were do you get the RedX malt? I've only been able to find it online at http://www.farmhousebrewingsupply.com/red-x-malt-best-malz-1-lb/ Never ordered from there before, but I need to start gathering up ingredients.

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Thanks for sharing, going to have to  give this one a go next time. i've been looking at trying the BestRed X malt lately and now I have a recipe. Is this by chance from a George Killians clone recipe?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 21, 2017, 10:54:31 AM »
1. What's your usual batch size? 2.5 gals
2. Why do you brew small batches? Only beer drinker in the house, plus I get to brew more often.
3. Do you brew, extract, partial mash, all grain? All grain
4. What's your basic process?  I.E., BIAB, tiny cooler (😉), just stir in the extract, etc. Cooler - no sparge, or biab, Speidel fermenter, keg .
5. Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you like to use especially for small batches? My 7 gal cooler with added custom insulation.
6. If you've brewed larger batches how would you compare the two in terms of effort? Harder on my back (no pump)  Time? Negligible   Equipment needs? What I have already would allow me to brew 5 gals, although a pump sure would help.  Recipe consistency? Negligible.
7. What am I missing that should be known about small batch brewing? You may have an edge when it comes to control of the final product, less weight and and less volume of beer to handle, allows me an easier more enjoyable brew day.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp Control
« on: December 26, 2016, 09:54:24 AM »
Do you have room for a compact refrigerator? I also don't have much room so space was a big concern, and I don't think a compact fridge would be much bigger than the insulated bag, although you just can't fold it up and put it away. I use mine for all kinds of other things though, from grain storage, to yeast starters.



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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Closed transfer and dry hopping in the keg
« on: October 30, 2016, 09:24:49 AM »
I push out the sanitizer and add my hops. I then purge and burp a bunch.


Same here.

Same here too, word of caution. Go slow when transferring beer to serving keg, if you start out to fast, depending on the amount of hops, you will clog that screen.

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It's on tab 4 to the right of backing soda and below the total volume

got it.....thanks

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I use the "add sparge minerals to mash" option all the time with lighter beers. It helps keep my ph in range with lower acid additions. I'm not against acid additions, just against extra steps and effort.

I'm not seeing this option, where exactly is it?
It might only be in the latest supporters version.  The supporters version does have many extras that the free version does not. I haven't used the free version in quite a while.

I'm using the "supporters ver" it's ver 3.4, is there a newer ver out now?

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I use the "add sparge minerals to mash" option all the time with lighter beers. It helps keep my ph in range with lower acid additions. I'm not against acid additions, just against extra steps and effort.

I'm not seeing this option, where exactly is it?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anyone here keg drectly from a Speidel?
« on: August 20, 2016, 08:01:20 AM »
I use a silicone tube that fits perfectly.  It looks to be a 3/8 i.d..  here is how I transfer under CO2 pressure:



That's the ticket right there, I think I'll I need is a barbed QD to fit the 3/8 silicone tubing to go into the keg. I worry about the barbed reducer getting clean enough after use, and having one clean open line would be better.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anyone here keg drectly from a Speidel?
« on: August 20, 2016, 07:54:34 AM »
I use two different sizes of tubing and I use a barbed reducing union to join the sections.

I don't remember what sizes of tubing I used, but I got the barbed union from us plastics web site I think. I also have to use clamp on the tubing that connects to the spigot, since it was just not tight enough for my liking. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Jumping
« on: March 07, 2016, 04:45:28 PM »
Thanks...in my case (at least for now) I'll be using these jumpers to move around cleaning/sanitizers.

I use this method with my sanitizers, I fill the keg with starsan completely full after cleaning it, then I'll use Co2 to push into another cleaned keg. That way I have a completely O2 free keg for ready for filling, and the starsan keeps getting passed on to the next keg. I'll test ph on it after about 4 or 5 kegs for effectiveness.

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I'll hook up from my water faucet through the gas connection and flush with hot water, then add some pbw and soak, then hook up a picnic tap and flush a bit of the solution, then empty and rinse with more hot water. Been doing this for a couple years now and have yet to break them down. I have replaced my beverage tubing and picnic taps recently.

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