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All Grain Brewing / Re: Angry Beer?
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:59:47 AM »
Similar occurrence with a couple of batches where I used a yeast starter.  I couldn't use the airlock....switched to a blow off tube as it was like a volcano. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:08:40 AM »
I'm pretty much in the same boat as you.  I just started brewing and plan on staying with 5 gallon batches.  So I bought a Boilermaker Brew Kettle from Blichmann.  Here's the link:

Equipment and Software / BeerSmith2
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:16:02 PM »
I just started all-grain brewing and my OG has been low in both batches.  I use BeerSmith2 and follow it to the T. Has anyone experienced issues with BeerSmith2?  The numbers look good from Design but after sparging my pre-boil numbers are off and they are off again after the boil.  What should I be concerned about when entering everything into BeerSmith2?   My equipment profile is:  10 gal orange cooler with 12" false bottom.  Sparge cooler is 10 gal orange cooler.  Boil kettle is a Blichmann 10 gal. 

Any suggestions?

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometers - Calibration
« on: April 15, 2013, 02:17:25 PM »
Thanks Amanda.  In my search I found calibration instructions on  I guess I have to dismantle my BrewMometer to do the test. 

Equipment and Software / Thermometers - Calibration
« on: April 15, 2013, 12:50:43 PM »
I have a Blichmann kettle w/thermometer and was wondering how to calibrate it.  I have 2 glass thermometers and one will track with the Blichmann and one is 4 degrees off.  My dilemma is, which one is correct?  If the one on the Blichmann is off I need to fix it but I need to know how to calibrate it correctly. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Beer Day
« on: April 08, 2013, 01:13:28 AM »
I had a Bitter American, my own Madness IPA - Hoops and Hops and finished with a Founders KBS......Cheers.

The Pub / Re: I'm honored
« on: April 06, 2013, 06:22:52 PM »
Very cool to be acknowledged on someone else's label. 

The Pub / Re: Let's Pour online craft brew shop
« on: April 05, 2013, 12:41:31 PM »
I've made one purchase from them and thought it was a little over priced but then again it was free shipping so I think that made up for it.  I would use them again to purchase those beers I can not get within 100 miles from home that I truly want to try.  And if they charge a buck or two more than what it is sold for at the liquor store then so be it.  I've spent $100 in gasoline just to travel to The Alchemist for some Heady Topper.  Add that cost to the cost of the Heady and that's one expensive beer.  But well worth it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing and Fly Sparring
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:27:41 PM »
Lately, I've been doing single infusion mashing with a fly sparge. It works well on my single tier brewstand. My efficiency has improved from batch sparging, and I don't have to drain the first runnings. When the mash is converted, I immediately start the fly sparge. I like to split the volume between the mash/sparge. The sparge takes about 20min for a 5 gallon batch.

OK, so can I assume you vorlauf first and then start your fly sparge and start draining into your kettle?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation
« on: April 03, 2013, 12:30:28 PM »
I thought the same thing when we sampled a bottle of our Pliny clone after 10 carbonation at all.  Let it sit for 2 more weeks and voila.  I'm learning too and learning patience is on that same list.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Re: Whirlpooling
« on: April 03, 2013, 12:23:32 PM »

10 min probably isn't long enough settle time (especially if after being chilled) I do 15-20 min hot and 30 after chilled. Were you whirlpooling with a spoon or a pump?

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Using my big spoon.  I guess I'm not doing it right then if it takes 30 minutes.  Wow!

The Pub / Re: Forum attendance
« on: April 03, 2013, 12:11:35 PM »
If it wasn't for the help I've been receiving from you all, I'd be moving on to another forum.  It's the people that make the forum what it is.  Thanks everyone.  Cheers!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lid on partially?
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:18:08 AM »
Gotcha.  I just brewed Friday night and we did put the lid on during the boil, leaving it partially off to the side.  It was in the garage and the wind was kicking up quite a bit making the temperature drop rather quickly.  Hope it didn't create any DMS in our brew. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpooling
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:13:34 AM »
Do you use findings like Irish moss? They help coagulate the proteins so they clump up and fall out during the whirlpool.

Also, when siphoning be sure you are not sucking up the trub, keep the end slightly above the bottom of the kettle. You can also use a hop sack as a filter on the end of the cane

Mind you, you won't get it all but a great deal better

Using a Whirloc tablet (1/2 for 5 gal. batch). 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lid on partially?
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:48:03 AM »
You'll be fine leaving your kettle partially covered as long as there's enough of an opening for steam to escape.  The ROT is to leave at least 15% of the kettle uncovered.

What is ROT? Sorry, I'm new to all of this.

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