Well, there's no food here...Good point. No beer either
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I built my own stir plate before I came across the shakin not stirred thread on here. I will probably switch to that method but wanted to use my plate.If it makes you feel better, I have two Hanna stirplates that I have not used in a long time.
I think of it this way. If you were to squirt some honey on a plate, what would rinse it off better? 155º water, or 170º? Its been said that hotter water may extract astringent tannins from the malt husks though. But its also been said that if your pH is in the proper range, that is not an issue. After all decoction (boiling the malt) doesn't produce a astringent tannin problem. So, I tend to sparge quite hot, like about 190F sparge water, and have found no astringency issues. I can't say that it hugely increases my efficiency, but it does get my preboil wort closer to a boil. So I do it because I can, with no negative effect, and a little saving of time waiting for a boil.
What is the purpose of higher temp sparge water? I also do around 170-172F.
Yikes! As one who has bitten off more than I can chew a time or two, I really feel for them.Does anyone know if Nashville finished yet?
Based on a post on their FB page, they are still trying to find more judges to wrap up on Tuesday. While I appreciate all the efforts of people in that region, hopefully another area with more judging capacity steps up next year.
Beautiful pieces there Jim. Does your brother ever do customer sheaths for folks or is it just a hobby? I have a hunting knife that my Grandfather made that I would like to have a custom leather sheath made for. LMK.To my knowledge he doesn't do anything for sale. It adds deadlines, and there's just no way to compete price-wise with factory work. So he just does it for fun. He's into cowboy action shooting too, so he also makes belts and holsters, leather Rough Rider trousers, pistol grips, you name it. All meticulously built to authentic specs. He's a real artist. He recently told me he needs a break from that stuff, so hes going to build a clock from scratch.