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AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Introducing the Brew Guru mobile app
« on: August 24, 2016, 07:50:51 PM »
There are a lot of data in the app's map function. Those data were pulled from a BA database I'm sure. Often I see the main office or production facility listed, but if you ask for directions, it takes you to the pub or tap room - but not always.

I was told to send issue to so that those can be captured.

I think the app is pretty slick and look forward to using it on a road trip.
One error I found shows a location that is about 8 miles south of the real place. Another is a brewery that closed way back.

App seems good, needs some improvements.

Kegging and Bottling / How are my odds looking?
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:37:24 PM »
Is the co2 tank in the fridge or ambient?

Beer Recipes / Re: Red X Saison
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:10:02 PM »
Batch 2 is much better compared to batch one. I modified both the grain bill and water, so I cannot say which of the two made the difference.

I also used 3711 vs Belle. Maybe I'll try Belle again, but so far I'm not impressed.

I have found some errors in the map. A method to report these would be good.

From a user experience, it is a bit confusing to get to the map. The menu lists it as member deals, by the map also show breweries and pubs.

Overall I am happy to replace my home screen AHA member deals bookmark with the app.

Equipment and Software / Re: A SS hop spyder that doesn't clog
« on: August 24, 2016, 05:48:33 PM »
With a good whirlpool, a strainer shouldn't be needed with pellets. I don't see myself ever going back to whole cones, but if I do I would consider this.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 24, 2016, 04:26:34 PM »
I'm going with fermonsters soon. I would opt for the plastic BMB, but they are too tall for my ferm freezer when an airlock is added.

If it's questions on using it, I'd say this is the perfect spot to put it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt conditioning
« on: August 23, 2016, 03:44:11 PM »
Sounds like your experience was similar. I will adjust my absorption next batch and see what happens.

I crushed at 0.028. I was amazed at how fine the endosperm was with massive husk pieces. I had to show my wife, she didn't care.

My efficiency appears to have ticked up a bit, but I was mostly looking for a nice runoff.

All Grain Brewing / Malt conditioning
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:25:13 AM »
Tried this last batch and loved it overall. The mash was much less dense due to the husk being more buoyant and the run off was nice a smooth.

Question to those that have tried this in the past is did you notice an decrease in absorption? I got about 8% more first runnings than expected. Total amount of water used for conditioning was on 3.5oz, so that isn't the source of the extra .6 gallons.   

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Imperial Yeast
« on: August 22, 2016, 09:48:19 PM »
Finally getting around to using the Rustic. The can did not explode or spew like some have complained. It did give a bit of a "pop" which scared me, but overall I got a good pour with very minimal yeast left behind.

Beer Recipes / Re: Heretic Evil Twin
« on: August 22, 2016, 07:52:07 PM »
He doesn't mind sharing most of the time. Shoot him a email and he might send you a brew log. It will be at pro volumes and will require scaling.

Last I heard he adds all of the hops at knockout and in the whirlpool and still hits a high IBU. Might need to employ a higher temp hop stand to approximate pro processes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« on: August 22, 2016, 07:21:19 PM »
As mch as I love brewing I honestly can't think of anything more boring to watch on TV.
Bingo. I think this is the same reason why non-brewing friends never want to come hangout on brew days.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin weight in water/grain calculation?
« on: August 22, 2016, 02:29:57 PM »
I would use it in the calculation for strike temp, but not the calculation for volume. From there adjust with boiling water or ice. If you do lose some volume, it's easily replaced by sparging a bit more.

Either way, I doubt it will make a huge difference.

All Grain Brewing / Re: where did I go wrong
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:45:40 AM »
Mash thickness ranges from 1-2 qts per pound traditionally. Many will play with varying thicknesses and settle where they feel they get the best performance.  I like 1.7 qts per pound. BIAB and no sparge Brewers may use a much thinner mash.

I'd start at 1.5 and see what you think.

All Grain Brewing / where did I go wrong
« on: August 21, 2016, 08:19:29 PM »
You need to heat your strike water to your "strike" temp, not your mash temp. This temp will vary based on amount of grain and thickness of mash. Calculators exist online, and formulas can be found in how to brew.

As for keeping temp, I loose 1-2 degrees over the span of a 60-90 minute mash in my coolers. Don't open the lid and you won't need to worry.

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