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Yeast and Fermentation / Under pitching and then Re Pitching
« on: August 25, 2016, 02:28:28 PM »
You can try a 1 liter shaken not stirred stater pitched full volume at high krausen. One of the main proponents of this method states that initial cell count is way less important with this method. I can attest it works well. I still have trouble with adding the full volume, but the results are good enough to ease that concern.

Equipment and Software / Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 25, 2016, 01:11:25 PM »
That's weird...I don't have any trouble wiht the lids on mine.  Must be a different brand.
Certainly does. The bucket I use for sanitizer takes a good pry to pull off using my knee as a leverage point as well as to hold it down. Others are much easier to pull off little by little or in one go.

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.

Yep. Just take whatever additions it recommends for the sparge and add them directly to the kettle.

You just take the sparge and add to the kettle.

Because the sheet is written to calculate it for us based on the desired profile.

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.

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.

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