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All Grain Brewing / Re: Break Material / Trub
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:20:20 PM »
Thanks for the input. 

I have not had too much luck trying a whirlpool after the immersion chiller, but I will give it another shot next time to hopefully avoid the clogged trainer and problems transferring to the carboy.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Break Material / Trub
« on: January 05, 2014, 12:00:54 PM »
Thanks. I actually do not vorlauf with my Biab setup. Is there a good way to do that when doing biab?

I should say that I am not too worried about the effect on the final taste, but it just made it more difficult to filter out the hops after boil (and created some vulnerability to infection that I normally do not have because I had to keep clearing my strainer). 

Could the really long mash called for in that recipe have contributed to it too?

Thanks again for the input?

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All Grain Brewing / Break Material / Trub
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:55:14 AM »
I am relatively new to brewing, but I have done about 20 all grain batches.  On New Years Day I decided to try the recipe on the AHA home page - the Bosmo's Imperial Cream Ale.  I followed the recipe fairly closely, except I scaled it down to a 3 gallon batch.  I also do the BIAB method. 

Everything basically went according to plan, and I hit my mash tempatures as I had hoped.   I boiled off slightly more than expected, but nothing significant (although I guess that this contributed to a higher than expected OG).  After cooling with an immersion chiller, I began transferring the wort into the fermentor.  However, this batch had a ton of break material - WAY more than I have ever experienced before.  I usually run the wort throught a large sanatized strainer to filter out the hops that I use.  But with so much slop and geletinous goo from the break material / trub, it quickly clogged my strainer and made it a huge headache. 

Can anyone give me any insight on why there was so much more break material / trub in this batch?  I have never brewed with flaked maize before - could that be a reason? 

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All Grain Brewing / Measuring PH
« on: October 29, 2013, 02:02:02 PM »
I have been reading these forums for a while, but this is the first time I have asked any questions to tap into the extensive knowledge here.

I was hoping to get some opinions on the best / most accurate / cheapest / easiest way to measure mash PH.  Do the strips work well?  Is the expensive digital one the best way to go?

Any input is appreciated.

Thanks.

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