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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: vanilla bean question
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:23:53 PM »
I don't do anything but split them, scrape them and dump them in.  Not necessary to sanitize.

+1 (Not that it's needed!)  When I brewed this with a buddy, he goofed up and threw away all the "gunk" inside.  It was severely lacking in vanilla character with just the pods.  Make sure to add the internal gunk and the bean casings cut into chunks.  Gunk and chunks?  Sounds delicious, eh?   :o

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As I noted in reply 5 (above), I got the answers to my original questions.  The use of those results is coming out better than hoped for a first attempt.   

In the off chance that my replies (below) will spark something useful (to me), I'll offer some short answers to the questions raised.  Apologies in advance if they come across as terse (which is not my intent).

What's the motivation for the short boils? 
Curiosity. 

Is the extra half an hour of time worth using double the hops? 
I currently am in a position where I can 'optimize' my homebrewing hobby for enjoyment (curiosity, good results, ...), and not have to make time / cost trade-off when I brew.

There's still all the time of getting it up to a boil, as well as chilling.  I use the boil time to sanitize my fermenter and clean up my other gear.
After seeing Brewing When You Have No Time (Getting More out of Your Limited Brewing Time) by Sachin “Chino” Darji at HomeBrewCon this past summer, I'm pretty comfortable with how I use my time during my brew sessions.

Sure, man.  Brew what you like, however you like to brew it.  Sorry for questioning your motivations.  Peace out, homey.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best of both worlds
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:49:43 PM »
I never replied to your basic point, Denny.  I like your idea of busting out two batches using both systems.  I might have to give that a shot!  The only part I'm shying away from is somehow lugging a bunch of hot wort up the stairs to the garage!  Our new house will be a single-level dwelling with my brewing room attached to the garage, so I can see that working really well.  Thanks for the idea. 

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Eddie from Massachusetts->New to AHA
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:11:09 AM »
Sounds like you're living the dream!  I have yet to add shrooms to beer, but our local brewery did a Roggenbier with some morels in it that was quite good.  I think Denny has the best name for a mushroom beer though, a Wee Heavy he calls Wee Shroomy :)

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Howdy All
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:08:06 AM »
Hey Matt.  Welcome aboard.  Keep your eye out for sasquatch when you're brewing outdoors.  I heard there's been some recent activity up that way!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old WLP033 Klassic
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:55:46 AM »
It should be fine, I've revived a 2 year+ old vial of saké #9 yeast before. If you are really worried just use an intermediate step.

+1.  A few years ago I was shopping at NB, and they were giving away a bunch of expired smack packs.  I kept them in the fridge for a while and used them when they were about a year past date.  I had to step them up through a few starters, but they were just fine. 

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Gotcha.  One big change I'm noticing with the Grainfather is the vastly reduced boiloff.  I'm still dialing the system in, but that was a surprise.  I usually brew outdoors over propane.  I wonder if there is a reduction in boiloff due to the increased humidity and ambient temperature when brewing indoors?  I'm guessing that's a factor, but that's hard to quantify.

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What's the motivation for the short boils?  Is the extra half an hour of time worth using double the hops?  There's still all the time of getting it up to a boil, as well as chilling.  I use the boil time to sanitize my fermenter and clean up my other gear. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: dry hopping and cold crashing
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:29:05 AM »
I do that fairly often - cold crash for a couple days, then rack to a keg.  I DH for about a week at room temp in the keg.  I usually just leave the hops in the keg for the whole time. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first octoberfest
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:25:29 AM »
If you go the route of rousing the yeast, be very careful if you're stirring in a glass fermenter with a metal spoon.  I had to do that recently, and luckily there was no problem, but I was paranoid the whole time!

Do you guys think it would be helpful to give it an oxygen boost at this point, or would that oxidize the beer?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Removing diacytl in legged beer.
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:23:27 AM »
Thanks for posting - I learned something! 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OG too high
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:22:46 AM »
You could sure sample it post-fermentation and make the call at that point.  I would probably just go with it - your yeast should still be able to attenuate that. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help us out and win cool stuff!
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:11:22 AM »
Where's my cool stuff?   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best of both worlds
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:10:42 AM »
I don't really have a problem with the mash to boil time in my GF.  I ramp it up to a boil once I pull the grain basket, and by the time my sparge is complete, I'm nearly at a boil.  I brew inside with it though- I tried it in the garage and it was just too cold for the element to perform very well.  Also, I've not had any issues with the pump clogging.  I do bag my hops, and I've started skimming the foam to reduce protein buildup on the heating element.  That cuts down on the particulate matter a lot.  Also, when I'm pumping through the chiller, I tip the GF and end up getting all but about a quart of the wort.  So far, I'm very pleased.  I'm still working on increasing my efficiency though - so far I'm hitting about 68%.  I did a batch of BVIP, which really maxed out the mash cylinder.  I've been conditioning my malt and crushing at the tightest setting on my JSP.  Perhaps I'll try the recommended mill gap from GF and see how that goes. 

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Pimp My System / Re: Basement electric kettle / cooler setup
« on: November 09, 2017, 02:28:04 AM »
Doesn't that kettle warp the counter top when it gets rolling?   I too am building a new home in the spring with a dedicated brewery space.  I like your exhaust fan solution.   

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