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All Grain Brewing / Re: Beer is Flat
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:54:18 PM »
Yu need them at 70 if at all possible.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Biggest mistake I ever made:(
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:53:20 PM »
I'm, like, what? Is that a dinosaur fetus in the top left corner?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Dark Strong Recipe - Opinions? Criticisms?
« on: March 21, 2015, 04:35:51 PM »
What's really interesting to me is the Trappist's knowledge of and faith in their yeast. It is incredible that some of the known and speculated recipes (of which some clones I have tasted are spot on) for Trappist and Abbey style beers use so few grains.

Any Dark Strong that can use just Pilsner, Pale, or Pilsner and Pale and just dark syrup and get the depth of flavor and color of either the Rochefort 10, Westvleteren 12, St. Bernadus 12, etc. is just amazing to me. Thier yeast imparts most of the character into the beer.

Take even the Westmalle Dubbel. If you take BLAM for the gospel that I think it is and combine that with the recipes over at CSI (which at the very least is like a research library of Belgian beer brewing) you can quickly come to the conclusion that your dealing with some Pilsner and Caramel malts, some dark sugar and maybe (if you subscribe to the common thoughts) some form of roasted malt. Very few, very simple ingredients used to create probably my favorite beer.

I want to try and capture that simplicity with this recipe. Let the yeast do the heavy lifting and character development.

Exactly the way I feel. Hence the reason I do not use special B right now. Mine is basically Pils, Cara Munich, Dark Candi.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Beer is Flat
« on: March 21, 2015, 03:35:46 PM »
I agree, try patience, if that doesn't work you could add a few grains of dried yeast to each bottle and recap.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Anyone Else Forget Their Kettle Addition
« on: March 21, 2015, 03:17:30 PM »
It's not uncommon to see a drop of 1 or 2 points, but without a proper pH meter I wouldn't worry too much about it. Classic RDWHAHB moment.

Did you mean tenth of points?

Good catch! Yes.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Dark Strong Recipe - Opinions? Criticisms?
« on: March 21, 2015, 06:37:33 AM »
I don't use Special B in my recipe and I get plenty of dark fruit character. I do use cara munich for background sweetness. Now, you certainly can use Special B if you want more dark fruit character. I personally don't use it because I feel that I get a little more yeast character by keeping the dark fruits "balanced". Just depends what you want!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 37 years
« on: March 21, 2015, 06:22:18 AM »
Happy anniversary!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: try at batch sparging
« on: March 20, 2015, 08:37:47 PM »
I didn't time that. But I can tell you it gave me time to go out to lunch with my mom. And it was boiling by the time I came back. Had I been fly sparging, I'd have had to tell my mom ... "sorry mom, I'm fly sparging." :(

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: try at batch sparging
« on: March 20, 2015, 05:00:40 PM »
I times my batch sparge on 12 gallons today. Took about 16 minutes for both run offs. FWIW.

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Good article on the original topic

It's time for craft brewers to stop acting like children.

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By trying this matter in the court of public opinion instead of, you know, the federal trademark office, both breweries succeeded only in airing some procedural dirty laundry that in no way helps beer drinkers or buyers. By opening those screeds with pap like “To Our Wonderful Craft Beer Community” and “To Bell’s customers and the passionate craft beer community,” each tried to play to what they clearly believe is craft beer fans’ inflated sense of justice and moral clarity. Never mind that the customers of each brewery are members of that same community, or that this whole thing could have been resolved behind closed doors if Bell’s just kept its mouth shut and Innovation had the good sense to, you know, bring a lawyer to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to defend its trademark application.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: try at batch sparging
« on: March 20, 2015, 04:59:29 AM »
I have done some batch sperges. The efficiency was about the same.

As for time savings, these were 10 gallon batches, so the BTUs I can apply is the same, and it doesn't save any time to get wort into the kettle quicker.

I believe the people who experienced a large time savings by switching to batch sparging did not take advantage of the fact that one can start bringing the wort up to a boil the moment the first runnings touch bottom of one's kettle when continuous sparging.

What's the difference between that and turning the kettle on as soon as you start running off for a batch sparge? I haven't done a fly sparge on my homebrew set up in a very long time. But I imagine if you could run off fast enough fly sparging there wouldn't be that much difference in time savings. But if you don't have a way to semi automate that process that means standing there with your MLT monitoring the water level on the grain the entire time. I'm cool with that if that's your gig (It's what I have to do on my commercial fly sparged system). And it would also mean having a very well designed MLT that won't encourage channeling. So batch sparge wins on the simple and cheap factor. And since it is just as effective, it get's my vote for small batch brewing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: try at batch sparging
« on: March 19, 2015, 06:57:39 PM »
For me batch sparging isn't so much a time saver as it is a stress saver. Run off first batch walk away. When you have your first collection done measure out second batch, dump water in and walk away. Come back to your total volume. So damn easy.

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Ingredients / Re: Kefir lime leaves; hops combo
« on: March 19, 2015, 04:48:15 PM »
glad it sounds like it turned out for you! As I was grinding my 42 grams of lime leaves today for my 372 gallons on beer I thought about this thread. 6 or 7 leaves sounds like about the right balance for your size batch.

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Extra strong star san may actually be less effective than the recommended strength. Thye recommended strength is recommended because that is the strength it will be most effective. Glass is not very porous. Boiling will break it so don't use that for sure.

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Do NOT use boiling water on Carboys or plastic! For glass bleach is perfectly fine and you should be perfectly fine. If it was plastic carboy I'd be tempted to trash it.

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