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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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Hey I am looking at getting into home brewing as a hobby and would love to hear about it from some experienced home brewers before I spend a bunch of money to make malt extract beer.

I want to know about the hobby in general (skip the how-to's I know generally how to do it, but tips would be nice), challenges first starting out, best equipment for a beginner (do I go full boar into expensive stuff or start cheap?) and what do you wish you knew when you started that you know now!

Thanks and happy brewing!

You say 'skip the how to's" but then in another post you say "oatmeal, yeast water and hops". Trust me, if you think that's how you brew beer you definitely need the "how to's". I'd start at www.howtobrew.com

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Anyone Else Forget Their Kettle Addition
« on: March 19, 2015, 06:17:29 AM »
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.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Anyone Else Forget Their Kettle Addition
« on: March 19, 2015, 04:40:38 AM »
If your mash pH was 5.3 you should be fine.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat beer Ideas
« on: March 19, 2015, 04:27:48 AM »
You definitely don't need any foam enhancers with wheat malt. Rather than a decocotion you might try doughing in at 111 for a ferulic acid rest for 20 min especially if you like clove"y" character. It's not a "must do" step, but I think it may add more than a decocotion.

Personal preference for me but I prefer 150-152 sac rest for mine. I don't think you will find the beer suffer5s from any lack of body by doughing in at 150 and I think you may find the beer a bit more quaffable doing your sac rest at that temp.

My personal favorite wheat beer yeast is WLP380 hefeweizen IV. It gives a nice balance of clove and banana. If you are more interested in clove, as my personal preference is, start the fermentation at as low as 58 degrees (you are best off doing a starter) and after 48 hours of that temp raise to 64 for a few days then finish out at 68. If banana is more you deal start out at 64 for 48 hours. Fermenting higher than this could result in an unbalanced "banana bomb", which I personally don't care for. I like the balance of spicy phenolics to blend with the banana"y" isoamyl acetate.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:43:06 AM »
From what it sounds like I think I'll be getting the Charlie P. and Mosher books first than get that series. I'm a science teacher so I enjoy the technical side of things as well. Thanks everyone!


"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

IMO, you are making a big mistake if you don't have How to Brew.

I don't have it.

By the time HTB came out I was already pretty well versed in brewing and I never read it front to cover, though I did read the water section a few times. I think that for all the books out there it is the best book on brewing from a step 1 step 2 explanation.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: GM Yeast reduces hangovers
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:15:13 AM »
Perhaps it just doesn't create methanol which is far more toxic than erhanol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 18, 2015, 09:15:26 AM »
From what it sounds like I think I'll be getting the Charlie P. and Mosher books first than get that series. I'm a science teacher so I enjoy the technical side of things as well. Thanks everyone!


"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

IMO, you are making a big mistake if you don't have How to Brew.

+1

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The Pub / Re: Happy Green Beer Day!
« on: March 17, 2015, 05:19:39 PM »
Like I need another reason to drink.

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Ingredients / Re: Pellets vs whole hops
« on: March 17, 2015, 11:46:27 AM »
I used to contract through Ted. He's great and his hops are great. Little pricier than we could afford at our size.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 17, 2015, 09:34:27 AM »
How to Brew is probably the best intro book on brewing. But I think Charlie P's books (The Complete Joy of Homebrewing and Homebrewer's Companion) are more fun to read and a lot more inspirational.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction
« on: March 15, 2015, 09:03:32 AM »
TRY A STEP MASH INSTEAD , TRY STEPING THE DARK GRAINS AND ADDING AT THE END OF THE BOIL, AND IF YOU WANT THE BANANA AND CLOVE FLAVORS AVOID A YEAST STARTER , AND FERMENT AT THE HIGHER RANGE OF THE WEIHENSTEPHAN YEAST.

AND DON'T FORGET TO YELL AT YOUR YEAST!  ;)

Dennis, appreciate your participation on the forum! Please do not use all caps, it is misconstrued as YELLING!

Maybe he is just that passionate about hefeweizen yeast.

That is understandable! ;D

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