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Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Bohemian Pils Malt
« on: June 10, 2011, 07:34:58 PM »
I'd be interested in getting your take on BoPils too, Thirsty_Monk!
I have been brewing this beer commercially since April.
It is available at local bars about 100 miles east from you.

Now back to the question.
Decoction is good but not necessary.
If you can not do decoction you need to do step mash.

You do not have to do protein rest with mention malt but I get better extraction when I do protein rest.
My mash schedule is 143F 30 min, 162F 30 min and mash out.

If you can, use open fermenter (or do not seal the lid).
You do not have to ferment that cold.
I am using 2124 and I ferment at 52F with great results.
This is with 170 gallons in fermenter.
Translated to homebrewing = ferment no colder then 50F.
Bohemian Pilsner is NOT a German Pilsner.

What else I could tell you about it.
Weyermann Bo pils malt is as close as you can get to Czech malt but it is still too clean for BoPils.
If you can, mix this malt 60/40 with other pilsner malt.
This will get you greater complexity.

I am shooting for 34 IBU (you system IBU might be different then my system IBU).
You can use Magnum for bittering (32 IBU) (or mix magnum/Saaz)
and late 5 min Saaz addition (2 IBU).

The Krusovice 12 means 12 Plato.
Shoot your OG at 1049-1050.
FG should be 1012-1014.

And water. Relax.
May be water in Plzen is soft but Bo pilsner is brewed all over Czech republic.
Water there is from soft to moderate (alkalinity).
You want your water to be balanced to slight malty.

Carbonate to 2.6 volumes and you will be enjoying great beer.
Good Luck.

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I carbonate and serve.
One 5 lb bottle is lasting me about 10-12 kegs.
So your 10 lb should last you long time.

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I am not a big competition person but I brew this beer quite often.
If you can ferment in open fermenter.
I think this will give you another edge.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 09, 2011, 07:28:30 AM »
Any reason why you guys don't switch to the low density elements? They work much better and the melt down is so much less of a problem! not to mention cleaning is a heck of a lot easier as well.

Short answer: I don't have the checkbook. The long answer involves corporate inertia, the difficulty and expense of getting someone up here to cut/weld on stainless, and the fact that my brewhouse is already going to be out of commission for 1-2 weeks immediately before our busiest weekend. We are getting this one Teflon coated, so hopefully that will help.

It wasn't even dry when it went, actually - just old and abused.
You said Teflon coated.
Any concern when using caustic and lifting the Teflon off?
At least that was a claim for PBW and Teflon dishes.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 08, 2011, 11:43:21 AM »
Ah jeez, that sucks. Thankfully every time I've come "close" to this, I got to the plug before anything happened. Way too easy to have happen though. I've been thinking about installing a pressure sensor linked to a switch for turning the elements off if there's no water in them.
As mentioned by TM above, I think I'd go with a float switch over pressure sensor/switch.

Sorry about the elements TM, but this just goes to show why heating elements are bad, and we should only use one of these:

Do you know the supplier?
Is it cost effective?
What do I do with spend rods?
You think I will pass it by city council?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 08, 2011, 11:40:58 AM »
Freaky. This just happened to me this morning. Except we don't have a spare. ::)

Any reason why you guys don't switch to the low density elements? They work much better and the melt down is so much less of a problem! not to mention cleaning is a heck of a lot easier as well.
Well I started with medium density heating elements.
It was a cost decision on my part because I have 12 elements.
I am sure I will be replacing elements at some point and I will consider Low Density elements.

I think a10t2 has a commercial heating elements.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 08, 2011, 07:35:19 AM »
cool thanks guys.

sorry about your luck there TM.
No harm done.
I had spare elements so I am up and running.
Worst think was that I had to climb into the HLT to pick small copper nuggets.
I am thinking of installing a float switch that would prevent this.

Saniclean do the trick of cleaning the elements.
It is acid thou so do not soak it overnight.
It would eat your element.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 07, 2011, 07:47:38 PM »
Like run your elements dry.


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Equipment and Software / Re: My pump hates me. What to do?
« on: June 05, 2011, 03:08:29 PM »
You are correct. This is non self priming pump.
It is placed under the kettle.
Drop is abot 2 feet and kettle is 4 feet tall.
There is plenty if pressure to prime it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: (California) Bulk glass bottle suppliers?
« on: June 04, 2011, 03:56:30 PM »
Try California Glass:
http://www.calglass.com

I have never worked with them.
They might have a minimums of 1 pallet.

Good Luck.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Metal Growlers?
« on: June 04, 2011, 03:46:58 PM »
It looks interesting at least.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 04, 2011, 03:34:43 PM »
While it is not specifically designed for Wine, there are beta testers in that environment.
Brad is considering a Linux specific version after launch.

For anyone thinking of buying, buy pre-launch for the reduced prices.
Thank you Fred.
I would LOVE to run in natively in Linux but if it is fully functional thru WINE I will consider it.

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Congrats on getting a plug on local TV and for standing up to what could be a deadly move for local businesses!  Keep us informed, maybe the power of Homebrewers could unit again to help your cause. 
It is kind of ironic.
I got a free publicity for something that can ruin my business.
We shall see how it plays out.
If someone here is from Wisconsin, contact your Senator / Representative and tell them that you oppose the changes in 125 chapter that regulates how breweries operate.

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Equipment and Software / Re: My pump hates me. What to do?
« on: June 01, 2011, 06:25:57 PM »
When will spending end?

Man, I'm afraid I've got some bad news for you....
DENNY!!!
Where were you before I started!!!

But overall it is an interesting ride.

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