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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pilsner brewing
« on: January 16, 2011, 02:57:44 PM »
Pisner beers aren't really typical of Prague, and Staropromen gets a lot of ribbing for their yellow beers over there.  Most pubs carry Urquell or Budvar Pilsner, with Staropromen relegated mostly to supermarkets.  Not that I'd blame their yeast for that, and it probably could make a fine Pilsner.

Prague, however, is more of a Dunkle town, historically, since it has hard water more like Munich and the OPs than Pilzn.  This is probably the yeast used by U Fleku to make their famous Dunkel.  I'd use 2782 yeast to make a Dunkel or Schwarzbier,

I am sorry to tell you that you are wrong.
Pilsner style beers are brewed all over the Czech republic and are as native as Hamburgers for good old US of A.
Praha/Prague included.

If you could not find Staropramen on your visit there, may be you should have walked off tourist track and find out where and what native are drinking.
U Fleku is a tourist trap and for 60 crowns a pop you will not find too many natives there.

By the way water for Bo - Pils should be from soft to moderate.
You adjust your recipe based on your water.
If you have soft water you can add more hops.
If you have moderate water you use less hops.
You should have NO lingering bitterns regardless of water hardness.
Also Bo - Pils should not be too bitter.
Pilsner Urquell is 34 IBUs.

Hope this help.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Forced Fermentation Test
« on: January 16, 2011, 02:18:48 PM »
I was always curious about FFT but have never done it.
I should start doing this one of these days.
Kai thank you for awareness.

Equipment and Software / Re: Immersion chiller: buying vs. making
« on: January 16, 2011, 02:07:15 PM »
I just made one.
Here is a pic:

Equipment and Software / Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« on: January 16, 2011, 01:48:21 PM »
Remember to add the stir bar when boiling your

It is very important that you DO NOT add the stir bar after the wort has been heated to boiling temperatures. Because the flask is so smooth the wort is actually superheating if the stir bar is not in there to provide nucleation sites. When you then add the stir bar later the wort will suddenly boil and shoot out of the flask.  This happened to me once and I am lucky that neither I, or someone else got hurt. The wort sprayed 5 ft out of the flask and hit the cabinets.


That is exactly what happened to me.
I was lucky I was wearing paints (No Paints brewing reference).
Boiling wort was all over stove and me.
It shot out about 1 qt of wort from 4 liters.
I was so shocked that I did not know what to do first.
The casualty if this was that sticky wort got into electronics of the stove and we had to replaced it.
I was not hurt.
Live and learn.

So do not do it.

Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: January 16, 2011, 01:35:48 PM »
Here it is.
The brewhouse:

Can you guess how many elements are there?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glass or Plastic
« on: January 16, 2011, 01:25:35 PM »
Plastic. glass is way to heavy.

Glass. If you can't lift your carboy maybe you should take up knitting.
Knitting 101 is coming to this household.  ;)

No brewing this weekend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RIP Merlin RO systems
« on: January 15, 2011, 10:05:50 PM »
Ad looked pretty interesting.
On demand RO without tank that will deliver.
Too bad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I is a STAR!
« on: January 13, 2011, 03:31:35 PM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:48:59 PM »
A couple hints.

Remember to add the stir bar when boiling your starter and remember to use your magnet on the stir bar before dumping into your wort.

I would recommend inserting stir bar into the cold wort before you start boiling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: where to buy brewing mural/posters?
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:57:02 AM »
I really like the mural art at BJs Brewery and was wondering if anyone knew where similar prints may be purchased?

Here is one I found online:

Excuse me for saying this.

This kind of art reminds me "social realism".
People working in fields. everybody happy, celebration of people and work.
Farmers are already there. All I am missing is factory workers and smoking chimneys.

Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Bohemian Pils Malt
« on: January 10, 2011, 07:44:06 PM »
You do not need to.
If you do Protein rest do not make it longer then 15 min.

It is little bit darker then German Pilsner from the same maltster.
I like that malt.

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: January 09, 2011, 09:39:20 PM »
50A circuit is not that much for 6BBL. Are we talking 3 phase or single phase? If it is single phase we are talking about 10,000W.

Yes, that was a typo. It's an 80 A circuit, 18 kW element. At 33 kW I think you'll have a great system.
Thank you.
I will sleep much better now.
I always worried if it will be enough.

Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: January 09, 2011, 07:32:17 PM »
Yes and yes.
I am going to pick it up tomorrow.
I am using Auber PIDs with SSRs.
It will be semi automatic.

Looking forward meeting you again.

Equipment and Software / Re: Polishing kegs
« on: January 09, 2011, 07:26:25 PM »

Sounds like "fuzzy logic"  ;D

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