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Messages - Thirsty_Monk

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pumps
« on: February 20, 2010, 09:45:04 AM »
Once you put copulling on plastic head it works with no problems.
Cross threading of soft plastic is another issue.

Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer errors?
« on: February 20, 2010, 09:41:36 AM »
I think there was just discussion on this forum about formula to convert brix to Plato and to original gravity.

I am not a big formula guy.
I use ProMash where I enter Brix and it will do conversion.
You could also check More Beer refract spread sheet that is pretty accurate.

Are you writing your own program/spreadsheet?

Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer errors?
« on: February 19, 2010, 09:40:42 PM »
I think you have issue with your conversion formula because 12.6 Brix is about 1048.
What formula are you using?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stir plate vortex
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:22:36 PM »
Does this look like enough vortex for a 2L sample (in a 1gal. jug)?

Yes you do not need to have big vortex. All you want is small dimple (1" or so) in the top of liquid.

Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe check - Dusseldorf Altbier
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:19:06 PM »
1 Pkgs European Ale (White Labs #WLP011) [Starter 1800 ml] Yeast-Ale  

Why do you want to use this yeast?

WY1007     German Ale     Düsseldorf (Zum Uerige)
WY1007 German Ale Yeast   = WLP036  Düsseldorf Alt Yeast

Equipment and Software / Re: Newbie - Getting started & Need Equipments
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:00:05 PM »
Take note of everything in the kit and buy separately.

Once I made a list what you need to start homebrewing:

1) Boiling pot (usually not provided in kits)
2) Wort Chiller (very nice to have not provided in kits)
3) Hydrometer
4) Fermenter with air lock (plastic bucket with lid is fine)
5) bottling bucket
6) tubing and bottle filler wand.
7) bottles (does not come with kits)
8) bottle caper (bench model is nice)
9) bottle caps
10) cleaner and sanitizer (not in kits) like OxiClean/PBW and StarSan

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Modern German Brewing Practices
« on: February 19, 2010, 12:47:00 PM »
Also Czech and Slovak brewers are using decoction mash only.
I would say that their brewing practices are heavily influenced by German brewers.
Processes are not secretive if you can read Czech or Slovak but you can not find recipes.
I visited brewery that was doing double decoction and then I also visited brewery that was doing triple decoction.

Breweries I visited did not have their own malt house and they bought it from local maltster.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction & High Water:Grain Ratio
« on: February 18, 2010, 02:03:16 PM »
It's the other way in my case...if I just use the calculated amount, I fall far short of the temp step I'm aiming for.

I think that is because when you remove grain you have less thermal mass in mash tun and it will lose more heat.
That was also my experience.
Now I do decoction with HERMS and if I am low I will just raise it up.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2001-Urquell Lager
« on: February 16, 2010, 08:51:20 PM »
I think I like it just a bit better then WY2000 (Budvar).
I brewed with 2001 about 3 times and 2000 about 5 times.

I usually warm it up at the end of the ferment and I did not notice any diacetyl (in effect I did  D-rest I supposed).

Equipment and Software / Re: Mash tun cooler deal
« on: February 12, 2010, 12:19:05 PM »
I am in orange crowd!!!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dark Beer Decoction ?
« on: February 12, 2010, 11:58:22 AM »
Why would you do it that way?
When I do decoction I do not exclude ane grain.
I doubt that pro brewers in Germany / Czech would hold some grain back.

Ingredients / Re: What effect will this have?
« on: February 11, 2010, 09:59:36 AM »
What effect does it have on the finished beer?   ???

It might taste too chalky.
You could also use Baking Soda to increase your Mash pH. (It will also increase your water hardness)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: so the debate is
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:26:59 PM »
What's the model #'s of the 2 stage controls?  I seem to be having trouble finding them online.
Here you go:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/12
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:24:47 PM »
MaiBock on Sunday.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Hops vs. FWH
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:14:46 PM »
And where can one find the old recipe?

I think Vinnie was talking about it in his firs appearance at BN Sunday session.

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