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All Grain Brewing / Re: malt crushing and wort polyphenols
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:07:15 PM »
Kai, do you have access to a mill that separates the husks, or are you going to do it manually?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 1/22
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:02:53 PM »
We need some love in these threads for people who work weekends. ;)

I just brewed 5 gal of "Andrea Doria Porter". This is my third cut at it and I'm getting really close to what I want, but the recipe is out of control - seven grains in this one.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter geometry?
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:33:59 AM »
It would seem to me that a shallow vessel with a larger surface area would grow yeast at a faster rate due to the increased exposure and absorption of oxygen?

Only if you're doing open fermentation. I really don't think the pressure effects due to the fermenter depth can be a factor (at homebrew scales) either.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Do Finely Milled Grains Retain Less Water?
« on: January 25, 2010, 06:43:42 PM »
85% is *very* high. I don't think I've ever seen an analysis over 83%.

Ingredients / Re: Adding a big malt flavor to beer
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:45:04 PM »
+1, I use 5-10% Munich (the ~8 L stuff) in a lot of things.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Culturing
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:41:59 PM »
I may give it a try if I can find some damn agar within 50 miles of me.   >:( :D

it's pretty easy to make your own growth medium from DME and gelatin.

Hey blatz, I've been doing both to try to get some data points. Once I have 10 or so I'll let you know and hopefully we can compare notes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Do Finely Milled Grains Retain Less Water?
« on: January 24, 2010, 01:33:58 PM »
BTW, according to Promash, I got 96% efficiency!   ;D ???

So you finally upgraded to fly sparging, eh? ;)

Suspended solids shouldn't have any impact on the RI. A cloudy sample makes it hard to read the line accurately. I don't think you could get a ~2°Bx discrepancy from that though.

Things like this are why I went back to using a hydrometer for all FG readings.

I always turned them inside out and ran them through the dishwasher.

The Pub / Re: Beer at Burger King
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:26:17 AM »
Perception is going to be hard to over come from parents who will view this as a "beer joint" now. Kids have a huge influence on parent's choice where to eat, especially at fast food places like BK, McD's, etc...  Not all, but a lot will choose not to trade there because of it. Perception being the key word here. They are going to lose a lot of customers.

Maybe, but at least a few people will probably realize they can raise children and act like adults at the same time. Anything that chips away at the cultural stigma associated with drinking is a win in my book.

Whoopers just taste like butt to me. In fact, even just typing the word "Whooper", makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

What about "Whopper"? Can you type "Whopper"? ;)

What was the final gravity reading of the refractometer?
my original brix (12) and my final brix (5)

In my experience, the correlation becomes less reliable the further you get from "normal" gravity and attenuation. At 1.050 and 76%, I don't think that's your problem though. I think high concentrations of dissolved gases also throw off the refractive index, so if fermentation is active that could be a factor. It tends to RAISE the Brix reading though, IME. 5°Bx is very low.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Liquid vs Dry Extract
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:11:25 AM »
I'm not sure I agree. LME is cheaper by the pound, but you need less DME for the same recipe.

I think if you do the math you'll find LME is actually cheaper per gravity unit.

I found dry easier to use and easier to measure, but it left a small sticky cloud no matter how carefully I tried to handle it.

Definitely; you end up with little bits of DME sticking to everything.

The Pub / Re: Ween
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:56:36 PM »
I thought Ween WERE huge?

Maybe that's just in my social circles.

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