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I use a cooler, but I have to stir for, literally, 2-3 minutes to get a uniform mash temperature ±0.5°C. Usually I just stir less and settle for ±1°C. What kind of variations are you seeing?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I can make some delicious wort
« on: May 13, 2017, 04:43:12 PM »
Worsening over time, both within a batch and batch-to-batch, makes me suspect contamination first.

Do you use a heat exchanger?

I resolved to just live with it since I'm already 2.5 hr behind and letting the unboiled wort sit around overnight didn't appeal... minor miracle, the outside of the kettle (the pinhole is right at the bottom) got hot enough to caramelize and seal the hole.

Time for that new kettle I've been talking myself out of for a couple years.

Equipment and Software / Patching a pinhole in a stainless kettle
« on: May 13, 2017, 03:08:24 PM »
Anyone have suggestions for a temporary fix? Asking for a friend, definitely not because I'm standing here with a tun full of wort and a leaky kettle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I can make some delicious wort
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:29:49 AM »
I am still pondering the cause. I think I will soak my fermenters and transfer hose in a strong bleach solution just in case. I use starsan normally but maybe using a different sanitizer once will help.

If you're using StarSan as your primary, it's definitely a good idea to switch it up every few batches. DBSA is broad-spectrum against bacteria but there are Brett strains that can tolerate ~2 pH for ~30 min, for example. I'd suggest an iodophor instead of bleach though, just because of the odor issue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer Temperature Accuracy
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:13:53 AM »
I'm confused.  The gentleman I quoted a10t2, said it could have affected the measurement.  You yourself said the problem was maybe the mixing.  Doesn't getting a correct reading from a refractometer depend on a homogeneous sample?

Two different things being discussed in this thread:
  • Refractometer vs. hydrometer: For hot-side readings, the small volume of a refractometer sample makes it easier to obtain readings quickly. The flip side is that the small sample is more susceptible to evaporation effects, so it should be drawn using a pipette/syringe/etc.
  • Full boil vs. partial boil: After mixing wort and water, there's no practical way to obtain a homogenous sample. Regardless of what you're using the take the readings, the way to get an accurate OG is to measure the wort gravity and then calculate the effect of dilution.

I use a hydrometer not a refractometer. I am guessing everybody that was referring to mixing was talking about samples for a refractometer and not a hydrometer sample which is much larger and presumably of much more uniform gravity.  I did not initially understand.

No, trying to homogenize wort and water is independent of measurement technique. It would take, quite literally, several hours of stirring to obtain a homogenous sample with either instrument.

All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« on: May 10, 2017, 11:22:41 PM »
If flameout and whirlpool/hopstand hops are different answers, could you clarify? I'm not sure which I would be doing.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Score at LHBS!
« on: May 10, 2017, 11:05:56 PM »
A 20-bottle case? Are they ancient, or just weird? ;)
German branding on the side. 20 is Pretty standard there.
Better eyes than me, Jeff!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Score at LHBS!
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:27:57 PM »
A 20-bottle case? Are they ancient, or just weird? ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What Cannot be put into beer?
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:09:23 PM »
What Cannot be put into beer?

Anything you don't want getting sticky. Other than that, sky's the limit.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer Temperature Accuracy
« on: May 10, 2017, 03:36:57 PM »
A hydrometer can in principle be corrected to any temperature - the problem is that as the temperature differential rises, so does the rate of cooling of the sample. At 110°F it's cooling substantially (and unevenly) as you're trying to take a reading. That's why hot side readings are where refractometers shine.

A separate issue, but one that could explain your readings, is that it isn't really possible to get wort and water mixed homogeneously by hand. The yeast does a really good job of that, but stirring won't cut it.

The Pub / Re: Best prices on ingredients?
« on: May 10, 2017, 02:16:32 PM »
Are you on the Brew Hut's mailing list? They do a 15% (IIRC) discount, so if I'm in your part of the world anyway that generally ends up being cheaper than shipping.

Otherwise I generally end up using MoreBeer because they do partial sacks of malt that still qualify for free shipping. I try to get them to only ship from one coast, but not always successfully. :-\

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crazy Denver hail storm today
« on: May 09, 2017, 11:50:19 PM »
I was down there last week, couldn't believe the hail damage I saw just driving around. Glad there was no serious damage.

Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:16:36 PM »
It's weird, I skip most chile beers even though I'm a chile head. But mango amd habanero are awesome together. I'm sure the Citra accents the mango even more. Sounds tasty!

Indeed, it's just as tasty without the mango, but Citra costs more. :o

With a little luck I'll be at NHC and it should be just about ready to drink!

Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 09, 2017, 05:21:35 PM »
Whoa, now THERE'S some balance for the fruitiness, Sean! Actually the fruity character of the habs sounds great with the Citra. Though I'm sure that occurred to you.  :)

Oh yeah. This will be the fourth time I've brewed it with minor variations. Second time adding some actual mango to the mix.

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