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The most important tip is #1. 

Don't worry about it.  Sparge until you get the pre-boil gravity you desire and don't worry so much about the volume whether a little high or low.  Your goal is to make good beer.  Adjust any other additions on your kettle volume.

If things are really off, proceed to tip #2.

Very interesting.  Obviously a LOT of work to tally and interpret all those stats.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profile Importance
« on: August 16, 2015, 04:36:34 PM » need to boil with campden tablets at the very least prior to mash out...
I have been adding Campden to my brew water in the HLT prior to transferring to the MLT to remove chloramine. No boiling. Have I been doing it wrong?

You don't need to boil water with Campden tablets to remove chloramines.  Just add it.  It works very quick.  Here is a link to a great source about it:


All allowing a starter to ferment past high krausen does is waste ergosterol and UFA reserves because the mother cells that were in suspension while O2 was still in solution share the ergosterol and UFA reserves that they built with their daughter cells.   High krausen occurs as the culture reaches maximum cell density.  All replication beyond this point is for replacement only, which means that we are wasting ergosterol and UFAs when we allow a starter to ferment out.

So if I were to cold crash a starter at high Krausen would that be a reasonable option for those of us that get into scheduling problems as and have to make a starter several days in advance?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 23, 2015, 04:01:22 AM »
The White Labs website says 2.5 Billion cells per ml.

 Anyone know the volume of the package?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction Magic: Taste the Magic
« on: July 20, 2015, 10:49:48 AM »
Since one of the main reasons we do decoction mashes is to increase melanoidins and malt flavors by boiling the decoction, how is that different than boiling in the kettle?  Does the presence of the grain help it? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 12:10:41 PM »
FWIW, according the NHC Gambrinus page, BN was second to the last in points per entry at 0.0391 (PPE).  Quaff was last at 0.030. 

I question the data a bit because if you back into the total entries (Total Points/PPE = Total entries) the total entries for BN = 4,347 and Quaff = 5400 - more than the total entries of the competition if you maximize each 1st round site at 750 (12X750 = 9000).

Maybe someone could check my math......

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 03, 2015, 01:12:17 PM »
With the exception of the first 2 chapters, Modern Homebrew Recipes is going to be more of a reference book than a cover to cover reader.  I received mine last weekend (preordered with Amazon).  I've gotten through part of it and it appears it is going to be an excellent resource (there may have a lot of similar beers in the up-coming comps).

My favorite book that has been recently published is the American Sour Beers by Michael Tonsmiere.  You may already have it. It is well written and very informative.  Easily the best of the recent Brewer Publication books of late.  If you don't already have it I highly recommend.


Pimp My System / Re: New base for my Schmidling Malt Mill
« on: June 01, 2015, 02:25:44 PM »
I like the drive you have set up.  Less bulky than the fly wheel I have.  Any problems with it?

Pimp My System / Re: New base for my Schmidling Malt Mill
« on: June 01, 2015, 09:56:08 AM »
Speaking of hoppers, what type of Hoppers have Malt Mill owners made?  I have just attached a wastepaper basket to the top and it works fine except that the last bit at the bottom has to be swept into the mill making it a little bit of a hassle.  I have been planning on replacing it for something a bit more functional, but it has been on the back burners for a while.

Anyone care to share their creativity?



Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 23, 2015, 09:07:17 AM »
Come to think of it, if I was a Steward, I could bug all of those guys.  Maybe that's what I'll do next time.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:26:35 PM »
Judging at the NHC finals is one of the coolest things I have gotten to do....twice.  It was certainly not a burden.  You meet other judges from all over the country(ies) and sometimes you sit at a table with someone like John Palmer.  Hard to beat that!

Hell, I would pay to do it......

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Food Grade CO2
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:01:35 AM »
So do tanks get contaminated over time?  One more thing to obsess about.......

That's why I didn't get anything through to the NHC!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 28, 2015, 04:33:35 PM »
Too bad they cant call whoever was 4th place and tell them they're in.

That's the biggest problem

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 27, 2015, 11:15:37 AM »

Hopefully the San Diego results are released by close of business, otherwise I don't see them released before Monday. It's been almost 2 weeks since the end of the competition, kind of ridiculous...

I'm wondering if the 3rd place disqualification in category had something to do with the delay in verification. Wonder what that's all about...
Probably it was 3rd place but didnt score 30pts? But thats hard to imagine. I dont think I would forward a 29 to best of show. Whats the point?

I'm guessing that wasn't it, the other sites all stated when that was the case. I'm guessing that it was a beer entered at more than one site, perhaps with flip flopped brewer/co-brewer?

Some on Reddit said they and their co-brewer accidentally entered the same beer taking both 2nd and 3rd. Janis disqualified one. Of course... It's the Internet.

So, if two people co-brew a beer, can they both independently enter it or does it have to be one entry crediting both brewers?

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