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All Grain Brewing / Re: REALLY no sparge
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:33:35 PM »
I do a no sparge, no boil, no hops to make my Egyptian historical brew. Just mashing baked grain breads with dates and chamomile. I sulfite it to kill the bugs, then pitch my starter. Over time it turns beautifully clear, and is a light bodied summer brew with notes of the chamomile and dates. Oh, and it keeps winning golds in 23A  ;)

So yes, it can definitely be done.
Fascinating - can you post a recipe?

I'm not certain, but I bet the relationship between density and temperature is not linear. So the corrections used near 60F would not be valid at higher temperatures.  It shouldn't take too long to cool a sample down either.

Equipment and Software / Re: Starsan temp.
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:23:03 PM »
May be true, but it is approved by FDA as a no-rinse sanitizer at the labeled concentration. They'll never tell you to use a different concentration, it would be illegal for them to do that. Can't tell you what the effect would be, but it may have nothing to do with yeast health or flavor.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Outdoor draft system
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:45:44 PM »
Maybe part of the answer is how often will the taps be used. If they were used for a few events per year with lots of pours at each, you could build something like a jockey box outside - run the beer through coils in ice before serving - to rechill if needed. If you'll be pulling off one or two beers scattered though the week, this is not so practical.

A pipe filled with liquid would keep the beer cold if the liquid is cold - but I'm not sure how that would happen. Eventually the liquid will be at ambient temp and it will actually warm the beer faster because of the higher specific heat.

I stuck my probe in a block of solid foam insulation. The effect is the same as sticking it in liquid - the controller is slow to react to temperature changes - but without the mess of liquid.  This is in a keezer, not a fermentation chamber.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brew kettle issue
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:59:48 PM »
Most metal stretching companies use a white/opaque liquid lubricant when forming their pots.  this can become mixed with metal flakes.  it was probably what you where wiping out of your kettle when you cleaned it for the first time.  As long as you cleaned your pot well with some sort of basic degreasing agent ala soap, you should be fine.  I would recommend getting a small jug of PBW to use on any new stainless items:D
That was my thought. Many metal products have a film after manufacturing.  It is probably washed off of consumer products when the customer might examine it before purchase, but possibly not for an online purchase.

All Things Food / Pastrami
« on: May 06, 2013, 06:58:53 AM »
I made some pastrami for Big Brew Day

Now I'm hungry again

If I have 4 oz of cocao nibs that needs to be added two weeks before bottling, do you still suggest leaving everything in the primary and just add these nibs once I am a couple weeks away from bottling?
That would be one of the times it's appropriate - to add fruit/spices or for extended aging. Though if you were ever in a bind (like all your fermenters were full) you could add the nibs to primary with no worries.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brew kettle issue
« on: May 05, 2013, 07:06:15 PM »
Soap or pbw

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You really shouldn't worry as long as it was boiling. Extract is boiled during manufacturing so it probably won't have much break or trub.

Never transfer to secondary before fermentation is complete. You'll be removing the beer from the yeast before it is done and it's likely the remaining yeast won't be able to finish the job.

Really, for most beers secondary is a remnant of old homebrewing ideas. More homebrewers now skip it and bottle straight from primary.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Starsan temp.
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:04:28 AM »
Where did you find the answer?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:00:26 AM »
Awesome! Zymurgy's a great magazine.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Boiling question for propane burners
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:07:19 AM »
I would put some sort of spacer on the bottom of the tub to keep the pot off the bottom - partly to avoid melting the plastic, but mostly so that the bottom of the pot is in contact with cooling water.  Cooling speed will be faster with more surface area.

Equipment and Software / Re: Starsan temp.
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:03:35 AM »
I'd ask Five Star - their product support address is

Questions about the forum? / Re: Board Express(Tapatalk)
« on: May 02, 2013, 08:08:17 AM »
How are you searching (what words are you searching for?) The forum title on my phone is American Homebrewers Association Forum. Searching for AHA Forum probably won't work.

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