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All Grain Brewing / Re: single temp infusion
« on: April 05, 2011, 03:20:37 PM »
I definitely agree with all that has been said here about single step infusion.  I find that single step infusion is a great way to start out and makes great beer.  It keeps the method simple enough so you can get a feel for the process then move on to other methods if you choose.  I have done a step infusion a few times when I have used large amounts of adjuncts.  It is not terribly difficult although it is more time consuming.

Happy Brewing,

Equipment and Software / Re: Autosiphon with bad seal
« on: April 04, 2011, 01:51:09 PM »
I haven't ever noticed air being sucked up with my auto-siphon.  However, I have found out in the past to be sure and wet the pieces before assembling.  Putting the auto-siphon together when dry does bad things to it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Leaky Better Bottles
« on: April 04, 2011, 01:48:57 PM »
I have 3 better bottles that I use frequently.  I have allowed them to soak for a few days with PBW and have never had an issue. 

+1 to checking the seals if it is a ported BB.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop bags
« on: April 04, 2011, 01:46:05 PM »
I have heard that using hop bags can effect utilization by, up to, 10%.  I use a coarse, nylon straining bag that I picked up at my LHBS for my hop additions.  I feel it allows better utilization than the regular hop bags and still keeps most of the hop matter out of the wort.

Congratulations!  All very exciting   :)

With a proper pitch rate, the O.G. of the wort and the ferment temp. it is possible to ferment that quickly.  Have you taken a gravity measurement recently?  I brewed an ordinary bitter with O.G. 1.040 and used a proper starter.  It finished fermenting within 3 days.  I had it bottled within the week.

Happy Brewing,

All Grain Brewing / Re: Improving Efficiency
« on: March 12, 2011, 12:25:49 AM »
How fine the grain is crushed can have an effect on the efficiency.  If you mill your grain at your LHBS you may have to run it through a second time to be sure it is milled fine enough to get a better efficiency  The pH of the mash as well as the mashing time can also have an effect.  Increasing the mashing time to 90 minutes could help a bit although I'm not sure that it would increase your efficiency more than a few points.  Hope this helps.

Happy Brewing,

The Pub / Re: Cigars and Beer
« on: March 11, 2011, 11:48:53 AM »
yummy, beer and cigars.  What a great combo!  My favorite pairing is Lion Stout with a Rocky Patel Edge or a Partagas Black.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
« on: February 28, 2011, 11:37:56 AM »
I happened to find some when I stopped at a local meat market this past week.  I never had it before so I had to buy a six-pack.  mmmmm. tasty, hoppy goodness!   ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Over aging?
« on: February 26, 2011, 11:16:32 AM »
IPA's are one style that are best drank fresh.  Some beers, such as a barleywine, definitely benefit from aging but others may or may not.

Beer Recipes / Re: First ESB
« on: February 26, 2011, 11:09:08 AM »
Tradition calls for a single step mash.

+1 to the single step mash.  When I make my ESB I perform a single step infusion at 156 deg.F.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 19th century brewing techniques
« on: February 22, 2011, 04:12:40 PM »
Along these lines...... Anyone have good starting places for before this period? Say 14-1500? Belgian would be good... I can read Dutch/Flemish..... I am familiar with the various Sahti projects.

My wife used to be part of the SCA. They do medieval reenactment. You may be able to find some recipes or resources on their website

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 05:12:09 PM »
some i enjoy....

brew like a monk
extreme brewing
tasting beer
the brewmasters table
radical brewing
designing great beers

I have all these except for "tasting beer".  I would agree with phillamb168 that Designing is not exactly bedtime friendly.  Brewing Classic Styles and the Yeast book by Jamil Z and Chris W are also excellent books.  The Yeast book is not very bedtime friendly as it gets quite technical.

The Pub / Re: My brewery
« on: February 19, 2011, 09:56:57 PM »
Very cool!  The logo looks great too!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: my Brewery on youtube
« on: February 17, 2011, 01:36:37 AM »
Way cool!

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