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All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks Denny
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:38:25 AM »
Like many, I have Mr Palmer and Mr Conn to thank for my "expertise". Recently I've been refining my mash and sparge techniques. Someone had planted the thought that frequently stirring would increase efficiency. Seemed to make sense. Then Denny suggested the max fun, max quality, max effective way of only stirring at dough in. By golly, it's true. My last brew was an IPA, 12# Washington Select, 1 1/2# Munich, 1 1/2# crystal 40, mashed in 6 gallons at 154° for 90 min. Vorlauff was beautiful with maybe three little grain chunks coming through. Efficiency was 80%, which it 10 higher than I usually get.

Thanks Denny

How would you approach this method for a step mash? Only stir when adding water?

Yup. that's about it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dill pickle beer
« on: September 10, 2013, 04:04:10 PM »
Ok, so I know somebody has done this, maybe billy club, if he's on here. Wife wants to try this and I'm game.lets hear ideas.

rodenbach yeast blend with dill? maybe some summit for the garlic that's in it?

How about bird seed?  See how may folks would try to malt it first.  8^)


yeah, that's me. ::)

All Grain Brewing / Re: equal amounts for 1st and 2nd runnings
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:45:59 PM »
There is nothing wrong with mashing closer to 2qt/lb if you want to try that. I mash around that level most of the time.

The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:34:19 AM »
Trying to figure out how to play bass is about all the extra hobby I have time for (young kid, lot's of overtime at work etc.)

I used to write and act but not much time left.

Working out, but that sort of a maintenance thing more than a hobby.

Ingredients / Re: Aged honey
« on: September 06, 2013, 01:01:06 PM »
Lone gunman, no moonwalk, twin towers...   ::)

Caution? Perhaps? Or are you saying that lead poisoning is a conspiracy theory?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How cold is too cold?
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:32:25 AM »
I have timers, but they will only turn something on and off twice in 24 hours. It will take a long time for 12 gallons to heat up though. How much do I have to worry about temperature fluctuations? The fridge is in my basement, so it would never get higher than about 70 even if I turned if off completely. I don't usually make lagers, so I don't have a lot of experience to go by. The OG came out a little low (about 1.040), if that makes any difference.

I got a cheepo timer at the hardware store that would turn on and off in .5 hour increments for under 20$ that being said, I got an analog temp controller for 40$ sooo...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will bitterness round out in keg?
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:30:35 AM »
Update: The thin krausen lingering around has not dropped, so again I'm poking through that every time I get a sample.  There is still a strong bitterness, maybe a little less harsh but honestly that could be in my head.  I took a sample a few minutes ago and I still have an unpleasant bitterness lingering on my tongue. 

This was my first time using dry hefe yeast and honestly I'm very happy with that.  I pitched 1 package at 58 and let her climb and my flavors are extremely pleasant.   

Maybe cold crash it before kegging because of morti's comments about oils binding to yeast? Would that help? :-/

it will help. If you've got time to cold crash for a couple-three days before kegging. Leave a little more than you would like behind in the fermenter to avoid excessive pick up of gunk, then cold condition in the keg for a week while it carbs I bet it will smooth out a lot.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How cold is too cold?
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:47:16 AM »
or a timer that will turn the fridge on for 30 minutes every hour or 30 minutes every 2 hours.

Ingredients / Re: Aged honey
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:43:27 AM »
Do you really think that food-grade cans are sealed with toxic solder?   ::)

sure, there are still a lot of problems with honey coming form China all leaded up. besides he didn't say just how old the tin is.

Equipment and Software / Re: Wheels for new brewstand?!
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:40:00 AM »
You could try attaching the casters with u-bolts.

that is exactly what I was going to suggest

Equipment and Software / Re: opinions on which conical is better solicited
« on: September 05, 2013, 02:43:25 PM »
I was about to start a thread asking why I need to switch to conicals and now I know the answer. I don't. I'll bet they're awesome if you're doing nano or bigger, but for 5 gallon batches I can't see beating a bucket

heck there are a lot of nano's that have come to the same conclusion as you for 20 gallon batches.

Ingredients / Re: Aged honey
« on: September 05, 2013, 07:40:12 AM »
I was gifted a gallon of honey. It was originally in a rusty 60# tin and completely crystallized and had to be heated to reliquify it. I don't know how old it is, but judging by the tin it's pretty old. It smells ok and tastes ok except for maybe a slight tinny taste, which may be real or imagined. I eat a lot of honey, brew a few batches with honey per year, and make a few melomels, cysers, pyments, and braggot. Any thoughts on using this old honey? Would you brew with it?

if it tastes tinny I don't think I would use it. remember when you ferment it all those light/mild flavor notes can become much more assertive. I might also worry about long term exposure to lead solder

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical test run
« on: September 04, 2013, 03:48:00 PM »
It has a 6lb pressure capacity. Wouldnt it need some kind of relief if I pressurized it.

Yes, I was thinking of a difference conical. The Brewhemoth I believe can be set up to ferment up to 15 PSI similar to commercial conicals.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Security Breach at Midwest Supplies
« on: September 04, 2013, 12:09:45 PM »
This is bothersome. I'm not too surprised though, as long as there is business there will also be fraud. Hopefully MW will get this under control and past them soon. Fortunately, I haven't purchased anything from them in the recent past. They have a very respectable business, and I'll be doing business with them again for sure.
I don't know, the description of the breach (and the complaints at HBT) make it seem like their payment process was compromised for some time. It sounds like their sysadmins weren't on top of things and I will think twice before buying from them again.

I would think that after this they would be one of the more secure places to order from for a while. till they get complacent again that is.

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