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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1620 on: December 29, 2016, 03:12:27 AM »
I did that  (using boiled nylons and a SS weight) for the english bitter I made and the 1oz of EKG came through nice and bright.  The only problem that I saw with it was that the hops all floated up to the top of the sock and bunched up there.  I'm not sure how to deal with that, maybe just give the keg a gentle wiggle to knock the hops free and make them fall to the bottom of the sock.
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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1621 on: December 29, 2016, 03:18:07 AM »
I did that  (using boiled nylons and a SS weight) for the english bitter I made and the 1oz of EKG came through nice and bright.  The only problem that I saw with it was that the hops all floated up to the top of the sock and bunched up there.  I'm not sure how to deal with that, maybe just give the keg a gentle wiggle to knock the hops free and make them fall to the bottom of the sock.


I use 5 gallon pain strainer bags (double layered), weighted with marbles. The size of the bags gives the hops plenty of room to break down and circulate. I used to use nylons and then a hop canister and decided I didn't like how the hops tended to not all break apart when using bigger dry hop amounts.
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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1622 on: December 29, 2016, 03:56:22 AM »
Brewing a simcoe/Amarillo pale ale on Friday. 7% eng med crystal  65%2 row and 28% maris Otter.


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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1623 on: December 29, 2016, 06:35:21 AM »
Brewed a GHE tonight and just for fun, another one but with Crystal instead of Hall Mitt.

You have to love the added challenges of winter brewing.  It's been below 30f for a while. Tonight it's 26f inside my shop. It crossed my mind that might cause a problem so I infected my wort chiller and found a freeze split. Lucky I did that or I would have destroyed my first batch. A little plumbing work and I patched it together for the night

Then the steam and freeze made it pretty impossible to use my dry erase boards to record gravity.

Then I went to move my junk and found my propane takes were frozen to the floor.

Everything else went great.

I might have a reason now to buy a stainless chiller, if I can find a 1/2" 50 footer with a recirculation pipe.




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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1624 on: December 29, 2016, 06:46:14 AM »


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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1625 on: December 29, 2016, 06:46:38 AM »


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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1626 on: December 29, 2016, 02:03:30 PM »
Brewing a simcoe/Amarillo pale ale on Friday. 7% eng med crystal  65%2 row and 28% maris Otter.


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Hey, Paul, you're the creator of this thread, you should change the titles to just, "What's brewing this weekend?"

And what the heck am I looking at, Jim?

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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1627 on: December 29, 2016, 06:57:21 PM »
Brewing a simcoe/Amarillo pale ale on Friday. 7% eng med crystal  65%2 row and 28% maris Otter.


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Hey, Paul, you're the creator of this thread, you should change the titles to just, "What's brewing this weekend?"

And what the heck am I looking at, Jim?
Portion of my immersion chiller that had frozen and split. And what freezing bk steam does to a dry erase board.
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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1628 on: December 29, 2016, 07:58:28 PM »
Brewing a simcoe/Amarillo pale ale on Friday. 7% eng med crystal  65%2 row and 28% maris Otter.


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Hey, Paul, you're the creator of this thread, you should change the titles to just, "What's brewing this weekend?"

And what the heck am I looking at, Jim?
Portion of my immersion chiller that had frozen and split. And what freezing bk steam does to a dry erase board.

Sucks about the chiller, but the dry erase board is pretty cool. Kind of an avant-garde way to make art.

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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1629 on: December 29, 2016, 08:15:03 PM »
With a little luck, the oatmeal stout I didn't brew last weekend

Freezing boil kettle steam?  Damn - and I've been annoyed that my basement's in the mid 60s instead of the usual low 70s.
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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1630 on: December 29, 2016, 08:56:26 PM »
Brewing an Apollo Centennial IPA this weekend.

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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1631 on: December 29, 2016, 09:54:48 PM »
Nice work on the split immersion chiller.  I wish my immersion chiller would split so I would have a reason to buy an expensive stainless steel immersion chiller.  But alas, I am too cheap, so I am doomed to brew and drink my nasty oxidized beer for the rest of my life.  ;)

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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1632 on: December 29, 2016, 10:12:39 PM »
Nice work on the split immersion chiller.  I wish my immersion chiller would split so I would have a reason to buy an expensive stainless steel immersion chiller.  But alas, I am too cheap, so I am doomed to brew and drink my nasty oxidized beer for the rest of my life.  ;)
I cobbled it together to get through the session. I just went out to see if I could do a more permanent repair but my copper is so annealed it's too brittle to bend properly. So I ordered a new 70' 3/8ths off Midwest. I looked at the SS and decided to just stick with my copper.

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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1633 on: December 30, 2016, 12:43:38 AM »
I'm going to be brewing a Newcastle clone beer. Have my yeast starters going and my new day was going to be last night. Had to stall for a yeast not wanting to start
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Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« Reply #1634 on: December 30, 2016, 12:57:39 AM »
Ended up going with the first Pale Ale option:

5.5lb Maris Otter
2.5lb 2-row (Rahr)
2lb Flaked Oats
1lb Wheat Malt (german)

1oz Zythos @ 20min
2oz Zythos @ 5min
1oz Azacca @ 0min
1oz Azacca @ dryhop
1oz El Dorado @ dryhop
1oz Zythos @ dryhop (maybe)

I did this trying to use low oxygen techinques again, lowering my SMB rate by 50% (35ppm).  I also tried conditioning the malt before hand, and that worked nicely with husks staying largely intact and no dust/flour everywhere.   I also opened the rollers a bit on my mill to get a bit courser chrush.  The underletting worked great, no dry spot.  However, my efficiency was in the toilet.  With all that grain I should have gotten 1.06 or so and I got 1.045.  oh well.

The Azacca and Zythos smell pretty good.

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