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Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« on: March 21, 2015, 08:13:50 PM »
Just lit the flame to heat up the strike water. This was an inspired recipe. Had a Ballast Point Grapefruit IPA the other night and my girlfriend and I liked it so much I moved this to the front of the brew line. With summer fast approaching (at least, it is here in SoCal, it's gonna be in the 90s by next weekend) this will make a great thirst quenching, post yard work, sitting in the sun in my boardshorts and flip flops, beer.

Having a Grapefruit IPA for good luck!

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2015, 08:27:30 PM »
Mashed in!

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2015, 08:33:16 PM »
Brewing in flip flops is my MO. Some call me crazy, and I have busted a toe once, but boot just don't feel right.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2015, 08:57:11 PM »

Brewing in flip flops is my MO. Some call me crazy, and I have busted a toe once, but boot just don't feel right.
My life is done in flip flops. Only time I wear proper footwear is at work.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2015, 09:07:53 PM »


Brewing in flip flops is my MO. Some call me crazy, and I have busted a toe once, but boot just don't feel right.
My life is done in flip flops. Only time I wear proper footwear is at work.
Basically the same. I wear hard sole slippers in the winter.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2015, 09:40:33 PM »
Vorlauf!!!

I just really wanted to say vorlauf.
As a side note, how fast are you guys draining your mash tuns? I always err on the slower side to make sure I don't get a stuck grain bed, but it seems to take forever.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2015, 10:40:04 PM »
I start slow for vorlauf and open wide when ready. I batch sparge, so a stuck mash is a minor inconvenience.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2015, 10:47:11 PM »
Yup, stuck this one trying to go too fast too soon. Oh well, dumped in some more water and mixed it up, good to go.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2015, 10:47:34 PM »
And boiling.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2015, 12:09:02 AM »
Chilling out.
Usually takes about 20-25 min to bring it down to 70F-ish. I think I'm gonna get a small recirc pump and use a cooler of ice water. Anyone on here use something like that?

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2015, 05:42:59 AM »
Made a 1.5 liter starter with good old WLP 001 yesterday. Pitched the whole thing today with a good krausen on it. And I'll be damned if I didn't just have to rig a blowoff on the fermenter. Fermenteezer set at 61F and that thing is going crazy. If this keeps up I might just have to make a starter more often.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2015, 01:26:47 PM »
Chilling out.
Usually takes about 20-25 min to bring it down to 70F-ish. I think I'm gonna get a small recirc pump and use a cooler of ice water. Anyone on here use something like that?
I do that for lagers, and when the tap water is too hot in summer. Use tap water to get down to 100F to save on ice.
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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2015, 06:35:44 PM »
I use ice in the winter when I can set a bucket out overnight - to save water overall and avoid icy drive and walks.  I am blessed with year round low 50's well water, so summer chilling is only complicated by the wort sitting at  ambient temps above pitching until I can get it into the fermentation chamber for those last few degrees.  But I am contemplating using both a whirlpool immersion chiller with a second counter flow chiller using iced water to see if I can get it into the 40's quickly....
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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2015, 03:01:25 AM »
Does anyone else have a problem with peeking into the fermenteezer (or where ever you ferment) about every 30 minutes to an hour for 3-4 days after you brew? I can't stop! I like geeking out and watching the bubbles and the beer churning away.

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Re: Brewing today; Project Grape Ape is live
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2015, 03:09:04 AM »
I do it in the morning, after work (when I didn't work from home), and before bed. After a few days I forget about it for a couple of weeks.

I may add a small webcam when I build my brewpi.