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Old 09-11-2007, 03:52 AM   #21
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Looks awesome dude! We will have to trade each other some bottles, I would love to know the difference in the marris otter/pils and flaked oat/flaked barley.

Mine is going great. I took a sample today, still bubbling good, but already down to 1.022 and tasting awesome. Tasting real awesome. Nice dark orange in color as well.

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Old 09-11-2007, 04:07 AM   #22
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Sweet i just put my order in tonight and should, barring any natural disasters (I have a 1.5 year old) be brewing this weekend. I am definitely down with trading some, I have missed out on all the beer swaps because I haven't had anything to send off so it will be cool to get some other opinions. I am throwing around the idea of cold conditioning it for awhile, so that may extend the schedule on this one. I may cold condition one half and just keg out of the secondary one half. I am really hoping for a crystal clear beer, and from what I have read the oat malt can leave it a little hazy. So I may need to chill it for a week or two to get the desired clarity. Either way I think that we both came up with some good beers. I have been looking for a new "house beer". Thanks for the inspiration.

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Old 09-11-2007, 02:16 PM   #23
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Sweet i just put my order in tonight and should, barring any natural disasters (I have a 1.5 year old) be brewing this weekend. I am definitely down with trading some, I have missed out on all the beer swaps because I haven't had anything to send off so it will be cool to get some other opinions. I am throwing around the idea of cold conditioning it for awhile, so that may extend the schedule on this one. I may cold condition one half and just keg out of the secondary one half. I am really hoping for a crystal clear beer, and from what I have read the oat malt can leave it a little hazy. So I may need to chill it for a week or two to get the desired clarity. Either way I think that we both came up with some good beers. I have been looking for a new "house beer". Thanks for the inspiration.

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Yea, I was in Europe while all the beer swaps were happening. Too bad too, I had a killer hefeweizen over the spring and summer.
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Old 09-15-2007, 01:50 PM   #24
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I just mashed in on this batch. I am pretty much following the recipe I came up with before.

Not too exciting but here is the Rig in action:



Will Post result when I am done.

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So Today was a good Day other than the fact that for some reason my efficiency sucked a$$. I am not sure what is up but I hit my numbers and batch sparged for the first time and still came up a little short. I calculated my recipe for 65% Eff and got about 60%. I am really not sure what else aside from the grain mill that I am using, It was borrowed from a friend, but I have used the same grain mill and gotten 74% before. Oh well I got 10 more gallons of beer fermenting away in the closet so it was a good day.

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BTW OG 1.048

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So Today was a good Day other than the fact that for some reason my efficiency sucked a$$. I am not sure what is up but I hit my numbers and batch sparged for the first time and still came up a little short. I calculated my recipe for 65% Eff and got about 60%. I am really not sure what else aside from the grain mill that I am using, It was borrowed from a friend, but I have used the same grain mill and gotten 74% before. Oh well I got 10 more gallons of beer fermenting away in the closet so it was a good day.

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BTW OG 1.048
Last batch of beer I boiled up I used a barley crusher set where it comes from in the factory. I batch sparged collecting 8 gallons of wort boiling down to 4.5(was shooting for 5, now I know how much evaporates during a 120min boil) and still only got 64% eff. Next time I'm going to crush a touch finer but collect 9 gallons of wort. Maybe I can get closer to 80%... From what I understand JUST the crush can make 10% difference in efficiency or more.
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Last batch of beer I boiled up I used a barley crusher set where it comes from in the factory. I batch sparged collecting 8 gallons of wort boiling down to 4.5(was shooting for 5, now I know how much evaporates during a 120min boil) and still only got 64% eff. Next time I'm going to crush a touch finer but collect 9 gallons of wort. Maybe I can get closer to 80%... From what I understand JUST the crush can make 10% difference in efficiency or more.

I am starting to learn that. I checked the gap on the grain mill that I borrowed and it was set (unadjustable) to .049. I am thinking that I need one a little closer say .040-.045. I am looking into building my own adjustable mill. I am going to contract out the work on rollers though. But what bothers me is that using the same mill i have and my friend who the mill belongs to have both gotten 70% or better. so I am going to keep trying things out .

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Racked the beer to some kegs today, I skipped the secondary cause they have been in the primary for 3 weeks, i am going to carb/cold condition for at least a week maybe two before i pull one. one carboy fermented out to 1.012 and the other was 1.014. The color was an awesome deep amber/red, aroma was malty, and tasted pretty good for being young. The second had a little more bite to it but was most likely just yeast.

When it is all carbed up and ready to go I will PM you Seefresh. I will most likely either send you a couple of the better one or a couple of each.

How are your's coming along?

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I am starting to learn that. I checked the gap on the grain mill that I borrowed and it was set (unadjustable) to .049. I am thinking that I need one a little closer say .040-.045. I am looking into building my own adjustable mill. I am going to contract out the work on rollers though. But what bothers me is that using the same mill i have and my friend who the mill belongs to have both gotten 70% or better. so I am going to keep trying things out .

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I changed the gap on my barley crusher and got 83% eff with a 2 hour boil!!! YUS!! Going to crank that baby down, make some flour and go for 83% eff with only a 60 min boil! I've got a barley crusher. Love it! Just need to dial it in is all. a few more brews and it'll be there!
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Welp, tasted mine today. Unexpected flavor, but very nice. It is a bit more bitter than I was expecting, but I actually like it. The honey malt comes through very subtly, I think it's partially being masked by the bitterness. It has 0 clarity, I'm guessing the flaked barley is to blame for this? The mouthfeel is great, really coats the mouth all the way to the back of the tongue with a nice, crisp finish. Very interesting beer and I'm excited to keep drinking them. Yours will be in the mail beginning of next week wop I'd wait at least another week to drink after you get it, it's still young. Only been in the bottles 5 days, but it is fully carbonated.

Oh yea, and has a great lace all the way down the side of the glass.

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