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Old 05-30-2012, 03:08 PM   #21
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Really man? Not necessary.



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Old 05-30-2012, 03:11 PM   #22
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Really man? Not necessary.
Don't hate on him, he obviously likes to brew BMC clones.


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Old 05-30-2012, 03:37 PM   #23
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good point.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:46 PM   #24
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The electric tea kettle is my best friend on brew day. I use it to pre heat my MLT, speed up heating strike water and correct my mash temp. I love that thing.

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:01 PM   #25
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Are you doing small batches or do you have a huge tea kettle? By the way, is the temp variable on it?

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:22 PM   #26
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That's cool. I've never harvested off the top before. How do you store it? Or do you pitch directly into your next batch?
I clean a mason jar with PPW, then sanitize it in the microwave, and finally cool it in a bath of room temperature iodophor. Once it's completely clean, I skim it across the top of the kreusen to collect as much yeast as I can get—it's usually about a teaspoon.

Once I've got a full jar, I usually refrigerate it for a day or so to let the yeast floc, and then decant the wort/beer off the top of the yeast. After that, I make a starter to grow up a pitchable number of cells. By then it's usually just about brew day, and that's my next batch of beer.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:41 AM   #27
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Ditching "sugar" to prime with honey and other flavorful products. I love the subtle effect it has on the taste and smell.

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:30 PM   #28
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No mash out no sparge, just one really big mash in.

No secondary fermentations in separate vessels.

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Old 05-31-2012, 05:51 PM   #29
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Are you doing small batches or do you have a huge tea kettle? By the way, is the temp variable on it?
Its a 1.7 L Melita kettle, a cheapie from fred meyer or target or something. There's no variable control, just on and off. You'd be surprised at the difference it makes, even for the ten gallon batch I did yesterday.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:04 PM   #30
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Not really unique but I do long, 90 minute boils for extra caramelization... I also mash a bit warmer for fuller bodied beers..

And this year I will be using home grown wet hops... cant wait to see how this turns out!



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