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krenshaw 07-03-2012 12:37 PM

forgot to vorlauf..
made 3 batches this past weekend and it wasn't until i was going through some threads on here yesterday that i completely forgot to vorlauf on all 3 of them :drunk: .. i know it won't effect my brew much at all.. seemed to sparge fine w/o any stucks or extra particulates.. though i was just wondering if anybody else has done weird mistakes like that which you don't even realize, but are so off from your typical brewing routine that had to make you laugh afterwards

Revvy 07-03-2012 12:48 PM

It's no big deal, stuff settles anyway. But we all forget to vorlauf or add moss or get hop additions mixed up on occasion.

And the funny thing is....The beer still manages to turn out fine.

gx1400 07-03-2012 01:23 PM

I made a new MLT for my first solo brew with a CVPC manifold a couple weeks ago, it worked amazingly well, didn't even have to vorlauf. I pulled 2 pitchers and had zero sediment pull. 3/4" CVPC with holes cut by a dremel metal cut-off wheel (just what I had at home).

Slowfro 07-03-2012 01:23 PM


Originally Posted by Revvy (Post 4221441)
It's no big deal, stuff settles anyway. But we all forget to vorlauf or add moss or get hop additions mixed up on occasion.

And the funny thing is....The beer still manages to turn out fine.

Exactly. That's the beauty of homebrewing is you can "screw up" and still make great beer. I've had some mighty tasty mistakes over the years. Good work on cranking out 3 batches in 1 weekend!

krenshaw 07-03-2012 02:35 PM

i usually like to take a day off of work and do 2 batches since the wife and kid aren't around.. but this past weekend they both went to pittsburgh to visit family so i had the place to myself, and nothing left in my kegs except for some apfelwein so i knew what i was doing.. i'm also working on building my keezer which i'm looking forward to posting pics once i have most of it done..

funny thing was i wasn't even drinking while i was brewing.. first time i've ever not drank anything but with the temps at 98 i believe it was, i had about a gallon of water..

ktblunden 07-03-2012 03:10 PM

I unknowingly had a giant dough ball in the middle of my mash tun while sparging my IPA a couple weekends ago, which wrecked my efficiency. I now have a 67 IBU 4.2% session IPA. It tastes good, but the bitterness ratio is about 50% higher than I was going for. Just goes to show that you can screw up a lot of stuff, but it's pretty hard not to end up with beer at the end.

phoenixs4r 07-03-2012 03:12 PM

BIAB brewers can't vorlauf, and as it increases in popularity for reasons I can't wrap my head around, they don't complain.

RainyDay 07-03-2012 05:45 PM

When I first started brewing, it seemed that every time I would bottle I'd get about half of the bottles filled before realizing I didnt prime the batch.

daksin 07-03-2012 05:50 PM

You're fine of course. I've actually heard now from two different yeast nerds that vorlaufing removes a large portion of lipids from the wort which are essential to yeast health, particularly in the lag/reproduction phase. A quick google doesn't turn up anything- does anybody have some data or another source for this? It's not an issue for me when I'm brewing at home (BIAB) but it would be nice info to have at the brewery. I've never been particularly interested in getting super clear wort before racking to the fermentor- none of that stuff ends up in the finished beer anyway. Some people think it's really important, though.

krenshaw 07-03-2012 07:10 PM

yeah i always primary for 4 weeks.. hard rule to stick to but i haven't broken it yet in all of my AG batches.. always had crystal clear beers with no added agents.. don't mind some extra stuff added to the yeast cake

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