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Old 02-08-2012, 06:34 AM   #1
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Because we can never have too many right? Just thought I would post my results for everyone to learn from.

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7.5 lbs marris otter
1oz. Fuggles (60min)
.5oz Fuggles (20min)
.5oz Fuggles (0min)

Mash temp of 155 deg. knowing that it would drop fairly quickly in my cold garage, had to play with the temp a couple times.

This was intended to be a 4 gal. since it can sometimes take me a while to finish a full 5 gal keg by (mostly) myself and I want to brew more. I used the iBrewmaster application to work up the recipe and do some of the calculations.

est OG 1.042 at an estimated 70% efficiency

Although I had planned to account for grain absorbtion and thought i had done the math right, as I typed it all out I discovered I did not. After rinsing my grains with water and realising the volume didnt look right, I added about 1 to 1.5 gal. of water to bring the volume up and gravily down. Not sure how that will affect the beer.

my post boil OG was 1.051 instead

Overall I thought it went pretty well, and I had a lot of fun using my new toys on this brew.

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:45 AM   #2
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the mash in "action".
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:05 AM   #3
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I'm interested in moving from kit & kilo to BIAB. Keep us posted...

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Old 02-08-2012, 03:57 PM   #4
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I have moved to BIAB myself. Having fun with it. Let us know how it tastes.

What do you have your kettle wrapped in? Is that a water heater blanket?

Thanks.

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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It is some water heater insulation I picked up at menards. It was standard fiberglass insulation on one side so I folded it over on itself and taped it with aluminum tape on the edges. If anyone plans to use that method make sure you have at least gloves. It is nasty stuff. I should have known better from my construction days but I didn't wear any and could feel it stuck in my hands three days after. shower after too, and throw the cloths directly in the wash.

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Old 02-09-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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That's a cool idea.

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Old 02-09-2012, 07:48 PM   #7
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Your beer must be rubbish if your mates don't come round every other night to guzzle it....

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Your beer must be rubbish if your mates don't come round every other night to guzzle it....
Rather puzzled by this also. Most of the people I know aren't a fan of full flavored beers, or have an hour commute to my kegerator. Since I have started kegging I have noticed an increase in quality in my beer, not that it was bad before, but I think those pain in the ass bottling wands oxidize the beer.

Anyways, along with all the other variables in this batch, I added another one by trying to turn it over quickly. After the beer finished fermenting at 1.013, after a week I racked it to the keg and carbed it. Today was two weeks from brew day so I filled a taster.

The color looked great, pale yellow but hazy. Have never been able to achieve that color with extract. I hope it clears up as it sits.
Very little hop aroma with some grain mash smell, not malt aroma it seems.
The taste is hard to explain. Seems like there is a great, light feeling drinkable beer under a mask of a raw grain flavor on the finish. Almost tastes like the mash smelled.

I am thinking that I had too many tannins in the boil due to the amount of "sparging" I did, and the fact that it was a BIAB with he coarse bag from northern brewer. Any input is appreciated!

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Rather puzzled by this also. Most of the people I know aren't a fan of full flavored beers, or have an hour commute to my kegerator.
I have this same problem, my two best friends are beer geeks also, but I live like an hour from them too. I see you live in mn, where do you live, I'll help you finish those kegs!
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I am thinking that I had too many tannins in the boil due to the amount of "sparging" I did, and the fact that it was a BIAB with he coarse bag from northern brewer. Any input is appreciated!
Not really sure if the tannin flavor your noticing is due to the coarse bag, but the recomended material for BIAB is polysester voile, a very fine durable mesh that the Aussies began using for BIAB.
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