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Old 01-02-2011, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Monster Mill, and a few other goodies

Its rainy here in So Cal, and i'm off for the holidays, so i thought i would brew today and try out some of the equiptment i got for christmas.

i have been struggling with my efficiencies so i had been compensating by using more grain. Still, I could not get my SG over 1.045-1.050 for say 13 lbs of grain for a 5 gallon batch I normally have my grain crushed at my LHBS,so I have been at the mercy of their mill.

I have been brewing about 6 months now, and adding equiptment as I go along.

So last night i milled my grain with my new 3 roller Monster Mill. I was fooling with the adjustmentsm and first pass, it looked like i may have not crushed all the kernals. i ajusted it again, and milled the grain a second time. this time it looked real good.

So this morning I heated my water to start my mash. i was anxious to try my new chugger pump, to pump my water and wort instead of bucketing. I had built a rolling tool box this week with my pump attached from a thread i found on here.

So i mashed in for an hour, then recirculated the wort for 10 minutes using the pump, while my sparge water was heating. then i sparged using the pump and copper sparge manifold i made. this pump and camlock setup sure made things easier.

i noticed right off that the wort looked different, thicker. I pumped the wort to the kettle, brought it to a boil, then pulled a sample, chilled to 65dg and tested SG. wow, 1.062 !! this was with 26 lbs of grain for a 10 gallon batch (preboil 12 gallons) of APA, best i could due with the same grain bill was 1.050.

Not sure if this was due to the Monster Mill, pump, or combination of all, but looks like I can cut down on my grain

Anyhoo, I dropped this onto a Nottingham yeast cake in the fermenter, as i just finished kegging some Bee Cave HPA. This is my first attemp at reusing a yeast cake, we will see how it turns out.

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Congrats! It's probably a combination of everything, but it sounds like you are starting to get dialed in.

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Congrats! It's probably a combination of everything, but it sounds like you are starting to get dialed in.
Yep, and the airlock was bubbling like mad about an hour after I put it onto that yeast cake. Amazing how that works
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Nice gifts! I rarely get brewing related gifts unless I buy them for myself. A few years ago I really wanted a bench mounted capper. I made sure the LHBS had it in stock and dropped a few hints. I got a can of extract instead. I bought the capper myself the next week. This Christmas I wanted a refractometer, so I ordered it myself.... Thanks Mrk, just what I wanted!

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Nice gifts! I rarely get brewing related gifts unless I buy them for myself. A few years ago I really wanted a bench mounted capper. I made sure the LHBS had it in stock and dropped a few hints. I got a can of extract instead. I bought the capper myself the next week. This Christmas I wanted a refractometer, so I ordered it myself.... Thanks Mrk, just what I wanted!
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That's middle age? Damn I just thought it's what you did after 10 years together. I guess that makes me middle aged.

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.....oops! I didn't mean to sidetrack the thread. Congrats on the new efficiency
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