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Old 12-31-2005, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default I'm brewing right now...issues and concerns

This is going to ramble a lot.

I'm using an electric stove, and it's taking longer than usual to boil. I think our burners are getting weaker. Anyone ever notice this (I realize a lot of you use gas, or other better methods to boil your wort, but I thought I'd ask).

We steeped 16 oz. Caramel 40 at about 160F in two gallons distilled water.

Sparged Caramel with one gallon purified drinking water.

Waiting (impatiently) to add Northern Brewer Gold LME, and 1 oz Centennial hop pellets and start 1 hour timer. This is going to be a Two Hearted clone.

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Old 12-31-2005, 01:42 AM   #2
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...this is going to be a looooong night...

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Old 12-31-2005, 01:50 AM   #3
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Always is HB. Always is.

Don't have to work tomorrow, I'm 25, screw it. I'm in for the long haul.

Oh, and we just added the LME. To get it to a rolling boil, we put a lid on it for about two minutes. Someone on this forum once told me that keeping a lid on it was bad for reasons due to some kind of enzyme. I think just having it on for a couple minutes to get the heat up won't hurt though.

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Old 12-31-2005, 01:56 AM   #4
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Never heard of the emzyne problem, but a lid will keep in the heat and make it work for you by reaching boiling temp faster than without a lid.

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Old 12-31-2005, 02:00 AM   #5
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It was ScottT who said that. He was pretty firm. I think it doesn't matter unless you've got something up your ***. IMHO.

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Just added one ounce centennial hops. Waiting for hot break.

Editing previous posts: we used 9.3 lbs of LME.

I'm using this as my brewlog.

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Old 12-31-2005, 02:12 AM   #7
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Hot break!!!

I'm sorry if this is annoying to anyone, but I like the idea of a live brewlog. Other people should do this too, if nothing else, for my entertainment.

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Also up soon: Belgian Dubbel
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dude, your dedicated. i raise my illegaly mailed Hop Rod Rye to you! cheers!

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No, it's cool! I like reading brew logs like this!

Electric ranges just suck - I used to brew on one before I moved into my current home and got a gas range. I know, I know... doesn't help you much, does it! But, it can be done. It just takes longer, as you've seen.

I always leave the lid on to help the water boil faster. But after you add LME, DME, etc. keep an eye on it! I mean it!!! One boilover and you'll curse yourself and the time you end up wasting by having to stop your brewng and cleaning up the rapidly hardening, sticky mess you've created. Been there (once), done that, never again, if I can help it!

Hot break - your in the groove now!

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The benefit of having two roommates is that there's always one person to keep an eye on it. The downside to that is that we have to split the fruits three ways. Plusses and minusses, still end up with some good beer you can be proud of.

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Also up soon: Belgian Dubbel
Primary: Grampa's Woodshed Apple Smoked Porter
Secondary: Zombiefoot California Common, Chocolate Strong Porter
Drinking: Seamus O'Drunkagan Irish Red, Humble Pie Imperial Stout, Capricorn IPA
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