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Old 10-09-2012, 11:01 PM   #21
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Yeah,the old GE burners maintained steeping/mash temps better,but didn't heat up as quickly or evenly as these new ones do. But the new ones don't maintain temps as easily. I had the floating thermometer lashed to the side of the kettle with 3-4 twist ties formed into a noose lashed to the kettle handle. I would like one of those digital thermometers though. Use it for the mash tun & the floater for the HLT.
It'll be less strewssful once I learn these new burners to maintain temps more easily. Got the flavor addition coming up in some 10 minutes. I can smell the wort all the way in my man cave in front of the house.
Boy,I can't wait till beer time. This is tuff when you have bad hips & a L2 disc goin south. But the aroma is def worth it. I think I must be doin at least pretty good,as the wort does have that familiar pale ale wort kinda smell I'm used to. But I have to say,it smells...well...cleaner than the recombinent extract versions I've been doing.
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I like to have both types of thermos in the mash. I keep a floater in the tun, and have and instant digi probe to double check and to take readings in random spots. Really though, once you get the process down, you'll have a method to dial in temps and won't have to check all that often.
And yeah man, I love the way cascades smell in the boil. One of my favorite hops for sure!

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Yeah,the combo of fresh wort & cascades smell so darn good. Just wow. I can still smell it in the ol'man cave now. I put the aroma addition in at 2 minutes per instructions. The flavor one at 15. Might change that next time,but we'll see.
Yeah,I did spend a lot of time,money,& experimenting to make good beers with cooper's beyond the kits. Hey,sounds like a cool book title "Beyond the Kits". Hmmm...maybe this year sometime I'll start writing again,used to love that.
And thans for the encouragement guys. This was terra incognita again. I guess 007 was right when he said "never say never...again". I alsdo broke presedent & poured a tall boy. Needed one after a few hours of this. It's been steeping with the aroma addition off the heat & covered for 15 minutes,per my usual process. Just can't walk away from all that knowledge up this point. Added all the gold LME at flame out as well. What a purty color & smell.
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Well,the ice bath is finally going down below 90F. Left all three hop sacks in the BK after a 15 minute coverd steep,since the aroma addition was only 2 minutes,per instructions. It's finally down below 90F in the ice bath now. I'm callin it at 75-80F. I've got 3G of cold distilled water in the fridge since yesterday afternoon. God,I hope this come out well.
By the by,I got the wort down to 75F as per usual. Into the FV & aerated. Creaming yeast now (US-05) for 20 minutes in 1.5C of warm water. Strilizing hydrometer atm. Wort color atm looks like I'll get my usual amber orange color. Smells good with the cascades.
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Well,the FV temp is back up to 72F as of this morning. US-05 was re-hydrated,but no action yet. I was able to burp it once,so it's workin anyway. Color loks good so far,smell of bready,caramel wort with that great cascade aroma as well.
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Well,dang. I Hope the water I re-hydrated the yeast in wasn't too hot. It was a bit warm,but not steamy at all. My quick check thermometer went south,so I guessed late at night. Stirred & pitched at 8:43pm. Still nothing...it's usually blowin off like mad by now. It was fermentis US-05.
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Don't sweat it, 05 is good yeast, but I have had it take ~18 hours to fire up before. Give it a bit of time, warm it up a degree or two if you're worried.

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It's def a bit warmer atm. Never had the safeale 05 take this long. Gee,I hope I didn't make my first yeast mistake. I put a lot of time into all the crushing,mashing,etc yesterday. It all smelled so good,I was kinda proud I got it pretty good. I gave it a few swirls just in case.
By the by,those new burners from amazon heated from mash temp to boil on "9" in 15-18 minutes. Cut the heat to "8" when it boiled. got a nice,even boil without more than .5G boil off in one hour. I did manage to hold 155F for the majority of the hour.
I started to wonder if I got conversion after the sealed grains were in the fridge for a month...
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Nah, you got conversion man. Next time, after the mash, taste the wort, if it's sweet, it's good. You can do the iodine test too if you want to double check.

IME with us-05, it usually kicks off quickly, but I've had it take 12-18 hours before, 24+ hours once, which worried me, but it ended up being a beast and I got ~81% AA on that batch.

I feel your pain though, the first PM batch I did was like starting all over again. Same when I went AG. I sweated every little thing until I was drinking the beer. You'll be all good man.

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I certainly hope so. Talk about terras incognita. I feel like a bloody noob again. But it did smell caramely bready sweet,just didn't taste it. Cleaner smell,& the hops smelled more like the way they'll end up when conditioned. Extract pale ales I made didn't have that same quality of smell as the fresh made wort does. Interesting observation,that.
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