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Old 07-01-2010, 07:26 PM   #11
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What does too much tannins do to a brew? Taste? Color?

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Old 07-01-2010, 07:54 PM   #12
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What does too much tannins do to a brew? Taste? Color?
It give a dry Pickering taste, it's described as tasting like tea where you left the bag in too long.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:00 PM   #13
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Ok thanks...yesterday i did taste my brew that has been fermenting for a week (took temp and hydrometer reading so I thought I'd taste it too!). I don't have much of an ability to describe the tastes but it tasted a little funny. It did taste overall like beer and it did have a really nice color. I know that it's got a ways to go so I won't worry about it.

I believe I'm going to transfer the brew to a 2ndary carboy tonight so I can free up the primary to do batch #2. I'm going for a Honey Wheat.

Once I'm able to drink the first batch, I'll do my best to more specifically describe the flavors, I know "tastes funny" doesn't cut it, so I can figure out what I did wrong...or right.

Thanks!

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Old 07-01-2010, 08:16 PM   #14
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I yo-yo fast, then slow, then fast again; then right at the end of the 25 minutes finish with a counter-clockwise swirl.
THATS MY MOVE!



wait...



mine involves a knuckle..

nevermind.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:38 PM   #15
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THATS MY MOVE!



wait...



mine involves a knuckle..

nevermind.
. . and I was beginning to worry that my pop culture reference was going to go to waste!
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:35 PM   #16
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My instructions say to loosely place the grains in the sack, not letting them bunch up. It should look more like one of those draft stoppers you place to seal up the gap at the bottom of doors. You should have a long skinny bag for that purpose. Of course, I read the instructions AFTER steeping, so mine were all balled up. Another point is to not squeeze the bag.

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Old 07-02-2010, 12:58 AM   #17
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Yeah, no need to yo yo the grains around. Do something else with your time while the grains are steeping.

I used to just steep the grains in a grain bag in the water while it was getting up to boil. Then I started reading more information... It gets complicated. Steep small, boil large. Steep at 150º for the required amount of time. Don't squeeze the bag... etc. I wouldn't worry about it too much, it's just the steeping grains, not your base grain or extract.

I generally do the steep small, boil large. Since I know how long it takes my keggle to get to boil I'll put my grains and hot water together about 25 minutes before it gets to boil and then go from there.

YMMV

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Old 07-02-2010, 02:29 AM   #18
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as long as it isn't packed tightly together you will be fine. clothes pin it to your kettle very loosely and let it do its thing! a few stirs and ups and downs wouldn't hurt either!

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