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Posted in thread: Should I stir or not? on 04-30-2008 at 09:37 AM
From what I have heard, people say not to stir the mash as then you get a lot of the flour out
of the grain which can settle at the bottom and cause a stuck mash. This is probably if your
Posted in thread: Are whole leaf hop worth the trouble on 04-28-2008 at 11:39 AM
I use whole hops when brewing. Always have. They seem to be the norm in the UK, whereas it
seems to be the norm to use pellets in the US. I prefer whole hops for the similar reason that
Posted in thread: Mashing- Water in first, or grain? on 03-07-2008 at 09:46 AM
Am I the only one that adds them both at the same time? I preheat my MT, then open the tap on
my HLT when in gets to strike temperature. I throw/spoon/pour the grist from the hopper
(bucket) into the ...
Posted in thread: First Big Beer....had a few issues on 02-25-2008 at 02:51 PM
The more amount of grain and water you have in your MT, the better it will hold it's
temperature due to the larger thermal mass - Commercial breweries don't need to insulate/heat
their mash as there i...
Posted in thread: Grain disposal & MLT cleaning? on 02-21-2008 at 03:34 PM
Throw the grains on the compost pile. Get a hosepipe on the MLT and wipe with a sponge. As long
as you don't let it dry, it cleans really easily. Don't bother with detergent as not needed.
Then I just...
Posted in thread: Starting selling your beer? on 11-07-2007 at 09:44 AM
A trick that a friend used a while ago was to set a keg up on the counter of a local pub (with
the landlord's permission of course) and give it away for free. Anyone could go up and help
Posted in thread: Why'd you pick the grain mill you did? on 10-16-2007 at 01:38 PM
Does anyone know of where to get a decent mill in the UK? The Barley Crusher seems to be great,
but there's only one place in the UK that seems to sell it and it's listed at £150, over twice
Posted in thread: Tiered Yeast? (hopefully) on 10-16-2007 at 12:24 PM
How well did you regulate the temperature of the mash (assuming it's all grain)? I had problems
similar to this for about 3 consecutive brews that weren't attenuating properly. I eventually
Posted in thread: Grain bed expanding during sparge on 10-15-2007 at 02:39 PM
Personally, I wouldn't worry about it. You're trying to keep the grains suspended so that the
mash doesn't compact, which clearly you are. If you're using a sparge arm, the grains at the
top are getti...
Posted in thread: High Gravity Beer and mash tun on 10-15-2007 at 02:22 PM
I use an insulated mash-tun (30L I think) and that fitted 16lbs of grain easily for a 8.2% ale.
Plenty of room for at least another 8lbs of grain.