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  • Posted in thread: Mashing at very high temperatures on 01-26-2013 at 03:59 PM
    The first beer was brewed with the help of Jesse Houck and was based on Bitter American,
    available at the 21st Amendment in San Francisco. This used Apollo hops for bittering and Bravo
    for flavour, dr...

  • Posted in thread: Mashing at very high temperatures on 01-26-2013 at 03:37 PM
    Two commercial UK microbreweries are mashing at 72 and 74 Deg C (161.6 and 165.3 Deg F). Has
    anybody used temperatures as high as this?

  • Posted in thread: Brewing in 9 degree weather leads to this on 01-08-2013 at 01:24 PM
    I once brewed 10 gals of lager in my garage, so cold that fermentation took 3 weeks. I went to
    bottle it using jug and funnel and the jug broke a thin sheet of ice on the top. I bottled it -
    and it wa...

  • Posted in thread: Really useful info from a commercial brewer on 11-30-2012 at 06:03 PM
    The short extract below is lifted from Thornbridge Brewery (UK) website - mentioned oxygen earlier. This is used initially by the yeast to
    grow. We add a certain amount of y...

  • Posted in thread: Need help determining what my intended mash OG should be on 11-14-2012 at 07:50 PM
    The Braukeiser table only tells you the SG of the first few drops of runnings. Its like going
    to the pub and choosing between 4 pints of 8% ABV beer or 8 pints of 4% ABV beer. I would be
    interested to...

  • Posted in thread: Let's compare our refractometers on 11-14-2012 at 07:45 PM
    If you have accurate scales, adding 5 gm of brewing sugar to 150 ml of water gives (in my case)
    3.0 BRIX. I don't have a hydrometer but those who have could give that reading too.

  • Posted in thread: refractometer question on 11-11-2012 at 07:55 PM
    Yes - no probs at all, but I have an insurance policy, 2 bottles are one litre PET bottles, so
    I can feel the pressure. Never had to open and degas and reseal for 30 years or more, brew once
    a week.

  • Posted in thread: The day before brewday on 11-11-2012 at 07:51 PM
    thanks folks, I sanitise the brew bucket while the hopped liquor is cooling. I make up my
    trusty safale 04 starter 90 minutes before estimated pitch time. As it will be a split brew
    (using 2 boilers) ...

  • Posted in thread: overnight mash and keeping my cool on 11-11-2012 at 06:42 PM
    Set up two 250 watt light bulbs in reflectors and put them 12 inches away from either side of
    your mash tun. This will stop or minimise heat loss. If it results in a heat gain, so what? you
    will have ...

  • Posted in thread: SMaSH Beer with 100% Local Ingredients on 11-11-2012 at 06:36 PM
    MO and cascade hops is good for me.