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  • Started with a Mr. Beer kit. After the second brew, I made a change to the third kit. After that, I designed my own recipes. Did three partial mashes, then graduated to all-grain BIAB. I do 2.5 to 3 gallon batches because I enjoy brewing more often and really don't drink more than one beer a day. I enjoy the variety available and being able to pair up the night's drink with the meal.
  • In the middle of my brewing season... Keeping the fermenting chamber full!
  • Dell-Phinium APA, English Pale Ale, Honeydukes ESB
  • Vienna Lager, Helles, Martzen, Traditional Bock, Doppelbock
  • Margarita Visions APA, Kiwi Mango iFruity Wit, Twist of Honey Brown, Scottish Heavy, Pretty Little Ditty Scotch Ale, Parker House Robust Porter, Lotus 1--3 Amber Ale, Spring Zephyr IPA, Vanilla Bourbon Porter, Dark Serenade Irish Red, Oatmeal Stout
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  • Posted in thread: Beersmith mash schedule issue? on 08-02-2015 at 12:46 PM
    Lol great now I have a gamble on my hands.LOL, I consider it a learning experience anytime I
    make a major adjustment in my mash or equipment profiles. While BeerSmith is pretty good for
    the majority o...

  • Posted in thread: Higher than calculated OG? on 08-02-2015 at 12:36 PM
    Manny, you are correct, I was thinking of the scale upside down.My apologies if there was any

  • Posted in thread: Beersmith mash schedule issue? on 08-01-2015 at 06:25 PM
    BeerSmith models the fermentability of you wort based upon the activity of both alpha- and
    beta-amylase enzymes.As you decrease the mash temperature below 147 F, the activity of alpha
    amylase is very ...

  • Posted in thread: Higher than calculated OG? on 08-01-2015 at 02:35 PM
    Also note that your hydrometer is calibrated at either 59 F or 68 F. If your wort is much
    warmer than the calibration, you might need to correct for it. Higher temps make the wort less
    dense, so your ...

  • Posted in thread: Am I really getting 90% mash efficiency? on 08-01-2015 at 02:32 PM
    BIAB with a full volume mash and a finer grind can easily lead to 90+% efficiency. I got that
    much on occasion when I first started grinding my own grain. I've since backed off on the
    fineness of grin...

  • Posted in thread: Bag squeezing and adjusting grain absorption ratio? on 07-31-2015 at 09:33 PM
    I measure the volume of water in and the wort collected. Correct the wort volume for the
    temperature expansion (about 2.5% at 154F) and the difference is the amount of wort left with
    the grain. Divide...

  • Posted in thread: beersmith volumes on 07-31-2015 at 11:34 AM
    BeerSmith expresses the water volume at the typical temperature that it would be measured at.
    Thus, you initial mash water and sparge water should be measured at room temperature. The
    projected volume...

  • Posted in thread: 3 gal All Grain on 07-30-2015 at 11:41 AM
    I'm interested in this oven method for holding mash temp. Sometimes I do small 1-2 gallon
    batches on the stove to test recipes, but I have trouble holding temp in my non-insulated
    kettle. Do you just ...

  • Posted in thread: how do I add sparge water and top up water to beersmith? on 07-28-2015 at 11:45 PM
    Select a single infusion profile and customize it for your process and equipment. Center it
    around the values you have listed above. You will need to know your boil off rate and grain
    absorption to ge...

  • Posted in thread: Poor efficiency from Poland Spring on 07-27-2015 at 07:17 PM
    Without other information on your recipe and expected efficiency, it's hard to comment. I do
    know that Poland Spring is fairly light on all minerals for brewing. My well water is fairly
    close to what ...


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