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  • Posted in thread: HERMS with Cooler MLT? on 03-02-2012 at 02:21 PM
    I built a HERMS using a cooler MLT to recirculate through the HLT, but it turned out as you
    said, very little temp drop over the mash time. It ended up working very nicely for hands off
    recirculating ...

  • Posted in thread: yeast starter temperature on 03-01-2012 at 11:40 PM
    As long as it's done fermenting, either way should be fine. Better to go with the fermentation
    temp of the brew you're doing, but let it down slow.

  • Posted in thread: Water quality on 03-01-2012 at 11:37 PM
    Still not enough info, I'd say. Try asking specifically for Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfate,
    Carbonate and bicarbonate. These are typical minerals that they should know.

  • Posted in thread: help with a smash on 03-01-2012 at 11:33 PM
    Could the same taste be from too hot of a fermentation? I know all the ones that got away from
    me ended up tasting the same. If you can get it a bit cooler, maybe in the low 60s, a
    pilsen/saaz smash s...

  • Posted in thread: Mash Efficiency/brewhouse Eff. on 02-29-2012 at 04:28 PM
    The honey will add about 7 points to the 5.5gal post-boil. Is that post-boil measured with the
    honey or without? and what was your pre-boil volume? I'm guessing that's a typo. With the honey
    for post-...

  • Posted in thread: Brewing water question on 02-28-2012 at 11:36 PM
    Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride, Chlorine or chloramine (assume this is already there), Sodium
    (already stated), Sulfate, Carbonate and bicarbonate is a good start. Then you can enter these
    into Bru'N Wa...

  • Posted in thread: saving the yeast cake on 02-27-2012 at 09:52 PM
    Wash it first, then store it is what I'd do. Make a starter and it should be good to go.

  • Posted in thread: step up from bottle conditioned beers on 02-27-2012 at 05:13 PM
    Method looks good, though I would start with a smaller amount of wort on the first step, maybe
    250ml plus the bottle dregs volume (could use a higher OG starter here since you'll be diluting
    with beer...

  • Posted in thread: Why all grain? on 02-27-2012 at 05:02 PM
    Have you considered batch sparging? No need for a sparge arm. Just sayin'.I'd second that and
    add that even if you want to fly sparge, a wide ID silicone tube sitting on the top of the
    grain bed works...

  • Posted in thread: Besides initial cost and equipment storage, why does anyone partial? on 02-24-2012 at 05:17 PM
    I occasionally do a partial mash in a small 4 gal cooler with stainless braid, and full boil on
    the stove if it's cold outside and I'm feeling lazy. It works well for half batch AG as well,
    and you do...

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