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Forum: BIAB Brewing 06-30-2014, 02:09 PM
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Posted By Milan37
I double-crush the grain, stir it in very well,...

I double-crush the grain, stir it in very well, cover the pot with a sleeping bag and don't touch it for the hour. I typically lose 1-2 degrees and get 80--85% efficiency.
Forum: BIAB Brewing 06-04-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,021
Posted By Milan37
Sorry, I wasn't clear--I understanding what...

Sorry, I wasn't clear--I understanding what double crushing is, but I was pointing out that it can be ambiguous. Not all double-crushes end up with the same results. It depends on the mill and it's...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 06-02-2014, 03:50 PM
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Views: 2,021
Posted By Milan37
What does 'double-crush' mean? At what gap...

What does 'double-crush' mean? At what gap setting?

I think it's a mistake to publish numbers that appear to be predictions when there is no data to back them up. The best advice for every brewer...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 06-02-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,465
Posted By Milan37
The myth that BIAB is less efficient is slowly...

The myth that BIAB is less efficient is slowly dying a well-deserved death.

It's not just 'in theory', but in practice that you can make beer every bit as good as with old-school 3-tier systems....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-31-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By Milan37
This was a 5g batch?

This was a 5g batch?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-19-2014, 08:46 PM
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Posted By Milan37
I don't see anything like that in this thread....

I don't see anything like that in this thread. Instead there are very measured responses, and most people here say it's not really worth standing in line for hours.
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-26-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,125
Posted By Milan37
As far as I can tell, there are no negatives to...

As far as I can tell, there are no negatives to the process itself: It's every bit as efficient (or more) than old-school AG systems, the beer is just as clear, there is no difference in quality.
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Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-21-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,730
Posted By Milan37
Your question isn't really related to BIAB, but...

Your question isn't really related to BIAB, but rather to all-grain brewing in general. The answer is you should be close, depending on the efficiency of your system. You can over-shoot as well as...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-05-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,426
Posted By Milan37
But traditional BIAB (full volume, no sparge)...

But traditional BIAB (full volume, no sparge) doesn't result in low efficiency.
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 02-04-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,785
Posted By Milan37
To recreate: 1. Complete one row of product...

To recreate:

1. Complete one row of product (I used the Fermentables row). The selections don't matter.
2. Click the '+' to add a new row. Leave this row blank.
3. Click Price My Shopping List....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-04-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,032
Posted By Milan37
I like simple grain bills--using Daniels'...

I like simple grain bills--using Daniels' Designing Great Beers I got to this one:

11# Maris Otter
1.5# C60
.5# Chocolate

You can do an awful lot with 2-3 ingredient grain bills.

I think...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 12-19-2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By Milan37
I'm not so sure Beersmith will help much. I...

I'm not so sure Beersmith will help much. I plugged your original recipe in and converted from extract to PM and got some pretty strange results. Maybe with a lot of trial-and-error, you could get...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 12-19-2013, 02:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By Milan37
I plugged the above into Beersmith, and using the...

I plugged the above into Beersmith, and using the conversion tool it came up with this:

5# 4.9oz 2-row
1# 4.3 oz Wheat
12.1 oz Carapils

I dunno. Maybe it's right, maybe not.

Ray Daniels in...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 11-27-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 794
Posted By Milan37
I'm willing to bet it turns out fine. I'd be...

I'm willing to bet it turns out fine. I'd be interested to hear about it.

FWIW, with a 12-13# grain bill I use 7.5 gallons or so, with a lot of draining/squeezing to extract as much wort as...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-27-2013, 02:19 PM
Replies: 111
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Posted By Milan37
Yesterday I got an email from NB touting these....

Yesterday I got an email from NB touting these. Not two hours later I got an email from Midwest for the exact same thing. Just a coincidence, I guess.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-26-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 329
Posted By Milan37
I did this for my recent wedding in October. For...

I did this for my recent wedding in October. For roughly 50 guests, of which around 25 would be drinkers, I made 3 batches (6 cases). Pale, brown, and cream ales. They all got rave reviews but the PA...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-13-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 448
Posted By Milan37
I haven't had a chance to try this one yet. That...

I haven't had a chance to try this one yet. That brew was going to be for my wedding, so I chickened out and went with my usual IC routine. That beer turned out great and two cases were emptied in no...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 11-07-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 725
Posted By Milan37
My brown ale recipe uses 11# MO, 1.5# C60, and...

My brown ale recipe uses 11# MO, 1.5# C60, and .5# chocolate. I think your amber malt is too much.

I base my recipes on the advice in Ray Daniels' Designing Great Beers. For browns, he recommends...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 10-24-2013, 11:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,645
Posted By Milan37
Thanks, interesting stuff. I'm not seeing the...

Thanks, interesting stuff. I'm not seeing the connection, but thanks for the links.

On the post by "Thirsty Boy" I would dispute his (and by extension, your) claims on the effect of a mash-out on...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 10-23-2013, 01:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By Milan37
I would vote yes, try to mill them again. I would...

I would vote yes, try to mill them again. I would just suggest that if the LHBS is accommodating, definitely buy something from them when you're there. You're asking them to go a little...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 10-23-2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,645
Posted By Milan37
Just curious, do you have any reference for this...

Just curious, do you have any reference for this information? I ask because I never do a mash out and I've had both very clear beers and very good efficiency. I'd like to learn more because the above...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 10-17-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 761
Posted By Milan37
I agree with letting it take it's course and...

I agree with letting it take it's course and seeing what happens over a few months.

Recent experience: I brewed a batch of Pale Ale for a wedding (my wedding, no less). When I bottled it, I was...
Forum: Introductions 10-03-2013, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 71
Posted By Milan37
Welcome. I'm also in Carroll County, close to...

Welcome. I'm also in Carroll County, close to Eldersburg. While I agree that you don't need to 'freak out' about sanitation, do not slack there. It doesn't add much effort and it never hurts. It's...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 09-26-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,735
Posted By Milan37
Keep in mind that higher efficiency isn't...

Keep in mind that higher efficiency isn't necessarily 'better'--what's important is finding a technique that gives you consistent results. So I think it's important to keep good notes.

I'm going...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2013, 01:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 626
Posted By Milan37
I find that when I use a BIAB mash profile,...

I find that when I use a BIAB mash profile, Beersmith nails the temps. Every time, it's right on. My last brew, Beersmith said heat the water to 153.7 for a 150 mash. I heated to 154 and the temp...
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