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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-13-2014, 02:15 PM
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Bottling with Orange Extract?

I have a 3G batch of saison I'll be bottling soon. I added organic orange zest in the last 5min of the boil, but after three weeks fermentation it's indiscernible.

I thought maybe I could put the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-12-2014, 05:22 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
How Much Honey is Too Much

I'm doing a 3G batch of wheat:

4# white wheat
1# pale ale
.4# honey malt
.3# flaked wheat
.3# Victory
1# clover honey @ flameout

.5oz Saaz @ 60
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-24-2014, 03:47 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Saison Yeast Fermenting Near Heat Vent

It's February in Michigan--a warm day is 25F.

To spite the bs that is midworst weather, I pitched a WLP 565 into 5G fermenter, wrapped it in heavy towels and placed it within inches of a floor...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-24-2014, 03:36 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Patina on Copper IC OK?

My copper IC is beginning to get that statue of liberty patina on it. That's safe to use still, right?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-04-2014, 04:56 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
that's awesome. thanks so much for hunting that...

that's awesome. thanks so much for hunting that down! i had no idea there was such a wide degree of modification among malts, domestic and foreign.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-30-2013, 08:13 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Preventing Stuck Sparge When Using Rye Malt

Any advice on preventing a stuck sparge with rye malt? I've never used it, but I've read of horror stories of gooey nightmares.

The recipe I've concocted uses 15% rye malt (the rest 2-row, munich...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-30-2013, 07:35 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
my fellow michigander strikes again with solid...

my fellow michigander strikes again with solid methodology! i followed that very technique this saturday and banged out a 1060 porter that was only slated to net 1052. and yes, i've always been a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-30-2013, 07:29 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
that's the kind of experimentation i wish i had...

that's the kind of experimentation i wish i had the resources/will to do. i've always assumed you'd get a decent conversion as long as you were in the range temperature-wise 140s-160s due to the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-28-2013, 02:43 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
i don't have a pre-boil grav, no. was too anxious...

i don't have a pre-boil grav, no. was too anxious to get the first pot boiling.

as my original post said, yeah, i was suspicious of stratification, but i poured in the second runnings from such a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-27-2013, 10:06 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
"I've personally had the best batch sparges at 25...

"I've personally had the best batch sparges at 25 minutes, while stirring every 5 minutes and one last time a minute or 2 before starting my draining."

wowzers. i've rarely ever let my sparge...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-27-2013, 01:48 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
It seems to me that the multi-rest method is...

It seems to me that the multi-rest method is really the most efficient, as it most closely resembles brewery functions. Single-step is a compromise to save on time and hassle. I guess I'd rather do...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-27-2013, 01:17 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Should i bother with multi-rest?

I'm making the transition from 5G to 2.5G batches because I've found that I actually like the process more than the product.

Instead of my usual cooler-mash tun infusion method, I am going to use...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-27-2013, 12:43 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
as much as i want to blame my probs on devices...

as much as i want to blame my probs on devices and ingredients, i know that most of my issues in life have been operator-errors. i lautered too long, and let the temp drop. that has to be it.

so...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-26-2013, 11:08 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
ok, that's pretty interesting! i, too, found...

ok, that's pretty interesting!

i, too, found my lengthly hose braid up around the mid-mash level rather than on the floor of the cooler.

i can't, however, figure out how a wandering hose would...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-26-2013, 06:52 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Over the years, I've batch sparged anywhere from...

Over the years, I've batch sparged anywhere from 10-60min. I've never noticed a difference in extraction from one end of the time spectrum to the other. I let it run long yesterday because it's a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-26-2013, 01:49 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Pitiful Extraction from Cooler Mash Tun

I've never had a problem with extraction in my years of doing this. Suddenly now my last two mashes have been pitifully weak.

Yesterday's dunkelweizen...

5# dark wheat malt
3.5# Pilsner malt...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-15-2013, 01:13 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Low OG - inefficient conversion? weak michigan malt?

I'm stumped. Please advise. My pale ale target OG was 1057 and I rung up 1041.

9# Michigan 2-row
1# crystal 40
.5# dextrin

Doughed into 3G at 170 (1.14Q/#), mashed at 152 for 60 min. Iodine...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-14-2013, 02:26 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
I would love to see the source on that. This...

I would love to see the source on that. This isn't sarcasm. This seems entirely plausible.

My mashes are always 80-85% Michigan 2-row, and my mash temps range over a single grain bed between 149...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-14-2013, 02:17 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
But if conversion is complete after 30min--my...

But if conversion is complete after 30min--my iodine stays red--aren't both Alpha and Beta done at that time? That is, if the starch is gone--hydrolysis is complete--the enzymes are done, eh? What's...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-14-2013, 01:32 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
i think that's what i'll eventually do....

i think that's what i'll eventually do. ultimately i'm more interested in a consistent, controlled response and there's nothing to replace a fridge. though i like having an excuse to buy electric...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-14-2013, 01:24 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Cooler Mash Tun Target Temperature

My cooler mash ritual is as follows:

- Add 180F water to tun (1.25Q/#), close lid for 10min, wait for water to hit 169F.
- Dough in 10-12# of 65F grist, stir, cover for 10 min

After 10min my...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-11-2013, 10:56 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Conversion in Less Than 1 Hour?

i'd always thought that a full hour was needed for starch conversion. i've even done a few recipes that called for 1.5 hours.

with my last batch--9# Belgian pilsner malt--i tried an iodine test....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-11-2013, 10:31 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
yeah, it's an enclosed porch, but like i said it...

yeah, it's an enclosed porch, but like i said it gets wicked cold, sub-freezing, even during the day. (it's north-facing.) i doubt a space heater would do much given the size of the porch.

i was...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-11-2013, 06:26 PM
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Posted By ishkabibble
Lagering a Dunkel on a Winter Porch?

it's winter in Michigan, and i'd like to use the freezing weather to try a lager.

i know your supposed to lager most dunkels (at least the recipes i've seen) for 2-4 months at temps from 33-45....
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-10-2013, 01:23 AM
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Views: 1,461
Posted By ishkabibble
Reading it right now. It's an excellent intro...

Reading it right now. It's an excellent intro into brewery ops. This is a must-have for anyone looking to develop professionally. I knew I'd strike golden advice on this forum.
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