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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-16-2008, 12:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,260
Posted By psymn
OK guys, I have a question regarding the theory...

OK guys, I have a question regarding the theory of "its the mash and not the water."

I understand that the grain lowers the pH of the mash, but what happens when you start to sparge?

I batch...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-16-2008, 12:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,366
Posted By psymn
I second the fact that Koelsch yeasts are messy...

I second the fact that Koelsch yeasts are messy and stink like hell.

To date the only time I've ever had a blowout was using Koelsch yeast. Granted that back then I was fermenting in my kitchen...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-15-2008, 11:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,816
Posted By psymn
Why didn't someone tell me sooner

So here's the story...I've been brewing for about 4 years now, and from the start I've been trying to get that grain/barley flavor in my beer. It's a subtle flavor that can be found in almost every...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2008, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By psymn
I decided to skip the 3 tier setup and start out...

I decided to skip the 3 tier setup and start out with a single tier HERMS system. I can't say whether or not it improved my efficiency, but definitely slowed me down for the first two batches.
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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-16-2008, 11:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 601
Posted By psymn
Hop absorption & possible reuse?

After brewing a 10 gallon batch this afternoon I realized that whole leaf hops absorb a lot of wort...3 quarts in my case. I used 6 oz of plugs to brew this beer, which is not my normal method, but...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-11-2008, 08:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 846
Posted By psymn
Thanks for the update. I will gladly wait...

Thanks for the update.

I will gladly wait for it since I loved the trial version. Now that I know what's happening I feel like an ass for expecting a quick turnaround.

-Matt
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-11-2008, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 846
Posted By psymn
Anyone know where the Promash people are?

I ordered the software on 3/8, and I have not been contacted or emailed. I tried calling them for the last 2 days and all I get is a message saying "please call back at a later time."

Are they...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-03-2008, 02:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,474
Posted By psymn
I made my first all grain batch last weekend...

I made my first all grain batch last weekend using a setup very similar to yours. I can confirm that you are unlikely to get get full pump flow through the grain bed, unless you are really moving...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-03-2007, 09:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,753
Posted By psymn
Morebeer is in CA, and they offer free shipping...

Morebeer is in CA, and they offer free shipping on orders over $60.

-Matt
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-27-2007, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 577
Posted By psymn
I would recommend using a low flow through the...

I would recommend using a low flow through the pre-chiller and CFC. This gives the water more contact time with both the ice bath and the hot wort in your CFC.

I don't have a CFC, but I do use a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-20-2007, 11:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,143
Posted By psymn
OK, so as long as you keep the back pressure...

OK, so as long as you keep the back pressure below the maximum for the pump, all is well. I used to work with dosing pump that used backpressure loops, but now I've got a sweet PD model that shuts...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-20-2007, 06:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,143
Posted By psymn
What type of pumps don't have flow control. I...

What type of pumps don't have flow control. I though you could always adjust flow by restricting the outlet. Right or wrong?

-Matt
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-31-2007, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,027
Posted By psymn
One beer doesn't seem fitting enough. I have...

One beer doesn't seem fitting enough. I have about 6 bottles of Belgian and north German beer from my last trip. Looks like tonight's the night.

:mug: Here's to you:mug:

-Matt
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-26-2007, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By psymn
Thanks for the advice I agree with Damn...

Thanks for the advice

I agree with Damn Squirrels, this is a very unique screw-up. I had labels on every carboy except one, but I accidentally mislabeled the other carboy. This can all be traced...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-25-2007, 10:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By psymn
Need Help - Accidentally carbonated the wrong beer

Here's the story:

I went to transfer a amber ale into a keg the other day. I grabbed the only unlabeled carboy in my lagering chest and siphoned it into a keg (never mind why I had an ale in the...
Forum: General Techniques 07-25-2007, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By psymn
Back when I did partial boils, I migrated from...

Back when I did partial boils, I migrated from bottled water to 100% filtered tap water. Depending on the temperature I was trying to reach, I would either use water from the kitchen faucet or, if I...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-12-2007, 12:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 457
Posted By psymn
That grill must weigh a ton! How would you...

That grill must weigh a ton!

How would you move the thing?

Still, it ranks up there as damn sweet:rockin: , on the same tier as a crankshaft mailbox post.

Matt
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-10-2007, 01:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 977
Posted By psymn
floor corker plus 375 ml bottles = @#$!%

I had this great idea to bottle my latest batch of wine in smaller bottles, so that I don't have to drink an entire 750ml bottle in one sitting.

Little did I know that my floor corker only accepts...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-26-2007, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By psymn
Out of curiosity, why so much additional...

Out of curiosity, why so much additional glassware? Are you just borrowing it for the semester, or are you up to something more sinister than brewing?:drunk:

I get to take any excess glassware...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-20-2007, 02:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 886
Posted By psymn
Keggle ball valve connection

I'm taking my keg to a welder tomorrow, and I have a few questions about the connection to the ball valve. How far should the ball valve be from the side of the kettle?

I'm worried that if it's...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-08-2007, 07:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,556
Posted By psymn
Try another sanitizer I've been using...

Try another sanitizer

I've been using StarSan for a little over a year now and not one infected batch. I use 2.5 gallons for about 6-8 weeks before I make a new solution. I also use it to fill...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-02-2007, 04:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,045
Posted By psymn
Are there any issues with getting most of the...

Are there any issues with getting most of the wort out of the kettle? Do you have holes in the copper tubing or just one on the end?

Matt
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-02-2007, 04:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,045
Posted By psymn
Hop stopper or something similar

I recently purchased a SS keg, and i'm planning to use it as a boil kettle. Aside from cutting a hole in the top and adding a 1/2" coupling to the side, what other modifications will I need?

I've...
Forum: General Techniques 03-28-2007, 10:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,736
Posted By psymn
Polyclar!!! I know some people dislike this...

Polyclar!!!

I know some people dislike this wonder chemical due to it's synthetic nature, but it's by far the most effective clearing agent I've found. It's basically a polymer that will...
Forum: General Techniques 03-28-2007, 10:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,228
Posted By psymn
I brewed my current Wee Heavy in November. I...

I brewed my current Wee Heavy in November. I aged it in a carboy for until mid January, when I needed the carboy for another beer. I then transferred it to a keg, and let it sit until last weekend....
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