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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-29-2012, 03:07 AM
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Posted By bspisak
If you have a straight braid, batch sparge. If...

If you have a straight braid, batch sparge. If you want to fly sparge, use a manifold or false bottom or you're efficiency will drop.

See my previous post...
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Posted By bspisak
Of course I want one!

Of course I want one!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-23-2011, 08:38 PM
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Posted By bspisak
Weyermann has both Bohemian Pilsner and Bohemian...

Weyermann has both Bohemian Pilsner and Bohemian Floor Malted Pilsner. They aren't the same malt.

If you are concerned about cost and aren't trying to clone the beer exactly, then I would just...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-14-2011, 11:17 PM
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Posted By bspisak
I assume the ABV of this beer has been increasing...

I assume the ABV of this beer has been increasing over the years to keep up with what it means in the marketplace to be "Imperial."

Imperial versions of beers usually benefit from a lower mash...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-14-2011, 03:18 AM
Replies: 19
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Posted By bspisak
Ditch the Carafa and go with Black Patent. You...

Ditch the Carafa and go with Black Patent. You can add it just before mashout to reduce bitterness/astringency. If you do this, don't count its contribution to OG and make up the difference with base...
Forum: Stout 12-20-2010, 08:56 PM
Replies: 74
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Posted By bspisak
That sure seems like a long time. I did 20-25...

That sure seems like a long time. I did 20-25 minutes at 350F. Even then, I found that they added a harsh astringency to the beer. I've since learned that it's recommended (for any toasted grain) to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-15-2010, 01:35 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 115,760
Posted By bspisak
The rate you drain the tun won't affect your...

The rate you drain the tun won't affect your efficiency. However, you may find that you still need to start slow and gradually open it up as you still need to set the grain bed for filtration. I find...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-13-2010, 04:23 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 115,760
Posted By bspisak
That's basically it. You'll want to choose...

That's basically it.

You'll want to choose a strike temperature for your sparge water (it's not necessarily 185F) to bring your mash to mash out temp without exceeding 170F. It will depend on the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-13-2010, 03:10 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 115,760
Posted By bspisak
It's your straight braid. To prove it, try batch...

It's your straight braid. To prove it, try batch sparging and you should see 70%.



The idea is to raise the temperature of the mash (mash out) to kill enzyme activity (thus locking in your...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-22-2010, 10:19 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 115,760
Posted By bspisak
Well, this is fly sparging plain and simple. The...

Well, this is fly sparging plain and simple. The method of delivering the water to the top of the grain bed is irrelevant. How fast you drain the tun is irrelevant. Not matching flow rates of sparge...
Forum: Stout 05-11-2010, 03:06 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 49,299
Posted By bspisak
FWIW, this recipe is the same as the one in Clone...

FWIW, this recipe is the same as the one in Clone Brews by Tess and Mark Szamatulksi.

One thing to note is that this book is geared to the extract brewer. Although they give all grain...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-07-2010, 01:55 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 45,767
Posted By bspisak
How does that make sense? Carapils adds...

How does that make sense? Carapils adds unfermentables that affect mouthfeel and head retention. Krausening just adds actively fermenting wort to help fermentation along and reduce diacetyl and/or to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-08-2010, 03:13 PM
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Posted By bspisak
Scratches in plastic buckets or vinyl tubing that...

Scratches in plastic buckets or vinyl tubing that leave places that harbor bacteria and resist sanitation is another common issue.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-08-2010, 03:01 AM
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Views: 698,774
Posted By bspisak
The worst kind of infection is the one that isn't...

The worst kind of infection is the one that isn't so obvious. I had one recently that I didn't catch before it was kegged and carbonated. The carbonation breathed life into it.

So pour that hydro...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-08-2010, 12:55 AM
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Posted By bspisak
sour beers are their own universe. ;)

sour beers are their own universe. ;)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-07-2010, 01:56 AM
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Posted By bspisak
Have you seen this type of clumping with this...

Have you seen this type of clumping with this particular strain WLP001? I haven't, that's why I thought it was abnormal. But, I don't really have enough experience to say what's normal.

I'm...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-07-2010, 01:54 AM
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Posted By bspisak
When you've noted that with kefir, does it clear...

When you've noted that with kefir, does it clear up as the ferment progresses? As my krausen developed, the chunkiness went away.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-05-2010, 01:55 AM
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Views: 698,774
Posted By bspisak
Yeah, I posted in another forum and got the same...

Yeah, I posted in another forum and got the same response. Might be fine, but I still suspect something amiss. I'll post when I make a final determination.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-05-2010, 12:06 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,893
Posted By bspisak
Sturdy work surface / brew stand. My...

Sturdy work surface / brew stand.

My folding table almost collapse under the combined weight of my boil and mash tun. Would have ended up with scalding hot water all over, a lit propane burner...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-04-2010, 11:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,186
Posted By bspisak
Oh, one more point. The barley wine was pitched...

Oh, one more point. The barley wine was pitched from a starter that I let floc out then chilled to decant. The small beer (the one that looks strange to me) was pitched from a starter that was just...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-04-2010, 11:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,186
Posted By bspisak
Interesting. Well, the reason I thought it was...

Interesting. Well, the reason I thought it was infected is I've used this yeast before and I've never seen it do this. This is WLP001.

Also, I have never built a starter from such a small...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-04-2010, 10:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,186
Posted By bspisak
Identify this Nasty

Here's what's growing on a small beer (low alcohol) at 12 hours into the primary. Yeast was from a starter built up from small sample of WLP001 CA Ale. I guess you do have to be careful when...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-04-2010, 10:41 PM
Replies: 1,979
Views: 698,774
Posted By bspisak
Identify

Here's what's growing on a small beer (low alcohol) at 12 hours into the primary. Yeast was from a starter built up from small sample of WLP001 CA Ale. I guess you do have to be careful when...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-24-2009, 04:11 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 554
Posted By bspisak
Yeast Viability over Life Cycle, Time and Temp

Tired of slow starts, I made my first starter and planned to pitch at high krausen (which happened at 24 hours on the stir plate.) Couldn't brew, so it went in the fridge and after a few days, I...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-10-2009, 03:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,606
Posted By bspisak
I still don't know what the difference between...

I still don't know what the difference between "Star San" and "Star San HB" is. I assume the HB stands for Homebrew? As noted in the last post, the contact time on the HB label is 3 minutes while...
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