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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation Yesterday, 08:35 PM
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Posted By mjohnson
If you're already doing fermentation control,...

If you're already doing fermentation control, yeast starters, etc, I'd get a bigger pot. Fermenting in buckets is fine. But watching a boil kettle that's filled within .5 inches of the top is a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-28-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By mjohnson
Or, pump the ice water through your chiller and...

Or, pump the ice water through your chiller and skip the prechiller.
Forum: General Techniques 07-25-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By mjohnson
There will plenty of yeast to carbonate it. ...

There will plenty of yeast to carbonate it.

Head retention is not really just a function of carbonation. You can add a boatload of corn sugar and you won't magically get a nice frothy head on...
Forum: General Techniques 07-25-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By mjohnson
You decoct a decent portion of the mash. So on...

You decoct a decent portion of the mash. So on your first decoction, you want to convert the disolved starches prior to boiling. As Gnome states, it probably makes it easier to ensure full...
Forum: General Techniques 06-20-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By mjohnson
Just curious, why do you need a grant? I just...

Just curious, why do you need a grant? I just pump from the output of my mash tun.
Forum: General Techniques 06-12-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 625
Posted By mjohnson
Lookup Brutus 20 - is that what you are trying to...

Lookup Brutus 20 - is that what you are trying to describe? I have a 2 vessel system. I mash like normal in my cooler, heat "sparge" water, after mashing, I start to recirculate the entire volume...
Forum: General Techniques 05-09-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By mjohnson
I haven't made tinctures for beer, but I've made...

I haven't made tinctures for beer, but I've made limoncello. Basically it lots of lemon zest steeped in vodka then back sweetened. I've found that Smirnoff 100 proof works best, tastes neutral and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-05-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By mjohnson
I don't think there's any technical reason it...

I don't think there's any technical reason it wouldn't work. The only gotcha is that you must at least have enough water to cover the element at all times. So if it sticks up to the 6 gallon level,...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-29-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,178
Posted By mjohnson
I had that happen to me - my face happened to be...

I had that happen to me - my face happened to be about 8 inches away when it happened because I was adjusting a clamp. Bad burns over much of my face - luckily no scarring or eye damage. My problem...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-24-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By mjohnson
Look at the kit here:...

Look at the kit here: http://brewhardware.com/pumps/160-addapump

Buy that stuff. Keep in mind that list doesn't include the fittings on the kettle. It should be enough to get you started, though.
Forum: General Techniques 04-23-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By mjohnson
What about ingredients - were they old or...

What about ingredients - were they old or anything? Crushed 7 months ago? Anything like that? Its hard to imagine with all that dark malt not having some bitterness and aroma come through.
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Forum: General Techniques 04-23-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By mjohnson
If that pH is what really occurred, then it...

If that pH is what really occurred, then it should be fine. The calcium and chloride might be a little low so you might add a bit of CaCl. You could also add some gypsum, that will increase the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-23-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 320
Posted By mjohnson
Sounds tasty. Let us know how it goes.

Sounds tasty. Let us know how it goes.
Forum: DIY Projects 04-21-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,172
Posted By mjohnson
I saw a guy boil wort with a fresnel lens. He...

I saw a guy boil wort with a fresnel lens. He also used food grade black hoses filled with water out in the sun to preheat water for mashing. Can't get more solar than that.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-21-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,374
Posted By mjohnson
When I first started creating my own recipes,...

When I first started creating my own recipes, I'd say, "I want a 1.050 beer with a complex malt profile, I want it to be dark, have medium fruity esters, hoppy, and great head retention and medium...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-18-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 436
Posted By mjohnson
Don't mess around with crappy tubing. You're...

Don't mess around with crappy tubing. You're pumping hot liquids around. Bobby's tubing is great. I'd recommend it.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 26
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Posted By mjohnson
Thats cheating! Falconers Flight is a blend! :p...

Thats cheating! Falconers Flight is a blend! :p

Vienna and Northern Brewer is a good one if you want something outside of the fruity hop flavor/aromas.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By mjohnson
Sounds good. In my experience Saaz in dryhop is...

Sounds good. In my experience Saaz in dryhop is neither earthy nor floral. Let us know what you find!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By mjohnson
Cream of 3 crops is a cream ale and uses malt,...

Cream of 3 crops is a cream ale and uses malt, corn, and rice. Its a great session beer and even die-hard Bud drinkers would probably like it....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,374
Posted By mjohnson
I'd try it without and see if you actually need...

I'd try it without and see if you actually need it. So I'd say 0%! One trick would be to use a more flavorful base malt for some of the pale malt. For instance, 5# MO and 5# pale malt. Or use an...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 320
Posted By mjohnson
You might not need the crystal 40. I made an...

You might not need the crystal 40. I made an ordinary bitter from brewing classic styles that had about the same grain bill (less the c40). It was a great malt profile. Also, if you can get ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By mjohnson
Biermunchers centennial blonde is quite awesome...

Biermunchers centennial blonde is quite awesome too. Really fast turnaround as well.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By mjohnson
Maybe I'm speaking out of turn, but I've had odd...

Maybe I'm speaking out of turn, but I've had odd flavors when dry-hopping with Saaz. Almost menthol/minty flavors. It wasn't offensive, but it was a bit distracting. By all means go ahead and do...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-18-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By mjohnson
That happened to me as well. I think it has to...

That happened to me as well. I think it has to do with ensuring that all the grain was fully saturated. Even small dough balls hurt in a thick mash.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-18-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 338
Posted By mjohnson
Buckets are pretty cheap - it might be worth...

Buckets are pretty cheap - it might be worth getting new one if you have a possible infection. Also, while you're at it, get new plastic tubing and racking cane if you use that for transfers. ...
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