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Forum: BIAB Brewing 07-22-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,287
Posted By RM-MN
You really don't have to heat the sparge water. ...

You really don't have to heat the sparge water. Those who have tried with hot water and cold have found little difference in the amount of sugars reclaimed from the grains.

I set my bag of grains...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-22-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,982
Posted By RM-MN
You have one of two things going on. Either your...

You have one of two things going on. Either your beer wasn't completely fermented out or you got a wild yeast infection. You need to take a hydrometer reading and then a second one 2 or 3 days...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-21-2014, 11:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By RM-MN
I left a brown ale in the primary for 9 weeks and...

I left a brown ale in the primary for 9 weeks and I liked how it came out. Another brewer claimed that his beer he left in the primary for 8 months was just fine. I don't think there is a real...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 07-21-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 949
Posted By RM-MN
Whoa! I've done a 1.072 with a turkey fryer and...

Whoa! I've done a 1.072 with a turkey fryer and a small sparge. The ticket is to use less grain and get your efficiency up. Mill your grain super fine and you'll get better efficiency. Keep your...
Forum: General Techniques 07-21-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 451
Posted By RM-MN
The purpose of boiling the water is to pasteurize...

The purpose of boiling the water is to pasteurize it. Put your water in another pan, boil it, add DME, pour it into the flask. Alternatively is to put the water and DME in the flask and use the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-20-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,619
Posted By RM-MN
You have 2 choices, you can make fast beer or you...

You have 2 choices, you can make fast beer or you can make good beer. You choose.
Forum: General Techniques 07-20-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,091
Posted By RM-MN
I'd add aroma hops at less than 5 minutes. Any...

I'd add aroma hops at less than 5 minutes. Any boiling time will drive off the aromatic oils that give you aroma. For the best aroma, dry hop.
Forum: General Techniques 07-20-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 282
Posted By RM-MN
Again, it is hard to see but I suspect pectin...

Again, it is hard to see but I suspect pectin haze from boiling the puree. You want to pasteurize the fruit puree, not make jam from it so limit your temperature to about 160 for the 10 minutes...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-19-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 806
Posted By RM-MN
Scotch ale from Madison River Brewing. Served...

Scotch ale from Madison River Brewing. Served too cold, flavorless, low in alcohol. My English mild has more flavor and alcohol at 4%.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-19-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By RM-MN
Aren't you luck you have a cat for a pet instead...

Aren't you luck you have a cat for a pet instead of a horse?:D
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-19-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By RM-MN
It's likely to be fine but for the price of a...

It's likely to be fine but for the price of a guaranteed food safe fermenter why chance your health?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-19-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 750
Posted By RM-MN
Nope. Astringency comes from tannin extraction...

Nope. Astringency comes from tannin extraction which depends on a high pH and high temperatures. As long as you keep the pH where it should be (under 6.0) you can grind the husks quite fine.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-15-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 671
Posted By RM-MN
Making the assumption that you live in the US and...

Making the assumption that you live in the US and are bound by the laws we have, the first thing you need is a ton of money. The second will be patience, the third will be perseverance. The next...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 07-14-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 949
Posted By RM-MN
I've done several 5 gallon batches on the...

I've done several 5 gallon batches on the stovetop with a 30 qt turkey fryer pot. It's tight but it can be done. The biggest beer I did was an 1.070 OG batch that was an accident as I didn't...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 07-14-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 278
Posted By RM-MN
Congratulations on your success! For sure you...

Congratulations on your success! For sure you need to start with cooler strike temps, mostly because you are using a much larger amount of water for the amount of grains so the grains cannot cool...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-14-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 288
Posted By RM-MN
If you were fly sparging so that your wort was at...

If you were fly sparging so that your wort was at mash temperature for the length of the fly sparge you grains would continue to convert for that entire time leaving you with a more fermentable wort...
Forum: General Techniques 07-14-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 417
Posted By RM-MN
There will be a space above the liquid that...

There will be a space above the liquid that contains air and when you add the heated wort that air will want to expand so you need to allow that. When the wort cools, the steam that pushed out the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-14-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By RM-MN
Before you get excited about your mash pH,...

Before you get excited about your mash pH, question how good of milling your grain is getting. If you crush your own, tighten the mill more. If someone else mills for you, consider getting your own...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-13-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 615
Posted By RM-MN
Your poll doesn't have high enough numbers. I...

Your poll doesn't have high enough numbers. I think I have over 300 full bottles and another perhaps 50 empties but that much beer has to last me from the end of March until November when my...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-13-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By RM-MN
If you have a lid for that you could research...

If you have a lid for that you could research no-chill brewing and avoid the risk of damaging your themometer.
Forum: BIAB Brewing 07-13-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,831
Posted By RM-MN
If you do BIAB and mill your grains fine your...

If you do BIAB and mill your grains fine your efficiency will be so high that you won't need so much grain. Run those recipes through software but set the efficiency up to 85% (my normal) and see...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 07-13-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,831
Posted By RM-MN
I've done a bunch of 5.5 gallon batches in a 7.5...

I've done a bunch of 5.5 gallon batches in a 7.5 gallon pot with OG up to 1.070.

With that you really do have to watch as you come to a boil or the hot break will spill onto the stove. I also...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-13-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By RM-MN
If you want to be to style, you use the proper...

If you want to be to style, you use the proper yeast for it. If you want to clone a beer, you use the yeast they used. You decide which.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-13-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 98
Posted By RM-MN
If your tap water is not chlorinated and not...

If your tap water is not chlorinated and not contaminated, either will be fine. If you have city water you need to get the chlorine/chloramine out first or you will have a bad flavor to your beer. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-12-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By RM-MN
I was doing extract kits and wanted to go to all...

I was doing extract kits and wanted to go to all grain and all I bought was a Corona style grain mill and a paint strainer bag. It cost about $30 total and I could do 2 1/2 gallons at a time. I...
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