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Forum: DIY Projects 01-09-2013, 03:17 PM
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Posted By BrewDoc22
Always happy to help a fellow brewer, KingKlong....

Always happy to help a fellow brewer, KingKlong. Cheers!

Sweet paddle, Xakk!
Forum: DIY Projects 01-06-2013, 02:25 AM
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Views: 85,331
Posted By BrewDoc22
Ask and you shall receive! Here are the...

Ask and you shall receive!

Here are the dimensions I used for my mash paddle. You will notice that the width of the board doesn't quite add up to 6". I think most boards cut to the 1"x6"x4'...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-05-2013, 02:57 PM
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Posted By BrewDoc22
Thanks! I'm very pleased with it as well. My Dad...

Thanks! I'm very pleased with it as well. My Dad and I are going to break it in with a batch of American Strong Ale on Monday. Can't wait to see how this thing handles 20 lbs. of grain!
Forum: DIY Projects 01-04-2013, 09:46 PM
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Posted By BrewDoc22
Made this just yesterday. I crafted it from a...

Made this just yesterday. I crafted it from a 1"x6"x4' piece of cherry wood. I used a jig saw as well as a power drill to start the inner cuts. Smoothed it out using a rotary sander and finished with...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-25-2012, 02:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By BrewDoc22
Ah, yes. Good catch! I meant maltodextrine. Sorry...

Ah, yes. Good catch! I meant maltodextrine. Sorry for the confusion!
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-25-2012, 01:50 PM
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Posted By BrewDoc22
It's funny you should post this because I just...

It's funny you should post this because I just brewed a "vanilla cream porter" with my Dad last weekend where I had to consider just the same question. The idea of my beer was to have a full, smooth...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-25-2012, 05:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,537
Posted By BrewDoc22
Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-20-2012, 11:40 PM
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Views: 265
Posted By BrewDoc22
40% rye should be plenty if you want to get some...

40% rye should be plenty if you want to get some good rye flavor. I would suggest adding ~.25 lb. rice hulls toward the end of your mash, though. Any amount of rye over 20 or 30% greatly increases...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-19-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,740
Posted By BrewDoc22
I agree with the above sentiments about needing a...

I agree with the above sentiments about needing a longer fermentation and possibly a secondary fermentation prior to kegging.

I also wanted to offer up one other possibility to explain the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-18-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,716
Posted By BrewDoc22
Well the new set-up worked well! I achieved 75%...

Well the new set-up worked well! I achieved 75% eff. (15% better than I have ever done).

I think the combination of the cylindrical mash tun plus a long, slow fly sparge (~45 min. long) were the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-17-2012, 01:26 AM
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Views: 1,716
Posted By BrewDoc22
Thanks for the advice. I've read through a bit of...

Thanks for the advice. I've read through a bit of the web site you posted and it seems like it has a lot of good info. I'm realizing I shouldn't have been so cavalier about my brewing water. I don't...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-17-2012, 12:53 AM
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Views: 1,716
Posted By BrewDoc22
I've been using filtered spring water for all of...

I've been using filtered spring water for all of my brews. I use 5.2 for pH control. I would say that water is the one thing that I have yet to really look into or tweak with my brewing.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-17-2012, 12:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,716
Posted By BrewDoc22
Thanks for all the advice everyone. Tomorrow is...

Thanks for all the advice everyone. Tomorrow is brew day with my Dad. We're doing a vanilla cream porter. Since tomorrow will be my first batch using the new 10-gal. Igloo cylindrical cooler, I think...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 06-13-2012, 02:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,526
Posted By BrewDoc22
Haha, good question. This began as sort of a...

Haha, good question. This began as sort of a "table scraps" beer using some extra ingredients I had lying around (and some local farmer's market honey which was my original inspiration for this...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-11-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By BrewDoc22
Wow, sounds like it will be quite a complex...

Wow, sounds like it will be quite a complex porter! I think you're on the right track with adding the vanilla and maple to the secondary as those are fairly delicate flavors that can be dampened by...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-11-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,716
Posted By BrewDoc22
Also a good point. Makes sense why my...

Also a good point. Makes sense why my second-to-last brew had a 51% eff. I had a really poor crush on the grain (this was before I got my barley crusher) and it was my first time using the "Semi-fly...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-11-2012, 04:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,716
Posted By BrewDoc22
I do stir quite a bit during the mash. About 30...

I do stir quite a bit during the mash. About 30 sec. of stirring every 10 minutes.

I completely understand about the rectangular vs. cylindrical MT. I chose the rectangular one for my first MT...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-11-2012, 03:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,716
Posted By BrewDoc22
Abysmal Efficiency (55%-ish). Help?

The efficiencies for my last three batches have been 57.6%, 51.5%, and 59.1% from past to most recent. Up until now I have been using a cheap rectangular 50-qt. coleman cooler (holds temps pretty...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 06-09-2012, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,526
Posted By BrewDoc22
Sweet Nectar Saison

NOTE: My efficiency was terrible for some reason on this beer (50%), so I ended up adding 1/2 lb. more honey. I suggest accounting for this using your own efficiency standard.

Grain Bill:
6 lb....
Forum: Stout 06-09-2012, 03:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,287
Posted By BrewDoc22
Black & Gold Breakfast Stout (with vanilla and coffee)

Grain Bill:
12 lb. Maris Otter (Crisp)
2 lb. Flaked Oats
2 lb. British Chocolate
1 lb. Caramel 80L
0.5 lb. Black Patent

Hops:
2 oz. Kent Goldings (4.5% AA) @ 60 min.
2 oz. KG @ 20 min.
Forum: Scottish and Irish Ale 06-09-2012, 02:38 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,586
Posted By BrewDoc22
Scotch Ness Monster (Wee Heavy)

NOTE: This was when my mashing procedure was still quite inefficient (60%), so unless you want a 9.5-10.5% ABV beer, I would suggest cutting down on the amount of grain.

*IBU listed is incorrect....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-09-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 58,025
Posted By BrewDoc22
I know it has a different flavor profile, but I...

I know it has a different flavor profile, but I just brewed a Saison a few weeks ago using Wyeast 3711 (French Saison). Started at 1.038 and ended at 1.002 10 days later (fermentation temp about...
Forum: Introductions 06-09-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 25
Posted By BrewDoc22
Hello from Iowa... no, I don't brew with corn.

Hello HBT members. I have actually been using this site for quite a while, but I have somehow gone far too long without becoming a member. I'm a graduate student and I have been homebrewing for the...
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