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Old 09-13-2011, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default husky/grainy flavor?

just pulled a sample of the Protoporter, and it tastes pretty darn good, but has a slight husky/grainy flavor.

Looking around it says that's usually from sparging too hot or too long.

how long is too long?

i sparged at 165 for 30 minutes, and from what i've just read, 165 is within normal limits.
is 30 minutes too long? or do i have a different issue going on?

is there anything i can do to fix it? or just drink it and learn?


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Old 09-13-2011, 02:49 AM   #2
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Did you use Pilsener or 6-row base malt?


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Old 09-13-2011, 02:52 AM   #3
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nope. Maris Otter and Brown malt only.
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Could be your water. Done a test on it? If your sparge water is too alkaline it will pull more tannins out of your grain...

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aren't tannins the more astringent flavor?

this taste is like taking a pinch of malted barley out of the mash. not bitter or astringent. fresh and grainy.
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Did you check the pH while you sparged?

What about shredded husks?

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i did not check pH.

this was only my second BIAB, so it was kinda ghetto

no idea about shredded husks. didn't know to look out for them/what they look like.


side topic - big science, who do you shop with around here?
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So you sparged a BIAB? I thought you were supposed to use full water in the mash for those. Care to elaborate on the process?

Was this a hoppy beer? I'm wondering with MO, what you are tasting is this thing called "malty". A couple of my beers have come down with that before.

As for shopping, I get my bulk grains from Larry's in Kent, specialty and yeast from Mountain Homebrew off 85th and buy hops in bulk from Hops Direct. Mountain will give a discount to Cascade Brewers Guild club members too. If you're not a member check it out. First Tuesdays of the month.

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i did sparge. i did a psuedo-maxi-biab. basically getting 5 gallons of wort out of a 5 gallon kettle. i read up on it over at biabrewer, and didn't go quite as crazy as they talk about.



i had been goign to mountain almost exclusively, but i found the cellar to be a bit cheaper on ingredients (equipment is about equal, though)
That's a heck of a drive for grains, they must have killer prices.
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I believe Larry's sells to the other stores and breweries in the area. he's half as much on bulk grain. For things that nobody seems to carry locally, I'll order from MoreBeer. They always get me with the free shipping.

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