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    Bubbling for over a month

    Those are fair points, i hadn't thought that headspace would come into it. I brewed and bottled a stout at the same side and didn't have the same reaction though. Same headspace and temperature. I primed with less dextrose but not much less. I'll do a larger batch if this one works out and see...
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    Bubbling for over a month

    Just did a small batch pilsner smash and noticed it bubbling in the demijohns for a very long time. Did a gravity reading and it had definitely finished up but it was still bubbling like crazy, this is over a month in primary. I bottled and primed with dextrose today. I got a mentos and coke...
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    Bottling Temperature

    I've never had much luck with priming sugar calculators, this could be why. Ive always gone by the temperature at time of bottling
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    Bottling Temperature

    About to bottle a few demijohns. I've currently got them lagering at -1*C (30*F). Should I raise them to room temperature first or bottle them as they are? Does it matter?
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    Smash Blonde Ale

    ...Also I might do an acid rest as I don't want hard water and I don't have any lactic acid. I calculate my mash ph to be 5.75 with gypsum and calcium chloride
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    Smash Blonde Ale

    Hold your horses everyone! I've just got word from the maltster, my lager malt is fully modified with an snr of 38-42 (maybe this isn't surprising). Is there any point doing a protein rest? From what I've read, a protein rest will actually hurt the head retention of a fully modified malt.
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    Smash Blonde Ale

    That was my first thought. I've read that a step mash is not important unless you've got under modified grains. But a decoction mash will make a noticeable difference to pale malts, regardless of them being modified or not. I can't confirm either for myself as I mainly just do single infusions.
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    Smash Blonde Ale

    I was going to keep it simple as it's a smash and just do a 66*c (150*f) single infusion. But thinking about it, your step mash would probably be better. Is the protein rest mainly for head retention? Also, am I right in saying that it's in the acid rest range and will lower my ph?
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    Smash Blonde Ale

    I've read about doing a partial decoction by taking half of the grain at near the end of a single infusion mash and boiling it for 15 mins before adding it back. I've never done a decoction mash so I might do something simple like that. I still don't really get how tannins aren't extracted though.
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    Smash Blonde Ale

    Single, double or triple decoction? Does it matter? I'd like a malt profile like a german pilsner. Not sure what their traditional decoction method would be.
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    Smash Blonde Ale

    I'm thinking of doing a quick and easy crowd pleaser beer, sort of pilsner inspired blonde ale. 23L batch 4Kg Lager malt 40g Tettnanger (1.9%) 60 mins 80g Tettnanger (1.9%) 20 mins 80g Tettnanger (1.9%) 6 mins Mangrove jacks M44 1.047 OG 1.011 FG 25 IBU 4.7% not sure if I'll...
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    BIAB Keggle Build

    It's still working great after maybe 10 batches. It's no longer got a nickel finish, it's been coated with copper, by electrolysis from the copper pipes I assume. It is a pain to clean. If I built it again, I'd make it so that it comes apart easily, quick disconnects on the pipes etc.
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    counterflow chiller shape

    I might loose a bit of wort if the pipe goes up at all. There's a surprising volume inside the chiller.
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    counterflow chiller shape

    it's mainly gravity fed, with a pump just to speed up the flow. The bottom of the chiller needs to be high enough to go over the fermenter and the kettle needs to be above the chiller. It's a bit awkward to work with because of the height. If I'd made the chiller a bit flatter it would take up...
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    counterflow chiller shape

    I've got a counterflow chiller, not an immersion chiller.
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