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  1. jmitchell3

    Out of the game for 3 years, about to do a new recipe

    a hopped farmhouse cider. Looking to get fresh unfiltered cider from Costco or something, ferment with a kveik yeast strain and hope the cider with something nice to give it a bit of complexity. Quick turn as the kveik strains will ferment fully in a few days. Any idea for hop type or rate...
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    Quinoa for Head Retention?

    How did you prepare the quinoa again? Steeped it in the mash or the beer or what?
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    Quinoa for Head Retention?

    Looks like bulk whole white quinoa at Sprouts is only $3.50 per lb. Wonder if one could just cereal mash it and add it to the bigger mash and get the same effect without having to do the $5.50/lb flaked option...
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    Quinoa for Head Retention?

    So haven't brewed since the springtime, but am planning a brew for the next week or two. While visiting the store, i noticed some new malts and grains including flaked quinoa. The say on the page that flaked quinoa helps with head retention but doesn't contribute...
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    Chechnya on The Session (The BN)

    There was a session episode in the last 12 months where the Chechnya bit went on for a good 20 minutes and i almost wet myself. Anyone remember which episode it was?!
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    Arizona Blichmann Kettles, BrewEasy Adapter, Therminator

    Hello all. I have the following for sale after an upgrade to a 10gal system: 1) 10 gal 220v electric Blichmann G2 kettle. Includes power cable. ($425) 2) 7.5 gal Blichmann G2 kettle with false bottom ($310) 3) 5 gal Blichmann BrewEasy adapter collar and 1/2" quick connect barbed fittings ($120)...
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    When to add acids?

    Ok, Water question. When should liquid acid (lactic or phosphoric) be added to the mash....prior to dough in and heating, after heating but prior to dough in, or after dough in?
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    Blichmann BrewEasy

    Have you verified the temp of wort coming into the mash tun via the autosparge? If you have a good thermometer that you trust, the outflow from the autosparge should be within 1*F of the temp reading on the TOP unit. Also remember that multiple temp readings from different spots in the mash...
  9. jmitchell3

    What I did for beer today

    Hit target mash pH. My buddy from the club supplied a generous pitch of 029 from his 5 gal kolsch batch. should work perfectly in this 11gal, 1.048 blond ale!
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    Rice vs. Millet for base malt

    Anyone have opinions on this? I've used pale millet malt for the first 4 batches I've done, but I'm interested in trying either a mixed base malt grist and full rice malt base to see if the flavors are a bit less sweet than full on millet....
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    Illinois Blichmann Stuff

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    Blichmann BrewEasy

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    So I joined the AHA

    Yeah! Make a point to make it to homebrew con soon! It's a blast!
  14. jmitchell3

    Water Adjustments - How much is too much

    Sorry to hijack....Lately I've simplified my water treatments to RO and shooting for a sulfate to chloride ratio appropriate to style while targeting a total calcium level of about 50ppm. Then I add lactic as needed for ph. when shooting for dryer beers, if one amps up the sulfate from say...
  15. jmitchell3

    I think I might brew today...

    how about a rye american brown? those can be hoppy and you have a bit of chocolate, munich, and c40 for the color.
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    Blichmann BrewEasy

    If anyone has interest in my 5 gallon profiles, here they are! 5 gallon 60 min boil: Preboil volume: 7.0 gal Post boil volume: 6.0 gal Transferred: 5.5 gal Kegged: 5.0 gal 5 gal 90 min boil: Preboil 7.5 gal Postboil 6.0 gal transferred: 5.5 gal Kegged: 5 gal Power on the 240v element set...
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    Blichmann BrewEasy

    Just pulled the trigger to upgrade from the 5 gal 240v breweasy to the 10 gal setup. Anyone have profiles (volumes mostly) for 5 and 10 gallon batches on this system?
  18. jmitchell3

    Buckwheat and Millet Pale Ale brewday recap

    I've been using millet as a base with a 1lb or 2 of buckwheat and rice/millet specialty malts. All 4 beers i've done have a very sweet character to them that I don't prefer. I'm wondering about moving to rice as a base malt, or alternatively splitting the base between rice and millet...
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    4th Brew. Questions on Low Efficiency, Very High Flocc Yeast, Diacetyl Rest

    Oh...the only thing I didn't mention that may help with efficiency...with all in one biab style systems, mash ph is critical to good mash conversion. If you haven't already I'd recommend spending the funds on a digital ph meter and a pro copy of bru'n water, or at least the free version of bru'n...
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    4th Brew. Questions on Low Efficiency, Very High Flocc Yeast, Diacetyl Rest

    What a2hb said is standard and good advice. I'll give my slightly different nonstandard advice based on my own experience. - 1a) crush may be a culprit as a2hb indicated. You can have your lhbs double crush. Do a visual inspection of the grain after crushing. Is there much flour or are the...