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    Fermentation Progress Question - Brewpi Graph

    I have never had this happen before, about 30 batches into my current setup. My normal brew graphs from the past show the fermentation ramping up in the beginning and the fridge kicking on pretty tight and then slowing down and the fridge kicks on less and less. At that point, I ramp up the...
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    Beersmith and Original Gravity Estimates

    I probably do not understand something here and I am hoping someone can help me. I do not want to make this over complicated so I will use the most basic recipe with even numbers. 10 lbs of US 2 Row (possible 37 points per lb/per gallon) 5 Gallon Batch No Sparge Full Volume Brew 60 Minute Boil...
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    Boil Off Question

    Not sure if this belongs here exactly. I am trying to dial in my system and have slowly gotten piece by piece dialed in and my boil off rate seems to be one of the last issues. When dealing with wort, is there a formula that says: If you start with 6 gallons at 1.051 and boil off one gallon...
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    Conversion Efficiency Questions

    I have 11 batches in on my new RIMS system and wanted to work up what I have been getting for my Conversion Efficiency. I used three different formula's that I found. The first one I used was Braukaiser which an be found here...
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    Repitch / Yeast Starter Question

    Making a 1.5L starter for a 3 gallon batch of Oktoberfest and my starter is not getting that normal small foam layer on top after 24 hours. It does look creamier/darker overall though. I used 150 grams of Light DME and water and boiled it for 10 minutes then cooled and pitched a wyeast pack...
  6. J

    Chocolate addition plan for a Bock

    Wanted to run this idea by everyone and see if everyone has any suggestions. Let the below ingredients soak for 7-10 days: 1/2 Cup Vanilla Vodka 1/2 Vanilla Bean Cut and spread with knife 3 oz Chocolate Nibs Roasted Then plan is to filter out the nibs and vanilla bean and add the liquid to...
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    No Sparge RIMS efficiency reality check

    Just wanted to get a reality check on here based on my own numbers. I know no sparge full volume takes a hit but wanted to ensure I am not wrong to be happy with 68% efficiency on a recent IPA that was 1.058 SG. System Setup: Running a 120v RIMS mash with brew hardware's RIMS tube. I...
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    Bru'n Water Mash pH low

    I have used Bru'n water for 5 batches now and the first 3 were spot on but the last two have come in off based on measurement. First I am using RO water and the TDS is around 5-6 according to the meter while I am filtering it. I also use a Thermoworks 8689 pH meter that I calibrate right...
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    Tasting Notes Question on an Oktoberfest

    I am sure this will be an obvious answer to seasoned brewers here. I have brewed about 10 all grain ales and just started lagers. I brewed up the below recipe and used a 1.5L stir starter of Wyeast 2633 Oktoberfest Blend and hit all my numbers and controlled the fermentation temps per...
  10. J

    Mash Conversion Efficiency - Taking a sample

    I want to start taking a reading of my mash to see if it converted based on the following mash conversation efficiency write up: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Understanding_Efficiency#Measuring_conversion_efficiency and also to check my mash pH. I am using a infusion mash with a...
  11. J

    Phosphoric Acid Purchase

    First time purchasing phosphoric acid and did not want to buy 10% small bottle from my LHBS as I will use more than that. Also did not want to get the 85% Duda bottle as that would last me at the rate I brew about 10-12 years. Found this bottle on amazon 1L at 25% and reasonable shipping...
  12. J

    The science behind the mash

    I am contemplating moving to no sparge mashing and realized if I did move over to it, I would be doing so not based on any sort of reason outside of others comments and maybe the need to constantly refine a process regardless if you should. I was hoping to get some resources to read that...
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    First time with Bru'n Water/Ward Labs Test

    I just recently relocated to a house with a well and this is my first attempt at preparing the water for brewing. In my old house I used a Camden Tablet and allowed it to sit overnight after running it through a brita water filter (it was treated water from the city). Was hoping to get...
  14. J

    Possible infection w/ photos

    This is northern brewers pumpkin ale after 2 weeks in primary. Fermented pretty hard for 4 days and then settled but this stayed on top. Was between 69-71 for entire time. Normal or not never had a beer do this but only my 7th all grain. Thanks in Advance, Jeff
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    NB Cream Ale help

    Brewed an all-grain cream ale after getting a e-kettle going. My system has a 6.5 gallon boil kettle and a 5 gallon igloo round cooler with false bottom for mashing. My goal was to take the cream ale kit for 5 gallons and make 4 gallon batch. Below are the notes from brewing. Mashed in low...
  16. J

    Kegging newbie

    Got a single keg setup from keg connection for christmas and about to use it. I have read enough that I have the basic setup and will work thru the carbonation part. Te question that still remains is the check valve and getting beer up in the regulator. What is the proper setup for that, I...
  17. J

    Nottingham question

    I am fermenting a smash of 2 row and cascade that was mashed at 164with an hour boil. I rehydrated the Nottingham and picked into wort at 68 degrees. The Nottingham had cooled to about 75 when I pitched it in. I put it in the water at around 90 or so. Fermentation took off and lasted about...
  18. J

    SMaSH then centennial blonde

    Posted this in recipes first but might fit better here. Wanted to run an idea by everyone and get there ideas before I screw everything up. going to make a small SMaSH of 2 row and cascade hops and then use the yeast cake to be a starter for bier munchers centennial blonde. SMaSH will...
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    SMaSH then Centennial Blonde

    Wanted to run an idea by everyone and get there ideas before I screw everything up. going to make a small SMaSH of 2 row and cascade hops and then use the yeast cake to be a starter for bier munchers centennial blonde. SMaSH will be 7lbs of 2 row mashed at 154 degrees for 60 minutes and...
  20. J

    Reusing Yeast Cake with 60, 70, and 80 shilling

    I just brewed a 60shilling ale using the northern brewer kit and only one smack pack of the scottish strain. I was working with the idea that the sg is only 1.031 and it came out a little less than 5 gallons. My idea is to brew the 80 shilling next since not as hoppy and pour right on top of...
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