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  1. Stankonia

    No Sprage Brewing - Do you have to mash with ALL the water?

    I'm doing all-grain batches in an apartment, shooting for 4.5gal in my 5 gal fermenter. I'm wanting to experiment with no-sparge brewing, but my mash tun won't fit the amount of water to cover my pre-boil target volume in addition to the grain bill. Almost everything I read about no-sparge...
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    Critique My Water Recipe for a DIPA, using 100% distilled Water.

    I'm venturing into water chemisty, and plan on brewing with 100% Distilled Water. I've been doing tons of reading trying to grasp the concepts. Every time I think it begins to make sense, I'll read something else that confuses me :drunk: For now, I'm using various water tools that are...
  3. Stankonia

    Using HLT or MLT as a "Whirlpool Tank" Post Boil?

    Has anyone here experimented with using their HLT or MLT as a whirlpool vessel after the boil is over? I have a 3-keggle set up, and currently just cool in my BK..but I was thinking about the possibility of pumping the wort from my BK to either my HLT or MTL (doesn't matter which) creating a...
  4. Stankonia

    Is This What 'Cold Break' Looks Like?

    I brewed 2 batches back-to-back this past Saturday and experienced something I never have before: This pic is after the keggle was already emptied to my carboy after chilling, so the foam itself is taking up half of the keggle. I use an immersion chiller, and have a 15" false bottom in...
  5. Stankonia

    Question About Using Wheat

    I'm not a fan of wheat beers in general, so I have never used it to brew, or looked into at all...but I've been noticing more and more types of beers I like, especially Stouts and Porters and throw in some wheat and chocolate wheat on top of their base 2-row malt. If adding wheat to a...
  6. Stankonia

    Immersion Chiller Resting on Center Pick-up Tube...Problem??

    Does anyone here have a center pickup tube in their BK, and use an immersion chiller that rests on top of it?? I want to get a false bottom and center pick-up tube for my BK, but I don't want to make the investment for a CFC at the moment. I was thinking about just doing it, then adding the...
  7. Stankonia

    Simcoe & Citra Compatibility??

    I was wondering how these 2 hops work together in an IPA? Has anyone used these 2 together (bittering and aroma) in a beer? Citra is described as having a really citrusy/fruity profile, while Simcoe has primarily piney with some citrus notes. I want to do an IPA with just these 2, but would...
  8. Stankonia

    Whirlpool Problem with Pump!

    A couple weeks ago I brewed for the first time on my new single tier, 3 vessel system. It was also my first time using the march pump. The pump worked fine for me as far as transferring from HLT to MLT, and MLT to BK. I brewed using all leaf hops without a bag for them. I used a SS...
  9. Stankonia

    Porter Recipe - Need Input!

    Next brew is going to be a porter..So far all I have brewed is a couple IPAs, Pale Ale, Brown, and an Amber. So I haven't ventured into Porters or Stouts yet despite both of them being my favorite styles right after IPAs. It's being called Under Bite, after my Boxer puppy, who of course has...
  10. Stankonia

    Insulation Jacket for MLT.

    Just got done fashioning together an insulation "jacket" for my keggle MLT. I have read Bobby_M's MLT insulation thread over a few times, and actually have all the materials to mimic what he did, and I eventually probably will...but I'm brewing Sunday and didn't want to undertake his project...
  11. Stankonia

    Pickup Tube Question

    I just ordered 2 pick-up/dip tubes from BargainFittings, one for my MLT which will have a false bottom with the dip tube going through the center of it, then one my my HLT. My question is, how close is too close to the bottom of the keg for the dip tubes to rest? Obviously you want to get as...
  12. Stankonia

    Re-Pitching Yeast on Bottling Day

    This weekend I have a Brown Ale I'm going to bottle. I put it in a secondary a couple weeks ago to add vanilla beans, and cold crashed it when I had to leave town for the weekend and still hadn't gotten a Johnson controller. So with being in secondary, and cold crashing I want to re-pitch...
  13. Stankonia

    Flavor Infused Sugar (From Whole Foods)

    I went to whole foods today and noticed some flavor-infused sugar in the coffee section of the store. They had ginger, dark cocoa, cinnamon, lime, raspberry, vanilla bean, etc. The sugar was larger-ground relative to table sugar, and pretty pungent when I smelled them. I was wondering if...
  14. Stankonia

    18gal SS Bin for $40 from IKEA?

    I was walking through IKEA today with my girl and this caught my eye. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10130845 It's made as a laundry bin, but is all stainless steal (I don't know why anyone would need a SS laundry bin) The bottom has tiny little plastic stubs for "feet"...
  15. Stankonia

    Keggle MLT Insulation Idea - Will This Work??

    Hey, I'm trying to figure out the best way to insulate a keggle MLT. I've read several ideas on here, and some I thought about trying, but I came up with an idea using materials I already have on hand. But before I go through the work of doing the whole keg I just used a couple scrap...
  16. Stankonia

    How Much Dry Yeast to Use: 1.055og

    I'm brewing tomorrow and need some quick answers as I'm getting two different answers on how much yeast to use. I'm going to use Safale-US05 without a starter The estimated OG of the Brown Ale I'm making is 1.055. Mr Malty yeast calculator tells me to use one 11.5g packet of dry yeast, but...
  17. Stankonia

    Hop Additions for Non-Hoppy Beers

    What is your strategy when choosing hop addition times for maltier, non-hoppy beers like Brown Ales, Porters, Stouts, etc.. As compared to some IPA recipes that have their hop additions all over the place (especially late additions), do you guys stick with 1 bittering addition and 1...
  18. Stankonia

    IPA Recipie - What Do You Think?

    Hey guys, getting ready to brew my 2nd batch this weekend. The 1st one I did was a clone kit, but I'm itching to try my own thing now. My goal is a citrus-y IPA with lots of grapefruit aroma and taste with a smooth bitterness at the end. I want it around 6.5% abv. My cousin is going to...
  19. Stankonia

    Cold Crashing Before Bottle Conditioning?

    Hey guys, I'm getting ready to bottle my first batch, I'm just going to leave it in the carboy for a few more days. From what I understand, cold crashing helps clear up the beer by causing some particles that are still in suspension to drop to the bottom. If I'm relying on bottle...
  20. Stankonia

    Water Pump for Immersion Chiller

    Hey guys, For my wort chilling setup I'm planning on using an immersion chiller and using a pump to recirculate ice-water from a cooler instead of getting water from a faucet/hose (which isn't that cool to begin with in Florida). So right now I'm looking for a pump that will get the job...
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