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  1. philm63

    When to Add LME and Dextrose to Boost Gravity in an Imperial Stout

    I'm limited to what'll fit in my 10-gallon vessels in my eHERMS setup and I'm looking to brew an Imperial Stout. I can comfortably mash grain for most of the gravity points I need (want) and will use LME and some dextrose for the remaining gravity points. I've worked it all out and am happy with...
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    Kolsch Final Runnings SG Too Low – What am I Missing?

    So then would it be safe to say with a smaller grain bill, one could benefit from a thinner mash? I'd been setting all my styles to a 1.5 qt/Lb ratio.
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    Kolsch Final Runnings SG Too Low – What am I Missing?

    That's a good point but in my case, I upgrade the profile to correct for issues during a brew and rename that new profile, and am sure to include that new profile when brewing that beer again to ensure my changes are in there. My old versions of this brew still have their respective "old"...
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    Kolsch Final Runnings SG Too Low – What am I Missing?

    I'd thought of that but I also see that it just pushes the OG number way up. That's where I'm getting stuck - what could be wrong with the setup (equipment profile, or...?) that the recipe in BS2 tells me I'm going to get a 1.048 OG as desired but my final runnings are way low? Just for this one...
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    Soft Boil vs. Hard Boil

    I use an E-HERMS setup and normally set the kettle element to 80% for the boil which gives me a nice rolling boil. Not “jumping out of the pot” vigorous, and certainly not a gentle roll. I’ll call this a hard boil. For me, a soft boil would be a low rolling boil just above a simmer – gently...
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    Kolsch Final Runnings SG Too Low – What am I Missing?

    I know I’m missing something – likely something obvious – in my setup. I do 5-gallon batches using Beersmith2, build my water from RO, use a 3-vessel electric HERMS with 10-gallon Boilermaker G2’s, and ferment in a 7-gallon SSB unitank. I’ve created equipment profiles for each style I brew –...
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    closed transfer took 45 minutes!!!!

    Were there a lot of hops used? Perhaps even from a previous batch? I ask because hop debris (or any debris, for that matter) can stick to the poppet spring inside the keg connectors. I've had this issue with irresponsibly hopped IPAs but never any other style. That said, if you did this...
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    Hop Dropper for SSB Unitank

    I think you nailed it when you said "we can so why not". Some of the things we can get away with on the homebrew scale are just not cost effective on a commercial scale, and some things just flat work differently depending on scale so yeah; why not.
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    Hop Dropper for SSB Unitank

    I cannot say whether this concept translates to a larger scale system as I only have experience with a 5-gallon batch system so I'll defer to those with experience on larger systems. What I do know for sure is the quality of the "hop experience" improved in my IPAs as soon as I more tightly...
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    Hop Dropper for SSB Unitank

    For some styles it can make a difference such as a NEIPA, and some highly-hopped IPAs - even a very small amount of O2 can lead to premature staling. Since I began paying more attention to minimizing O2 in my process - especially in dropping hops post-fermentation - my hop aroma has lasted much...
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    Hop Dropper for SSB Unitank

    I gotta agree with Vale71 - I did a fair bit of research before settling on what I have now, as there were quite a few comments on the difficulties of having only a 1.5" valve to get through. If you are limited to a 1.5" TC port, you could use a 1.5" to 3" adapter-spool and use a 3" TC...
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    Yeast Prices - What happened?!!

    Yeah, I had only checked NB's prices and freaked! So the others are lower - that's good to know.
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    Yeast Prices - What happened?!!

    Looks like a good time to explore yeast ranching, no?
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    Yeast Prices - What happened?!!

    Just looked at one of the larger on-line brewing supply sites and the prices for liquid yeast are up quite a bit. What gives? I know it's been maybe 4 or 5 months since I purchased liquid yeast but from a LHBS - my last on-line liquid yeast purchase was probably a year ago but I remember the...
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    Hop Dropper for SSB Unitank

    The way I drop the hops is after several purge cycles, I release the pressure prior to opening the 3" butterfly valve. I haven't dropped hops under pressure so I cannot speak to that. Regarding how long to leave the hops in there depends on several variables - but for my system I wait until...
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    Hop Dropper for SSB Unitank

    Well, I done did it - I built me a Hop Dropper. Used it on my last IPA and it worked flawlessly! Thanks to all for your input. ...and yes; there is a second PRV down on my blow off arm - I ran a Tee at the end and put a 1.5" TC cap having a standard PRV and Gas In post. Tested all PRVs prior...
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    Post-Fermentation Off-Gassing

    Something I’d never thought about – I suppose it was happening every time and I just didn’t notice it. For my last brew – an IPA – I used Conan (Omega 052) for the first time and it took what I thought was a long time to finish up (8 days for the bubbles to slow down to where I figured it was...
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    Mixing Two Different Yeasts in a Starter?

    Looking to do my first Saison, and I've read using a blend of two different yeasts can give a broader spectrum of classic Saison characters. I'm looking at WLP565 and WY3724. Can I just mix the two yeasts in a starter and call it good, or should I make a starter for each, crash, decant, blend...
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    Ss Unitank - filtering during kegging

    I've done some pretty heavy dry-hop schedules in my 7-Gallon SSB unitank and so long as you crash it well (I go to 36-37 F for at least a few days) and ensure your racking arm is not buried in the cone (I keep mine at 90 degrees and have even turned it slightly upward before - like on my last...
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    Hop Dropper for SSB Unitank

    Again, some very impressive setups here. Question: Anyone have trouble with the hops sticking to the butterfly valve in any way? We're talking all 3" TC so I would not think you could have them stick in the spool, but have they ever stuck to the valve from any moisture that enters the spool...
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