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  1. SamInNJ

    Spunding Before Cold Crash

    I’m spunding in a keg for the first time. i attached the valve and it hit 25psi after finishing fermentation at 68 degrees (so far so good) I then chilled the keg to 38 degrees, and i would expect the pressure to drop as more co2 is absorbed, but the spunding valve gauge has barely budged. Do...
  2. SamInNJ

    First Time Growing Hops - Is This Plan Okay?

    I wanted to try growing hops this year. I have some garden boxes in my yard and want to try growing hops in one this year. I was thinking about buying these 19.5x80 square towers. I know it could be higher, but i thought i could space them from the edge of the boxes, plant a rhizome on each...
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    How to Connect Auto Siphon to Keg

    Hey All, I wanted to try a "closed-ish" transfer from fermenter to keg via an auto siphon (I also just bought fermenters that have a tap on them so I can do it that way in the future). However, the ID of the liquid lines which fit the ball lock fitting are too small to put the end of the auto...
  4. SamInNJ

    Best Program Setup for Grainfather Brewing

    Hey All, I recently acquired a Grainfather G30. I generally like their software, but it doesn't have anything to help calculate mash PH. On the other hand, Beersmith offers mash PH calculators, but comes up with a much larger (and likely incorrect) quantity of water for mash and sparge. I'm...
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    Missing Target Gravity

    I've done probably 4 or so 5.5 gallon BIAB brew days so far and my starting gravity is coming in consistently a few points lower than I'm estimating on BeerSmith. I noticed my volume was a bit high on the last batch, so today I took care to make sure that after my mash I had about 6.5...
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    Why Bitter With Willamette?

    I've seen a few recipes with lower AA hope used for bittering. I've come to assume that a 60 minute addition isn't contributing noticeable flavor so you should use a high AA low cohumulone hop for that purpose. I'm curious why certain hope are being used in these cases. I tried Yoopers...
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    Slight Sourness in Wheat Beer

    Here is the recipe for my first AG brew (3gal batch). Malt: 2.3% Acid Malt 40% US 2 Row 40% White Wheat 3.5% Crystal 20 14.2% Oats Hops: FWH, 12.7IBU Hallertauer 20m, 7IBU Hallertauer 0m, 1.1IBU Saaz 1/2 ounce Saaz dry hop Yeast: wyeast 1318 (london ale III) Water: built from distilled, 1g...
  8. SamInNJ

    My DIY Ferm Chamber

    I converted an old standup freezer for my ferm chamber. It has cooling shelves so I carefully bent a couple of those back, I still need to build a flat surface for the bottom section but I think I should be able to get 4 buckets/carboys in at a time. I hooked up a temp controller to it and...
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    Bru'n Water, Mash PH and BIAB

    I had been using the water primer that's been posted here for previous batches, I decided to use the bru'n water spreadsheet for a Saison I'm making this weekend. I've attached my adjustment summary. Does this look like I'm missing anything? I'm building the profile entirely from...
  10. SamInNJ

    Saison Recipe Design

    So I've been looking over a ton of different takes on the saison style lately and am starting to come up with a plan for what I wanted to do and wanted to see what homebrewtalkers thought. I want to avoid sugar/spice/fruit-peel additions, I think that I'd rather achieve the...
  11. SamInNJ

    Fermentation Chamber Temp Probe Placement

    I'm currently working on building a fermentation chamber to hold at least 4 buckets/carboys so I can brew every couple weeks and have plenty of room. I've been thinking a bit about where to place the fermentation temp probe and am not entirely sold on any of the options I can think of...
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    Maintaining Mash Temp

    I did my first full volume BIAB batch this past weekend. (Just switched from extract). (was about 7.25 gallons in an 11 gal SS Bayou pot). When I added my grains I hit my target mash temp (152). A friend and I removed the kettle from the heat and placed / wrapped in a sleeping bag. I came...
  13. SamInNJ

    Weird bitterness in IPA

    Just bottles my third batch. This time i made an IPA. All the hops came in a really late burst, beer smith calculated the ibu's around 60. 1.062SG 1.014 FG I also dry hopped with 6 ounces for 7 days. I bottled it up and tasted the sample that I took the gravity reading from. It...
  14. SamInNJ

    0 minute hop additions

    A lot of recipes I see have 0 minute hop additions. Ex - http://beersmithrecipes.com/viewrecipe/898344/nhc-2015-prenup-pale-ale Are these typically steeped for some period / is there an implied hop stand here? It seems odd to drop in 2oz of hope and then immediately chill, can anyone...
  15. SamInNJ

    First All Grain Mini Batch

    Did 3 gal of a wheat beer in a paint strainer bag on my stove in my 5 gal kettle that I use for extract brews to try out all grain. Everything seemed to go pretty fine. After pitching yeast it looks like the picture attached. It seems like a huge amount of trub. Is this normal for AG? Is...
  16. SamInNJ

    Equipment Needed to go BIAB From Extract

    Hey HBT, Been researching making the jump to all grain via BIAB from my current extract setup. Wanted to list out the things I think I need to get and get some feedback. I'm currently doing half volume boils for extract. I have a home made 20ft copper immersion wort chiller I use before...
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    Best Way To Boil

    I've gotten through a few extract brews with a coue more planned. I'm starting to look into making the switch to all grain and am hitting a few snags on the equipment side. I decided to do BIAB because it seems much simpler - 1 container and a bag. And I'm only really interested in doing 5...
  18. SamInNJ

    Water Report Gives Ranges

    I'm a couple batches in with extract brewing and starting to look forward to transitioning to BIAB all grain. One big change seems to be that I need to care about my water (can't just dump distilled in with the extract). Everything I've read said water reports should list averages and brew water...
  19. SamInNJ

    airlick leaked/blown

    Brewed a brown ale last night using pure pitch yeast. It was fermenting vigorously by this morning when I left for work. When I got home beer had sprayed out of the tiny holes in the airlock and the top piece of it was slightly unsealed. It was also filled with beer and not sanitizer. I...
  20. SamInNJ

    How much hops in IPA?

    I'm trying to put together a recipe for an IPA for my third brew batch. I did an APA for my first and a northern English brown for my second. BJCP style guidelines say an IPA should be between 40 and 70 IBU. To achieve this and get a high amount of hop flavor I designed a recipe that added...
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