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  1. lowtones84

    BIAB Disadvantages to go with the Advantages thread.

    I don't heat my kettle. Boiling water additions. Green Bay Rackers--Mash Calculators
  2. lowtones84

    Random Picture Thread

    We have a couple of big groundhogs/woodchucks in our yard. I come from the midwest where we didn't have them, and this is the first home my wife and I have owned. Any issues with them damaging anything with burrowing? Pretty certain one or two live underneath my shed!
  3. lowtones84

    BIAB Disadvantages to go with the Advantages thread.

    Definitely tweak it for the recipe. I tend to prefer my beers dry so I most often find myself doing a long rest 145-148ish, bump to mid 150's, then mashout batch sparge. But you can easily start higher, or do only 15-20 minutes at the lower temp, etc. etc...
  4. lowtones84

    Random Picture Thread

    Uh....damn!
  5. lowtones84

    BIAB Disadvantages to go with the Advantages thread.

    I would guess probably not if your first step is 132F. Sorry that I missed the discussion, some big life changes! Basically, I don't like to mill super fine. Nothing against it, just preference. I just find that using 2-3 steps lets me control a lot more variables than a single infusion temp...
  6. lowtones84

    BIAB Disadvantages to go with the Advantages thread.

    That's actually why I've been doing multi-step mashes with my BIAB. 2-3 steps usually. More mixing, more control over the fermentability and mouthfeel of the product, overall better results in my opinion when using unmalted adjuncts.
  7. lowtones84

    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    Yes, and I cut off about half an inch. With the angle of the dip tube it's a significant lift off of the bottom. I'm only using around 1oz/gallon of dry hops, too. Horrible, horrible clogs any time I've tried loose dryhopping, which leads to completely defeating the purpose of all of this low/no...
  8. lowtones84

    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    I really don't know how you guys never contain your hops. If I don't, no matter what I do I get clogged dip tubes and poppets. Even tried a "bright tank" of a keg with a shortened dip tube, then into a serving keg. Maybe a floating dip tube?
  9. lowtones84

    What happened to The Great HBT Stogie Thread

    Another RASS. After a short nap in my humi it's already better. Some really great earthy tones, which I love, some spices. With a Journeyman's Distillery bourbon. What's everyone else smoking?
  10. lowtones84

    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    Honestly I usually just google and try to find a 10 lb. bag or something. Usually called "spelt berries" for unmalted spelt. Only downside is that it's a PITA to crush.
  11. lowtones84

    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    I haven't used it in NEIPAs, but I use a lot of unmalted spelt in saisons and other farmhouse beers. One of my favorites is a 4% saison with a FG of usually under 1.000, around 30% unmalted spelt and I can certainly say that the body is fantastic for such a dry beer. That is unmalted and a...
  12. lowtones84

    What happened to The Great HBT Stogie Thread

    Weather's getting nice, let's revive the thread! Feb 2019 RASS. Still a bit young and brash but still nice. From a few days ago.
  13. lowtones84

    BIAB Disadvantages to go with the Advantages thread.

    Sticky fingers as a disadvantage 😂 Some of you guys are too much! The first BIAB I was ever introduced to was two vessel. Mash in one kettle, batch sparge in another, combine, boil. Works fantastic for me and I don't consider it unnecessary fiddly. If people don't want to consider it BIAB...
  14. lowtones84

    BIAB Disadvantages to go with the Advantages thread.

    Not having to make a cooler mash tun and have it inside. I'm currently on an indoor brew setup, and doing 3 gallon biab batches is very convenient. Can dial in and customize all kinds of things without much hassle.
  15. lowtones84

    BIAB Disadvantages to go with the Advantages thread.

    Only if you're doing single vessel biab. I do 2-3 steps plus a sparge on every beer that I brew. Brewing big beers also not a problem for me, but only because I do 3 gallon batches. Also perfect control over mash thickness/temp and I don't consider my wort much more cloudy than when I brew on my...
  16. lowtones84

    Stovetop BIAB BoPils

    Took a gravity sample yesterday, 12 days after pitch and it was certainly fermented out. Didn't do a "real" diacetyl test but let it warm up pretty well and didn't get any butter aroma or flavor. Actually about 1.004 after the bubbles subsided, a bit drier than predicted. Did a low/no o2...
  17. lowtones84

    English Ales - What's your favorite recipe?

    Nice. I tend to make my own but #3 is a bit of a pain for me, and I have a really tough time making it not a hard puck when it cools.
  18. lowtones84

    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    My equipment is pretty basic. The only two lines I think I have to worry about are the line from stainless steel racking arm to liquid ball lock fitting for carboy to keg transfer and a very short length of tubing that I use as a keg jumper (liquid to liquid ball lock with 2 ft of tubing). I...
  19. lowtones84

    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    How do folks go about purging lines? I'm sorry if this has been discussed before, large thread. I'm just getting capability of co2 transfers etc, but purging the lines effectively still eludes me. I already see a big improvement in stability, though.
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