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    Big Efficiency Drop When Doing A Step Mash

    Our mash pH is 5.1 - 5.3. The malt lowers it a little and we compensate for that since we start at 6.8 - 7.0. It's well water so it varies a little.
  2. tootal

    Big Efficiency Drop When Doing A Step Mash

    Do you need to do an acid rest? What's the PH of your water when you start? We set our PH at 5.8 for light colored beers and 6.0 for dark beers due to roasted malts lowering PH more. We also set our sparge water at 5.3. Crush, mash length, PH and how modified the malt is. (Kolbach Index)...
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    Mash temp question

    Another story about him. I brought him a Kolsch that I had brewed but it had a cloying taste to it. Although it was clean it just wasn't Kolsch. He tasted it and asked me if I used any Vienna or Carapils. I told him Carapils. That's the problem. You should use German Pilsner malt and maybe...
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    Mash temp question

    So what benefit would I have to make up such a story. People who know this guy know his abilities. He is an amazing talent! BTW, I wasn't the only witness and even the Brewmaster tells this story on himself!
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    Mash temp question

    A Finnish brewmaster once asked me what I thought of a Kolsch brewed by a local brewery. Having had Kolsch from Cologne I gave it a try. It was too heavy of a mouthfeel and too hoppy. He agreed. At that point the brewmaster was walking by and he asked him if he mashed it at 153 degrees...
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    Pellets and Whole Hops Together

    I don't know of any but there are those that probably do.
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    Mash temp question

    Ha! I have a friend from Finland. I told him I was thinking about brewing Sahti. He told me to let him know when it was ready to drink because he didn't want to be anywhere near it!!
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    Pellets and Whole Hops Together

    A local micro made an APA and used pellets for everything but the dry hop where they used whole leaf. The aroma and flavor of that beer was wonderful. A month later I stopped in and had another and the aroma was not a strong. It tasted the same but didn't have as much aroma. I talked to the...
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    Mash temp question

    It was my understanding that Carapils was more for head retention and is the reason I use it. Also, using higher mash temps as in 160F does give you more mouthfeel since it isn't as fermentable as a beer mashed in the beta range. As mentioned, when we brew Imp. Stout we mash at 158F to 160F...
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    Unboxing the Penguin Chiller

    I was glad to find this thread as I just received my chiller from Penguin. I bought their kit which included a small pump, temp controller, hose, fittings and a gallon of glycol. We have a morebeer 14 gallon conical so we also got the Blichman tall coil that we'll mount in the lid. Looking...
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    Mash temp question

    At 160 your in alpha territory and beta is dead so you probably will have a beer with more mouthfeel. I'm sure it's fine but your OG might be less than normal. I mash at 159 for Imperial Stouts. Yours was probably converted before it ever cooled below 150.
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    HELP! forgot my sugar

    Major brewer's add some fresh wort to the secondary to get the beer going again and also so they can close off the valve and carbonate naturally. It's called Krausening. Your done now but if it happens again I would do what you did with boiling it in water then add in the secondary. Either...
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    Boil the mash?

    In the town of Windischeschenbach Germany they have a communal brewery where folks take the family recipe and brew it, take it home and ferment it, then serve it in the living room or beer garden. Awesome place. I was able to get a Zoigl recipe which is brewed without a boil. They put the...
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    Can Grain Crush Really Affect Gravity That Much?

    About 4 beers ago we started losing efficiency. At first we thought we had done something wrong but then 2 beers ago I took a better look at the crush and I was seeing a lot of husk still holding the endosperm. I tightened the mill up about .005" and it looked really nice. Hulls were still...
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    Lager: hazy when cold, clear when warm

    60* is a little high but doable. I wouldn't raise it to 68 though. If you can get it to 32* for a couple of weeks it might clarify. Our lagers are lagered at 32-35 degrees for a couple of weeks in kegs. The first draw is usually a milk shake but it clears by the third pint. If I move the...
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    Am I missing something with my simplistic hopping ways?

    60 minutes will fully isomerize the hops to give you the maximum bitterness from said hop. 20 - 30 minute hops give you hop flavor and I've seen graphs that point at 20 minutes being optimum. 5 minutes to flameout is for aroma along with dry hopping. This is for a pale ale or pilsner...
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    Request: Bud Light Clone Recipe

    Actually the brewmasters at Sapporo liked AB's beer better than theirs and wondered why it was different. It was explained that our system uses a "stripper" to strip away volatiles to make a cleaner beer. We ended up building a stripper and putting it in their brewery so now the beers taste...
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    Brown Ale or English Porter

    Definitely taste the beer before filling out the forms. Many beers have won competitions by figuring out what you made after the fact!
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    You know you're a home brewer when?

    When you've been home brewing for 17 years and started out with all grain and your buddy who got a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas calls and ask if you can help him brew a beer and you have to read the instructions, twice!
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    Request: Bud Light Clone Recipe

    I mentioned this a long time ago but it seems some were either confused or didn't feel like reading this whole thread! I don't blame you! We always make a cereal mash for two reasons. One is you do need to boil the rice. We take generic white rice and put it in a blender and "chop" it into...