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  1. Ron C

    Mash Efficiency Correlation to Boil Off

    Hey All, Had a weird occurrence happen last weekend, and I'm curious what might be the cause... We brew all grain with 3 kettles (HLT, Mash, Boil). We had what I believe was a really efficient mash. Everything hit at all the right moments, and things felt good. Then the boil hit, and we...
  2. HemanBrew

    Dry Malt Extract - > hot water ?

    Hi. I'm making wort by steeping some Malt and using dry Malt extract. After steeping, can I just add boiled hot water and add the dry Malt Extract. Or is there a reason I need to add cold water before extract and then turn the heat up? Let me ask this way: Does dry Malt Extract have to be...
  3. spark

    Software and boil, Ibu question. 2.5 gallon batches

    First of all, hello! I brew 2.5 gal batches. Have always steeped speciality grains in 2-3 quarts as it was suggested to keep ph down and reduce tannins. Ok - then I add that thin wort to boil pot making total of 1.25 gal water for my boil. Then add 8 oz dme to add some sugars for the hops...
  4. F

    Brutus/Propane Burner Question

    Hi all, I'm looking for some help with my system. I have a Brutus 15 and am struggling with getting a decent flame on the burners. The tallest flame I can get is about 3/4" and it will barely get a boil going in my kettle. It has (3) LPCAST10-2 burners with optional CVO250 valves from...
  5. L

    Bad yeast

    I brewed a batch of hefeweizen 2 days ago. I used Wyeast 3068 with the smack pack inside. I popped the pouch inside and let it sit at about 72 or so degrees for about 5 hours before I pitched it. The package said to let it sit for at least 3 hours at that temp to where I should start to see it...
  6. V

    Boil Size

    So I have heard that full boils produce a better flavor for extract brews so I would like to give it a shot. As of right now for extract brews I am simply boiling half and topping with cold water (saves an a** ton of time). I typically do 4 gallon batches and ferment in corny kegs. Can I do a 4...
  7. daviscountybeer

    Iowa 2x Bayou 10 Gallon Kettles - Electric

    I recently upgraded to Spike welded HLT and boil kettles so these are no longer needed. Both started as standard Bayou kettles and were drilled for the following weldless ports: HLT: - Bottom sight glass - 1/2" - Bottom pickup - 1/2" - 5500w ripple electric element - 1.5" - Lid notched for...
  8. Washington_Brewologist

    Got a new burner (Bayou Classic) need some advice on boiling wort!

    Hello fellow brew nerds. I recently upgraded my propane burner from a Walmart turkey fryer(With a god awful cooking timer which required bypassing) to a Bayou Classic burner. With my last burner, I had to struggle just to keep the damn thing from shutting off during the boil and had no issue...
  9. MX1

    Colorado Last few items to sell

    My other thread was getting a bit confusing for me to keep up with..... here are the last few items for sale. eBoil kettle drilled for element w/ sight glass and thermo well - (element not included) $250 plus actual shipping Poly Chugger pump with 2 piece ball valve $75 plus actual shipping...
  10. T

    Forgot to take an OG reading...any hopes at reverse-calculating?

    I brewed a beer last night, and in the haste of trying to finish up and get everything cleaned before it got too late I forgot to take an OG reading. However, I did take gravity readings of first runnings from the mash and last runnings (stupidly not the mixed wort pre-boil). I had hoped to...
  11. W

    Wisconsin Electric 5500W eBIAB Pot

    I have a custom built eBIAB pot for sale that can be used for eBIAB or as part of a larger system. I paid about $450 for all the parts to build this pot; I'm selling for $200. For now, local pickup in the SE Wisconsin area. If I can't find anyone local, I will update the post with a shipping...
  12. beervoid

    Pre-boil gravity good, post boil not.

    Hey all im working with an Ace / Klarstein setup and im trying to dial in my efficiency. After some tweaking I finally hit my pre-boil gravity as predicted by beersmith (1.053) but after boiling for 60 minutes my gravity was only 1.062 instead of the aimed for 1.072 My efficiency is now about...
  13. olie

    Can hops/alpha-acid be made ahead of time?

    In a separate thread [Here], I explore whether or not a 1 hr wort-boil is really necessary. This question is related, but different. Part of every recipe seems to include * Add XYZ hops (A%) at the start * Add ABC hops (B%) after 20 min * add LMNOP hops (C%) for the final 20 minutes (or some...
  14. B

    Crazy Ventilation Question

    This may be a stupid question: if I am just doing a 60-minute boil in my basement using an electric element, do I need good ventilation? All I really have are small vents in the privacy glass that sits in the windows in the basement wall. If it is critical, does anyone have a cheap solution? I...
  15. B

    Boil Control for Electric Brewing

    I just switched my homebrew setup from propane to electric (5500 W element in BK and HLT). I previously used an Arduino to control the propane burners for my HLT and BK (combo of 5V relays, 120:24V furnace TX, and furnace gas valve) I am reusing the Arduino because it will keep most of my...
  16. olie

    Hops "attenuation"...?

    TL;DR: My hops seems to spend more time stuck to the side of the pot than in the actual boil. Is that A Thing? It's common to see recipes with something like: Start the boil, add 1/2 your bittering hops. After 20 min, add the rest of the bittering hops. After 40 min, add your finishing hops...
  17. Nebraskan

    Pressure cooking wort with hops

    On a Youtube.com channel I was watching about myths, and one of them was doing a 60 minute boil. I like the idea of a shorter time boil, after collecting the wort from the mash tun and lautering. However, there is also the issue of getting hops into solution in your wort for bittering, and...
  18. MarsColonist

    Refractometer reading during boil :(

    So, a couple of weeks ago, someone stole my keggles from my backyard for scrap metal..... thats a whole 'nother story... I was essentially dialed in well and could consistently hit ~80% brewhouse efficiency over the last 15 batches or so.. Borrowed a friend's keggles (not very different from my...
  19. I

    Boiling Questions

    I was curious what the general thought was around boil vigor and length. I started brewing full volume boils this year with 2 extract brews and now I've just finished up my 4th AG. The last 3 batches were a belgian style basically the same with minor adjustments for experimentation. None of...
  20. oneawesomeguy

    Adding Extract at the End of the Boil?

    I have been hearing on here that I should add malt extract at the end of the boil (at around 15 min to sterilize). I am confused by this as most videos and information I have read have always said to add the malt extract right at the beginning of the boil (right after steeping any specialty...
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