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by mikfir
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: All extract
Replies: 2
Views: 9348

Re: All extract

I have recently moved on to an all grain system, and wanted to brew the last of my all extract kits. It's an American Amber with 2.5# of DME and 3.3# of LME. I also had an extra 4# can of LME around, and decided to add it to the kit. My O.G. was 1.116! Once I realized that the ale yeast would never...
by mikfir
Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Going all grain - how do i work out how to subsitute extract
Replies: 2
Views: 7874

Re: Going all grain - how do i work out how to subsitute ext

Hi, found a great porter recipe that is a crowd pleaser, but it is extract and now i am happily an all grain brewer and don't want to go back! What can i use in place of a 1.8 can of dark malt? Ideas anyone :? Try substituting 8 lbs of 2 row pale and 4 oz 0f de-bittered black malt. 1 lb of Munich w...
by mikfir
Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Posting to Highly Rated Recipes
Replies: 0
Views: 3184

Posting to Highly Rated Recipes

Whoever monitors the entries in Beertools should pay attention to the "Highly Rated Recipes" . All too often a recipe is posted here that has not even been brewed. Therefore, it cannot be highly rated--the author doesn't know if it's even drinkable.
by mikfir
Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Batch Sparging VS Fly Sparging
Replies: 7
Views: 12385

I have been brewing for over 40 years and I almost always batch sparge. The issue of mash efficiency often has nothing to do with the type sparge. Too many brewers take recipes as gospel. If the recipe sys mash for 60 minutes, that's what they do. I ignore the mash times in recipes. I firmly believe...
by mikfir
Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: no fermentation
Replies: 20
Views: 24155

Re: no fermentation

desldan wrote::(
I made a dark porter sun 1/25, I used wyeast 1056 liquid ale yeast, after 48 hr still no frementation. Can I repitch or is my wort ruined
Thanks
desldan
Be aware that Wyeast shipped a batch of dead yeast recently. My local home brew shop has taken back and exchaged dozens of smack packs.
by mikfir
Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: What's the deal with whirlpooling?
Replies: 14
Views: 13617

Re: What's the deal with whirlpooling?

I'm constantly reading on this forum about brewing procedures when it comes to transferring from the boil to the fermentor. It's got me thinking maybe I should be doing things differently. I'm refering to the practice of whirlpooling and siphoning out of the brewpot. I've always just gotten it cold...
by mikfir
Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 214639

Re: Property pins

Yes, it is the same here. It is illegal to remove property pins. But what he had done, right when I was buying my house a few years ago, he bent the pins over and covered them up. The surveyors found the pins with a metal detector. He was intentionally trying to take over some of my property and he...
by mikfir
Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:33 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: 60 or 90 min. mash?
Replies: 4
Views: 10394

Mash timing

I have found that we all should stop paying any attention to mash times in recipes. I have been brewing for over 40 years and have found that mashing is a natural process that will take place at its own pace. Checking for conversion using iodine is the only way to know if you have fully converted. I...
by mikfir
Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: my first all grain
Replies: 4
Views: 6412

All graining

Another advantage of all graining is the ability to modify existing recipes. For instance, I have found that most recipes call for a one hour or 90 minute mash at a given temperature. My system was giving me 60% efficiency at those times. The last two batches I made, I mashed for 2 1/2 hours and mov...