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by bredmakr
Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:05 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Temperature in the Lautering Tun?
Replies: 4
Views: 4792

ZAPAP time proven system

Your 'simple' system is very effective and is the same way that I started all grain brewing. A few system specific ideas - 1) heat the liquor to 180F to account for heat loss during the sparge and do not take it off the heat until after you recirculate and set up your grain bed. This will save heat ...
by bredmakr
Mon Jul 14, 2003 7:32 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Temperature in the Lautering Tun?
Replies: 4
Views: 4792

HLT temp and recirculation

I typically mash at 148-154F for 60 minutes. I bring my hot liquor up to 170-175F then start recirculation for clarity. This also allows time to bring up the mash temp to somewhere between 165-170F because I initially runoff 1-1.5 gallons of wort, add 1-1.5 gallons from the HLT, then continue recirc...
by bredmakr
Sun Jul 06, 2003 7:42 am
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Water Chemistry for Pale Ale
Replies: 5
Views: 10441

you have soft water!

You can get a long way on water chemistry with tools provided on the internet. do a search for 'brew water'. can't remember the exact name but it is a free download share ware program developed for application to brewing waters and provides profiles of water types and their corresponding chemical co...
by bredmakr
Wed Jun 04, 2003 10:22 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: isinglass holding time??
Replies: 1
Views: 2606

isinglass holding time??

I just added isinglass to my beer, which was already at 40F. How long do I need to wait for it to settle out? If residual isinglass remains will it have adverse effects on the flavor profile? Hypothetically speaking, if I had a friend that racked from secondary to a keg, then brought the beer down t...
by bredmakr
Thu May 15, 2003 7:32 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: lagering progress...
Replies: 11
Views: 21120

single vs double roller

I used to use a Phil Mill single roller. This is an ideal roller for adding specialty grains to extract and partial mash recipes. I used it for two years with much happiness. Then I moved to all grain brewing and built a 10 gallon HERM system. Do you know how long it takes to mill 20-25 lbs of grain...
by bredmakr
Thu May 15, 2003 6:20 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: lagering progress...
Replies: 11
Views: 21120

1st gen starter...

That was my initial plan. I designed the recipe around my usual system efficiency, which would have resulted in a wort o.g. of 1.052. However, this time around I used a new mill and saw a 12% increase in mash efficiency resulting in an o.g. of 1.064. Oh, and did I forget to mention that I forgot to ...
by bredmakr
Thu May 15, 2003 5:16 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: lagering progress...
Replies: 11
Views: 21120

1 qt starters

The minimum that I ever pitch is a 1 quart starter. This time around I had two 1 qt starters, one for each fermenter. I brought the wort temp down to 65F then pitched. At this point (day 12) one has been racked to a secondary fermenter and the other is still in the primary. I brought both temps up t...
by bredmakr
Wed May 14, 2003 12:04 pm
Forum: BeerTools.com Online Tools
Topic: newbie question
Replies: 4
Views: 8073

bittering, flavor, aroma, and dry hops

often the exact timing of a hop addition may be absent from a recipe. There are several reasons. To answer your specific question, yes, on the recipe ingredient form the hop selections without time choices are for dry hopping. You may also see from time to time references to bittering hop additions,...
by bredmakr
Tue May 13, 2003 10:54 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: lagering progress...
Replies: 11
Views: 21120

krausen weak

compared to ales this lager yeast krausen is weak. Real fine bubbles and only about an inch max in thickness. Hasn't really died down yet. Only racked one of two fermenters to have a comparison. Definately have not seen the krausen fall. Will let it sit for another week, and maybe raise the temp to ...
by bredmakr
Tue May 13, 2003 6:38 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: lagering progress...
Replies: 11
Views: 21120

making it up as I go..

Being my first lagering or as you say quasilagale I'm making it up as I go. The target F.G. is 1.016. Temp has been 58-62F and the range for WYEAST 2112 is 58-68F. Recommendations for lagering temp? My plan was to hold at 42F for three weeks, but you do bring up a good point about refrigeration and ...
by bredmakr
Tue May 13, 2003 6:21 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: lagering progress...
Replies: 11
Views: 21120

lagering progress...

I've got 10 gallons of an Anchor Steam clone that has attenuated to 1.030 from 1.064 after 9 days at 60-62
by bredmakr
Tue May 13, 2003 6:10 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: clearing agent options in secondary?
Replies: 5
Views: 7493

clearing agent options in secondary?

I think I need to get back to a more disciplined regiment. Two weeks ago I threw pellet hops into my kegs, which clogged the valves. Now, I've forgotten to add irish moss to the boil and I racked to secondary last night. Lots of suspended solids. Being a novice at lager fermentation I don't know if ...
by bredmakr
Fri May 09, 2003 8:05 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: chest freezer to lager cabinet questions
Replies: 1
Views: 4044

chest freezer to lager cabinet questions

I have just acquired a chest freezer that will be dedicated to lagering, ingredient and beer storage. I have been looking at what is available from suppliers in the temperature control category and have noticed quite a range in prices and options (digital vs analog, pre-wired vs not wired, etc.). Do...
by bredmakr
Thu May 01, 2003 5:06 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: dry hopping in keg...oops?
Replies: 7
Views: 10494

don't try this at home...

I tested the keg last night and sure enough the valve clogged. Fortunately it was not fully carbonated and I racked it off into a hops free keg.
by bredmakr
Wed Apr 30, 2003 9:59 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: dry hopping in keg...oops?
Replies: 7
Views: 10494

dry hopping in keg...oops?

I just racked to the keg and without thinking I threw in some hop pellets to dry hop it up a bit. Afterwards I started wondering if I should have placed them inside a mesh bag or something. Has anyone done this before? Is this going to clog my beer line? I'm having some friends over this weekend and...