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by Legman
Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 227287

RE: Getting started

Kev, well your a little late to get going this year. You can only buy hop rhizomes (roots) in the spring. Everyone is completely sold out at this point. But one of the things you can start doing is preparing a spot and building some kind of trellis for them to grow on. Here's a little intro from Fre...
by Legman
Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Water questions and suggestions
Replies: 84
Views: 332225

Re:HCO3

Slo, I did see in Palmer's writings that the RA was supposed to be below 300, but not the HCO3. That's what confused me a little about his SMR Color/Style Guide for RA Mash pH chart. There was no way I could reach the RA without getting my HCO3 above 300. I have seen in some other articles not to ex...
by Legman
Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Water questions and suggestions
Replies: 84
Views: 332225

Yeah, well I'm gonna get fermented myself while I'm brewing tomorrow! :lol:
by Legman
Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Water questions and suggestions
Replies: 84
Views: 332225

I'm just driving myself nuts with this !@#$. :x I'm just gonna say screw it and get my RA up as high as I can without the HCO3 getting over 300 and just go with it. I've done a bigillion different combination and I can't get it there. I'll just have to see what happens. I think I'll still be alright...
by Legman
Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Water questions and suggestions
Replies: 84
Views: 332225

I was brewing an Oatmeal Stout tomorrow. It has an SMR of about 35. So if using the RA method, it's supposed to be about 270. But I can't get it that high if I'm not supposed to go over 300 (HCO3). So I'm not sure what good that method is then. :? I understand the SO4/Cl ratio concept. That's not a ...
by Legman
Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Help with Mash Schedule
Replies: 2
Views: 4868

Try mashing in at about .5 qt/lb. and see where that gets you. I think you've just got it set too high. Protein rests are more effective if your mash is thicker.
I also batch sparge, but I usually just do a single sparge run if my mash tun will allow it.
by Legman
Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Water questions and suggestions
Replies: 84
Views: 332225

HCO3

Slo, I've been tinkering with Palmer's Suggested Beer SRM Color/Style Guide for Residual Alkalinity Mash pH chart. Palmer says the HCO3 range for dark beers is 150-250, but if I'm trying to get my RA up to about 270, my HCO3 has to go up to about 365. I believe you told me that it should not exceed ...
by Legman
Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: How to use a conical fermenter?
Replies: 16
Views: 29102

Conical

So what your saying is, that the bottom dump valve is mainly used for trub and yeast removal and the upper valve is used for siphoning off the beer. So, basically the steps would be to siphon off beer first then collect yeast. But why not just use the bottom valve and collect yeast first, then sipho...
by Legman
Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: How to use a conical fermenter?
Replies: 16
Views: 29102

How to use a conical fermenter?

Since I like to harvest my yeast, I'm thinking about building my own conical fermenter. Not ever used one before, so I'm not sure how it works.
Can someone explain this to me? What is the purpose of the 2 valve ports and is this really necessary? Why couldn't you just use a bottom dump valve? :?
by Legman
Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 227287

I saw a few hop spurs on mine today. They're maybe an 1/8". Pretty small still.
Next year will be much better. I can't wait to see how well they do.
by Legman
Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 227287

Wow, 15'. That's pretty good Suthrn. I think my tallest is only about 8' and the shortest is still trying to sprout. :cry: But all of the smaller plants pictured are the transplants that I propagated, and they're doing well. I'm growing mine on 10' poles. I'll see how that does and extend them if I ...
by Legman
Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 227287

Propagation

Well, since I had a bit of a rough start this year with my rhizomes, I thought I'd try to propagate a few from some of my healthy plants. I took several pots and ran some bines up through the bottom. I pulled off all of the leaves except the ones sticking out of the top of the pot and filled it will...
by Legman
Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:21 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Using peanut butter and/or peanuts
Replies: 3
Views: 6086

Grains

Try using a bit of chocolate malt and/or a healthy does of Munich malt. These both add a "nutty" type of quality to the beer.
by Legman
Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Using peanut butter and/or peanuts
Replies: 3
Views: 6086

Welcome!

Welcome to the forum LadyLupulin! This is a great place to hang out with us beer geeks. :D As far as peanut butter goes, I'm not real sure about that. You have to watch out because peanuts contain a lot of oil. These oil will destroy head retention and could possibly go rancid over time. If your try...
by Legman
Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:11 am
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Water questions and suggestions
Replies: 84
Views: 332225

Re: Sparge

Kev, I did not add anything to the sparge water. It's not necessary to adjust it.......for reasons I can remember at this moment. :oops: