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Nov
4
comment When/How to Measure Pre-Boil Gravity to Determine Mash Efficiency
I can't be certain that my 100% is accurate simply because I don't verify the max potential yield of each malt every time I brew a batch of beer...it's just too much work. I use estimates...37 ppg for 2-Row, etc. I'm sure they are inaccurate from time to time within a few points, but not likely so much that I would see a false 10-15% increase in efficiency.
Nov
4
comment When/How to Measure Pre-Boil Gravity to Determine Mash Efficiency
That is exactly how I did it...stirred vigorously to a whirlpool then cut back the other direction. As for volumes, I'm using the site glass on a 20 gallon Blichmann Boilmaker. I suppose it could be inaccurate.
Nov
4
comment When/How to Measure Pre-Boil Gravity to Determine Mash Efficiency
Yes, drawing the sample out of the ball valve of a 20 Gallon Blichmann Boilmaker.
Nov
4
comment carbonating using a soda stream
I've tried it also. Not only was it a mess, but my soda stream didn't work right for a month and the forced carb didn't take the way you'd want it to in the beer.
Nov
4
comment When/How to Measure Pre-Boil Gravity to Determine Mash Efficiency
A refractometer in this case will only save me the time of waiting for the wort to cool. Ultimately, the issue here is a lack of even distribution of sugars throughout the wort.
Mar
21
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
I haven't noticed this on other styles, but while we've been having this conversation I was doing some research on the effects of carbonation on the perception of sweetness, and there seems to be something to it. If so, it would make sense that tasting a beer slightly prematurely would have less carbonation as well as residual sugars and likely present itself more sweetly. It's entirely possible that I'm simply longing for a sweeter version of my brown ale and maybe I need to work that into my recipe next time.
Mar
21
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
It was just an example I remembered reading about some time ago. It seemed like a strange additive, and it got me wondering what else might be used be commercial breweries. I've also read about uses of caramel coloring, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, etc., in some of the lower quality beers.
Mar
21
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
Perhaps. While I don't consider New Castle Brown Ale to be a high quality beer, it always tastes the same to me, whenever I drink it and that's really what I'm trying to understand in terms of my homebrew beer. I suppose the reality could be that what I am tasting after 3 weeks of conditioning is the actual flavor of the beer, and what I've been tasting earlier in the process is something that hasn't quite finished conditioning.
Mar
21
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
It was more of an assumption and quite possibly incorrect. I suppose I am thinking along the lines of clarifying agents like Isinglass.
Mar
7
comment How to Compensate for Higher than Expected Extraction Efficiency
Great explanation, thanks. Do you have a formula for determining dilution volume?
Mar
6
comment Is there anyway to tell if a glass bottle of beer is carbonated without opening it?
I've been using plastic better bottles for primary and secondary fermentation since I started homebrewing and I have yet to get an infection...I am an over-sanitizer with a spray bottle in my holster at every step. Plastic bottles of soda or water should be more than sufficient for this, and I don't think you'll need to dump it out either unless you have the habit of sticking sharp things inside the plastic bottle prior to filling it with beer.
Feb
20
comment Is there an online equivalent of Beer Smith?
Now with BeerXML import!
Dec
10
comment Is there an online equivalent of Beer Smith?
It's on our hot list! Look for it soon, and if you have more suggestions, please share them using our feature suggestion form @ brewgr.com/features
Dec
8
comment Is there an online equivalent of Beer Smith?
It is indeed. Is there anything else? :P
Mar
26
comment Mash Efficiency and Quality of Wort
Just put it into the primary...won't know for a few weeks.
Mar
12
comment Does elevation have an effect on the taste of beer?
I'm not sure Ruination can ever be made less bitter. :)
Mar
12
comment Maintaining Lagering Temperatures
I've used a son of fermentation chiller from the start...I've never brewed a lager, but I can have a frozen 2 liter bottle stay partially frozen for several days during active fermentation. That speaks to the insulation power.
Feb
28
comment Importance of Mash and Sparge Water Volumes using Batch Sparge
Thanks, this is helpful.
Feb
26
comment Mash Efficiency With Top Off
Crush was the same and there were different amounts of water between batches. I did realize after posting this that I didn't account for temperature when taking my gravity reading. My wort was likely around 110 - 120 F when I took the reading.
Dec
20
comment Where to get Old Brew Recipes
By Genuine, I mean not a clone, as stated in my post. I'm not looking for perfection in reproduction, just an approximation, but I'd like the receipes to be authentic.