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location Seattle, WA
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A human geneticist and biologist that has been brewing for nearly 10 years off and on. Lately moved over to all grain and have been getting more serious about brewing. Currently working out the bugs of brewing 2.5 gallon batches using the BIAB method.


Apr
2
comment Brewing timer in Brewing software
Also I use an Android app called Brew Timer on my phone. It is great as it allows you to put in all the events you need and then it uses your phone to alert you of an hop addition, etc. It is nice because you don't always have your computer with you or want it that close to the brewing process.
Mar
28
comment Mash-produced unfermentable sugars do add sweetness and aroma?
Also as is done in popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/… you can pull off some of the mash and caramelize it which will make it unfermentable and add residual sweetness. Also I think adding lactose would add residual sweetness because it isn't fermented by yeast.
Mar
28
comment About going BIAB
One big thing I learned about maintaining heat is that you want to keep the lid on if you want to keep temperature and off if you want to lower it a bit. I designed my bag to basically stop a couple inches from the bottom and made the bottom have four interleaved triangles leading to a flat bottom. That way the bag is less likely to be directly in contact with the bottom. That has worked great for me. But again I use an electric stove. Not a high BTU gas burner.
Mar
28
comment About going BIAB
Oh and swiss voile is can be found in most fabric shops. It is curtain backing material made of nylon so it won't decay. Just make sure not to use anything with cotton or other natural fibers or you will be making a new bag each time.
Mar
28
comment About going BIAB
First I made a bag of swiss voile with nylon thread and a nylon rope drawstring. It works and still does work great after ~10 batches. Although I loaned it to a friend who ripped the top. So thinking about making a new one. If you have a sewing maching it is easy. Just make sure the seams are on the outside. Because I wanted to brew and didn't have my bag back I also bought one, but I don't like it as the mesh was less fine and let a lot of crud through that I had to clean out. The swiss voile is very fine mesh and works wonders for BIAB.
Mar
27
comment About going BIAB
Thanks Graham looked it up and here is a thread talking about how squeezing is not going to add extra tannins: homebrewtalk.com/f39/squeezing-grain-bag-bad-175179/…
Mar
27
comment About going BIAB
Also good to see that the BIAB sparging gives you about the same efficiency. Neither of the efficiencies will hit what you can get really sparging, but good enough to get great beer. ;-)
Mar
27
comment About going BIAB
Glad to hear you have had good luck with BIAB too. I have had issues with temperature control during mash. Just took a couple of beers to figure it out. But I don't bother to take the grain bag out while heating. I am fairly certain that with the liquid in there it shouldn't melt until it gets very hot, much hotter than it will get raising it ten or so degrees. Haven't had any issues anyway.
Mar
26
answered About going BIAB
Mar
22
comment Can I change the color to my beer to an arbitrary color?
Why not try beet juice. It would not only turn your beer purple but your stool as well. Lots of great natural coloring agents besides using food coloring.
Mar
12
comment Estimating final alcohol by Original Gravity
Also if you don't have a measurement of OG you may be off on that to. Best to get a hydrometer and measure both if you aren't already.
Mar
6
comment Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout- Cocoa or Nibs?
I agree do both. I have added cocoa nibs to the boil as well. Added them 10 minutes to the end of the boil and got great flavor that way.
Mar
5
comment Hydrometer reading interference
It would be useful to know two things: 1. What is the recipe you used? 2. What temperature was the wort when you took the gravity reading?
Feb
28
comment Why is there so much foam when I open the bottle?
Did you use a hydrometer? Readings from that would be useful. You waited a month though so it is unlikely it didn't finish.
Feb
25
comment How early can I know if a brew is ruined?
Make sure you follow his recommendation to take a gravity reading to know when to bottle. Bottling before the beer is finished fermenting will lead to some potentially explosive bottles and or gushers.
Feb
25
comment How to calculate the minimum vessel sizes for all grain brewing
In my experience the boilover issue is going to be the trickiest to calculate. Depending upon the amount and types of grain used I get different amounts of foaming up which leads to boilovers. Also pre-boil volume I find also varies from place to place. In a place with lower humidity you get much more loss than a place with higher humidity which affects your final boiled volume. But again the shape of your pot will affect this as the surface to air ratio will be different with different sized pots. In order to make these calculations those variables would need to be taken into account.
Feb
18
answered Why (if) should I do secondary fermentation?
Feb
18
answered Fermentation vessels options for 1/2 batch experiments (~2.5 gallons)?
Feb
17
comment no air lock activity after 3 days
Benefits to staying in primary not that I can think of. But there is a benefit to racking it in terms of clarity of the final beer.
Feb
15
answered no air lock activity after 3 days