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reviewed Excellent Online hops reference
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reviewed Excellent Pectic Enzyme in Secondary?
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reviewed Excellent How long must an ale be conditioned in bottles outside of the fridgerator?
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reviewed Needs Improvement Specific gravity is the wrong way
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reviewed Satisfactory How do conventional foods effect kombucha brewing?
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reviewed Satisfactory Unusual flavourings
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reviewed Reject What are some good online sources for recipes?
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comment What is the effect of conversion efficiency on your brew?
So true - knowing your efficiency and hitting it consistently is better than sometimes getting a high efficiency.
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reviewed Excellent Sanitize the bottle capper?
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reviewed Satisfactory Using pine in beer
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answered What is the effect of conversion efficiency on your brew?
Jun
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comment Can you brew an all-grains recipe without brewing a full volume
Yes, exactly right higher gravity is a more concentrated wort same amount of sugar but in less volume. Sparging does help increase conversion efficiency, since you rinse more sugar out of the grains, but at the expense of diluting the wort. Whether that's a problem for you depends upon the size of your boil kettle.
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answered Can you brew an all-grains recipe without brewing a full volume
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comment What is a protein rest?
if you fly or batch sparge, it's usually with water at 176F. This raises the grain quickly to typical mash out temperatures of 170F. That's why I say a mashout is redundant. If your setup means you don't hit 170F during sparging then a mashout is still needed to finalize conversion.
Jun
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comment List of Errors in Fix's Principles of Brewing Science
+1 good insight. I knew Mr Fix had passed on, but I didn't realise it required his consent to publish errata.
Jun
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comment Hop extract substitution
Sure, but that's not visible here! :)
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revised Hop extract substitution
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Jun
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comment Can boiling the entire mash achieve results similar to decoction?
Thanks, I'm happy with the setup! Regarding your setup, I wouldn't put an element in the mash - cleaning a regular element is hard enough, let alone one covered in grain particles. Plus, you don't want to be scorching the mash. Decoction mashes have fallen out of favor, some brewers - e.g. Denny Conn - have reported no difference in flavor, or what difference there is can be approximated by melanoidin malt. Try first without - you can always add an element in later if you really want to.
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comment Can boiling the entire mash achieve results similar to decoction?
You were quick off the mark - I added a paragraph about that shortly after submitting the answer! (Before I saw your comment.)