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by Tomas
10 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 2nd Brew - still some issues
Replies: 16
Views: 2253
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Re: 2nd Brew - still some issues

[sup]Primavera - Thanks. Are you maintaining the 2 degree variation without firing up the burner? Are you brewing outdoors with a gas hired burner?[/sup]
by Tomas
10 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 2nd Brew - still some issues
Replies: 16
Views: 2253
United States of America

Re: 2nd Brew - still some issues

Streamer - the insulation is Reflectix & I got it at Lowes.  About $18 + a roll of tape for a few bucks more.  It's basically foil on both sides with a layer of plastic bubble wrap in between, so it can't be exposed to flame.  I fabricated 2 layers & taped them together at top & bottom.  I've got a ...
by Tomas
10 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 2nd Brew - still some issues
Replies: 16
Views: 2253
United States of America

Re: 2nd Brew - still some issues

Robert,  I'm confident of the volume measurements, the grain bill & the crush.  Wort was 68F when gravity measurements were taken.  Temp was 55F when starting & 69F when done, sunshine with very light wind, so I don't think the weather was a significant factor.  I used a blanket on my first BIAB bre...
by Tomas
10 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 2nd Brew - still some issues
Replies: 16
Views: 2253
United States of America

2nd Brew - still some issues

Brewed Jamil's Ruabeoir Irish Red yesterday, which was my 2nd BIAB brew.  Day went well, but I missed my gravity targets both GIB and GAW.  I lost 10F @ 70 min into the mash & refired the kettle to bring the temp back up.  I want to find a better way of insulating the kettle during mash to reduce th...
by Tomas
10 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 1st Brew result
Replies: 6
Views: 830
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Re: 1st Brew First Pour

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by Tomas
10 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 1st Brew result
Replies: 6
Views: 830
United States of America

Re: 1st Brew result

Here it is.  As noted before I'm not confident the gravity measurements are good.
BIABacus All Amarillo APA scaled to zman kettle.xls
by Tomas
10 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 1st Brew result
Replies: 6
Views: 830
United States of America

Re: 1st Brew result

Thanks Pete. I got the measurement down, just screwed up on the gravity measurements because of not cooling adequately before measuring. Got in a hurry as I was doing a lot more measuring and recording then in prior extract/kit brews. Will do it right next time. Had a picture of the first pint that ...
by Tomas
10 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 1st Brew result
Replies: 6
Views: 830
United States of America

1st Brew result

Brewed NRB's All Amarillo on 1/3, kegged on 1/16 and pulled the first pint today. As noted in an earlier post, I'm not confident on my pre-boil and post boil gravity measurements, but it's drinkable with good aroma. It's still settling out after adding gelatin yesterday & not fully carb'd. Planning ...
by Tomas
11 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: 2nd BIAB recipe for review
Replies: 3
Views: 783
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Re: 2nd BIAB recipe for review

Thanks for taking a look at the recipe Scott. This morning I compared the BJCP and World Beer Cup style guidelines for Irish Red & there's both overlap & differentiation. Primary differences I found are higher color in the World Cup (22-36 EBC vs. 18-28 EBC) & the ABV range was lower in the World Cu...
by Tomas
11 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 1st BIAB experience
Replies: 2
Views: 578
United States of America

Re: 1st BIAB experience

Cart materials are from 80/20 Inc in Columbia City, IN. It's 1515-Lite t-slot aluminum extrusion, cut to my specs, counterbored for anchor fasteners connecting the legs & crossmembers, with legs tapped for threaded casters. Strong technical support from them while designing, good customer service & ...
by Tomas
11 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: 2nd BIAB recipe for review
Replies: 3
Views: 783
United States of America

2nd BIAB recipe for review

I have taken Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer's recipe from Brewing Classic Styles and adapted it with BIAB to my kettle for my 2nd brew.  The recipe is outside the BJCP style guidelines both for OG and color, so I reduced the target OG, but have not made an adjustment for color. Please take a look ...
by Tomas
11 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 1st BIAB experience
Replies: 2
Views: 578
United States of America

1st BIAB experience

I brewed NRB's All Amarillo on 1/3/17.  Overall the experience was positive, although there's room for improvement.  I hit my volume targets :clap:  but missed the gravity estimates :sad: , although there's an issue with the temperature I took the measurements at, which I will correct on the next br...
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Water measurement
Replies: 8
Views: 1354
United States of America

Re: Water measurement

I understand from the responses I recd re. kettle headspace how to utilize BIABacus to gauge my TWN when filling the kettle.  I have been fermenting my extract brews in a conical and although there are internal etchings in it, they are at the gallon & half gallon levels.  I'd like to hear how others...
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Water measurement
Replies: 8
Views: 1354
United States of America

Re: Water measurement

Lumpy & Dennis U - thanks for the replies.  Opened up my original recipe which called for 8.06 gal of TWN and "backed into" how to get  by using the headspace calculator.
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Water measurement
Replies: 8
Views: 1354
United States of America

Re: Water measurement

MS - I have tried to locate addl info regarding how to use Sections T & V, but haven't been successful.  Can you point me in that direction?  It looks like your kettle is new.  I've got one of Ben's original generation kettles & have communicated with him regarding electric if BIAB works out for me....
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Water measurement
Replies: 8
Views: 1354
United States of America

Water measurement

Soon I will be doing my first BIAB after tweaking the All Amarillo recipe with BIABacus to fit my kettle.  I have a kettle with a sight gauge and "calibrated" it after first getting the kettle two years ago and found the sight gauge measurements to be off from the measured qts/gal that I added to th...
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8388
Views: 927568
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Re: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered

Mad Scientist:  Thanks for your reply.  Since I'm switching from extract brewing a lot of this stuff is a first time for me.  Re. ckg the grain temp, are you using the same thermometer that you use for gauging the mash temp & merely sticking the probe into the middle of the grain prior to adding it ...
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8388
Views: 927568
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First recipe

I have taken NRB's All Amarillo APA and scaled it to my kettle.  I would appreciate feedback as to whether I'm on the right track, particularly the strike water temp.  Some information I read elsewhere indicated a larger differential of temperature between the strike water and the mash temperature.
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8388
Views: 927568
United States of America

Scott, Thanks for the links. I'll take a look at each and continue to play around with a BIABacus file to improve my understanding of the effect of changes to specific cells.
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8388
Views: 927568
United States of America

Scott, I'm still experimenting with BIABacus regarding the effect of changes in certain cells on the values in other cells, such as your suggestion of changing Volume Into Fermenter which will lower the strike water in kettle. Is there a section on the website other than through the various forum th...
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8388
Views: 927568
United States of America

LI Mike D - Thanks for the response. I downloaded BIABacus a couple of days ago, plugged in my kettle dimensions and the All Amarillo APA recipe to work with and can see how it modifies the recipe quantities in order to fit the kettle, although I do get the "red flag" about approaching the kettle li...
by Tomas
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8388
Views: 927568
United States of America

Good evening from amongst the wildfires of Western NC. I've been extract brewing for a year & after 6 brews (all drinkable), have contemplated moving to all grain. Space is a consideration along with the addl investment required of a 3 vessel system, so I'm going to try BIAB. I'm brewing with a gas ...

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