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by Lemon
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Storing Milled Grain
Replies: 18
Views: 4875
Australia

Chesl73, I am in a similar predicament as yourself. My experience has been, and I base this as being on both sides of the fence, both consuming and storing milled grain and processing orders for customers. As PP has suggested, I think, and my experience has been, milled and vac sealed grain recipes,...
by Lemon
1 year ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Building my first BIAB set up
Replies: 3
Views: 2361
Australia

Hey GS, I would recommend to run the cooled wort via a hose into the fermenter. By all means whirlpool by hand, with a spoon, paddle, etc, not your hand obviously, or maybe not. However, making beer is very forgiving and in my opinion (careful arse covering there) more often than not your proposed p...
by Lemon
2 years ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: Czech Pilsner / Decoction Mash vs Step Mash, Etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 1988
Australia

Hey Scott, I have done the decoration mash for this style of beer. The decoction adds more than just temperature. The decoction is boiled and adds the malliard reaction, of colour and flavour changes. So, does it make a difference to the beer? Definitely Is it worth the effort? Yesssssss.... For the...
by Lemon
2 years ago
Forum: Measurement, Mathematics and Records
Topic: Tinseth vs. IBU
Replies: 15
Views: 4827
Australia

This may be a little off topic, but.... I am somewhat bemused by people's firm belief in calculating the bitterness of their beer using a form of voodoo, ie a calculation based upon what? Don't even start me on the hop utilisation factor in these equations. You could drive a bus through tHis if you ...
by Lemon
2 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: Musing while brewing
Replies: 7
Views: 2073
Australia

I subscribe to the lazy Brewers process..... Why? Professional breweries, even small ones, do not skim . I have participated in brew days at small craft breweries, and n(edit)one have skimmed. Also, Brewers I trust have suggested, that there are only so many foam making proteins in the brew, so why ...
by Lemon
2 years ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Cairns....anyone....at all....?
Replies: 4
Views: 2298
Australia

:think: Hey slash,
That sounds very strange. Surely it would be cheaper to source the sugar from grain than extract, even factoring the freight.
Not to mention how sore you would get opening all those cans.
A commercial kit brewer
:think:
by Lemon
2 years ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Cairns....anyone....at all....?
Replies: 4
Views: 2298
Australia

Slash, A HBS in cairns itself I don't know. However there a large number of popular and reputable online, mail order suppliers that would be happy to service your needs......for grain etc. You could check with a well known Brisbane based supplier of the craft, what freight would cost. Hope this litt...
by Lemon
2 years ago
Forum: Yeasts
Topic: Substitute for Wyeast 1203 Burton IPA
Replies: 3
Views: 2590
Australia

From my recollection, wyeast have a comprehensive guide to beer styles cross referenced to yeast strain, and a chart of the yeast strains and beer styles they suit. There are many overlaps and I am sure there are several wyeast strains suitable for this style. Eg. London ale 1, 2, or 3 https://www.w...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: From Mash to Lauter (Water to Sweet Liquor)
Topic: De-Hulling Grains - Barley
Replies: 4
Views: 1906
Australia

For what it's worth, weyermann make Carafa both with husk and de husked , Carafa special, which is provided without husk for reduced bitterness and very dark malt husks add considerable bitterness.

Lemon
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: SMASH recipe
Replies: 7
Views: 2733
Australia

Vienna makes a lovely malty, single malt beer. Pick your favourite hop to go with it.
Amarillo is a good one.
Lemon
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: First one-vessel brew
Replies: 2
Views: 1110
Australia

Good on ya Richard.
Enjoy
Lemon
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Water question
Replies: 12
Views: 1876
Australia

Rigging, Let me cover my ars* first, "I am no expert" , my understanding is that the first and easiest step to take is to get Ca to around 100ppm. Obviously, from your post you have heard the if you can drink it you can make beer saying. This is true. If you are worried about pH and/or hardness, I w...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: First BIAB buy list
Replies: 12
Views: 1927
Australia

Gnmrc, Wow, just wow. That is a verrrrrrry comprehensive list. With the mashing, I wouldn't worry about the pH measuring and controlling just yet. You will make great beer without worrying about pH. Or the iodine test, just make sure you mash for 90 minutes. Stick with the supplied yeast, try to con...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: When Brewdays go bad.....
Replies: 17
Views: 3189
Australia

Well, not only did the f/up fairy visit at chez Lemon today. He brought his mate, the boil over fairy little b'st*rd visited in spades! every hop addition, whenever my back was turned. On and on and on, and on...... Finally got the wort in the cube (10 points under target, no surprise given the 30 m...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: When Brewdays go bad.....
Replies: 17
Views: 3189
Australia

AAAARGH!!!!! :o Haven't brewed for a month, quite excited to put down a Vienna and Amarillo APA. Heated water, reached strike temp, added grain. I'm away... Did you spot it? Where's the bag?????? AAAARGH! Hanging on the line. Just finished the decanting of the porridge into two cubes, the pouring it...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Gas-Fired BIAB
Topic: Gas fired step mashing
Replies: 8
Views: 6409
Australia

Twinkle fool,
My rack is custom made, I must add.
With the continuous mash, I only use the second ring of my three ring burner under my keggle. Raises about 1 degree C per minute.
Lemon
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Gas-Fired BIAB
Topic: Gas fired step mashing
Replies: 8
Views: 6409
Australia

Twinkeelfool, I have used a "cake rack" in the bottom of the kettle to keep the bag off the heated surface of the bottom of the kettle. Stirring all the while. I have done a brew doing a continuous raise from a room temperature mash in (20C) up to 67C, starch test, 30 min rest the up to mash out (78...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Fermentation (Wort to Still Beer)
Topic: Transfering wort to fermenter : with or without trub ?
Replies: 28
Views: 7840
Australia

Clamsy, My understanding is that we want to exclude "hot break" from the fermenter. Hot break is formed by the boil, eliminating undesirable proteins from the sweet liquor to produce wort. When we whirlpool we get a cone of trub formed by that "hot break" and hop debris. This I try to exclude entire...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Measurement, Mathematics and Records
Topic: weighing hops.
Replies: 18
Views: 5086
Australia

Try kitchen scales.
Lemon
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Fermentation (Wort to Still Beer)
Topic: Repitching onto yeast cake at low temperature?
Replies: 4
Views: 1144
Australia

I pitch onto yeast cakes for lagers, so that I have sufficient (possibly too much) yeast. I generally rack off the first lager yeast cake, originally pitched with 2 or so packets of liquid or dry yeast, then pour the fresh cooled wort on top of the remaining cake. I will only do this twice as the vo...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Fermentation (Wort to Still Beer)
Topic: Advice on fermenting a lager
Replies: 11
Views: 3434
Australia

Pist, I bow to PPs greater knowledge with respect to the fermentation schedule, but I will add, Sufficient yeast is most important, my calculations using info fom manufacturer's websites indicate that 1 packet is not enough, even liquid. Also I have found oxygenation key to healthy yeast, and hence,...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: Belgian Strong Dark Ale, work in progress. Advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 1682
Australia

Dski, While I have limited experience brewing Belgian strong ales, I offer some information I have collected in my research. I agree with your information about rising temperatures, "brew like a monk - Stan hieronimous?) discusses this in some detail. Also the addition of candy syrup should be done ...
by Lemon
3 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: You can't brew a decent lager using BIAB
Replies: 14
Views: 3855
Australia

I agree completely with your sentiment Bb, I have made a run of German and bohemians recently and been pleased and impressed with the beers produced.
Clear, with crisp simple flavour.
Lemon
by Lemon
4 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Is this OK?
Replies: 3
Views: 703
Australia

Homemade,
Don,t worry that scum line is the residue left by the foam of the boil as it attempts or succeeds in boiling over.
Also the floaty stuff is, in my opinion, hot break. Again, normal.
Lemon
by Lemon
4 years ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Migrating to the land of kangaroos
Replies: 2
Views: 2071
Australia

Whilst I live in newcastle, some 1000km away, aim from Melbourne originally and I am aware that there are couple of excellent LHBS. grain and grape in Yarraville, another in Greensborough, can't remember the name.
So, never fear it is not a wasteland.
Lemon

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