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by Epimetheus
3 years ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: Disasters averted
Replies: 2
Views: 1153

Disasters averted

Disaster #1: Brewed a smoked porter. I brew inside on the kitchen range and during the boil the ceiling usually gets wet. It went well except - two days later the kitchen still smelled like a campfire. Like smoke damage. Had to wipe down all the surfaces. It looked odd using a mop on the ceiling. Di...
by Epimetheus
3 years ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: World's smallest "nano" BIAB... Proof of concept.
Replies: 5
Views: 2493

Very inventive! :thumbs:
You are going to need an awful lot of coffee cups to brew five gallons.
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Advice for strike temp problems?
Replies: 8
Views: 2234

No one I know who wins medals has a complex set-up. That means no one at all, full stop or period as they say in America!!!! (What this tells me is that the more crap/equipment you have, the more likely you are to brew bad beer because you will get subtle infections creep in. Make any sense? PP Huh...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Advice for strike temp problems?
Replies: 8
Views: 2234

The lowest controlled oven temperature is 77C/170F. Good idea, though.

I could use the 50 qt cooler for a mash tun, or just install a resistive element and PID controller, both would require a pump. Someday.
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Advice for strike temp problems?
Replies: 8
Views: 2234

I will try the suggestions on the next batch, then reply back. BobBrews suggested in another thread to record everything. I will endeavor to do this.

Somewhere in the parts box is a USB thermocouple that can record temp every 2 seconds. I will calibrate it and see if it is still reliable.
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Grains (Malts), Extracts, Sugars and Adjuncts
Topic: Should I buy (or ask for) a Grain Mill?
Replies: 12
Views: 4508

"Epi, don't believe any home brewer that says they hit their gravities consistently." Thanks, I will definitely take that into consideration. There seem to be variations in the malt modification between one brand and another and between grains, I do not check pH because the strips have been ineffect...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Advice for strike temp problems?
Replies: 8
Views: 2234

The thermometer is a glass and alcohol type, it responds in 10 or 20 seconds. Is that fast enough? What would be quicker? The kettle is wrapped in 3 layers of insulation, each 4mm layer has one aluminized side. The metal does not hold much heat, but what heat energy exists certainly does not escape ...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Grains (Malts), Extracts, Sugars and Adjuncts
Topic: Should I buy (or ask for) a Grain Mill?
Replies: 12
Views: 4508

I used a corona mill for the first few years I brewed, worked awesome! I recently spent a significant amount of $ on a roller mill/crusher that did absolutley nothing to improve my brewing. Get a corona and don't look back. (Want to buy a nice roller mill?) ---Todd Well, that settles my desire to s...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Bottling
Topic: Make Your Own Beer Crates
Replies: 4
Views: 4080

Nifty!
One of the local hardware stores (Sears) receives garden tractors, the boxes are supported inside with scrap wood slats 1/2" x 3" x several feet. I should try to convert some to beer crates. Perhaps places with motorcycles or ATVs will also have scrap wood.
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Advice for strike temp problems?
Replies: 8
Views: 2234

Advice for strike temp problems?

How can I improve the technique for hitting the proper initial mash temp? It seems simple but the mash temperature always seems to start too low or high by 5C. I measure the grain temperature and weight, water temperature and volume, and use a strike temperature calculator. For example, the le strik...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Brewing and Fermenting Shortcuts
Replies: 48
Views: 10466

Someone scoffed at my amazing computer-controlled brewing sculpture recently. Not only did it hurt my feelings, but I now can't get the darn thing of my ear. :lol: Point taken. I do like computer control and all the fiddly bits due to my past work as an engineer. People get hung up on silly things ...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Brewing and Fermenting Shortcuts
Replies: 48
Views: 10466

There are LOTS of reasons why the process I described is probably a bad idea. trout I am new to brewing; maybe that's why I do not see anything wrong with fermenting in the kettle. Could you post a reason or two? Trout, I've been slammed for BIAB, 2.5 gallon mash kettle with all grain (delicious ba...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Advice for replacement hops for Summit
Replies: 9
Views: 2364

Licorice root is very pleasant, not nearly as strong as licorice rocks or the chewy stuff.

I wish they sold large electric urns in the US. Brew day would go much faster.
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: What 5 hops should be on hand?
Replies: 16
Views: 3754

Interesting. The choices on this site lean towards UK types, and the other site leans towards US types. Nobody for the New Zealand hops?
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Best stitch with cheap sewing machine?
Replies: 8
Views: 1717

The bag I made uses the same Walmart voile, single thickness, and just a straight stitch. Bob did a pro job with the webbing - the loops are extremely handy. I might try that next. I simply made a pocket for a drawstring by turning down 1 1/2" of the top fabric and seaming it with another straight s...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: What 5 hops should be on hand?
Replies: 16
Views: 3754

What 5 hops should be on hand?

What is your preference for 5 base hops to have on hand? It could be 3 or 8 types; I am planning to buy hops in bulk and 5 lbs of hops would keep me busy for a year, with the occasional ounce of something different. I asked this question on a US forum . Overwhelmingly, US hops were suggested - the 3...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Measurement, Mathematics and Records
Topic: Finally I understand why BIAB FULL volume is efficient
Replies: 2
Views: 2096

Finally I understand why BIAB FULL volume is efficient

It finally clicked into place why BIAB full volume is only slightly lower efficiency than traditional part volume and sparge: - The same amount of sugars are present in the traditional high concentration wort as the low concentration BIAB full volume. - The sugars lost from BIAB are those not squeez...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Effects of insulation on mash temp - charts
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

A better result with an actual mash on 2013.01.26. The mash was from 60 to 120 minutes on the chart. The overall temp was a bit high so I threw in some cold water at 80 minutes. Then again I was doing a porter which has a wide range of malt vs dry vs hops. We'll see if it survived. OG was a nice 1.0...
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Effects of insulation on mash temp - charts
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

It was a test with plain water. It does not matter if it is too hot for an actual mash.
by Epimetheus
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Effects of insulation on mash temp - charts
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

Effects of insulation on mash temp - charts

The mash temp was dropping quite a bit so I tried towels, a blanket, and finally wrapped the 30L tamale pot with 2 layers of Reflectix, essentially 6mm thick bubble wrap with an aluminized surface. I obtained the data from a $10 USB temp probe from eBay and calibrated against a trusted alcohol therm...
by Epimetheus
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: There is no bad batch
Replies: 2
Views: 781

There is no bad batch

Been brewing all-grain BIAB for a grand total of 4 batches. As long as I remember to pitch the yeast and prime before bottling, the results have been eminently drinkable. Better than my Mr. Beer attempts, and much better than anything made by InBev. (4.8% ABV because of taxes? Why not switch to sell...
by Epimetheus
5 years ago
Forum: Bags, Mashers, Thermometers, Kettles etc.
Topic: A blankie for my kettle
Replies: 2
Views: 1202

A blankie for my kettle

Several very helpful BIABaggers suggested wrapping the kettle in a duvet or an old coat to maintain the mash temp. I cut up an old comforter, doubled it over, and sewed a wrap and cap. It looks a bit silly but it really contains the heat. The water also heats up much faster from 20 C to 68 C. Next a...
by Epimetheus
5 years ago
Forum: Full-Volume Variations - FVV (diluting and/or sparging)
Topic: What about this sparge method?
Replies: 10
Views: 4371

PistolPatch, thank you for the detailed info. I will follow your suggestion and calculate the strike water volume and temperature to nearly fill the kettle when the grain is added. :salute: Actually, I need to mash only the 2-row, about 4kg. The 1 to 1.5 kg of crystal can be steeped after the mash a...
by Epimetheus
5 years ago
Forum: Full-Volume Variations - FVV (diluting and/or sparging)
Topic: What about this sparge method?
Replies: 10
Views: 4371

What about this sparge method?

What if I did a partial sparge through the brew kettle? The efficiency is not what I would like, it is near 50%. The mash is probably too thick at 1.5 qt/lb. The limitation is a 32qt / 30l pot, and a desire to create 5 gal batches. Add a spigot to the kettle Add a grid to keep the bag out of the spi...
by Epimetheus
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: How to maintain the mash temperature?
Replies: 21
Views: 5546

Success Lacking a Herms unit but owning a sewing machine, I cut up an old comforter or duvet and sewed a sweater and cap for my 30l pot. 1 1/2 wraps around, and a pad for the top. Must add Velcro to hold it better. I thought I hit the mash temp of 154F and put on the lid and cap. It soared beyond 16...

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