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by Contrarian
8 months ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: What's Happening to BIABrewer in 2017
Replies: 46
Views: 6569

Re: What's Happening to BIABrewer in 2017

Sounds like a massive effort was involved in penning that post! Let alone the amazing work that you have been doing on the site!

Welcome to the brewing community :)
by Contrarian
10 months ago
Forum: Chilling
Topic: Feedback on No-Chill
Replies: 67
Views: 25839

Feedback on No-Chill

I've only used cubes that previously held wort or were bought new but I have neglected a few that grew some pretty funky stuff in them. I have managed to salvage them all with warm water and bleach soaking and then plenty or rinsing. I wouldn't use cubes that had any chemicals in them but anything t...
by Contrarian
11 months ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Replacing some base malt with DME for a BIG Beer
Replies: 12
Views: 2268

Replacing some base malt with DME for a BIG Beer

I've added DME to big beers before but never such a big proportion. That doesn't mean it won't work though! Another approach is to split the grain bill and mash in the same liquid twice. So mash in with half the grain bill and then pull the bag, squeeze it out and empty the bag. Then put the bag bac...
by Contrarian
11 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Second BIAB, think I've blown this one
Replies: 8
Views: 1841

Second BIAB, think I've blown this one

Absolutely! Learn by doing! High mash temps can be great for low alcohol styles like English milds. Carbonation will also give the beer a drier feel.
by Contrarian
11 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Second BIAB, think I've blown this one
Replies: 8
Views: 1841

Second BIAB, think I've blown this one

With a mash temp of around 73 degrees a final gravity of 1.020 wouldn't be unexpected. Basically the higher mash temp means that less of the long starch strains are broken down into simple sugars that are easily consumed by yeast and more long chains are left. This doesn't mean that the beer will be...
by Contrarian
11 months ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Crap boil
Replies: 9
Views: 1216

Crap boil

Well having and extra 8L on top of 25 is a big miss! On the plus side it looks like you can make beer without a boil! https://www.experimentalbrew.com/content/no-boil-experiment Very anecdotal but shows it is worth fermenting out to see how it comes up. Also seems accurate on the main problems you c...
by Contrarian
11 months ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Crap boil
Replies: 9
Views: 1216

Crap boil

That looks pretty serious! What size books are you doing? I know a few people who brew with a 3 ring burner with a medium flow regulator. That is in Australia where it doesn't really get that cold though!
by Contrarian
11 months ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Crap boil
Replies: 9
Views: 1216

Crap boil

No reason to bin it. It might be lower gravity than expected but it will still make beer! How big was the boil? What sort of regulator do you have? A medium or high adjustable flow reg might do the job rather than a new burner or a 2400W over the side electric element would give it a decent kick alo...
by Contrarian
11 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8301
Views: 739278

My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered

The full volume mash won't affect the IBUs at all, that is a function of the aa% of the hops, the amount of time they are exposed to boiling wort and also the gravity of the wort. If you can tell us the aa% of the hops it would help or even better, try putting your recipe into the BIABacus which wi...
by Contrarian
11 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8301
Views: 739278

My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered

The full volume mash won't affect the IBUs at all, that is a function of the aa% of the hops, the amount of time they are exposed to boiling wort and also the gravity of the wort. If you can tell us the aa% of the hops it would help or even better, try putting your recipe into the BIABacus which wil...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: How to see how easy BIAB is, Or why 3 vessel is not.
Replies: 14
Views: 2603

How to see how easy BIAB is, Or why 3 vessel is not.

From a technical perspective elements of that may be correct but whether or not anyone can taste the difference in blind testing is more important. I'm sure I have also read about professional brewery's that use a single mash temp for some of their beers. BIAB is a quick, efficient and fun way to ma...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: Hopping
Topic: IBU Test on Beer (to Help Determine Hopping Levels...)
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

IBU Test on Beer (to Help Determine Hopping Levels...)

Wow, that's a quick temp drop! I have never bothered with a chiller but that should minimize the conversion of alpha acids from late additions. From my perspective hops are the real art of brewing as there are so many variables that come into play. Many of which are difficult if not impossible to co...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: Hopping
Topic: IBU Test on Beer (to Help Determine Hopping Levels...)
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

IBU Test on Beer (to Help Determine Hopping Levels...)

Chiller would help with accuracy overboard chill but depends a bit on process as well. Mainly how long after flame out the chiller goes on and then time until it drops below 80C. Would another approach be to have the hips lab tested after storage to measure aa%? They must do it somehow and you could...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: Hopping
Topic: IBU Test on Beer (to Help Determine Hopping Levels...)
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

IBU Test on Beer (to Help Determine Hopping Levels...)

And for old hops that have been questionably stored, or even well stored, why not try a scotch ale?
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: Hopping
Topic: IBU Test on Beer (to Help Determine Hopping Levels...)
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

IBU Test on Beer (to Help Determine Hopping Levels...)

From what I have read there are significant challenges in accurately estimating IBUs with any of the formulas and that is highly problematic for late additions. For example using the biabacus any 0minute additions are said to attribute 0 IBUs but depending on what happens with the wort after flameou...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: Venturing into the unknown - 1st AG
Replies: 5
Views: 1234

Venturing into the unknown - 1st AG

Relax mate, you've made beer and no doubt it will be awesome. Unfortunately the only way to learn more about your system is to keep brewing! Shocking stuff I know!! Keep measuring and you will work it all out in a couple of brews time. In terms of cleaning the bag I just tip my grain out for the chi...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: My first BIABactus recipe, not so special IPA
Replies: 10
Views: 2978

My first BIABactus recipe, not so special IPA

That depends on a few things. The first being your current altitude. If you are at sea level then reading 95C at boiling is off but if you are up in the mountains somewhere it could be ok. The other thing is that if it is out by 5C at boiling that doesn't mean the error is the same at mash temperatu...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Belgium Saison
Replies: 2
Views: 1705

Belgium Saison

That looks like an interesting beer! Are you going for a reddish colour with the dark malts? I've done it before but it isn't to style in the traditional sense. I'm also wondering about the 20 minutes at 62 and the longer rest at 71. I would be inclined to swap the times around to make sure it finis...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: [Solved]: Silcone air-lock not working.
Replies: 17
Views: 2814

(Old Hands) - Figure this one out!

Was this the saison that you were fermenting? Some ferments are more vigorous than others and I'm wondering if that is among a difference. Even with the holes etc there would be a limit to the volume of gas that could flow through the bung over a period of time. If the has being produced by the ferm...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: How Much Precision Do You Use w/ Managing Mash Temperature?
Replies: 29
Views: 3650

How Much Precision Do You Use w/ Managing Mash Temperature?

If you want a simple rack to keep the bag off the bottom just buy a stainless steel pizza tray, the kind with the holes in them and then use 4 stainless bolts of whatever length you like.

I've thought about it a few times but have never got around to making one.
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: How Much Precision Do You Use w/ Managing Mash Temperature?
Replies: 29
Views: 3650

How Much Precision Do You Use w/ Managing Mash Temperature?

I would be surprised if in a home brew environment anyone can accurately measure temperature of a mash within 1C accuracy with any degree of consistency and I would also question whether anyone could taste the resulting difference in the final beer! I think hitting a range for the mash is important ...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Rye Beer and Rice Hulls
Replies: 14
Views: 2820

Rye Beer and Rice Hulls

I don't think there's an absolute number. It will depend on your bag, other grains used and whether or not you are recirculating.
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Wheat in a British Ale.
Replies: 2
Views: 1594

Wheat in a British Ale.

There shouldn't be any issue with just adding a percentage of wheat to an English pale ale recipe that you like and substituting some wheat for your base grain. A lot of Brewers I know only use ale malt and wheat malt for pale ales so of you started with a recipe of 80-90% Maris otter and 10-20% whe...
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Saison receipe
Replies: 50
Views: 10304

Saison receipe

Don't rush the yeast mate, it might have smashed through it early but it could easily get a few points lower than that! My goals for a saison is normally 1.002 and it's amazing how often they get there!
by Contrarian
1 year ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Rye Beer and Rice Hulls
Replies: 14
Views: 2820

Rye Beer and Rice Hulls

I think the rye will only give you issues if you are recirculating. I've made beers with up to around 20% rye and other than a slightly slower drain than normal not had any issues. A fellow brewer made a 100% rye beer on his 3V system. His first attempt was a disaster but he managed on the second at...

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