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by dick
5 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Buffalo boiler cutting out during boil
Replies: 11
Views: 3728

For question 2, I got a build up of charred material but not as bad as what you got, going by the photo in your other post. In my case, there was no problem with the taste of the beer. If you can remove the material during the boil (it's acting as an insulating layer) then you may not need to modify...
by dick
5 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Question for all brewers using urns
Replies: 17
Views: 5242

I used to get the same charred build up with my urn, where the concealed element was in contact with the base. About every 15 minutes during the boil I scrape the base with a long spatula and this prevents the material building up.
by dick
5 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Best urn options
Replies: 3
Views: 1973

I am using a 30L urn and I get by with it but I think that 40L would be better as the minimum volume to recommend. I bought a cheapie of ebay that is still going after 40 batches or so. I do use a "power regulator" which acts to protect the element to some degree (it is a phase fired controller). It...
by dick
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Fermentation restarted?
Replies: 9
Views: 1506

Sounds like it's OK if the SG hasn't moved in that amount of time. Some yeasts like ringwood are very good at settling out and can take some time to attenuate fully. In such a case the advice from stux is good - a bit of a swirl then a few more days would finish it off.
by dick
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Using a 30 qt (28.3 L) kettle for small batch BIAB
Replies: 6
Views: 1919

G'day Bjork I have a 30 litre urn and I use it to make 20 litre batches. I aim for 25 litres at the end of the boil and put 20-20.5 litres in the no chill cube and the rest is trub. I start the boil with 25 litres and top up during the boil. To start the boil with 25 litres I do a batch sparge after...
by dick
5 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Temp control for an urn
Replies: 7
Views: 2270

Hi Lars, Thanks for you reply, I have done some investigation on the BrewAdelaide forum and one of the guys there showed me a pic of his voltage controller. I did some searching and I am buying this from EvilBay. All I need to do is fit it in a box (with the heat sink on the outside! ) wire it in t...
by dick
5 years ago
Forum: Bags, Mashers, Thermometers, Kettles etc.
Topic: BIAB Bag Materials/Design - Pros and Cons
Replies: 82
Views: 33874

+1 Nylon will be fine.
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: First BIAB & All-Grain
Replies: 10
Views: 1700

That dog just looks like a Dunkel!! Cool name.
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: From Mash to Lauter (Water to Sweet Liquor)
Topic: Hopping in a french press
Replies: 3
Views: 1312

I think you could add it now. How is simcoe for flavour and aroma?

I have used it only as a bittering hop but the smell is quite good when I add it to the boil. I have been thinking of trying it for flavour.
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8301
Views: 734571

G'day Brian

BIAB in an urn + no chill - too easy mate! :thumbs:

Cheers
Dick
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Concealed element or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 2981

G'day Onepot The concealed element is easy to clean as ianh says but I found that during the boil I was getting a build up of charred wort on the area that the element touches. Here is a picture taken after my first batch. Now I scrape the bottom with a long scraper several times during the boil so ...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: 30l Urn, first AG brew
Replies: 39
Views: 11035

The melanoidin doesn't need mashing either, just steeping in water. Just boil the water after removing the grain.
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: How do you clean?
Replies: 15
Views: 3019

I clean:
1. my urn with detergent
2. my bag with water
3. my fermenter, cube, hoses, taps, bottles etc with sodium percarbonate (in pure form from LHBS, not napisan) and sterilise with iodophor.
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Why is my APA dark brown/black?
Replies: 5
Views: 1651

Weyermann choc wheat malt is 800-1200 EBC according to their website. 100g of that is going to make it fairly dark. Yes it is too much if you were really going for an APA. In fact if I was making an APA I would leave it out and stick with the rest of your grain bill. It looks the goods. No it certai...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: 30l Urn, first AG brew
Replies: 39
Views: 11035

Hmmm. Seems temp effects the Gravity reading far more than I expected (or the wort was a lot warmer than I thought). I took some of the wort out of the boiler after I topped up the water to 27l. I let it cool till it was luke-warm to warm and measured the gravity. It read 1.034. I then left the sam...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: 30l Urn, first AG brew
Replies: 39
Views: 11035

Good luck Stefan. Let us know how it goes.
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: How to brew… a noob's book review
Replies: 11
Views: 2064

I bought a hard copy of this book after reading quite a bit of it online. I think it is a great book but yes, it does go well past what a beginner needs to know. I got this after quite a few years of kits and bits brewing, so I already knew some of the basics, and I was moving on to BIAB. It was the...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Fermentation (Wort to Still Beer)
Topic: Wyeast 1056 and krausen not dropping
Replies: 6
Views: 2738

Hi Squared This is the same as US-05, right? I have exactly the same thing with this yeast. It just won't sink to the bottom and the beer is a bit hazy if I don't use a clearing agent. I am currently using Wyeast 1275 for the first time and I am seeing the same thing. The krausen is very thick and g...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: 30l Urn, first AG brew
Replies: 39
Views: 11035

Dick: At the end of the boil it was around 21l. How do I use this to calculate efficiency and how does that effect OG? In terms of measuring the OG, I just removed some of the wort into my measuring cylinder when it was still pretty hot and left it to cool to room temp, then measured the gravity. H...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: 30l Urn, first AG brew
Replies: 39
Views: 11035

Well done Stefan. :clap: I think that you have nailed it. You only had a small problem with the AA content of the hops but that won't matter too much. It sounds like you have a nice APA underway. What volume did you have at the end of the boil? You need this to work out your efficiency so as to get ...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Newbie with a cople of questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1117

G'day Wooderson PP beat me to it but yeah, have a read of that post. You probably want to start with 19-20 litres of strike water and with that kind of liquor to grain ratio you want the strike temperature to be 3-4 degrees higher than the mash temperature. Don't make it too hard for yourself the fi...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: 30l Urn, first AG brew
Replies: 39
Views: 11035

Ok. So still super keen but have been thinking about things a bit. In all likelihood I will be heading to Vancouver in about 3 months to study/work for the next 2 years so am a little reluctant to invest too much money at this point. I can either buy a second hand urn and sell it or I can simply hi...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Bag design with probe in bad position
Replies: 7
Views: 2980

I think I completely stuffed a post of mine up here on BBI. Can you read this post of mine ? There I said the melting point of polyester was 400 C but when we are talking material, I think I have got this quite wrong. I'd like to edit that post but want some more info from you first. (Think I had t...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Bag design with probe in bad position
Replies: 7
Views: 2980

What you have suggested with the sieves could work. Another idea could be to get a strip of thin metal and bend it so there is an angle in the middle and this is put over the probe, vertically, so a bag can go up without getting caught as it slides along this pieces of metal but the wort can get to ...
by dick
6 years ago
Forum: Bags, Mashers, Thermometers, Kettles etc.
Topic: BIAB Bag Materials/Design - Pros and Cons
Replies: 82
Views: 33874

I have a question to add. A fellow in my brewing group expressed concern/speculation about breaking down of the material in a hot, low pH environment. He was wondering: (a) to what degree the amines leached out of the material (b) what they might do (I presume by this he meant to the drinker, accum...

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