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by natept
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Please evaluate my crush
Replies: 13
Views: 3142

Figured I should post an update that since I replaced my bag I've been getting no visible husk material in the boil and the off flavor has not shown it's ugly head in the last 3 batches so I believe this mystery has been solved. Thank you all for the responses.
by natept
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Please evaluate my crush
Replies: 13
Views: 3142

Thanks for the responses. I brewed today with a new bag the wife sewed up - 0 grain in the kettle. Mash PH was in the acceptable range, will know in a few weeks if the grain was the culprit. If I still have issues I'll reread the responses a few more times and start dissecting my process further. Ch...
by natept
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Please evaluate my crush
Replies: 13
Views: 3142

Wow - thanks for the feedback so far. I think I need to read PP and HbgBill's replies a few more times! Let me clarify - I'm happy with the efficiency I'm getting (both at 60 and 90 minutes) with this crush. I'm concerned by the grainy flavor in a recipe I'm familiar with (MO, 150L crystal, special ...
by natept
4 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Please evaluate my crush
Replies: 13
Views: 3142

Please evaluate my crush

Hello All, I've been using a modified corona mill for a few batches now and settled on the below crush: http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/7901/crushv.jpg Does this look about right? I've noticed my bag is draining a bit slower than it used to, but not by much. One beer (special bitter) that I just ...
by natept
4 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: Adding specialty grains at mash out versus mash in.
Replies: 72
Views: 23497

I think I'm going to try this with a mild. It typically takes me around 10 mins to raise the temp of the mash to mashout temps, and then I hold for 10 more minutes so I think I'll add the specialty grains to the bag while I raise the temp, that should give about 20 minutes of steep time. I just hang...
by natept
4 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: How much did you brew in 2012?
Replies: 17
Views: 2807

115 gallons in 2012 (435L) - 23 5 gallon batches. I'd like to get closer to 200 gallons this year if work/life don't get too crazy.
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: BIAB competition success
Replies: 211
Views: 60756

PistolPatch wrote:Yep, that's a very nice swag :thumbs:.

On your blog, I read about the "double" mashing for the high gravity brews. That deserves a whole new thread I reckon natept. Good stuff!
Ask and ye shall receive:

http://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1826
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: BIAB competition success
Replies: 211
Views: 60756

I haven't posted in this thread in a while, but have entered many competitions since I last posted. I track all my scores/places on a page on my blog, feel free to check it out:

http://bagendbrewery.wordpress.com/competition-results/

Main blog here: http://bagendbrewery.wordpress.com/
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Double mashing - for a barleywine
Replies: 18
Views: 6021

Well, it worked. I ended up doing 2 75 minute mashes at about 148. The only issue was the wort did not want to part from the grain after the 2nd mash. I don't normally squeeze, but even after squeezing a ton, the grain absorption was a quarter gallon higher then I normally have. As the bag was hangi...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Double mashing - for a barleywine
Replies: 18
Views: 6021

Picked up the grain last night - split 24 lbs of Marris Otter and a half pound each of Medium and Extra Dark Crystal into 2 bags. Planning to mash 1st grain bag at 148 for 60 minutes, remove bag and let drain in a bucket, heat wort up to strike temp and add 2nd grain bag at 148 for 60 minutes. I'll ...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Double mashing - for a barleywine
Replies: 18
Views: 6021

Certainly sounds interesting and I'd be VERY interested to hear the results... A couple of possible concerns/comments 1) Mashing at 145 is pretty low and 30min is pretty short. I've seen recipes that call for low mash temps (which are actually higher than 145) and recommend a longer mash time to co...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Double mashing - for a barleywine
Replies: 18
Views: 6021

Good Day, I have tryed this process, and found the maximum Gravity with double Mashing to be 1.106sg. I then tried two next to next mashes, Found they only got to 1.10X. Then, I took both mashes as ONE, added the hops and Boiled off to 1.178sg, It was a wonderful Syrup. I tryed Wine yeast to fermen...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Double mashing - for a barleywine
Replies: 18
Views: 6021

Double mashing - for a barleywine

Hello all, Some friends and I are going to brew a barleywine this Saturday. The highest gravity I've brewed without extract in the past is 1.072 getting around 65% mash efficiency. For this barleywine I'm planning to use 11-12kg of grist. I just read about doing a double mash, so basically I'd use 6...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Bottling English Barleywine
Replies: 17
Views: 3886

Would krausening be better then adding fresh yeast and priming sugar to bottle a barleywine or other high alcohol beers? Seems like the yeast would have a better chance. Obviously it'd be best to use the same yeast strain in the beer that you're pulling krausen from.
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Process improvements - feedback needed
Replies: 26
Views: 5252

Haven't posted in a while here - thought I'd let you all know that I'm still happily making beer with just a kettle and a bag! I'm so glad you all talked me out of walking down that path I was headed...I've brewed a lot lately (before last week I had brewed 7 batches in 6 weeks) and have made some f...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Excessive TRUB from BIAB
Replies: 10
Views: 6020

I'm a bit OCD when brewing and I want to transfer as little trub as possible - I just think it's best to leave it behind and it makes repitching yeast A LOT easier when you don't have as much trub to separate. I also don't like using hop bags so I free-ball it (regardless of what I'm brewing). I try...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Process improvements - feedback needed
Replies: 26
Views: 5252

Thanks to this thread I'm for sure sold on not going the pump direction. I'm going to keep it simple (stupid). I did brew yesterday, hit my target OG on the nose. I didn't use hop bags (man is it nice not cleaning out the hop gunk after brewing!). I did whirlpool with my spoon and got a nice vortex ...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Process improvements - feedback needed
Replies: 26
Views: 5252

Hi natept I built This and get clear wort after recycling about 4 Litres. Not tested on pellets yet but works great with leaf hops. I recon it should work with pellets though. This is pretty interesting - I mostly use pellets, but also use leafs from time to time. Might have to give it a try. Thanks
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Process improvements - feedback needed
Replies: 26
Views: 5252

Pete - I did read it all! I respectfully disagree about hop bags, from experience (albeit using a small amount of hops), which is why I want to adjust that part of my process (adjusting may mean using bags and increasing the amount of hops to achieve the result I'm looking for - first I'm going to b...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Process improvements - feedback needed
Replies: 26
Views: 5252

I said I'm happy with my beers, but that doesn't mean I don't want to make them even better (in this case more consistent)! I have no trouble getting within .001-.002 of my target OG and for that I'm happy (up to about 1.075 OG at least, haven't done too many batches higher then that). I was thinkin...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Process improvements - feedback needed
Replies: 26
Views: 5252

You guys are probably right. I do usually follow the KISS methodology, so maybe I should ditch the pump idea for the time-being. I still wonder if I'd be more consistent with FG if I mashed higher or did a 60 minute mash instead of 90, only one way to find out for sure I guess. Anyone else not use h...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Process improvements - feedback needed
Replies: 26
Views: 5252

Process improvements - feedback needed

Good day all, I've been BIAB brewing for about a year and a half and have done about 25 batches. I'm happy with the beer I'm brewing, but I've decided it may be time to tweak a few things. I am not really sure if it would be worth the trouble/expense - so I'm looking for some feedback. I'm a bit ana...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Timothy taylor Landlord
Replies: 7
Views: 2699

Thanks guys, added to my tobrew list. Question re the dark crystal. I have medium , could I just up the percentage or should I buy the dark? Upping the percentage of medium isn't going to add the same flavor as dark. Light, medium, dark, extra dark cystals all have different flavors associated with...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: Need help from someone in the UK
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

Hey Yeasty - I just got a reply from Northern Brewer - they can get me one for about $50 (from Harry Masons), which is probably about the same or less after shipping and conversion to pounds so I think I'll just go with NB - that way I don't have to inconvenience anyone. Thanks for the offer - great...
by natept
5 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: Need help from someone in the UK
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

I appreciate it Yeasty, let me know if there's something from the US you're looking for!

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