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by Rick
1 week ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: The zen of bottling.
Replies: 4
Views: 588
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Re: The zen of bottling.

I'm doing about 16 cases tomorrow (with a friend), hopefully I find some zone like this.
by Rick
8 months ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: Site Online Again: Any problems, let us know.
Replies: 15
Views: 3099
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Re: Site Online Again: Any problems, let us know.

Well, there are plenty of people who think they are GP's in brewing and/or IT. Then, upon closer inspection ... are incompetent boobs (which doesn't seem to prevent them from giving terrible advice). I don't see that too much on here, which is likely why I stick around. Looking forward to the new si...
by Rick
8 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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Re: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.

I'm gearing up for another brew day very soon, probably within a month or so. The past 2 months have been very puppy-centric ... so no brewing for me at all. I have also been kayak shopping for an upcoming trip. Work travel before that as well. Hard to believe it has almost been 6 months since my la...
by Rick
8 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions
Replies: 374
Views: 163082
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Is there a way to change BIABacus defaults to US imperial? No, there is not. I've gotten so used to having US Imperial as the secondary value ... that I probably would not change it (even if I could) at this point. I suspect this is something that may turn many folks off in the early stages of lear...
by Rick
9 months ago
Forum: Full-Volume Variations - FVV (diluting and/or sparging)
Topic: Bru'n Water For BIAB
Replies: 2
Views: 1001
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Re: Bru'n Water For BIAB

Many here who use BIAB do not have a need for any type of sparge, as it is already built into the process when using the full volume in the mash (provided you can fit it all in your system). If you actually could benefit from a sparge, I wouldn't mind seeing a tutorial on filling out that section wh...
by Rick
9 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: A question about Oats - to toast or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 1472
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Re: A question about Oats - to toast or not?

I have used lightly toasted rolled oats(purchased this way from Trader Joe's) in my coconut porter recipe, and regular quick oats with absolutely no detectable difference of flavor, bitterness, OG or ferment-ability. The recipe uses oats for about 12% of the fermentables. This is likely due to the r...
by Rick
10 months ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: What's Happening to BIABrewer in 2017
Replies: 46
Views: 8062
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Re: What's Happening to BIABrewer in 2017

Very good!

It sounds like we'll have a great platform for a greater amount of posting/participation. I tend to visit here in spurts due to inactivity, so hopefully that changes so I can always keep a browser tab open.
by Rick
11 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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Re: Re:

... On deck is; - 10G VIF of 1.077 OG black rye imperial IPA (think FSW Wookie Jack). - 11G VIF of my town famous 1.06 OG porter. Seriously, I don't even like porter that much and I seem to be making this every time. Folks around me really are connecting with it, so I will keep making it. The tweak...
by Rick
11 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
United States of America

Re: Re:

... On deck is; - 10G VIF of 1.077 OG black rye imperial IPA (think FSW Wookie Jack). - 11G VIF of my town famous 1.06 OG porter. Seriously, I don't even like porter that much and I seem to be making this every time. Folks around me really are connecting with it, so I will keep making it. The tweak...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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I think it looks pretty good. Only thing I would do different, reduce target pH to 5.2 (with acid or acid malt, the brewing salts look perfect) to really capitalize on the water profile's goal to aid perception of bitterness. FWIW, Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker gave this advice for how his pal...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: BIABacus and Beersmith discrepancies
Replies: 21
Views: 2900
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Post the beersmith recipe as well as your BIABacus file so that it can be checked for data entry errors.
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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Few updates. The Imperial IPA that I brewed back in April was split into two fermentations to test WLP002 vs US05. I've enjoyed both during the process, but at this point the US05 stands out as the clear winner for longevity sake (which for hoppy beer, can be an oxymoron to some). WLP002 is noticeab...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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I didn't really sour in the kettle, just steeped some unmilled grain in there for 30 mins when the temp came down to 45c. It was then transferred to a carboy for the three day sour. Like you I am more comfortable with it sealed up with an airlock, especially this time of year with the fruit flies. ...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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Nice Rick, bummer about the infected starter. Stupid fruit flies are rampant here this time of year too... :angry: I think the same thing happened to me the other day - I usually do 2 starters in separate containers so I don't have to wash yeast, I went to step them up and one smelled a bit vineger...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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The above sour beer had some issues with the brett starter, as it got infected. Damn fruit fly wiggled under the aluminum foil/rubber band and layed some eggs in there. I'll still give that a go, but it'll have to wait a bit until I can source more Brett. The other two kettles went forward on my 9/2...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: FG and Bottling - First Ever Brew
Replies: 8
Views: 2157
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The important thing is that the FG is stable across a few readings, over an amount of time that gives you confidence that it's finished. With that said, 1.006 is pretty unrealistic for most brews. Outside of brett and sour beers, in 3+ years I've only had one standard ale read below 1.010 (it was 1....
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: BIAB competition success
Replies: 211
Views: 60547
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Awesome, now I'm getting inspiring me to enter a few ... even though I don't really believe in the competitive aspect of brewing.
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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I decided to make 11G of a quick sour beer on the 3rd kettle on the upcoming brew day (early sept). It'll go something like ... Pre-brew day - prep a half gallon lacto-starter with DME and acid malt - hold at 104-114F for 3 days references: http://www.themadfermentationist.com/20" onclick="window.op...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: Check a recipe - Chocolate (and coconut) stout
Replies: 7
Views: 2667
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Looks good to me. Although, 900g seems like a lot of coconut. I use about 340g of toasted Bob's Red Mill flakes in 5g for 2 weeks ... and get a pretty significant contribution. You may experience head retention issues with 900g, as coconut will still add some fats to the brew after toasting/blotting...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
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Hops are fading on the Imperial IPA Bitterness, flavor, or both? With my (non-Imperial) IPAs I've noticed an eventual reduction in hop flavor but not the bitterness. Do you know if commercial examples also suffer the same problem? I don't seem to notice much change over time with commercial beers a...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon." Brew Log.
Replies: 114
Views: 24225
United States of America

Hops are fading on the Imperial IPA that was brewed in early April, I always look forward to this as it showcases the malts that can be hard to perceive through an onslaught of hops. For whatever reason, in both halves of this batch I'm getting a noticeable turbinado flavor and even worse, and big s...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: [Solved]: Silcone air-lock not working.
Replies: 17
Views: 3296
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Oddly enough, like Rick I have also experienced this with blowoff tubes. No idea why either. This is while the blowoff is bubbling away in the jar of starsan, if i push the lid down the bubbling stops for a while then starts back up as the lid starts to bulge again... Never had a lid come off yet t...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: [Solved]: Silcone air-lock not working.
Replies: 17
Views: 3296
United States of America

This is something I've been unable to explain myself, and intermittently encounter the same thing with blow off tubes. The lid has blown off before it would bubble out of the starsan jug. I always make sure the fermenter tube is away from the beer, and even make sure the hose isn't kinked ... even t...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: How Much Precision Do You Use w/ Managing Mash Temperature?
Replies: 29
Views: 4331
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I don't bother hoisting the bag when just adding a few degrees. I just make sure to constantly stir while the flame is on, and no issues for about 2 years doing this. Although, my kettles have the 3-ply 6mm encapsulated bottom. The KAB4/SP10 burners I use also spread the flame out nicely. I don't ev...
by Rick
1 year ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: How Much Precision Do You Use w/ Managing Mash Temperature?
Replies: 29
Views: 4331
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If doing a single infusion mash I will normally start a degree or two high of my target temp and then when the temp drops to a couple degrees low will reheat the wort again. Normally one reheating during the mash at around 40-45 minutes for a 90 minute mash. This is essentially what I do here. Alth...

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