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by crundle
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Stir During Mash?
Replies: 24
Views: 5020

Re: Stir During Mash?

I stir in the grain when it is being added, then give it a good suite for about 30 seconds to make sure there are no dough balls, then wrap it in a doonah and leave it for 90 minutes, without stirring or reheating (it doesn't get cold enough in Adelaide to drastically affect the mash temp over that ...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Beer Appreciation (incl. Fault Identification)
Topic: Beer is Cloudy
Replies: 8
Views: 3863

it might even be that it has settled out in the keg somewhat, but the pickup tube might still be sucking up some sediment. This can occur sometimes if the beer is kegged early on in my experience. If the problem goes away when the keg is say half empty (or full depending on your outlook on life) the...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Maintaining Mash Temp in an Electric Urn
Replies: 14
Views: 6273

The grain in the bag drops to the bottom of the urn and forms a blanket that will keep any heat from below trapped below the grain bed, and any heat produced may not even make its way to where the temperature probe is, resulting in a pocket of heat that will be far too high and result in poor effici...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: Adding specialty grains at mash out versus mash in.
Replies: 72
Views: 20457

sounds like a good excuse for brewing 2 batches in a day soon, might do an APA with some crystal and see what happens.

Good stuff indeed.

Matt
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Kegging
Topic: Bottiling from a keg
Replies: 6
Views: 2947

Any beers that I bottle are done from the keg. I get my bottles cleaned and cold, then disconnect the gas-in line from the keg and purge the keg of enough CO2 to allow for a very slow pour from the tap. I tilt the bottle and put the neck over the tap and begin to fill it. There should be only a slig...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: Strong Beer review article
Replies: 3
Views: 1085

I saw a video online of the process in making the Nuclear Penguin beer - interesting stuff. Part freezing the beer in 1000 litre cubes, tilting them on an angle to draw off the alcohol stronger each time, like we would with an Eisbock, but on a larger scale. I would think that the oxidation process ...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Whirlpooling, do you do it? How do you do it? Does it work?
Replies: 13
Views: 2795

Hey Redlegger, my understanding of whirlpooling is to stir as you do for several minutes to get all the solid material into suspension, and then I leave my urn covered with the lid for about 30 minutes to let the solids fall into a cone in the middle of the urn before draining. I then use a piece of...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: Moral support
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

I work afternoon shift and enjoy a beer am-ish also. I don't like to have a beer when I get home as I pretty much go straight to bed, so the morning is like my afternoon/night.

Drop the bagel unless you want to put on weight!

Matt
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: your last brew
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Hmm, a Munich Dunkel I think, or a nice thick stout.

Matt
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: finally one of the gang
Replies: 5
Views: 1150

Great to hear it was fun and games! I still have a laugh when I brew, probably because I now feel confident enough to have a couple of brews during the process, which I never did when I started out. You will love that beer like no other. Keep a bottle aside to have in a years time if you can, and sa...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: Funny looks
Replies: 13
Views: 2248

BIAB for me is faster than traditional when you include the cleanup. I can have it all done and packed away in 4 hours, a mate doing traditional takes at least 6. +1 on milling your own grain. It gives you much better control, so you can work out how much to mill to gain the best efficiency vs time ...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Yeast starters & re-using yeast - Help
Replies: 16
Views: 3627

I got a lot of my yeast from other brewers I know, and grow it each time I brew in a yeast stirrer I made. Then I take a portion of this and put it into a plastic test tube with a lid, and put it in the fridge to store. I then brew up several beers of progressively greater SG that use the same yeast...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: American Pale Ale - NRB's All Amarillo APA (for Mini-BIAB)
Replies: 25
Views: 18122

I salivate at the mere thought of Amarillo. There is something about it that just makes any beer incredibly drinkable.

Matt
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer Old Hands
Topic: Adding specialty grains at mash out versus mash in.
Replies: 72
Views: 20457

Interesting idea there, with some fairly logical arguments to back it up. It would be interesting to see a side by side comparison to see if the effects were noticeable and if so, how noticeable. I still stick with adding them to the mash, mostly for the sake of simplicity, but also to give more tim...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Eurobeer for the Missus
Replies: 4
Views: 2521

Looks like a nice beer Dick, would like to see a photo if you have one, bet it is a sweet looking beer. I love Melanoidin, and I am about to brew a Munich Dunkel, in which I love to add some to the Munich for some extra maltiness. Its a bit too cold for me to be drinking lagers, but come Summertime....
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: My birthday drinks
Replies: 11
Views: 1768

Looks like a fine selection you had there, it reminds me of how spoilt we are being able to make beers of a similar quality ourselves. I can't go to an ordinary pub and just enjoy the beers on offer these days. I keep thinking about how I can't wait to get home to get stuck into my own stock, beers ...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: abita purple haze
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

Yep that sounds like a very dodgy beer. Matt, I am impressed at your brewing the Black Forest Stout. Cherries and chocolate in beer, while impresing me, also scares me a lot! I always brew beers at the lager or pale ale end of the range. I also always have a schwartzbier on tap which I really enjoy...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: Biabrewer BOOK REVIEW
Replies: 14
Views: 3982

Currently I am reading over Jamil Zainasheff's Brewing Classic Styles, looking for my next beer. I also have Ray Daniel's Designing Great Beers in the rotation to help me understand English beers for the winter. Besides that I am re-reading Antony Beevor's Stalingrad for about the hundredth time, an...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: abita purple haze
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

Doesn't sound enticing at all, I wonder if it was infected or is that how it is meant to taste? *shudders*

I have just brewed Jamil's Black Forest Stout, and added the cherries and chocolate today, so hopefully mine tastes better than the drink your wife had!

Matt
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Chilling
Topic: Feedback on No-Chill
Replies: 64
Views: 22501

I have the one from Jamil's book, but haven't actually made it yet to give an opinion, let me know if you want it posted up.

Matt
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: Feedback for Atom feed and later on RSS feeds
Replies: 5
Views: 3586

I use Simple RSS Reader, an addon in Firefox. It is good because it scrolls through the feeds, so you have one topic come up for however long you like, and from time to time while you are on the computer, you will see one that catches your eye. A really good little addon for Firefox, unobtrusive, an...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: Funny looks
Replies: 13
Views: 2248

I was getting funny looks for a bit, but now have a group of converts who are loving all grain beer, regardless of the method used. When they ask me how hard it is to brew, I organise a brew session for them to watch, and they are amazed that it is so simple to do. I however, need to see a tradition...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: Feedback for Atom feed and later on RSS feeds
Replies: 5
Views: 3586

OK, just worked out how to get news feeds of latest posts. The link you need to enter into your reader of choice is - http://www.biabrewer.info/feed.php?mode=newposts I still seem to not be getting any description though in the feed, I have tried using Simple RSS reader Add-on in FF3.6, and RSS read...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: Feedback for Atom feed and later on RSS feeds
Replies: 5
Views: 3586

Feedback for Atom feed and later on RSS feeds

The Admin has kindly arranged to have Atom news feeds enabled on this site, so that now you can get feeds automatically on your computer/phone without having to log in to the website to check for new posts. At the moment it is Atom feeds, as they are the easiest to implement, but later on RSS feeds ...
by crundle
6 years ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: How Would You Improve BIABrewer?
Replies: 88
Views: 26494

It is a bit beyond me, my programming stopped with basic with the Vic 20 (ancient). My understanding though is that it is possible to do, and not to difficult to implement, be it RSS or Atom. I have it set so that my browser keeps updating the feeds from websites I have chosen, so no matter what I a...

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