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Interesting method. We've been doing an on-going experiment wherein we have been measuring gravity at the end of a standard mash and then again at the the end of the mashout. A lot of us then squeeze the bag before we begin the boil. The interesting part?......squeezing the shit out of the bag does...

Thanks Gents that's awesome. I will need more info about my water to apply that lot properly so in the meantime I will just get on with my plan of mashing with 15L RO and 5L tap with a teaspoon of Epsom salts, the tap and salts should provide some buffering but allow a low pH. Sparging with boiled ...

I like the document and it has given me some things to think about. If for instance you do want to brew with distilled water. Would you suggest adding of anything to that water? I know its possible to ferment with unadalterated distilled water, but would you want to as a matter of taste? For the pr...

Hey Michael...Nice document. I agree with most of it. I've never much cared about replicating famous waters, just monitoring pH which is what you're advocating. One point of contention: Your discussion on RA, according to well-respected (in my opinion) brewer A. J. DeLange, is incorrect. Check out ...

Thanks Michael! I'll be hanging this in the brewery.Regarding campden tablets,what is the"careful though" warning for? Also,with respect to your BJCP creds. Do you consider yourself a good judge of IBU's? Don't get me wrong it's just that most judges "of anything" have strong and weak areas in what...

I've attached a brewing water "cheat sheet". It's been developed over the last ten years or so. It started as notes I used to teach BJCP exam prep classes. (I am a BJCP National judge with over 20 years brewing experience)

Hope it clears up some misconceptions for you!

Michael

Good Day MMD21, For some thought on drainig/compressing the grains take a look at http://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1335" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and http://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=586" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; My point is. I d...

I've been reevaluating my squeezing process after a run of hazy beers. I haven't come to a conclusion yet but I'm working on it. MHB on AHB mentioned in passing that BIAB squeezers risk getting long chain protein haze in their beer. That's what I think I'm getting. I've done a lot of testing on thi...

Zooms OK in Firefox. Does the Lauter Loss for traditional brewing assume a sparge, or is this just what you get when you drain the wort off of the grains? I am confused. A higher absorption means that more liquid is left behind in the grains. Why does that lead to lower lautering losses? Shouldn't ...

I have a 15 Gallon Blichmann Boil Maker, I was wondering if anyone is using this kettle for BIAB. I have just recently purchased this kettle and I did not take into account the thermostat probe that extends into the kettle. I have not tried to brew a batch with this kettle yet, however it seems to ...

My testing has not involved stirring, so I can't speak to that. The hulls don't sink; they actually tend to float. I am recircing with a pump. They do get mixed with the grain from the recirc, as well as occasional stirring, but no problems with clogging. Definitely not required if your runoff out o...

I've been experimenting with a similar "basket" system. More holes definitely increases flow. A simple fix if you're having problems though, is to toss in a pound or so of rice hulls. I used them in every batch with my 3-vessel system, and also use them with my BIAB/bucket experiments. Cheap insuran...

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