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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.

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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 ...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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