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aamcle, sounds like you're well on your way to the epiphany most of us have already had: less equipment and less complication make for a happier brew day. If you need to pitch right away, sell that CFC (and pump) to somebody who likes overly-complicated brewing methods and get yourself a simple imme...

I don't see any reason for advising against it. I used to have an underpowered electric stove (hob?) and had to use something similar to get a boil working. It's not recommended to use hot water from your residential water heater as the quality of the water comes into question after it has sat in th...

xfumbler, thank you :thumbs:. =IF(AND(ISNUMBER(AX133),ISNUMBER($BG$86),ISNUMBER($CQ$45)),AX133*($BG$86/$CQ$45),"N/A") I should really look into excel more, this syntax looks very similar to the programming I do at work (FANUC Macro-B). That's excel? I had just assumed that PP's cat was walking acro...

For 90% of my recipes I just use Magnum hops for bittering. They are a very "clean" bittering hop, nothing of note is imparted aroma or flavor-wise in the finished beer when using them as your early bittering addition. They are also a very high AA% so it's economical to use them because you won't ne...

I think PP laid it out pretty well (sorry I missed this thread yesterday). Many of us have gone down the road of building a really cool high tech rig only to eventually come to the realization that simple is best. Some folks are good at taking advice and learning from the mistakes of other, some fol...

As PP points out, we've done research here that verifies the benefit of a full 90 minute mash (plus it gives me more nap time) so I wouldn't go shortening the mash time. That said, you can shorten the mashout time. Once the mash hits an even mashout temp (@170F), the enzymes cease to function and yo...

Todd , thanks for the info on using "breakfast oats " . Guess I always paid to much for flaked oats at the HBS. Will know better next time. J Same deal with rice if you're planning on making a light American pilsner or perhaps a cream ale......"Minute Rice" is exponentially cheaper at the grocery s...

Never done a lager (no patience) but I eagerly await someone's experienced response.

---Todd

BDP wrote:However, I can't help but remain curious, and would be tempted to try some maltodextrin at some point in the future, just to see what the results are.
Beer farts!


Glad we could be of some assistance, the feedback means a lot to us. Keep us posted if you do experiment.


---Todd

Flaked oats will become oatmeal in your mash so you will notice a bit more heft when lifting the bag and it may also become a consideration for those using recirculating systems as it tends to clog the bag a bit (like oatmeal will). I just use "instant oats" flakes (eg: Quaker Instant Oatmeal) as th...

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