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Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 3972
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 66.245.119.161
Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 03:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A couple of days later than planned but brewing up a clone of Ruination today. Anybody else do any brewing over the 4th?

After a month of baking heat we've had a very pleasent and cool weekend. Hope it continues that way for a while.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2543
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.45.166
Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 06:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No. I'm done until October 1. I have an IPA in primary from last week and an Alt in secondary in the fridge. Once those are bottled, all the equipment goes into storage until cooler weather returns.
 

Steve Jones
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Username: Stevej

Post Number: 708
Registered: 08-2001
Posted From: 76.7.147.111
Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 06:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Vance,
I'll be brewing tomorrow ... an APA. Next week is another Ordinary Bitter split between 5 more yeasts. It should be ready by campout time.
 

dhacker
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Post Number: 2152
Registered: 11-2002
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 06:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Aventinus clone getting ready to go.

Had to pressure wash the house first . .

. . to keep the peace!
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1437
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 08:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I brewed an American Brown this morning.

Tried conditioning the grain prior to milling (per BYO article a couple months back).

Made a huge difference in the way the grain husks stayed intact:
conditioned grain after mash

The husks were like little clam shells, still connected at one end, but with nothing inside.

The only thing, I only got 66% efficiency. I used my normal mill gap for this batch (happens to be .043"). After the brew I measured the gap and then reduced it to .034" for the next batch. We shall see.
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 689
Registered: 02-2006
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 01:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I got a Bo Pils in on Saturday, and doing nicely in the fridge at present. Looking forward to some late summer sipping with this one.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 3973
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 07:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yea, I've got 10 gal of CAP that just started lagering. Think I might keg the first 5 gal at the end of a month just cause Iwant to drink it while it's still hot.

Dave, sounds like the starch portion must have stayed intact? Might have gotten better efficiency with a longer mash? Maybe not if the enzymes couldn't get to the starch easily.
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 690
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Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 11:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

But Vance, it'll be hot until October!!!
Nice, though, to have 5 gallons soon and 5 gallons for later.
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1438
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Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 10:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Vance, the crush did contain more large pieces than normal of starch. That's why I tightened the gap for next time. I mashed in a little on the thick side, too. Next time I'll go for closer to 1.5 to 1.
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 1537
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Posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 07:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dave, I saw that in BYO, but If you are not having a problem with your filter bed, I don't see any advantage in the extra step of conditioning the grain. What did it do for you...besides a lower efficiency?
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 3975
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Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 04:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

But Vance, it'll be hot until October!!!

I'm trying to be optomistic. It's only 82 here now and cloudy. Gonna get the grass mowed while it's still cool. Relatively compared to the last month anyhow.
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1444
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Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 02:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Connie,

the way the husks look, I should be able to run off a little faster, but after brewing the IIPA I brewed yesterday, I may want to just give it up. It really doesn't take that long to do though. I basically just pour 3-4# at a time into a bucket and stir with my hand while spraying a mist of hot water on it, then off to the mill. While I don't think I'm getting the grain too wet, I know I'm getting it wet enough to make the husks stay intact.