HOMEBREW Digest #6040 Fri 02 August 2013

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  Re: Coffee stout ("Bill Pierce")
  RE: Mashtun Insulation ("Ryan Thomas")
  Re: Mashtun Insulation (Mike Schwartz)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:58:42 -0400 From: "Bill Pierce" <BillPierce at aol.com> Subject: Re: Coffee stout I concur entirely with Michael Thompson's endorsement of Nathan Watkins's cold steeping coffee method from Zymurgy. In fact, you might try this for your morning cup sometime as an experiment. Heat the cold coffee in the microwave (I know; it's heresy to coffee purists). Of course there is no need to heat the coffee for addition to beer. One thing I might add is that for beer it's best to use coffee beans with a medium roast. Darker roasts such as French roast and espresso, for example, as well as most of Charbucks (er, Starbucks) varieties, tend to bring out the coffee oils that can cause a sheen on the surface of the beer and reduce the head. For the same reason, Watkins recommends a coarser grind; fine grinds again tend to bring out the oils. Brew on! Bill Pierce Cellar Door Homebrewery Burlington, Ontario Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:53:47 -0600 From: "Ryan Thomas" <ryanthomasai at gmail.com> Subject: RE: Mashtun Insulation Mike Morton asks about mash tun insulation. I've had good results with something similar to Reflectix, which is essentially bubble wrap with Mylar on both sides. Wrap it around your mash tun and secure with some tape. Easy on and off if you are going to be direct firing the mash tun as a kettle in a BIAB setup. I've don't directly heat my mash from the outside, so I've been considering a nanotech paint-on insulation. It's a bit pricey, but seems like it would do the trick. http://www.nansulate.com/nansulate_translucent_GP.htm Cheers, Ryan Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:41:06 -0500 From: Mike Schwartz <mjs at seadogboats.com> Subject: Re: Mashtun Insulation Mike Morton asked about Mash Tun insulation. I've never worked with the denim material but have seen fiberglass that's completely sealed in plastic sleeves to ease installation. I use closed cell foam like the sleeping pads they sell at sporting goods stores for camping or exercise pads. Works great, very easy to work with, and reasonably inexpensive. Mike Schwartz Beer Barons of Milwaukee beerbarons.org worldofbeerfestival.com Born to brew, forced to work... Return to table of contents
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