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by PhilB
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Grain efficiency
Replies: 7
Views: 912

Re: Grain efficiency

Now let me see your license for pedantic harassment … ... I need no license ... but, I'll not even bother to point out the lack of validity and lack of poetry in your license :wink: I mean my grains in a bag in less than the full amount of water, lifting the bag out and running some water through t...
by PhilB
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Grain efficiency
Replies: 7
Views: 912

Re: Grain efficiency

I think the reason I notice no loss of efficiency is what I might lose in mash efficiency I easily make up for from increased overall brewhouse efficiency. Maybe recirculation is keeping my efficiencies up too? ... erm, point of pedantry PeeBee ... but earlier in the post you've said you "don't not...
by PhilB
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: 1.002 FG reading on IPA
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: 1.002 FG reading on IPA

Hi Meaty Did you dry hop? It can result in further fermentation ("hop creep", I think it's known as). ... +1 to that, hops contain enzymes that can break down otherwise unfermentable sugars and proteins in you beer, creating more sugars, more fermentation, so more alcohol :? ... it's been known abou...
by PhilB
Fri May 17, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Choosing hops
Replies: 27
Views: 1511

Re: Choosing hops

Hi Meatymc To be clear, I wasn't after credit (I first heard about the technique on an Aussie forum, so if anyone deserves credit it's someone down-under) ... I just wanted to "throw my hat into the ring" as someone who's also taken this approach, and link to what I do (which you've adapted slightly...
by PhilB
Fri May 17, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Choosing hops
Replies: 27
Views: 1511

Re: Choosing hops

Hi All ... sorry whoever, can't find the relevant thread ... ... that's OK Meaty, but it was me, over there (link) :wink: ... wouldn't dry hopping be easier? Or is there some science I have yet to discover ... ... there's some science around, but mostly there's an overwhelming body of empirical evid...
by PhilB
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Full Volume BIAB
Replies: 11
Views: 584

Re: Full Volume BIAB

Hi Meaty ... it's what Jim said ... To describe it another way (let's see if that helps clarify :wink: ) , you need to recognise that your efficiency at the end of the mash is as high as it is going to be and from that point forward losses of liquids (containing sugars from the mash) will only reduc...
by PhilB
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner
Replies: 44
Views: 2254

Re: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner

Hi spook So I'm looking for a 'cheat' that will get me *similar* results without extending my brew day. ... I believe the more traditional "cheat" for getting those effects is to use a small proportion of Weyermann's Melanoidin Malt, which is kilned specifically to have more melanoidins, without the...
by PhilB
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Bargains Online and In Store
Topic: Cheap One Pot Klarstein
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Re: Cheap One Pot Klarstein

Hi Dave I thought it had a separate grain basket. Was I looking at the wrong picture? ... it does have a grain basket included, it says "Removable filter bin for easy removal of the spent grain" under the list of Properties and Dimensions :? ... overall, what with the immersion chiller included, loo...
by PhilB
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Barm vs Krausen
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Re: Barm vs Krausen

Hi It was my understanding that barm was the term for the collected "worty/beery/yeasty mixture", particularly when collected for use in baking bread, rather than the stuff when it's sat on the top of fermenting ale :? ... you know, like when the wood is still part of a tree in the forest it's a 'br...
by PhilB
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: 'Driving off' hop oils
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Re: 'Driving off' hop oils

Hi Meaty Here's an alternative approach to late-hopping and steeping that you may want to throw in the mix, for consideration ... on brewday, proceed with your boil as usual but leave out all late hop additions in your recipe (anything in the last 15 mins, say, don't worry they'll get involved later...
by PhilB
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: 25li Bulk LME
Replies: 34
Views: 2754

Re: 25li Bulk LME

Hi orlondo Ahhhh, now I understand where you were coming from :wink: ... for the record, I agree that starter supernatant/spent wort/fermented unhopped grain-juice doesn't taste like (good) beer ... but I still advocate tasting it after decanting off your yeast, it helps in checking for infections a...
by PhilB
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: 25li Bulk LME
Replies: 34
Views: 2754

Re: 25li Bulk LME

Hi johnnyboy Good to hear you've found an approach that suits you and makes beer that you like :wink: ... Weighed out the required of LME (4200g) and brewed as usual. Normal hop routine, fermented as usual (SO-4 yeast) and bottled. ... it sounds like you've done a full-volume extract brew there, hav...
by PhilB
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: How much Special B?
Replies: 17
Views: 2368

Re: How much Special B?

Hi Kingfisher To be clear, I wasn't "recommending" Graham's Beer Engine particularly ... I mean, I use it and like its simplicity, but it is already quite dated and with Graham's passing is very unlikely to be further developed :? ... and, as a Grainfather user I would imagine the "inter-connectedne...
by PhilB
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: How much Special B?
Replies: 17
Views: 2368

Re: How much Special B?

Hi MTW They list the malts as extra pale Maris Otter, Rauch, dark crystal and special B and the beer is 6% and 50 EBC. ... From the malts listed, I can't see that they would get to 50 EBC without well over 10% (probably nearer 14-15%) of the grains coming from those two malts combined, even if you a...
by PhilB
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Coopers Ginger Beer kit
Replies: 21
Views: 1241

Re: Coopers Ginger Beer kit

Hi Adam ... wondering whether I should try chucking in a sachet of Gervins Ale yeast that I've got hanging around? If I do this, then should I stir it in or just leave it floating on the surface and hope it kick starts the fermentation process? ... there may still be time for the kit yeast that you ...