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by Tomp
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Dry hopping and cold crashing
Replies: 6
Views: 658

Dry hopping and cold crashing

Now I've got my cooling sorted, I'm trying to work out in my own mind when to dry hop when cold crashing. I've now done a couple of brews and cold crashed then down to 4c for a few days and all goes well, but these haven't been dry hopped. I'm about to do a recipe with 100g of dry hops in the fermen...
by Tomp
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: yeast pitching temperature
Replies: 21
Views: 2456

Re: yeast pitching temperature

I tend to pitch at the lower end if the temperature range, the raise it by 1 degree every day towards the upper end until it’s almost completed then hold it there for about 4 to 5 days (diecytyl rest) before dropping down to the bottom end again for a week or so. Seems to work for me.
by Tomp
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Adding coffee to a porter
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: Adding coffee to a porter

Intothevoid wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:05 pm
that's a bit deflating. im hoping myn comes out well. needs at least 2 weeks of cold conditioning or in my case , garage conditioning.

but I have a mate sending me some dark malts so I may try this recipe on a smaller scale.
I’m sure it will be great. Let us know how it tastes.
by Tomp
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Adding coffee to a porter
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: Adding coffee to a porter

I’ve just made a coffee stout and on tasting before kegging, and decided against adding any coffee. It had just the right amount of coffee taste from the grains. Recipe was as follows: Pale malt 3.8Kg Crystal malt .67Kg Chocolate malt .4Kg Black malt .3Kg Roasted barley .3Kg Carafa III .3Kg Flaked b...
by Tomp
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fermentation and cold crash with Maxi and inkbird
Replies: 6
Views: 1028

Fermentation and cold crash with Maxi and inkbird

I picked up a very cheap maxi cooler this week (old pub going under - real shame) and am thinking of repurposing it for cold crashing and possibly even for lagering. I have a insulation jacket planned made from plastic pipework and insulation. Anyone control one of these from an Inkbird? I want to b...
by Tomp
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: iOS 11.2.5 Crashes Grainfather App; Warning
Replies: 6
Views: 1167

Re: iOS 11.2.5 Crashes Grainfather App; Warning

I used the app on Saturday at 10.2.5 and no problems.

I imported my recipe from Beersmith through Dropbox if that helps track the problem.
by Tomp
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Insulation for crash cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 752

Re: Insulation for crash cooler

TheSumOfAllBeers wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:28 pm
Armaflex is best. Not cheap though, and you will want to use insulation on the cooling lines also
Thanks.
by Tomp
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Insulation for crash cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 752

Re: Insulation for crash cooler

Thanks. Should have said the chamber is already lined with foam - but this isn't reflective. Should have gone for reflective but I had lots of insulation kicking around.
by Tomp
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Insulation for crash cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 752

Insulation for crash cooler

I'm in the process of building a secondary bin / crash cooling unit with a Maxi 310 and a SS Brewtech Brewbucket. Heating is already solved with a tube heater and an ink bird. I intend to wrap silicone tubing around the bucket and tape it in place and use the recirc pump to drop the temperature down...
by Tomp
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cold crashing / secondary fridge advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1709

Cold crashing / secondary fridge advice

I'm after some advice. I want to build a beer fridge to be multi function. I want it to act as a heater / cooling chamber for secondary conditioning and then to allow me to cold crash. Also to primary ferment during the summer months. So with the cooling on the unit and then a tube heater all tied u...
by Tomp
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash efficiency calculators and dark grain bills
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

Re: Mash efficiency calculators and dark grain bills

TBH I don't use a wide range of software. But is it really true that so little is able to account for potential extract of the grain and grainfather-type volumes? These are so normal and fundamental parameters, for almost any brew in almost any system, that it seems incredible to hear that most pro...
by Tomp
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash efficiency calculators and dark grain bills
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

Re: Mash efficiency calculators and dark grain bills

Ive used a few of the online ones and the GF version that comes with the APP and it takes no account of the types of grains. Hence lower efficiency for darker grains. It may let you enter in your own values for extract potential (usually ppg or points/kg/L) If the SW can't deal with something that ...
by Tomp
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash efficiency calculators and dark grain bills
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

Re: Mash efficiency calculators and dark grain bills

Ive used a few of the online ones and the GF version that comes with the APP and it takes no account of the types of grains. Hence lower efficiency for darker grains.
by Tomp
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash efficiency calculators and dark grain bills
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

Mash efficiency calculators and dark grain bills

I've been looking at mash efficiency calculators and think they are deeply flawed for dark beers. As I understand it, the mash efficiency is calculated by the amount of wort you extracted, the grain-bill and the gravity. As darker malts have lower extractable levels, surely the mash will show lower ...
by Tomp
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Late hopping for bitterness
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Late hopping for bitterness

There isn't anything wrong in principle with achieving bittering from late hops; it is less economic for the bitterness but maximises hop flavour - whether that is appropriate for your beer is down to your preferences. The post-boil regime may be important though. Alpha acids are still isomerised u...