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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


I mix well with a long spatula.....My birthday is coming up.....in 7 mos and I need a mash paddle.







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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


After stirring for a couple of minutes and letting the mash sit for a couple of minutes I take my temp reading.



154....boom....right where it should be. Online calcs are so nice. Those old guys who brewed in the 80s-90s must have been wizards with math.

So I'll let this sit for 30 minutes......I only mash for 30 minutes vs. the 60 minutes most books tell you to. I have not seen any difference in my efficiency....always sh*tty....or the beer taste. I read about this 30 minute mash on some blog. He actually recommended 20 minutes of mash.



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BottomlandBrew
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Online calcs are so nice


You use the Brew365 mash and sparge calc tool? That is the only thing I use to determine my mash/sparge volumes and temps. It's money every time. I use Beersmith for recipe calculations, then Brew365 for mashing.






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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


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You use the Brew365 mash and sparge calc tool?


Yes

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That is the only thing I use to determine my mash/sparge volumes and temps. It's money every time. I use Beersmith for recipe calculations,


Same here. Ive tried other calculators and they never seem as accurate as 365.






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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


During the 30 min mash, Ive stirred the grist thoroughly with my spatula two times taking care not to splash. From here on out, splashing is a no no as it could cause oxidation of your beer down the road. I always cause some minor bubbling and I don't know how to avoid that.

Now that our 30 minute mash time is up, I place my tubing into a glass pitcher and fill this pitcher up. You'll see grains floating in the wort (liquid). I pour this pitcher of wort back into the mash tun slowly. Then repeat 3 or 4 times till you don't see any grains floating.







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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


Now I can start transferring my sweet, sweet wort into my boil kettle. I open the valve just slightly so as to allow the liquid wort to slowly drain over the grains and catch as much sugar as possible. It may take 20-30 minutes to drain it all.







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Dav
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Would love to learn how to homebrew. This all looks like a great hobby and awesome way to learn about the "science" of beer.

Keep the pics coming man






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suga pudin
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Would love to learn how to homebrew. This all looks like a great hobby and awesome way to learn about the "science" of beer. Keep the pics coming man


Agreed. This is also pretty entertaining.






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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


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This all looks like a great hobby and awesome way to learn about the "science" of beer.




So now its time to sparge....or rinse the residual sugars still on the grains that we left behind when we drained our original mash water, now called wort, into our kettle.

My sparge water temp is at 190....damn hot so be careful. I drain 3 gallons of this water into the mash tun (orange cooler w/ grains in it). This hot water is too hot to convert anymore sugars from the grain and actually stops any of the enzyme activity we started with the original mash water temp of 165. I'll let this 3 gallons sit for 15 minutes after stirring it well.

The way I tell how many gallons I am draining from my hot liquor kettle...which has 5 gallons in it, is I have a pvc pipe with 1/2 gallon increments marked on it. So if I start with 5 gallons in the tank and drain 3 that will leave me with..................I need a beer.



Sparge water into the mash tun







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BMoney
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And I thought I was up late brewing last night...

You doing the boil tonight, or waiting til tomorrow?






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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


after 15 minutes, I drain some wort into a glass pitcher as we did previously.....is it a sign of a compassionate narcissist that I keep switching from the singular to the plural?....look for grains floating, pour back into the mash tun and repeat. Then drain the wort into the boil kettle with the wort you, we collected on the mash run.







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Zappas Stache
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Now I have 5.5 gallons of sweet, sweet wort. And I have 2 gallons of sparge water remaining. I need to end up with a total of 7.5 gallons of wort before I start my boil and add hops. Gonna be tight.I drain this into your mash tun and let it sit for 15 minutes.




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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


Now I'm ready to drain the final sparge run. I drain the wort into the glass pitcher again, look for floating grains, pour it back into the mash tun and repeat til I see no floating grains......grains in your boil may cause unwanted bitterness and off flavours. I always have a few but try to keep them to a minimum. Then drain the final sparge into your boil kettle.







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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


All the wort is now in the boil kettle. By my....365online....calcs I needed 7.5 gallons.....



7.55 gallons.....I love when things go right......But Mr. Zappa......did you hit your gravity target (collect enough sugars so your final beer will be the alcohol % you designed things for)?

Let me take out my refractometer (this is a rifle scope looking thingy that can read the sugar content from just a drop of wort). Place a drop on the glass, flip the cover and look through one end into a light. There is a grapg that shows in the viewfinder......I was shooting for 1.041 gravity....I get 1.049! Awesome! That means my efficiency of extracting sugars from the grain is 83%....maybe the best Ive ever done. I design and assume 70% but have been as crappy as 50%. But 83% deserves a pat on the back......and with a 30 minute mash my friends.







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"Let it be known that the negro slave shall count as 3/5 that of a white man. For this is my will." - Jesus

And the founding fathers all said, "Amen!"


You need to say spoilers if oyu are gonna ruin the plot of Bioshock Infinite






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This summer will be the summer of brewing beer and learning charcuterie. It's going to be glorious, then I'm going to retire in August.





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Zappas Stache
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This summer will be the summer of brewing beer and learning charcuterie. It's going to be glorious, then I'm going to retire in Augus


George....that you?






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kfizzle85
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I have a feeling I'll bear a striking resemblance to him in about 8 years. Better get laid while I can. Sigh.





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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling


So it's now midnight and you're thinking, Dude.....you still have a 1 hour boil and then 30 minutes of cooling it down, transferring to a carboy, pitching yeast......at least 2 hours of work. More if you clean everything up.........

I have a solution......






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I have a solution......







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