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s14suspense
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling

:mash paddle joke:


Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
Time to Boil....A disadvantage of the mash one day, brew the next process is the wort is now cold. So I start it off on the Stove top over both burners to pre-heat before I move it to the Propane Burner outside.



Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
Empty my used grains from last night into the compost bin.



Here is a look at the false bottom in my cooler (mash tun). This keeps the grains off the bottom of the cooler and allows free draining of the liquid wort.



Here is a look at my hop bines(vine plants) I planted last year. They die back in the winter but are now shooting up with a vengeance. I believe that is the Nugget variety at the post. In the black container directly behind that is Cascade.



Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
As my wort heats in my kettle, I drop in an oz of Citra hops and 1 1/2 oz of cascade hops. This is called First Wort Hopping. There is debate about weather it does anything different than just waiting til your wort starts boiling to drop these first addition hops in. I don't know but it doesn't hurt. You see I also use Hop Socks to contain the hops so I don't have to filter my wort after the boil. Some claim Hop Socks don't allow total utilization of the hops as the socks can cause clumping of the hops and so not all of the hop oils are released. I think as long as you keep the amount in each sock at 1 to 1 1/2 oz and they are going into the boil very early....first 30 minutes, Hop Socks are ok. I'll show you later what I do with late hop additions.





s14suspense
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
Hops are looking nice...


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



Yea, they looked puny last year, the first year in the ground. And the ones that are looking the best now I thought had died last year.


tetu
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
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And the ones that are looking the best now I thought had died last year.
The saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" can, at times, apply very well with plants. The extra stresses can sometimes make them more resilient.


Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
I've now moved the kettle to the propane burner....7.5 gallons @8.5 lbs per gallon + 10 lb pot = almost 74 lbs. I'm too old and skinny to be doing this by myself.



s14suspense
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
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almost 74 lb


Damn... yeah. I have to do a good bit of lifting on brew days. Pumps would be nice.


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Fratastic423
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
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Zappas Stache


How long would a brew day start to finish take if you were to tackle it in one day?


Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
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How long would a brew day start to finish take if you were to tackle it in one day?



Its a good 5-6 hour day including collecting mash n sparge water, heating it and then all the clean up at the end.


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Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
We're at the 45 minute mark of a 1 hour boil. This is my homemade copper coil I use to cool the wort after flame out. I drop the coil in the kettle and let it boil the final 15 minutes to sterilize it.





s14suspense
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
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We're at the 45 minute mark of a 1 hour boil


Late hop addition trick coming soon?


Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
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Late hop addition trick coming soon?


Bingo....and they come fast and furious.....and trying to take pics...

Late citra hop addition into a grain bag which gives the hops more room to breathe/ circulate through the wort.



Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
Last 10 minutes of boil adding Irish Moss to help clarify the beer
and Gypsum to brighten the hops. Dallas water is good for copper ales but not for hoppy beer. So it needs the gysum addition.



thedice20
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
i am enjoying the hell out of this thread


Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
More late addition citra hops....

This post was edited on 4/19 at 3:37 pm


BMoney
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
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More late addition citra hops....


Looks like more Irish Moss and Gypsum.


Zappas Stache
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re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling
Flame out! Water hose conncted to the copper coil immersed in the wort. Water on circulates through coil and cools wort quickly. This will get me down to about 100.



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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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Looks like more Irish Moss and Gypsum.


:rimshot:

Fixed.


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