Anyone Still Brew Beer Here

Re: Anyone Still Brew Beer Here

PostBy: Doby On: Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:40 pm

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:
Doby wrote:When you make all grain how do you do it? I batch sparge


My brother and I do BIAB and get great all grain results by modifying the BIAB a bit. We do batch sparge. The nice thing about BIAB is the bag can be lifted slightly and allowed to drain. This increased the efficiency a bit over straight BIAB. Clean up is quicker too.


Yea plus in the comfort of your kitchen, I really should read up and try it, I'm just so darn proficient at the batch sparge I neglect to try something new
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Re: Anyone Still Brew Beer Here

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:32 pm

We brew in the garage - heated and insulated :) Did a 7 gal batch of oatmeal stout that's now 2 wks in the bottle. Still sharp from the dark malts but will age out nicely. Yielded 58 bottles. He uses a counterflow, use imersion. Even with a whirlpool, trub still makes into the primary with the counterflow.

He only does secondary on lagars. Bought a used 7.2 cu ft freezer with a STC-1000 controller installed. Makes lagering simple. I use to only lager now while it's good and cold in my garage.
Doppelbock is tasty!
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Re: Anyone Still Brew Beer Here

PostBy: offcoursey On: Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:50 pm

I use a 10 gallon cooler, most times when I sparge, I drain the wort completly, then pour sparge water(about 170*) through a colander...slowly, while the cooler is draining. I will do this 2x and use about a gallon of water each time. I know I lose efficiency but it works. I've used a piece of foil with holes in it in place of the colander too. It's not the 'right way' but my beer turns out good, so I'm told.
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Re: Anyone Still Brew Beer Here

PostBy: offcoursey On: Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:58 pm

I brew on a glass top stove in the kitchen(partial mash) in the colder weather, and all grain,outside in the summer. Nice labels! I only make ales but all different kinds. Try using some crushed fenugreek seeds if you want a maple flavor. It works well in oatmeal stouts. It's very strong but won't ferment out like real maple syrup (and it's $1 at the dollar store).
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