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  1. dent

    Fermenting Under Pressure

    That's a pretty good idea, nice work.
  2. dent

    No Sparging brewing

    Yeah with a mash pH that high your efficiency will be crap, sparge or not. Apart from that you're not guaranteed to get lower efficiency with no sparge, but it is highly likely. The liquid soaked into the spent grain when you're finished filling the kettle will have more sugars left in it...
  3. dent

    CPBF Recommendations

    That T shaped one is a pain in the arse to use, so unless you're filling glass bottles the simple carb cap is a better choice.
  4. dent

    No Sparging brewing

    The pH of the water is irrelevant. The buffering capacity of the water is what matters, unfortunately a pH meter cannot test this. Instead you want to be testing the pH of the mash. This way you find the outcome of the water buffering capacity vs that of the grist. I've heard mixed reports...
  5. dent

    Does anyone boil for > 90min?

    I often end up with 2+ hr boils as I am often pretty generous sparging into the kettle. I do notice after such a long boil the wort gets very bright with large snail size flocs without any help with finings. Apart from that I haven't noticed much difference.
  6. dent

    Fermenting Under Pressure

    Well, yeah obviously it is a little more effort - and those kegmenters aren't cheap. Then again if you're happy with the percarbonate, it's not much extra effort at all - change a spring once, and trim a dip tube once. This way I can go straight from fermenting to dispensing while using my...
  7. dent

    Fermenting Under Pressure

    It is nice to see a resurgence of this. I stopped doing the pressure ferments back in the day as cleaning the krausen from the inside of the 50L kegs was a PITA. But lately I've started it up again with slightly modified cornies, as part of my current war against oxidation. At least with...
  8. dent

    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    Just a reminder to be careful with the sodium meta additions. It tastes pretty awful if there's much left in the finished beer - it reminds me of bottom-dollar cider.
  9. dent

    Australian Bitter Ale: BJCP 6.1 [AABC]

    I brewed an ABA years back that was pretty much inspired by the new AABC guideline - got 2nd place state wise. I really enjoyed the style as a showcase for subtle Australian hops and a super clean malt profile.
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  11. Zig Reverse HERMS

    Zig Reverse HERMS

  12. dent

    Whats In The Glass

    Sunshine Pils Clean lager with a nice bit of hersbrucker in the aromatics.
  13. dent

    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    It would probably help if it was under vacuum as well.
  14. dent

    Low mash pH from rainwater

    Rainwater alone won't result in a low pH for brewing purposes - even with distilled water the pH is still too high (5.8 with pils malt). Measuring the pH of the water is a waste of time. Check your mash pH instead. It is likely you've overdone the mineral additions which has resulted in...
  15. dent

    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    Well the first brew on LODO is on tap now. I think it still has some of that great aromatic nature but it has diminished a lot - but that was expected, the cold side process still needs some work. Gotta say this must be one of the palest beers I've ever brewed. The other problem is I think I...
  16. dent

    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    I'm just gonna put this here.. -- This is a great post on the GB forums, about the commercial brewing aspect of all this.
  17. dent

    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    I spent some time today working on the fermenter-to-keg transfer setup. I wanted to be able to vacuum out a corny, and suck the beer from the fermenter with no air gaps anywhere. This was my first brew that I just used a plastic fermenter on, but the process will be pretty similar with the...
  18. dent

    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    Bam! This is number one I reckon. Doppelbock might be one of those styles, like old ale or RIS, that actually benefits from some oxidation. But that is fairly arguable. I would say recirculating is asking for trouble, if you can get a clean wort into the kettle without it, then, great.
  19. dent

    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    Yep, no brass - I went and replaced all of my old valves and fittings for stainless. I couldn't use an old plate chiller as that was copper too. You shouldn't have any bubbles or leaks anyhow in a recirculating system. Splashing is never good practice apart from a half-assed wort oxygenation...
  20. dent

    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    Just regular HD silicon hose works OK - sometimes it sucks in a bit but never to the point that it closes altogether unless there's a tight bend in it. I originally planned for this - I was going to make a bunch of spirals of stainless MIG wire inserted into the hoses to stop them collapsing...