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by BigEd
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Protein Rest : When to use it?
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: Protein Rest : When to use it?

Not disagreeing with you, just interested, what do you think is gained by doing a short protein rest if you start at 55C in a german lager? As in what would the final product have (or not have) over one that starts at saccarification temps? One of the aspects of what I enjoy in German lagers is the...
by BigEd
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Protein Rest : When to use it?
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: Protein Rest : When to use it?

I recently listened to Jamil Z on the Brew Strong podcast state that if you sit at the 50-60C protease temperatures for too long (and he stated ANY time with 100% modern well modified malts is too long) you will degrade the proteins too much and lose head retention proteins and other useful things ...
by BigEd
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Protein Rest : When to use it?
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: Protein Rest : When to use it?

mashy wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:05 am


When I saw the question my first thought was "this'll start a fight".


:lol: I've been involved in a few over the years on other forums.
by BigEd
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Protein Rest : When to use it?
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: Protein Rest : When to use it?

There's no consensus answer for your question. Virtually all malt today is well-modified. That doesn't mean you can't do an intermediate rest but it is not crucial as it may have been years ago with some malts. If you are going to use one the 55C range is a good place to start. The old rest stages o...
by BigEd
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Barley Wine Carbonation
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Re: Barley Wine Carbonation

I'd let it be. My preference on this style is a low and soft carbonation or for the really big ones a still beer. Given time there should be some growth in the carbonation but it likely won't approach the levels of a low to medium gravity beer. That's not a bad thing IMO.
by BigEd
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Rubber strip
Replies: 25
Views: 3604

Re: Rubber strip

I don't think so. Pretty sure they are different diameters. Perhaps someone can confirm.
by BigEd
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Lager Yeast
Replies: 2
Views: 865

Re: Lager Yeast

Just as in ales, there are a wide variety of lager yeasts many of which accent different notes of the beer or are often matched with a particular style. So my question to you is, what styles of lager are you planning to brew? BTW unless you are brewing exclusively American type pale ales/IPAs I thin...
by BigEd
Wed May 29, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: What Barley malt do you use?
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: What Barley malt do you use?

Since I bought my own malt mill now I’m looking for buying 25kg bags of grains to lower my costs a bit. What kind of malt do you use? Do you recommend a specific manufacturer? I found good prices for Weyermann Pale ale/Pilsner (29.7/27.5 Eur/25kg) or Castle Malting Pale ale/Pilsner (23/25Eur/25kg)....
by BigEd
Fri May 24, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Adjusting ABV
Replies: 4
Views: 922

Re: Adjusting ABV

Unless there is a really compelling reason to dilute the beer I wouldn't worry about that small difference of ABV. However, if you must I'd use the same type of water used for brewing the beer and suggest boiling it first to drive off dissolved O2 and sterilize it. You can dilute using some simple m...
by BigEd
Sun May 12, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: BrewingSalts and Boiling Off
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: BrewingSalts and Boiling Off

I'm brewing a Thomas Hardy Ale tomorrow. To make my life easier I'm going to mash at 55l and boil down to30l. I obviously need the right pH to mash and I'm adding 40g gypsum, 28g epsom and 6g calc chlor to give me a pH of 5,5 for 55l. I use Bru'n'Water for the mineral addition. When I boil off I'll...
by BigEd
Mon May 06, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Extra grain in a hop bag for High Gravity brew?
Replies: 8
Views: 1195

Re: Extra grain in a hop bag for High Gravity brew?

Can't say that I've tried it but seems like it's worth a shot to me. I'm in a similar situation. I recently switched to a Braumeister 50L from my home-built picnic cooler mash tun system. While most of my beers fall into the 4.5-6% ABV range and should be achievable without modifications I do have o...
by BigEd
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Recipes
Topic: Kolsch
Replies: 1
Views: 733

Kolsch

Brewed my first "real" beer on the 50L yesterday. [Disclaimer]I did do a distiller's beer a couple of weeks ago. I bought the Braumeister 50L over six months ago but with making my basement facilities ready for the new machine and the intrusion of a few other household chores along the way it took a...
by BigEd
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Sour or Sour
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: Sour or Sour

I have been dabbling with souring beers. But having never tasted a commercial one I am now struggling With the flavour. So the question is what's the difference between a "sour" and "gone off" There are a wide variety of sour beers. It's likely all beers were at least somewhat sour before microbial...
by BigEd
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Water treatment
Replies: 2
Views: 657

Re: Water treatment

My first rule is: Don't overthink it. As you have found out there is often no simple consensus on water treatment. My thought is that your water is too alkaline for the pale beers you like to make. The profile is a bit unusual in that while the alkalinity is modestly high the ions of Ca and Mg are n...
by BigEd
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Recipes
Topic: Bluebird Bitter
Replies: 1
Views: 962

Bluebird Bitter

Cheers, everyone. Not an owner yet but I will be purchasing a BM50L in the immediate future. Just about all of my questions have been answered by perusing the info here but I thought I would throw a recipe out there to see if I'm on the right track. I'm in the US and have been brewing 10 gallon US b...