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  1. #31

    Great stuff. You should get close to 4% abv. Boil off is good @ 13% If I remember correctly 15% is good avg.

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  2. #32
    Just checked. And at 15% I would have been right on the money! I started at 30l and finished at 26. So if I started on 27 I would have finished at 23l. 1.15 of 23 is 26.5. That's close enough.

    That should sort me out.

    One more thing though. 66.6% efficiency.

    Not to happy with that. I thought I squeezed the bag enough. Looks like I'm wrong

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    Are you using a keggle? I get constant 5L boil off with starting boil volume of 30L with a 3 ring gas burner in a 30L keggle. Just a lite caramelization in the bottom of keggle and solid rolling boil.

    Efficiancy is highly dependant on a good ensyme enviroment ie good mash pH, solid temp control and grain contact (crush size) Do you do mash pH adjustment? It helped my mash efficiancy a lot

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    No ph adjustment yet. Will look into it. I have a big pot and a 2 ring burner, but I run it fairly low. I can turn it up, but then the flames start licking up the sides of the pot and it feels like I'm wasting gas. It's only a 30min boil though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harhm View Post

    3 Fransen Street IRA is great if you can find it. Last time I had 1 was in in Clarens a few years ago
    You'll never get it again, brewery is closed. Doing Castle Zero now........

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    ^ that was some of the better craft I tasted ... any reason they closed it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post
    ^ that was some of the better craft I tasted ... any reason they closed it ?
    seriously? wow. The kilkenny clone was average, the cream beer was actually disgusting. Closed because the proper craft beers kicked their ass.

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    I hardly EVER buy craft, so I can't start an argument with you, but the IRA I tasted wasn't bad ... The reason I DONT buy craft is because of the NUMEROUS disappointments I had when I did buy ... 9/10 times its CRAP!

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    Amen

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post
    I hardly EVER buy craft, so I can't start an argument with you, but the IRA I tasted wasn't bad ... The reason I DONT buy craft is because of the NUMEROUS disappointments I had when I did buy ... 9/10 times its CRAP!

    Thank God for homebrew! You can MAKE it like you LIKE it
    I'm of the opinion that homebrew ruined "craft" for me. Unless it's a proper brewery that I know, I generally don't experiment anymore. Last time I did, I bought a bunch of stouts and ended up with a few "local brew" stouts from a bottle store in Potchefstroom. 2 was undrinkably unbalanced (no hops, just tasted like burned grains) and one tasted like babyvomit. I'm 99% sure I'd have enjoyed all of them pre-homebrewing. Yay. It's softer on my pocket though.

    As a PS, I am enjoying massbrews again, like simple Castle Lager. I enjoy it for what it is, and for that it's good.

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