I’ve been brewing for many years. I only brew 4-6 beers a year. I have maybe 20-25 all-grains under my belt. Here are my questions:
After sparging today I happened to lay the tun almost on it’s side over a garbage bag and left it there for a few minutes while I did something else. I was removing the spent grain and noticed some nice wort in the bottom. I always new it’s hard to draw all the wort out of the grain but this ended up being a little over a quart. I filtered it through a mesh bag. Is this a common practice to try to draw every bit of wort from the grain?
I’m the type that now doesn’t mind getting trub in the fermenter, but, today I was watching the keggle as I was draining it and at the end there was good wort surrounding the cold break material. I whirlpooled and let the wort sit for a good 30 minitues before transferring to the carboy. It didn’t look as though there was a mound of trub in the center. The wort and cold break material was not really separate it was more a homogeneous solution. Before storing my keggle I even redesigned it to suck almost to the bottom of the pot. Is this OK?
Thanks for the help.
I brewed today for the second time with my new Blichman burner. The first time it was windy outside and wasn’t impressed with the burner. Today I brewed in the garage and it was like night & day. I must have cut a good 30 minutes from my brew day. Also, for the second time I stirred the hot wort while chilling with my immersion chiller and in less than 10 minutes I was from boiling to 66 deg F - this saved at least another 20 minutes (neew to build a wort stirrer).
Thanks for the replies - guess I’m still learning.
With the burner, when I switched over to a keggle I could no longer have my turkey fryer burner on full blast because a couple times I scorched the bottom of the pot. I bought the new burner also to try using NG instead of propane (I have sources in the garage and on my patio). From what I read I don’t think the Blichmann will save much energy it’s that due to it’s design since it has so many nozzles spread over a large area it can produce more real BTU’s and heat faster. Even going to NG I was looking at costs and that doesn’t pay of till the third year for me for the amount I brew.
If you are scorching the wort, you have the burner turned up to high. You only need enough heat to get a “decent” boil. You don’t need the liquid jumping out of the pot. Anything above that is wasted BTU’s.
Switching to NG is also about convenience. Never having to worry about running out of fuel. If you have 2-3 LP tanks, it that that difficult to not run out of gas.
I always plan to end up with 2-3 quarts of last runnings to use as the basis of a starter for my next brew session. Basically once I get enough for my boil, I tilt my cooler up and let it drain during the time of the boil, collecting the extra wort.
That’s clever. I assume you don’t runnings from a stout to make a starter for a lighter colored beer.
That’s clever. I assume you don’t runnings from a stout to make a starter for a lighter colored beer.[/quote]
Actually I do. But I make my starters far enough in advance that I cold crash and pour very little starter beer in my batch. An ounce or two at the most.