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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 20, 2018, 05:00:15 PM »
I just do a good rinse after chilling most of the time and it's fine but those cone hops kicked my ass.  I had other issues with the hops so I'm going back to pellets anyway so it's not really an issue.  And it's getting cold here so I don't have to worry about water temperature.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 19, 2018, 11:03:14 PM »
My point about whole leaf hops and the Hydra was that the hops get stuck between the IC coils and copper wires. It takes forever to get the hops out of it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 13, 2018, 04:49:10 PM »
I take less than 1/3 as long with the Hydra as I did with my old 25' SS immersion chiller.  It's pretty slick, though it plugs up like a bastard when using whole cone hops.  I'm still getting the damned thigns out of it.

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I poured about 6 liters of wort on the floor a couple weeks ago filling a carboy on a 10 gallon batch.  A guy I was talking to distracted me and I turned my back at precisely the wrong time.  That was a damned mess to clean up.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Repitching slurry with gelatin
« on: April 17, 2018, 12:24:45 AM »
I'd done it, doesn't seem to hurt anything. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvested Yeast - what is going on?
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:45:33 AM »
I save part of the starter for the next batch, and I don't have any issues.  I wouldn't worry to much about it if you don't have any issues.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewer's Friend, my new best friend
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:56:21 PM »
I use it regularly and like it.  $25 a year isn't exactly a steep price and I don't need to try and keep track of my files like in BeerSmith. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:06:53 PM »
One, my first attempt at a high gravity beer (11% stout, 1.100+ OG) boiled over all over my stove top and at the time I had no idea what to do besides cut the heat and wait.  I had to remove all four electric elements and clean out under the top of the stove top (between the elements and the top of the oven).  That took days to clean up.  I also horribly underpitched that beer and bottled it at 1.040.  I had to dump the bottles after the first one I opened sprayed the kitchen ceiling.  After I opened them all I was soaked in underattenuated stout from the waist up. As awful as that was, I learned a lot of lessons that day.

So many lessons...something so terrible about getting sprayed down and having to look at the next bottle and think, do I really need to open this?


Yeah, that was really fun (not).  The first one I opened was a Mr Beer plastic bottle (which I no longer use) and as soon as I unscrewed it, it sprayed out like a shaken soda and so I had a perfect horizontal wet stripe across my chest.  Next one was a glass bottle and I popped the top and it spewed like a Indy 500 winner's champagne bottle and sprayed the entire kitchen.  I spent like an hour after that popping the bottles upside down to spray down into the sink, but of course it splashed all over the place.. I was soaked and had beer in my hair, all over my face, running down my arms..
I'd have probably opened them in the shower while crying and rocking back and forth.  So far I've only broken a thermometer in my Belgian Wit and it was still drinkable. 

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