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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New info on sanitizers
« on: Today at 03:24:18 AM »
The real lesson of this presentation is just that we shouldn't expect 12.5-25ppm for 2 minutes or 10 minutes  to perform as advertised, not that iodophor doesn't kill stuff.

As someone who has used it at that concentration for many years, I respectfully disagree.  In my experience, it does exactly what it's supposed to do.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New info on sanitizers
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:08:34 PM »
There's a podcast (I think it's Basic Brewing Radio) interview with a rep from the company that manufactures Iodophor.  I believe he said that at a concentration of 12.5 ppm, it takes 2 minutes to sanitize.

I've been using Iodophor at that concentration for 13 years, and I've never lost a batch to contamination. 

That said, I haven't been looking at my homebrew with a microscope.  Whatever is surviving the Iodophor contact isn't causing me any problems though, and I've used 3711 quite a bit in the last few years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:42:50 PM »
Got mine as well..... Close but no cigar.  Glad they were at least in the hunt though:
Helles Exportbier =  40/42 Mini BOS. I think this is the third time to make mini BOS in this category-no medals :(
Dark Mild = 38/39

Hopefully get over the hump one of these years.

Damn, those are some nice scores.

My Dunkel got a 37, which I'm pretty happy with.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: intertap/perlick
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:32:51 PM »
The sliding shuttle seals positively every time, unlike the swinging ball and floating gasket on the Perlick, which I switched from.

Yeah, I've heard people have leak issues with the new Perlick design (swinging ball and floating gasket).  The older Perlicks have the same shuttle mechanism as the Intertap faucets, and they also have removable, threaded spouts. 

I don't know why they switched or if there was a lawsuit or something.  I also wonder if there is some relationship between Intertap and the old Ventmatic company, since they use the same shuttle design.

If I was buying a new faucet, I'd probably go Intertap, but I think the old Perlicks are even better.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:14:06 PM »
I got mine this morning.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: intertap/perlick
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:19:17 PM »
I have two of the old school Perlicks (the 425 ss with the shuttle mechanism) and one Intertap ss with flow control.

The action on the Perlicks is noticeably smoother than on the Intertap, but it isn't really a big deal.  I don't care much for the flow control though.  After this keg kicks,  I'm going to switch that tap back to the Perlick. 

I wish they still made the 425s.

Ingredients / Null-lox Malts from Morebeer
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:01:20 PM »
I notice that Morebeer has recently started carrying Viking Malts (38 varieties), including no-lox versions of pilsner and pale malt. I've never heard of Viking before, but apparently they are a pretty large maltster in Europe.

Here's a blurb from the website:

Viking Malt is also known for growing the malt varietal Charles, a null-lox malt. Null-lox malts do not contain the enzyme lipoxygenase (lox) which leads to trans-2-nonenal in aged beer. Trans-2-nonenal is responsible for beer staling and the associated flavors of cardboard and paper. Normally the null-lox varietals are sold at a premium in Europe, but our initial shipments of base malts will all be crafted from the Charles null-lox varietal at no extra cost.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: July 08, 2018, 05:08:19 PM »
That technique really seems like it's introducing a lot of unnecessary (and potentially harmful) oxygen to your mash.
I haven’t had any oxidation problems. It’s a jet fly sparge from northern brewer. It used to flow better until I put a maximizer on the kettle. I don’t expose the grain bed to oxygen directly. Would you recommend a different technique? Because I could pour hot water into a funnel with the fly sparge at the bottom. That would spread the water out better.

If you aren't following the full low oxygen protocol (deoxygenating your mash water, etc.), I don't think you will notice much difference from a bit of additional hot side aeration.

That said, I think it's good technique to minimize hot side aeration where possible, especially if it's a simple as using a longer piece of tubing to reduce splashing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: July 07, 2018, 03:54:31 PM »

That technique really seems like it's introducing a lot of unnecessary (and potentially harmful) oxygen to your mash.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 06, 2018, 06:48:37 PM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Anvil Bucket vs. SS Brew Bucket
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:11:27 PM »
The only con is the ball valve. It does not disassemble completely for cleaning.

You can disassemble them.  I don't think it's very necessary though.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:25:16 PM »
The sodium and alkalinity are pretty high.  You could manage the alkalinity with acid or acid malt, but I don't know about brewing with that much sodium (I don't have any personal experience with it).

I think you'd want to dilute that pretty heavily with RO water and add calcium and sulfate/chloride back.

Nice interview.  Simmzy's is right down the street from my office.  I've only been in a few times, but I never even noticed that the brewery was on the second floor.

Beer Recipes / Re: Australian Sparkling
« on: June 05, 2018, 11:33:26 PM »
As an aside I found this an interesting article on Pride of Ringwood:

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Thank you for posting that.  I followed a link from that article to an essay written by the daughter of the scientist who developed Pride of Ringwood that was part of a collection of stories about suburban identity in Australia.

It was a good read, though it's more about childhood and memory than brewing.

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