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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What dissolves beerstone?
« on: March 24, 2017, 01:48:24 PM »
Have you tried a solution of Barkeeper's Friend?

Five Star also makes a beer stone remover.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Naturally carbing a corny
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:36:51 AM »
My experience has been that I need to use the same amount of priming sugar in the keg as I would if I were bottling.  I've been using 4.5 oz. of cane sugar.

I don't put any pressure on top (no harm in it though), just attach a spunding valve to the gas post so I can monitor progress and know when it's ready for the kegerator. 

Even holding the keg at 72 degrees, I find it takes a solid 2.5 weeks to fully carb.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 20, 2017, 03:16:41 PM »
I just checked 5 other recipe kits at NB, and they all listed the ingredients just as they always have.

I think the Goose Island kit is an exception, though I know of at least one other.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: No Sparge Single Infusion Efficiency
« on: March 18, 2017, 04:30:29 PM »
I've been in the low 70's with no sparge, down from the low 80's with a batch sparge.

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That lifeguard stand keggerator is pretty rad. 

How do guys use it?  Is it something you take around to different locations?

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(I'm looking for a managble all elecric brewing system Ican use inside in Vermont winters (as opposed to a full gas system that woudl require venting and major construction once I move away from stove top brewing).

Have you checked this one out?

https://www.grainfather.com/shop/grainfather.html

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Has anyone used welding grade oxygen
« on: March 14, 2017, 12:28:04 PM »
The source also says the best time to introduce oxygen into the wort is on the second day of the fermentation.  According to them, that's when the yeast need it most.

Were they referring specifically to dry yeast? 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:35:20 PM »
No brewing for me this weekend (happily), but I just racked a low O2 Belgian pale to the serving keg with some priming solution


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I got about 9 years out of the original rollers on my BC before I had to buy new ones.  I brew between 15 and 20 batches a year (6 gallons).

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Vault
« on: March 08, 2017, 10:59:24 AM »
I'm interested in the WLP059 Melbourne Ale Yeast.  Maybe I'll get a batch of Australian Sparkling Ale going.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Low o2 bottle filler
« on: March 08, 2017, 10:24:44 AM »
Regarding cap ingress, have you thought about dipping the bottles in sealing wax like people sometimes do for wine? 

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Any new simplified LO stuff?  The LO thread looks SOS except for a Dead Kennedy's reference.  I've been hearing DK tunes in my head ever since...

There's a new forum over at the low O2 site now.  You should come check it out if you're interested; it's a good group.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: I feel like a newbie all over again...
« on: March 06, 2017, 01:57:43 PM »
I really like that company (good products, excellent customer service), but those included digital thermometers are the exception. 

For those with good (Blichmann or other higher end) analog thermometers, how accurate are they? I'm not talking Thermapen accuracy, just want to be within a degree or two.

I have two of the Blichmann weldless thermometers, and I think they would work fine for your purposes.  Honestly, though, why even bother?  I would just take readings at the beginning and the end of the mash with the Thermapen and call it a day.   

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All Grain Brewing / Re: I feel like a newbie all over again...
« on: March 06, 2017, 09:58:23 AM »
After you have properly recirculated (if you choose to do so) you could stop the runoff, and put your drainage hose into a fine mesh hop sack clamped tight with a worm clamp.

That's what I was going to suggest as well.  It works.

Alternatively, you could line the tun with one of these: http://www.brewinabag.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-brew-bag-for-coolers?gclid=CM655rqswtICFU5gfgodUqoNrw

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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermowell for Cooler
« on: March 05, 2017, 06:08:49 PM »
I'll check them out, thanks.

Alternatively, I suppose I could just install a standard cooler bulkhead and screw a threaded thermowell into the interior coupling.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/cooler-bulkhead

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