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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Ber Gun v2 Question
« on: October 16, 2017, 01:13:57 PM »
Yes, I bleed the head pressure in the keg by pulling the pressure relief valve until the CO2 is gone. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Ber Gun v2 Question
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:08:41 AM »
Here is the procedure I use ( I don't have a dual regulator but I do have a manifold that splits the CO2 going to the keg and a separate connection that I use to connect to the BeerGun):
Get the bottles cold,
Turn off the gas to the keg,
Bleed head pressure from keg,
Set pressure regulator to 2-3 lbs (just high enough to push beer from keg to bottle),
Purge bottle with CO2,
Fill bottle,
Cap on foam.
Using this process, I've opened bottles a year after filling and the carbonation was still good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:36:40 PM »
Kind of sad when the "song title game" thread gets the most posts...  :o
Yes,  but give this thread time to get going. We are overdue for a low oxygen whinge session.

Steve, you are absolutely clairvoyant!

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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 12, 2017, 03:27:45 AM »
On my BC you can actually see the wear on the rollers.  What used to be sharp, pointed pyramids are all flattened and dull.  I had it rebuilt just 2 years before which was disappointing.
Yeah, the knurling on my BC is clearly quite worn after getting it re-built a little over two years ago.

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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 11, 2017, 09:40:42 AM »
I've been having problems with my barley crusher not feeding the grain as well.  I think I've found a solution to my problem- I don't know if it is yours as well.  I noticed that my non-powered roller was not rolling.  When I cleaned the axles of the roller by blowing air around it,  it works again for a while. 

I think it is a two part problem.  First I think malt dust is clogging up the axle by the housing over time, especially when it is humid.  Second I noticed that the hopper has a gap on the side where the metal was cut and bent.  Sometimes grains will fall through this gap and get between the hopper bottom and the roller.  And then sometimes the resistance of having a grain between the hopper and the non-powered roller is enough to stop the roller from moving.

Today I tried my solution.  I took out the hopper and placed tape over the gap- on both sides, so there would not be a sticky side open.   That way no errant grains would fall the wrong way. I did not have any issues milling today, whereas last time my mill stopped feeding about twenty times.  I will have to try it out a few more times to test my hypothesis, but I'm hopeful.

I will try this. Nothing ventured, etc.
The last time the mill stopped feeding grain I did take it apart to see if I could find the problem. There was nothing I could see that was wrong (other than that the knurling on the rollers was worn) and there was no crud on the roller bearing surfaces. I put a little mineral oil on the bearings to see if that might help. It didn't. Let me know how your experiment turns out.

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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 05, 2017, 04:20:34 PM »
I don't use a drill. I run the mill with a direct drive motor connected with a spider.

I've got nothing then. I'm always trying to figure out how I've managed to put 4000+ lb of grain through my BC without any issues.

I wish you could figure out how you have done that because it would save me some aggravation and money. :)
The knurling on the rollers is substantially worn down when compared to how it felt after the last refurbish two years ago.

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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 05, 2017, 03:46:44 AM »
Between those two brands, pick your pony and enjoy!  Both are great and rock solid.

I guess this is what it comes down to in the end. Thanks all for the comments.

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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 04, 2017, 03:06:25 AM »
Are you by chance using a drill? My thoroughly unscientific opinion is that most problems with homebrew mills are caused by bushing wear through misalignment.

I don't use a drill. I run the mill with a direct drive motor connected with a spider.

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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 03, 2017, 03:12:09 AM »
Thanks for the replies.

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Equipment and Software / malt mill
« on: October 01, 2017, 03:30:36 AM »
My Barley Crusher has stopped feeding grain again and I've decided not to have it refurbished again since I only get about 2 years out of it before it needs to be redone (I put 350-400 pounds of grain through it per year).

I've narrowed the search down to either a JSP Maltmill or a 2 roller Monster mill.

Most mills seem to do a pretty good job of milling the grain so I'm looking at longevity. What are the experiences of those of you with either of these mills and the time (or the amount of grain) before the rollers need to be re-knurled or other repairs are needed?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Conditioning Carb issues
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:31:04 PM »
Well, at this point I'd assume that the yeast is dead.
To salvage the batch you can open each bottle and add a very small amount of dry yeast, S-05 for example, to each bottle.
Since you already added sugar when you bottled, it isn't necessary to add more. But adding a small quantity, a gram or so, of table sugar probably won't hurt, it'll just increase the eventual carbonation level.
It's going to be a tedious exercise.

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Ingredients / Re: Pilsner Mail for an IPA?
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:04:09 PM »
You really don't need a 90 min boil even for pilsner malt.
A 60 min boil will be just fine, IME.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: High Gravity Won't Force Carb
« on: September 19, 2017, 03:14:20 AM »
As I mentioned, I couldn't see the leaks even using a mixture of dish soap and water. All I can say is that when I removed the lids and recoated the gaskets with keg lube the problem went away. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: High Gravity Won't Force Carb
« on: September 18, 2017, 01:03:44 PM »
The only times I've had a beer that did not carb in the usual amount of time was when I had an imperceptible (no bubbles showing even when using leak detector) leak, always around the keg lid. Opening the lid, wiping the gasket dry, applying a generous application of keg lube always fixes the problem for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New serving fridge questions
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:33:49 AM »
I leave my serving 'fridge set at 40 degrees.
Usually, one of the five beers on tap is a lager.

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