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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermowell pops out
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:12:04 PM »
If your using some kind of harness with straps, a long strip of Velcro works well. I run mine on each side of the Thermowell or airlock and around both sides of the harness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Closed transfer
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:59:27 PM »
Here is my final solution. The one I'm getting, the racking cane will actually have a liquid ball lock tip though. Then a jumper from that to the liquid out post on the keg. It doesn't include the orange threaded Speidle collar but I have about 6 extras at home.

I should have it in time to keg my double mash stout, and English IPA. So from here out I'm purging by pushing out sanitizer, and closed transferring. I use Brewtan B in my light colored beers. But that's it! Don't paint me a LODO guy! Lol

So the gas flows in around the dip tube, pressurizing the fermentor and forcing beer out the dip tube and into the keg? Are you just installing this into the fermentor when it's time to transfer or leaving it in during fermentation? How much for that setup with the ball lock out?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru,n water question
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:18:32 PM »
Yep, I would adjust any water that is going to run through your grains.

Other Fermentables / Re: staggered yeast nutrient additions
« on: August 08, 2017, 04:45:22 PM »
I think you need to know your anticipated final gravity to calculate it. Assuming an OG of 1.050 and an estimated FG of 1.010. You can expect to ferment 40 points. You're going to add your addition at 70% fermented, (30% left), so 70% of 40 is 28 points. 1.050 less the 28 points would be 1.022. When SG checks 1.022 you would add your final addition.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ideas for recipe improvement!
« on: August 01, 2017, 04:49:14 PM »
May want to look at mash pH as well as water profile. I think I've read somewhere that too high pH can lead to "flabby" tasting beer. Also a bit more sulfate can crisp it up and pop the hops.

I just use a piece of Velcro strip wrapped around the harness handles on each side that just runs over the top of the lid. Keeps it seated down no problem.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: May 10, 2017, 01:22:11 PM »
Making sure website is not working, despite email sent on Monday, May 8.
I cannot login. Prompt states "Sorry, there was a problem with your last login attempt. Please make sure your email address and password are correct." but it does work in the Regional site.
BTW - password reset does not work either....

Anybody knows...
The last email I received yesterday 05-09, indicated they would let me know when site was up and running.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: May 04, 2017, 03:59:15 PM »
Has anyone received the post-competition packages that were supposed to be available yesterday?

I haven't seen anything here (I was in the San Diego prelims, but didn't medal)...hopefully we'll have an email if things are delayed? [I'm OK if the packages have to be pushed back due to sheer volume, but hope to know if I should or shouldn't obsessively hit "refresh" on the "My Info & Entries" page!]

According to the "Post First Round" info it looks like they are targeting May 5.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting Fridge question
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:58:19 PM »
Some of those mini fridges can get pretty spendy. May want to look at a small chest freezer, it may not cost that much more. That's what I did, coupled with a Johnson controller. I can fit (2) five gallon fermentor's in it, one of which I install a stainless thermowell that accepts the probe.

Events / Re: Reommendations for brewpubs, restaurants, etc... at NHC?
« on: April 30, 2017, 02:16:38 AM »
There are a lot of options. I'll throw out a few to get the ball rolling.
Surly, Summit, Town Hall, Republic. If your out and about, my local brewery is Big Wood in White Bear Lake. And for the best pizza in the cities, Pezzo, also in White Bear.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 01:03:55 PM »
Also keep in mind the spread of judging dates, from March 17 thru April 23. I looked for a date that fit my schedule to plan for a re-brew if necessary and put that as my first choice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 16, 2017, 02:44:08 PM »
Thanks Jeff

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 16, 2017, 01:26:40 PM »
You already got your feedback? How did they send it to you?

Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk

Came in the mail on Friday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:54:43 PM »
This is VERY exciting, my IPA advanced out of Milwaukee! My first time entering the NHC and I took a first in the first round!

I'm going to have to re-brew it as I had no thoughts of advancing and we drank it all. I have a question regarding the re-brew. Is it bad form to make minor recipe adjustments based on the first round judges feedback? Not planning on anything major, just maybe slight water profile adjustment and bumping the mash temp up a degree or two. Got a couple of comments that it could use a bit better balance.

It obviously is a decent beer so if it's not right to make recipe changes I'll be happy to brew it the same.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: torpedo kegs
« on: November 23, 2016, 05:04:21 PM »
That is weird that it does not hold 5 gallons. Have you tried weighing it empty and filled with water to determine this?
I filled it to the brim with StarSan from an extra Big Mouth Bubbler that has a valve I installed.  Assuming the gallon markers on the BMB are correct, the Slimline Torpedo keg holds 4-3/4 gallons.  And, really, about 4-1/2 gallons of beer.

But the weighing trick would be more accurate.  I'll try that next time it's empty.

I found about the same volumes. I used a keg to keg transfer and could not fit everything from an old keg into the slimline. I then verified that by using my Megapot with gallon graduations. 5 gallons from the Megapot would not fit in the slimline.

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