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if it does it would be just a little vodka.

And oxygen.
Why is that, should have been co2 in the line at the start of the crash? Unless there is oxygen in the vodka, but like I said none made it to the fermenter.

I tried the balloon thing a couple of times and it collapsed. I think I put it on too late. So I tried a looped blow-off setup. It was a 5 foot long blow-off tubing I put a loop in the middle and suspended the loop from the top of my fermenter fridge. The end I put into a bottle of cheap vodka that I use for air locks. Crashed from 68* to 50* over 24 hrs and the vodka never got past the loop. This is the first time I've tried this  and it seemed to work. Should not have sucked back anything but co2 and if it does it would be just a little vodka.

The Pub / Re: Beer insults
« on: January 12, 2019, 01:52:23 PM »
More of a limerick but thought it was funny.
There once was a bar maid from Yale Upon her chest tattooed were the prices of ale And for the sake of the blind Upon her behind was the same thing in brail


Ingredients / Re: grams per gallon of "Trifecta mix"
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:38:24 PM »
Thanks for the update and calculations Big Monk, haven't been to the LO site in a while. I used the calculations you provided to check my last brew additions. SMB and AA was right but I was under dosing the Brewtan B maybe because of the % amounts thing. The guidelines for BtB are 2-4g per Hectoliter so at 3g per Hectoliter that's about .9g for my 8 gal mash. I have always liked math and prefer the calculations  to a spreadsheet. I printed a copy of your formulas, thanks for setting me straight.

Ingredients / Re: grams per gallon of "Trifecta mix"
« on: December 16, 2018, 03:19:20 PM »
I was not able to find the LO spreadsheet online, where did your friend find it? It sounds like you have it right. I have settled on 25ppm for SMB for my system. This equals .21g per gallon of water used. At 30ppm SMB it equals .25g per gallon. On my last brew, no sparge, I had a total of 7.75 gals mash @ 25ppm SMB. This amounts to 1.6275g of the "trifecta mix", .73g SMB. .73g AA and .16g BTB. My scale goes down to tenths of a gram so I use that number. As a reminder the "trifecta mix" is at 45% SMB, 45% AA, and 10% BTB. The LO people said this adds about 25ppm sulfate and 6ppm sodium at the 25ppm SMB setting. Hope this helps and let us know where you found the spreadsheet.

Ingredients / Re: Golding hops
« on: October 25, 2018, 12:06:20 PM »
Time to grow your own?
I'm already on it. This spring I ordered some hop plants from Great Lake hops and found this hop. The first year growth was even more vigorous than the Nugget first year I also ordered.
I see they are discontinued now so I'm glad I ordered two plants.

Ingredients / Re: Golding hops
« on: October 24, 2018, 12:55:18 PM »
I agree that Hops Direct and Hop Heaven are the best bets for whole cone hops. Some of the others mentioned don't advertise harvest year and don't seem to be as good. I have e-mailed Hops Direct and Hop Heaven, no answer from HD but Ted at HH said they have US Golding leaf in the pre-sale and will have them on the e bay store  in a month. Thanks all for the help.

Ingredients / Re: Golding hops
« on: October 21, 2018, 01:19:45 PM »
I did look after I posted the question. US Goldings have a fairly stable acreage. Either it was a low yield year for some reason, or the use by a larger brewery went up, both of those are conjecture.

I will say that I don't be see whole cone hops in some of the Homebrew shops much these days. I like them for various reasons.
This is what I have been seeing too. I like for them dry hopping and my brewery is set up for whole hops with also some pellets after a get enough whole hops to cover the false bottom. I think they add some flavor too that I don't get with pellets.

Ingredients / Re: Golding hops
« on: October 20, 2018, 11:48:52 AM »
Sorry, yes Us Golding in leaf. I prefer EKG but by the time they are available it's in the dead of winter and too cold to brew for me. I seen on a couple of other forums of some having trouble finding them and thought this would be the place to ask. Maybe it's still a little early.
Hop Heaven has 2018 US Golding pellets and whole hops in their preseason sale.

Not sure if they are in the eBay store yet:

I can’t find the email address. But you can contact through the eBay store.
I checked on the ebay store but no 2018 hops listed, I'll try to contact him, thanks.

Ingredients / Golding hops
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:58:16 PM »
I have been buying hops from the 2018 harvest and have found everything I need except Goldings. I brew a lot of English styles and Golding is my main go to for these styles. Has anyone else noticed this, are Goldings being fazed out? I bought all the other hops I need at Hops Direct but no Goldings there or at Yakima or Farmhouse. What's up?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or Gravity Stand?
« on: October 16, 2018, 03:58:09 PM »
Both, I have a brew stand with two levels and a propane burner stand below that. I pre-boil mash water in the BK then cool to 8-10 degrees above strike temp. Then pump to underlet the mash into mash tun. I also used to fill sparge water in the BK and pump up to sparge tank, but now I am doing no-sparge and skip this step. So once the water is in the vessels gravity is used to move to the next vessel. I do recirculate during mash and can add heat to the MT for different temp steps using a pump. Step mashing is easy with a pump but some don't do that. At the end of the mash I move the mash drain hose to the BK and gravity feed. Then at the end of boil I pump to fermenter. If you build a tier system you don't have to run the pump the whole time. Being an Old Man a pump is a back saver. They just require a little maintenance and mounted corectly and low enough to allow priming.

Ingredients / Re: Hops and bugs
« on: October 16, 2018, 02:18:08 PM »
I say don't wash. For next year find a nursery or someplace similar that sells lady bugs. I think you can buy them online too. Lady bugs will go after the aphids.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Wife's shaker can
« on: October 02, 2018, 06:45:59 PM »
my wife can shaker can...
Somebody got it! ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / My Wife's shaker can
« on: October 02, 2018, 02:00:50 PM »
Well it is actually a jar. She keeps a plastic jar with baking soda on the kitchen counter. It was a equate anti-acid tablet plastic jar that I drilled  five 1/8" holes in the lid. It comes in handy for cleaning and deodorizing in the kitchen. Sometimes she forgets and washes my pint glasses in the dishwasher.  She also keeps a squirt bottle, like a catsup bottle in a restaurant, with Dawn dish soap in it. I squirt a drop in the pint glass and clean it then use the baking soda shaker and a hot water rinse to remove any film left behind. The pint glasses are then clean as a whistle. Just hold on to the glass because they are slippery after the baking soda

She also keeps a spray bottle of half rubbing alcohol and half water on the counter for cleaning. On brew days I borrow it for clean up in the brewery. Yes, she is a smart lady and used to clean houses for a living. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Anvil Bucket vs. SS Brew Bucket
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:27:02 PM »
Great, looks like Blichmann came up with another option for us. You can use 1/2" or 1/4" hose for closed transfer to kegs. Thanks smalloy88.

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