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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mead
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:06:40 PM »
What does the sulfite do?
Doesn't that stop the fermentation?

I typically add my fruit to the secondary usually earlier than this but...
If I were in your situation, I'd add my fruit with sulfite (to kill any bacteria & wild yeast on the fruit).

If you want to stop your fermentation add potassium sorbate with the sulfite.  Wait a day or two to let it deactivate the yeast.  Then you can back add some honey to bring the mead up to the sweetness you want.

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Ingredients / Re: Growing Barley
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:25:10 PM »
dunno how to link it, but try searching  "growing your own" there's a good one in "Ingredients"

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Ingredients / Re: Growing Barley
« on: February 26, 2018, 08:00:16 PM »
I've grown some in the backyard for fun & even malted a couple of pounds.  There are a couple of threads on the subject.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Danby mini-fridge kegerator stopped working
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:53:58 PM »
The neighbor across the street from me put out his wine refrigerator with a "free" sign.  I plugged it in.  The temperature display worked but the compressor didn't start.  I noticed the relay on the top of the compressor looked discolored.  I pulled it out, took it apart put it back together and it ran after that.  A new relay was only $7 on Amazon so rather than have the relay fail again (potentially start a fire?) I bought a new relay.  The fridge runs like new.

I've thought about asking the neighbor to come over for some wine, but decided that'd be bad form.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to calculate Kettle volume
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:17:03 PM »
A wide open kettle isn't that hard to calculate the heights for various volumes, but for those of you with extra stuff in the kettle like a chilling loop, then the only manageable way is to find a suitable small container (gallon jug) and calibrate that container to verify that filling the container to a certain level gives you the volume of liquid that you expect. (a gallon of water weighs 3785 grams)

Then you start adding containers of water, one by one to enable you to mark or measure what the depth is for that volume.
Since my kettle isn't cylindrical, this is the method I'd prefer.  I got an old hockey stick, added a gallon, and put a line with a Sharpie just above the wet spot,  added another gallon and another line...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Setup
« on: May 29, 2017, 10:15:21 PM »
Check the Draught Beer Quality Manual:

https://www.brewersassociation.org/educational-publications/draught-quality/

to determine the length of tubing you'll need (amongst other things).

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I had one that had fallen off, or been hit by a truck - definitely out of shape.  I took all the fittings off of it and gave it to a guy that makes swords out of old lumber mill saw blades.  He uses it to dunk the sword into water after hammering it on the anvil.

Not a common usage, but the idea is something that needs to be filled with water but doesn't want a 55 gallon drum.

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There are a number.  A few come to mind: Ellis Island a block off the strip on Koval has cheap beer they brew themselves on the premesis,  not the hoppiest if you're into IPAs; and Main Street Station has cheap beers @ the bar in the casino (same beer is more in the restaurant).  Teneya is @ the north end of town, I've never made it that far.  Sin City is in the Miracle Mile Mall in the Planet Hollywood - excellent beers there.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sight glass- anyone using?
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:20:37 PM »
On a three tier, a sight glass can be useful on the HLT since it is up high and checking from the top can be difficult.  On my brew kettle I wouldn't want one because it would be difficult to clean.
IMHO

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Equipment and Software / Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« on: January 06, 2017, 06:17:14 PM »
That's a great price for that cooler.  I have one and love it.  I also got a 70qt which I find bigger than most of my needs.  The 52 is my go to.

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Beer Travel / Re: Paris 2017
« on: January 06, 2017, 06:12:07 PM »
Please report back after you go.  I'm planning on going in September. ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's the coldest I can brew?
« on: December 09, 2016, 05:31:57 PM »
Depends on your elevation. ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FedEx or UPS??
« on: November 17, 2016, 08:53:08 PM »
At work, we had a terrible problem shipping product that would leak if left on it's side or upside down.  No matter how many arrows or labels we used, the product would arrive leaking.

We solved it - pretty much with human nature.  We put the products into buckets.  No UPS or FedEx driver will load a five gallon bucket on it's side - they just don't want the delay they'd get if there was that kind of leak.

Pretty much overkill I think, for a bottle going to a competition though.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Timing of pectic enzyme in cider fermentation
« on: October 13, 2016, 02:34:34 PM »
I've always added it first.  Even before the Campden.  "To separate the juice from the fruit."

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Ingredients / Re: What do you think about sweet beers
« on: September 24, 2016, 06:16:08 PM »
I made a milk stout for my daughter's wedding in August two years ago.  Because it was hot out I thought the sweetness would be appreciated by a "mixed" crowd.  It went over very well.

Then I noticed a trend of sweet stouts appearing.  I thought it was just me.

Though I loved that beer, I haven't made it since.

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