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Messages - Steve in TX

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My SOP is to lift the fermenter out of the freezer, use my elbow to knock the lid down, put fermenter on lid, rack. A bit of the sediment does get stirred up, but after a few minutes most will settle back down. RDWHAHB.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: Today at 01:59:31 PM »
To me, the extra few minutes to sanitize with a chemical sanitizer, which can be done during the boil or chilling, is well worth any perceived hassle.

Try it without the sanitizer, pull off a sample after filling the fermenter (before pitching yeast), and perform a wort stability test. You could also set aside a bottle for longterm stability testing.

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High jack - popular mechanics has an interview with Marshall that just posted today. Go read it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: Today at 01:03:48 PM »


Good idea. If you get it hot enough it will be sanitized too.
I would still follow up with starsan personally.
Why? At the temp of the HLT there's not going to be anything in there.  Seems like more hassle w/the foam to me, let alone the cost.
Now if your going to make up 5 gal of starsan anyway for your utensils, then maybe it wouldn't hurt to double use it, but I wouldn't just for an already sanitized container.
I make my starsan with RO and save it for months. I replace it when it gets dirty or the volume becomes too low to be useful. I'd put my cost at about $6 a year for the water and concentrate. Also a spray bottle set to mist/foam would work as well without needing to fill the fermenter.

Don't fear the foam. It's 100% fine for it to be in the beer.

Depending on the volume, the hot liquor may not touch all parts of the fermenter long enough to sanitize.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: Today at 09:47:47 AM »

Good idea. If you get it hot enough it will be sanitized too.
I would still follow up with starsan personally.

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Some people use a hydrometer right in the fermenter but I would only do that in a glass vessel so I could see from the side.
That sounds like a good idea at first, but once it's coated in crud, the accuracy will be way off. I suppose it can be used to see when fermentation is complete.

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My question is why are you pulling so many samples? I take one after the boil and one, maybe two later. Only time I pull many samples is for taste when making additions like oak or fruit.

You could always brew a little bit more to accommodate the samples.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: Today at 07:14:44 AM »
Other than poor insulation, I think it's an ok idea. Might want to play with the temps a bit to make sure you get where you want after the cold stainless sucks some of the heat out.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch scailing help
« on: June 28, 2015, 08:36:57 PM »

Ok. I just thought that it would throw the hops balance off for some reason. Seems like I had read it somewhere. Will try the mentioned advice
Well, the hops would be crazy out of balance if you figured your boil off wrong.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch scailing help
« on: June 28, 2015, 06:09:34 PM »
The biggest concern in my opinion is scaling for final volume. You need to know your pre-boil volume and boil off to scale effectively. Other than that, it's pretty straight forward.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 26, 2015, 07:01:48 PM »
And to sum up the thread...


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 26, 2015, 04:18:12 PM »


I hear he would have entered. If only he had the willpower to not drink all five gallons out of the siphon hose.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 26, 2015, 04:05:07 PM »

"Spirit of the Law," in my mind means we BNers are intentionally trying to take advantage of the rules.  That's what the 1500# goalie example would be.

Not my perception of it. Just that the nationwide saturation makes it unavoidable. Again, no axe to grind on my part.
I disagree. The number of entries (200-300 posts ago) wasn't much higher compared to quaff.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stir Plates
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:20:32 PM »
I bought mine prebuilt from Brewers hardware when they sold them years back. $35 I think. My second is a heavy duty lab model rescued after a high school upgrade.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« on: June 25, 2015, 05:35:32 PM »
Used it only once a long time ago, so I can't report much. Did turn a solid 1.055 beer in 7 days.

I think Ken on the forum uses this yeast a lot.

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