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Messages - HydraulicSammich

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Blatz, last April I installed a Beer Meister kegerator in my granite top.  It is a three inch tower.  I used a 2.5" pvc length to go between the tower and the frig.  The granite installers had no problem drilling the large hole and the four screw holes.  I had them drill the four holes to accept plastic screw anchors.  It worked out perfectly.  I then caulked it to make it air tight.  However, Beer Meister had a template to help for the initial hole.  A half inch smaller pipe should allow you to align. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Has anyone used welding grade oxygen
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:05:16 AM »
I have used welding grade oxygen for the last two hundred batches.  No problems.  I think particulate concerns in the gauges is a possibility but haven't experienced that either.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« on: February 10, 2017, 11:05:24 AM »
I am in it 8 to 9 hours with cleanup plus prep time the previous day.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop addition time for maximum flavor?
« on: December 31, 2016, 03:50:01 PM »
I prefer all my flavor and aroma hops in the whirlpool at 170 degrees.

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Ingredients / Re: Bitter or sweet orange peel in a Gose?
« on: November 11, 2016, 07:25:01 PM »
I have been thinking of using a tad of essential oil of orange, food grade.  Has anyone tried that approach?  It is an oil that may play havoc with head retention but peel has a lot of oil also. Thoughts, please.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« on: October 17, 2016, 12:20:48 PM »
That's funny!  I don't think it would hurt a thing with the blow off tube in use.  I would even go so far as to name the beer, Mouse Lives Matter IPA.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Going to be in the Boston area
« on: October 04, 2016, 09:01:32 AM »
Would there be anyone that would be willing to give up their favorite brewpubs or breweries for good eating and drinking in the Boston area?  Got a few days to browse the big city while on a business excursion.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When do I add a fruit infussion?
« on: September 16, 2016, 11:39:34 AM »
I have had great luck with hop additions at 170 degree whirlpool.  In fact, FWH and that later addition is all I ever do anymore for Pale Ale's and IPA's.  I wonder if that would be a good time to add the puree or even sooner to aid the cooling process.

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General Homebrew Discussion / When do I add a fruit infussion?
« on: September 15, 2016, 03:42:01 PM »
I have been enjoying a beer from New Belgium.  CITRADELIC, Tangerine IPA.  I am quite impressed with it. It would fit in my home brew lineup because I enjoy citrusy beers, Citrus Mistress is another.  I would like to take one of my existing recipes and infuse some orange or tangerine peel.  My question is, at what stage of brewing do I add the puree or pieces of peel and approximately how much per 5 gallon? 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation freezer
« on: August 03, 2016, 07:03:06 PM »
+1 with Stevie

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: IPA with WY2565
« on: May 31, 2016, 06:16:12 PM »
This has become one of my favorite IPA's, using Kolsch yeast.  I do switch out to Pils malt and a pound of Munich I.  FWH, ton of hops at whirlpool, and a ton dry hopping.  Very light and is a hit in the summer.  Give it a good try.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Foaming problems.
« on: April 10, 2016, 05:09:06 PM »
Yes, the warm taps can compound the problem of foaming.  Restrictions in the line can also.  I pump cold air from the bottom of the unit up through pvc pipe with an outlet at each shank that cures that problem.  Also, I need a minimum of 10 feet of your size line to quiet the flow and get the head I desire.  I am also at 12 psi. 

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All Things Food / Re: Smokers: electric vs gas
« on: January 27, 2016, 07:46:31 AM »
I have had a Masterbuilt, 34" for years.  It is propane but sips it.  It works very well for large meats or racks of meat.  I charge it with wood chips about every 45 min.  You have to add water/vinegar solution every so often. Watch the temp all the time. You have to be around to maintain it through the cook.  Ideally, the company would come out with an auger so one could leave the scene for an hour or so and add digital temp control.  I pick days when I don't have to leave for any extended period of time.  I also have a Traeger.  It is nice for grilling and general real smoke flavor but not the same as my Masterbuilt.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Phosphoric acid to adjust pH
« on: December 28, 2015, 07:35:29 AM »
Yes, plug in the 85%.  I use it all the time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Venting the boil
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:49:30 PM »
I am ready to vent my boil humidity out of my garage.  I want to go through wall. Does anyone do this?  If so, would you share your setup? 

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