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Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonating with cartridges
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:53:08 PM »
That's the density of CO2 at STP. 1.97 g/L to be more precise.

Aha!  Standard Temperature & Pressure.  Thanks.

I'm a long way away from a kegerator but curiosity is getting the better of me.  What's a 'hollow pour?'
Basically where the beer comes out of the tap along the sides of the faucet and leaves a 'hole' or 'bubble' in the center.  It effectively looks like a tube instead of a solid stream.

Yeah, I can see where that would not be the most desirable thing.  Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonating with cartridges
« on: October 02, 2015, 01:30:33 PM »
Assuming 2.5 vol CO2 at serving and 0.9 vol after fermentation (i.e. ale temps):

9.5 L * (2.5 - 0.9) * 2.0 g/L = 30 g CO2

I'm not trying to be obtuse.  Where does the 2.0g/L come from?  I get the rest.  So 2-16gr cartridges would result in a little over 2.5 volumes CO2.  Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonating with cartridges
« on: October 02, 2015, 12:05:07 PM »
Yeah, the instructions specify a 2.5 gallon keg.  I'm sure there must be a formula or a way to figure a formula, but I'm sufficiently math challenged that my old brain would freeze up and have me babbling in no time at all.  High school math was a LONG time ago.  If push comes to shove, I can just put a couple in and see what happens after each one.  Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonating with cartridges
« on: October 02, 2015, 11:34:26 AM »
Sorry, Dave, didn't make myself clear.  When I go to push this batch out, I know I'll just use small 'squirts.'  What I'm looking at here, though, are future batches.  Instead of priming with some kind of sugar, I want to just use CO2 cartridges.  The directions with the charger say you can inject 2 or 3 cartridges depending on you carbonation preference.  I'd just like to know how many volumes each cartridge would put into my beer.

Kegging and Bottling / carbonating with cartridges
« on: October 02, 2015, 11:10:34 AM »
I broke down and got a 2.5 gallon keg with a charger kit since I don't have room (or permission) for a kegerator.  My first batch in it I primed like I would with bottles, but the instructions say you can carbonate using multiple cartridges, also.  Using 16 gram cartridges, how can I figure out how many cartridges would get me to a certain volume of CO2?

I'm a long way away from a kegerator but curiosity is getting the better of me.  What's a 'hollow pour?'

All Grain Brewing / Re: thermal mass for Gott 10gallon?
« on: September 21, 2015, 06:37:08 PM »
I'm using Brewtarget.  In the equipment editor under mash tun, it asks for volume, mass (which is basically the weight of your mash tun) and the specific heat (cal/g*K).  The manual cites as "typical values":
Aluminum - 0.215
Copper - 0.092
Iron/Steel - 0.108
Plastic - 0.359.
Hope that helps.

Equipment and Software / Re: Promash Status
« on: September 21, 2015, 01:21:39 PM »
I'd be interested to try Promash, but when I go to, the page tells me it will be back 6/1/15.  I think we might have missed that deadline.  So how do I get a copy?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: British Ale Yeasts
« on: September 04, 2015, 03:39:25 PM »
I've been following these threads about the different strains of yeast and the dry counterparts and their heritage.  Can anyone fill in some info on the Muntons strain?  I went so far as to email them about the 'heritage' of their yeast but they never got back to me.  Thanks!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Oxydized?
« on: September 02, 2015, 07:35:32 PM »
It could be it's not you.  MOST of my cleaning is done with oxyclean but sometimes i will use an additive free dishwashing liquid.  Had to get a new bottle and all of a sudden, I've got a carbonation problem and head issues, not to mention an off flavor I can't put my finger on.  Seems the company that makes the dishwashing liquid changed the formulation and where before the soap rinsed off easily, now it sticks around like an unemployed stepbrother.  And I could't figure out the problem because I hadn't changed anything.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rosewater?
« on: August 26, 2015, 12:44:01 PM »
While I've never brewed this one, I've got a recipe for a Belgian Blonde that uses both dried rose hips and dried rosebuds.  For a 5 gallon batch, 5 teaspoons dried rose hips are added 20 minutes into the boil.  At flameout, 5 tablespoons dried rosebuds are added.  There's also a variation listed calling for fresh petals from 5 roses in place of the rosebuds.

I started out with 1 gal. batches and quickly moved up to 2.5 gallons.  Felt like too much work for too little beer.  Like Tommy M., I'm using a 5 gallon water cooler for the mash.  If it's raining out, I brew in the house on the stove, using an inexpensive 5 gallon kettle.  No rain or snow I'm outside on a propane burner in a 5.5 gallon kettle.  Normal sized IC.  I ferment in 3 gallon better bottles unless I'm adding fruit to a beer where I use a 5 gallon better bottle.  I've got a small scale that measures down to 1 gram so it's no problem to measure out dry yeast.

My point is that if the target is what the masses think, shouldn't that be taken into consideration?

Craft beer is still a minority, so if we target what the 'masses' think, we'll all be drinking Millwieser.  And I, for one, would quit drinking beer.

The Pub / Re: "The Martian"
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:21:48 PM »
Sounds like a good read.  Found the listing on and added it to my wish list.  Thanks for the heads up.

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