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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idaho 7 hops—wow onion/garlic
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:05:50 PM »
Just ordered more hops from different supplier.
Will try again and see if it is harvest, or my taste buds.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idaho 7 hops—wow onion/garlic
« on: November 14, 2018, 04:46:18 PM »
Interesting, it was an overwhelming smell and taste. My wife actually thought I was playing a joke on her and put crushed garlic into the bottle.
 I guess I might try again with a different batch to see what it really taste like.

General Homebrew Discussion / Idaho 7 hops—wow onion/garlic
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:48:24 AM »
So me and my wife like to do the hop experiment where we put a couple pallets of new hops we haven’t tried into some bottles of Bud light for a couple days, cold Crash, and then smell and taste.
Tonight we did Idaho 7 among others. We were both so surprised at how onion/garlic this hop especially smelled, but also tasted. Those descriptors were nowhere in any of the websites that I looked at. It was overwhelmingly strong. Anyone else have this opinion?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop storage fresheness
« on: November 14, 2018, 02:57:32 AM »
 Martin, do use oxygen absorber packets?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop storage fresheness
« on: November 12, 2018, 04:14:42 PM »
I use FoodSaver bags, not Mylar.  Any tips on sealing Mylar with FoodSaver vacusealer.  I found online some people just use a FoodSaver stripe at the sealing end of the Mylar?

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop storage fresheness
« on: November 10, 2018, 04:26:06 PM »
 I know this topic has been talked about a lot, but just wanted some new perspectives.
If I vacuum seal pellet Hops and freeze them and the vacuum seal stays tight, how long would most of you say they stay fresh and usable. I have some year old hops that have been stored as above and want to use them this week. Is a year too long, should I just buy new hops?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or Gravity Stand?
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:12:16 AM »
Pump was one of the best purchases for me.  I use it for all transfers.  Saves my back.  I also use it for whirlpool, and chilling, and to transfer to my fermenter.  Love it. 
I do take it apart and clean it after ever brew tho.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:39:13 AM »
 I whirlpool while chilling through a whirlpool arm. I found that pulling the chiller back to the back wall of the kettle greatly decreases the time of chilling. I think that if you leave it directly in the center you set up a couple thermoclines-one in the center of the chiller and one circling the outside. If you place the chiller on the wall, the whirlpool hits the coils and cools quicker and disrupts the thermoclines. Once everything is at a temperature, I move the chiller to the center again for a good hop cone.

 Also by the way, the jaded guys have a product that is not on their website for if you have an electric kettle. It’s called the electrichair.  It is a copper  stand that elevates their chillers above your element. So you can definitely use  their chillers with electric Brewing. I am thinking about going electric and contacted them and they let me know about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 17, 2018, 03:10:57 PM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Natural gas/air mixture for burner
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:33:01 AM »
 Just an update. I realized that the heat shield on the entire front half of the burner wasn’t allowing good airflow around the kettle. I Elevated the pot with half-inch stainless steel pieces and BAM, a perfect half inch blue flame without any yellow.....So not only do you need The right gas/air mix coming into the burner, but also at the flame level.

Equipment and Software / Re: Natural gas/air mixture for burner
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:28:37 PM »
 Yes I did change the valve orifice over to the Blichman recommended natural gas valve. Although when I gave the burner to the company that made the Brewstand, they put in their own natural gas valve. I should probably take it off and compare it to the one I had been using since I feel like it was working better prior.

Equipment and Software / Re: Natural gas/air mixture for burner
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:19:26 PM »
 It is a Blichman burner.   I read the most burners are made for propane. I do have a natural gas valve on it. I have read several places that most of these burners, When converted to natural gas, need more oxygen to get a larger blue flame. That’s why I was asking if taking off the front air intake would provide a better oxygen to gas ratio for natural gas.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydra wort chillers
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:04:18 AM »
 Absolutely worth it.   I upgraded after I read Denny talk about it on some website.   I can get to around 7° above ground water in Under 10 minutes.   The key is to have a normal size garden hose going to and from it and turning on the water full blast.   If it’s winter, nothing additional is needed.  If it’s summer or you have hot ground water like I do here in Southern California that will get you to 75 or 80°.   Then to get to pitching temperature or lager temperature, I bought a 1/4 hp submersible pump.   I put 12 pounds of ice in 10 gallons of water and run that quickly through the chiller at the very end and it will drop it to pitching temperature very easily.   Whole chilling process in about 10 minutes.  ( helps a great deal if you can whirlpool while chilling of course).  No more double chiller set up like I used to.  Very solid and well made too.

Great buy

Equipment and Software / Natural gas/air mixture for burner
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:18:34 AM »
I have a couple natural gas burners and just upgraded to a brewstand. Never really paid much attention to my flame untill I started reading more about carbon monoxide and flame height and color. Turns out to get a good boil I am needing to turn it up high enough to get a decent amount of yellow on my flame. Been doing some reading and it sounds like the more air the better to mix with natural gas for good blue flame.
...... So the question is, can I just take off the front air intake adjuster completely to get more air being sucked into the flame for a better blue fire flame?

 I just upgraded to a brew stand that I am very happy with. I took my old Blichman burner and had them put it in the kettle spot and bought a new burner for the hot liquor tank.   (Mash tun Doesn’t get a burner. Single infusion insulated Ssbrewtech).  Brewed for the first time on it yesterday and everything went well but took longer to heat the hot liquor tank water as well as bring my kettle to a boil.  It has a gas manifold with a larger tubing going to it so it’s got enough natural gas, but when I try to get the right blue flame, it just took a long time. I had to turn it up to where the tips were more yellow than blue for more heat which I know is not optimal. Looking at the burners, they are on the lowest spot of three possible positions that they can be on. Just wondering if I should put them on the higher level closer to the pot and keep the flame more blue. Any opinions?

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