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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Screwed Up Fermentation?
« on: November 16, 2015, 02:03:32 AM »
Yup research seemed to indicate it wouldn't kill me, but that I should feed it to people i don't like first. oddly the FG didn't change, 1.015 before and after the 'incident', measured with a finishing gravity hydrometer and temp corrected...odd.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Screwed Up Fermentation?
« on: November 16, 2015, 01:40:29 AM »
Hey all,

Need some advice, been brewing for a long time but may have screwed something new up this time. 5.5-6 gallon batch of beer in a SS Brew Tech brew bucket fermenting in a the fermentation fridge, I used a blow off tube into a small bucket of starsan (mabye 2 qt.). Crash cooled from 70->38 over the course of a few days ( a bit colder than I normally do). Finally went to keg it maybe a week later and found the blow off tube bucket empty, no sanitizer left at all. Where did the sanatizer go...my thought is in the beer?! I have trouble beliving it siphoned up 24 inches of vertical tube into the beer, but i can't explain it otherwise. I've never had that happen so I have no idea of the effects. The beer tasted ok, but i was likely biased knowing there may be sanatizer in the beer. I've been fermenting this way for nearly 2 years and have never had this effect, maybe the 38 degree fridge was so dry it evaporated (wishful thinking)?

Questions:

Is the sanatizer in the beer?
Is it safe to drink if it is indeed in there?

Thanks,

Steve

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Pimp My System / Burch Brewery 2.0
« on: August 17, 2015, 06:09:59 PM »
Finished what I call Burch Brewery 2.0, an upgrade from the propane system i've used for the last 8 years or so (Adding pieces every year since I started). The idea was to be able to brew indoors in the winter, a bit cold outside in CT in the winter. Its a 10 gallon single tier system with 3 x 16 gallon kettles, using 2 Chugger pumps to move beer around. 1 x 5500 watt element in the BK and another in the HLT, the MLT uses a HERMS system with 50' of SS tubing  to control mash temperature and a CFC to cool the hot wort quickly. The control panel is pretty much a Kal Clone (awesome design) but was actually sourced from EBrewsupply which included some nice design changes. I use a stainless steel mesh hop basket to keep the hops contained. I tend to ferment in a 7.5 Gal BrewBucket in a fermentation fridge and store beer in a 4 tap keezer.

Brewed 6 or 7 batches on it so far and am really happy. Hopefully this will last me 10 years, but I doublt i'll be able to resist tweaking it as I go.



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