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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:40:47 PM »
I've been having problems with my barley crusher not feeding the grain as well.  I think I've found a solution to my problem- I don't know if it is yours as well.  I noticed that my non-powered roller was not rolling.  When I cleaned the axles of the roller by blowing air around it,  it works again for a while. 

I think it is a two part problem.  First I think malt dust is clogging up the axle by the housing over time, especially when it is humid.  Second I noticed that the hopper has a gap on the side where the metal was cut and bent.  Sometimes grains will fall through this gap and get between the hopper bottom and the roller.  And then sometimes the resistance of having a grain between the hopper and the non-powered roller is enough to stop the roller from moving.

Today I tried my solution.  I took out the hopper and placed tape over the gap- on both sides, so there would not be a sticky side open.   That way no errant grains would fall the wrong way. I did not have any issues milling today, whereas last time my mill stopped feeding about twenty times.  I will have to try it out a few more times to test my hypothesis, but I'm hopeful.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mason Jar airlocks
« on: August 06, 2017, 12:14:39 PM »
I've made one with a plastic mason jar lid and drilling it to take a drilled rubber stopper and normal airlock.

All Grain Brewing / Re: low gravity batch sparge question
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:09:48 PM »
Everything went great.  I saved about a half hour of time, didn't have to worry about over sparging and my OG was 1.038-  one point away from expected, exactly close enough.  Looks like I'll be trying batch sparging again in the future.

All Grain Brewing / Re: low gravity batch sparge question
« on: June 29, 2017, 02:27:38 AM »
Great.  Thank you for your help.

All Grain Brewing / low gravity batch sparge question
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:15:48 PM »
I plan on making a Dark Mild and decided to try out batch sparging for the first time.  I'll be using 7.5# of malt and normally would use a total of 28 quarts of water when fly sparging.  My OG estimate for fly sparging would be 1.039.  I haven't decided on the volume of each batch sparge or if I'll add some of the water to the kettle.  When fly sparging everyone talks about stopping sparging when the pH rises to a certain point.  Are there any concerns with batch sparging a low gravity beer?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning auto siphon
« on: February 27, 2017, 11:37:43 AM »
Cleaning- wipe outside parts with washcloth and spray inside and out with hose.  When I soak with cleanser, I use a pot and flip it over and soak the other end. Same with sanitizing.

Storage- I found a Sterilite storage tote 24x15x6 at Target for under $10. 

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Using DME for priming?
« on: March 22, 2016, 11:45:18 AM »
When I experimented with it years ago, it took a little longer to carbonate and there is more sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2016 April-June Wyeast PC
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:01:23 AM »
From the back of the recent BYO:
3864-PC Canadian/Belgian Ale
3739-PC Flanders Golden Ale
3822-PC- Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager X
« on: March 07, 2016, 10:29:35 PM »
When I got the WLP 611 New Nordic Blend from the Vault it came in a vial.  So, Lager X might come in either package.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Crazy fermenter pic
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:25:37 PM »
The top layer looks like starsan to me.  But, I've never had it survive the addition of wort.

I think open kettle and vigorous boil are the key elements here.

This is the crucial variable (and I skimmed the thread, so apologies if someone already mentioned it). Even the short boil reaches ~8% evaporation volume, which is generally quoted as the minimum for DMS reduction.

This might be one of the reasons I've never had DMS problems even though I mostly cover my brewpot.  I typically evaporate 3/4 to 1 gallon of volume with a 60 minute boil, which is 12-15%.  (starting volume 6.25-6.5 ending volume 5.5 gallons.)

I've been doing 60 minute boils with the lid mostly on the pot for about 10 years and never noticed DMS. 
Well, either you're lucky or have a high threshold for DMS.
Could be lucky, but I expect that it is modern malts and/or I have enough water vapor escape to drive it off.  A couple of months ago I took a Dortmunder to my homebrew club to specifically test for DMS,  only one person thought they tasted DMS, but only after it warmed up.  I have to say for a while I wondered if my wife and I couldn't taste DMS.
I originally started with the lid mostly on, because I once had a bird poop on a porterhouse steak I was taking to the grill and  I didn't want any stuff falling into my beer.  At the time I didn't notice any quality loss in my beers and I noticed that I saved propane.  Maybe I should try a more scientific experiment for myself, one pilsner beer with the lid off and another with my normal process to see if it matters.

I've been doing 60 minute boils with the lid mostly on the pot for about 10 years and never noticed DMS. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting Smegma out of Better Bottles
« on: August 08, 2015, 11:27:35 PM »
I often swish and swirl a washcloth inside before I soak it with a cleanser.  It seems to remove more gunk than just rinsing and sloshing.  I figure it means less gunk for the cleanser to remove.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Challenging brew days
« on: May 18, 2015, 09:16:52 PM »
I've gotten a rock in a sack of Best pilsner malt along with other brands.  I'm sure every brand has a rock every once in a while. 

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