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All Grain Brewing / Is a scratched cooler mash tun a problem?
« on: May 14, 2015, 07:37:10 AM »
I have done about 75 batches with my current igloo 10gal cooler. When I clean the false bottom, the cooler gets scratched. I noticed there are new false bottoms with a rim on them to prevent this.
My question is whether all the scratches I've accumulated cause an issue? I'm getting good efficiency, so I don't think I have tunnelling water during the sparge. Am I carrying flavors over from one beer to another? Risking contamination of some kind (yes, this is pre-boil) ?
To be clear, this is a 10gal round cooler and I am running 5gal batches of all flavors.

So do I need to replace my mash tun?

All Grain Brewing / Watered Down Wort.
« on: November 06, 2013, 08:52:59 AM »
Beersmith tells me that I will need 9.25 gallons of water. I follow the instructions on the Northern Brewer DVD about how much water to use, and the numbers are the same. I make a 5 gallon batch of beer and I end up with 8 gallons of 1.034 OG wort. I put it in my carboy and throw the rest away. The program says the grain absorption is 1.2 Gal. That leaves me with 8 gallons of wort from my simple math. What am I doing wrong and what am I supposed to do with all this extra water?

Please help,
Uncle Gaffer

Kegging and Bottling / Pressure question
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:44:04 PM »
I just recently upgraded to kegging and am loving it.
My first beer on the keg (Amber) was at high pressure, lots of foam and I had to be careful not to spill. My IPA, the second beer on my kegerator, comes out quite slowly, even after the sediment. It is still carbonated and tastes great.

I am wondering where the difference comes in to play.
I feel like I did something wrong on the second keg.

first beer poured fast and foamy
second beer pours slow but nothing wrong with it
connected to the same CO2 and beer connectors
second beer has been carbonating for 1 week
first beer poured fast as soon as I put it on
CO2 line is split to 2 kegs in the kegerator

Any info would be great. I want to learn!

Kegging and Bottling / carbonating 2 beers on a single tap system
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:22:12 PM »
I have a single tap system. However, I would like to be able to start the carbonation of a second keg while serving off the first one. Should I just use sugar to get the carbonation started, or do I need to split my CO2 line to prepare the keg? Is that even possible?

Advice requested.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Vinegar Flavor
« on: July 01, 2013, 09:39:49 PM »
My recent batches have all had a vinegar flavor to them. From my research so far I gather that they are probably getting contaminated. However, this last batch was so clean I don't see how it could be so.

Equipment that touches the wort:
Glass carboy - old but well sanitized
Copper coil wort chiller - sanitized and put in at 20min on the boil
Plastic Funnel. - Bought a new one and sanitized it
Metal aerator - Well sanitized

If anybody can think of something causing this problem it would be much appreciated.


Homebrew Competitions / Who won at Stone AHA rally
« on: March 13, 2011, 01:37:25 PM »
I'm wondering who won the competition. I drank the beer, I voted, but it was time to leave before they announced the winner. Does anybody know who won the Stone AHA rally Homebrew Competition?

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