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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?
Thanks.

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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

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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.

FACTS:
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!

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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.

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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.

Gaffer

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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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