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Kegging and Bottling / sucking out the dry hopped goodness
« on: September 27, 2016, 07:14:55 AM »
I wanted to try something new with dry hopping so I dry hopped an APA in a 5 gallon corny.  I used a muslin bag with some marbles to weigh it down.  2oz galaxy hops.  I dry hopped for 4 days.

I fished out the muslin bag and started to force carbonate.  When I started pulling samples to check the carb level I was impressed with the hop aroma and pleased.  I pulled a couple more samples along the way as I tend to do normally to see how the carb level was coming along.  I was getting the normal slug of yeast and such as it continued to settle out.

Interestingly though now that the beer is fully carbed and being served the hop aroma is way down.  Not even close to what a 2 oz DH should be like and its certainly way less than the initial samples I pulled.

I was wondering if its possible that I pulled out all the super infused wort during my test samples seeing as the keg wasn't really moving or getting mixed up.  My only thought was that the bags sitting at the base of the keg infused great hoppiness but after I fished out the bags much of it was concentrated in the bottom. I find it hard to believe but I was wondering if others had a similar experience.

Equipment and Software / Fermentation fridge
« on: June 15, 2016, 03:57:21 AM »
I had a small chest freezer (could fit two fermentors in it) that I used for fermentation that finally quit on me last fall.  Now that the weather is warming up again I need to think about replacing it.  Was debating transitioning to on of those larger sized "dorm" fridges that will hold a bucket/carboy.  Looking to preserve some footprint space for future expansion of my keg freezer setup.
Anyone know off hand what is a good readily accessible fridge model that would handle on fermentor at a time like that?


Equipment and Software / HERMS Coil
« on: September 23, 2010, 04:28:55 AM »
I have a 20ft 3/8th inch copper coil that had served as my chiller for 8 years, until I upgraded to a bigger coil.

I have been wondering what is going on inside the coil and if I could use it to pass wort through for use as a HERMS as is.  I figured if I recirculated some PBW or TSP through it for awhile if I could clean out any hidden corrosion in there.

Any thoughts?

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