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Equipment and Software / Tracking Water Usage
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:31:37 PM »
Has anyone done an research on a piece of equipment that will attach to a garden hose or some such that will track gallons used reliably?  Ive found a few cheap options online but id like a more reliable item then a hunk of plastic run by batteries.


Ingredients / Clarity Ferm Enzyme
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:08:24 PM »
Anyone have any experience with this product?  I used some in my last APA batch and i am fairly sure it made it water and insipid.  I dont have any non-clarity ferm-ed APA of the same batch ATM, but will do a side by side when possible.


Yeast and Fermentation / WLP029
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:17:55 PM »
Anyone familiar with this yeast?  I brewed on Sunday.  Pitched sunday night at around 76F and brought it into my AC'ed room to keep it cool.  Ac dropped it to 70 on monday and down to 65 yesterday.  A tthis point the krausen as fallen.  Opened up the fermenter and got a wiff of Bananaie sulfer.  I know the sulfer will clean up during the lager phase but has anyone ever had Banana?  Im going to assume its just super young and will clean itself up in another week or so.


Ingredients / Sourcing Phosphoric Acid
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:23:00 PM »
Id like to get some phosphoric acid to lower the pH of my water for brewing.  Does anyone have a recommendation on where to get it?  I found 85% food grade Phosophic acid on Amazon but was wondering if there was a better option.  I am currently using 88% lactic acid but the amounts i need to brew 1bbl make it rather expensive and the chance for an off flavor is less then appealing.


Equipment and Software / Software Eff Issue
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:33:20 AM »

Grain Bill
41.75 Lbs Weyerman Pils
4.5 Lbs Weyerman Wheat Dark
Mash Schedule
30min P Rest @ 123
60min Beta Rest @ 148
30min Alpha Rest @ 158
45min fly sprage @ 168 trending down over the course of the sparge

Collected ~35G of wort and boiled off about 4G in a 90min boil

Got 30.5G into Fermenters at 1.058

Per Beersmith my Eff was in the 97th Percentile.  This seems highly unlikely to me and hoping for some feedback and help from any of you more experienced brewers out there.


Yeast and Fermentation / Buying yeast online
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:32:53 AM »
It sucks.  I am so spoiled working at a HBS where i can just ask the owner to order me a fresh vial of something every week.  We ran out of the yeast i needed over the weekend and didnt place an order this week.  Hard to order a vial and smack pack of Kolsch yeast from one of the better(apparently not) Big box homebrew stores.  It really is a kick in the nads to pay full price for yeast and get packs that are below 50% viability.

The yeast situation IMO reinforces the needed to support local.  Being able to journey to the local HBS and buy fresh yeast is one of the best perks of shopping local. 

/end rant

Equipment and Software / Sanke Kegs: How to
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:55:26 PM »
So id like to understand more about Sanke Kegs and get half a dozen or so sixtels to play with.  Does anyone have any reading resources etc they could recommend, and a brand they like that isnt crazy expensive.  A list of items needed to maintain it would be good too.


Equipment and Software / Spiedels
« on: July 07, 2014, 01:21:18 PM »
For those of you that have Spiedel Fermentors,  Can you fit a 10G batch of ale in the 30L to ferment with no risk of blowoff, or should i just hedge my bets and get the 60l?  Any input would be great.

Other Fermentables / Mead recipe
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:54:33 AM »
SO i need to make a friend of mine some mead, He did a lot of Electrical work for me and its part of the payback.  Im looking for some suggestions and tweaks but im thinking the following.

1 Gallon of Honey
4 G of water to Aprox 1.085 or so.
de-Chlorinate water with p meta(amount?)

P Meta to control Wild yeast once mixed(how much?)
1tsp yeast nutrient
1 tsp Acid Blend(?)

Pitch 2 packages of 47B wine yeast 1 day after p meta
Ferment at 70-75F
Add 1tsp yeast nutrient 12-24 hrs after yeast pitch

Ferment for 7-14 days until final gravity has been reached.  Expected to ferment dry to 1.000 or below.

I will probably Oak the entire batch to add tannins and may split off a few gallons to add fruit too.

Any thoughts or recommendations on amounts would be great.


Ingredients / Pils Malt for Kolsch. recommendations please
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:48:34 PM »
A Buddy and I will be brewing a Kolsch soon and im looking for a recommendation for the Pils Malt.  Available to me are the following Options.

Weyermann Pils
Weyermann Bohemian Pils
Weyermann Floor Malted Bohemian
Rahr Pils
Avangard Pils
Chateau Pils
Dingmans Pils

IF anyone has any thoughts or preferences that would be great.

Other Fermentables / Session Mead
« on: June 25, 2014, 07:02:00 PM »
Looking for some advice.

My buddy did a bunch of electrical for me for free and i owe him a bunch of mead.  He enjoys going to Fairs and dressing up(like Legolas or Robin hood).  I assume that his interest in mead stems from these faires and id like to make him a mead along this vein that he would enjoy.  Im thinking 6-7%abv and probably some sort of wood aged component.  Was hoping for some input from the experienced meadmakers on the forum for nutrient additions, yeast strain etc etc.  I will probably be using Local raw wildflower honey for that if that helps at all.


Edit: Id liek for it to be enjoyable fresh as well as aged if that matters.

Ingredients / Flaked Red Wheat vs Flaked White Wheat
« on: June 24, 2014, 06:49:06 PM »
Anyone familiar with the differences in these products?  I currently have the ability to get Flaked Red and Flaked white wheat.  According to Briess's website their red and white wheat malts have noticeable flavor differences, But i cant find anything on the Flaked versions having flavor differences.

Any thoughts?


Pimp My System / GCBC 1BBL Pilot Build
« on: June 16, 2014, 01:41:21 AM »
     After being "Let go" from my long term job of 10+ years that I was told I would take ownership of in April of Last year, I decided to delve far deeper into brewing.  After 4-6 months of down time i decided to take the plunge.  I had been doing lots of research and talking to brewers and decided that an Electric setup would be the way to go.   I made arrangements with a friend of mine who is an electrician and after confirmation that he would take on the job, away we went.

After doing some extra research I decided to buy DIY kits from Kal over at  While more expensive then some of the other options, I liked the Functionality and Durability of Kals setup. In September we started ordering kits and its been a busy Winter!  I finished the CP about a month ago and the electricity is just now getting finished up.  The harsh New England Winter we had slowed down certain aspects unbearably so.

Heating elements

RTD Sensors


Herms Coils

Part 2 too follow.


General Homebrew Discussion / HOw much does a gallon of wort weigh?
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:56:41 PM »
Anyone out there have a formula to estimate how much a gallon of wort weights?  I understand it will vary depending on density of sugars per gallon.  Id like a base line of 1.060 but can always scale it up with the formula.

People may wonder why i need to know how much a gallon of wort weighs.  Im building a coldroom for the 1BBL fermenter i have coming from Bru-gear.  Id like it to not break the floor of the cold room when filled with 31 gallons of 1.095 beer.


HI there,

In a few weeks i will have my new system up and running(pics when finished of everything) and id like to use the Hoprocket as a filter.  While sometimes it will be filled with hops as a filter media, other times id like to use a non-hop Filter Material.  I was thinking about using SS Scrubies like used to wash dishes, but was hoping for some Input from people who have tried this first hand.

Scruby Sample

Any other ideas would be great.

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