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Equipment and Software / Looking for opinions on a new PH probe
« on: March 11, 2019, 04:48:28 PM »
Greetings all,
I am in need of a new PH probe. I currently have a Milwaukee MW101 and was researching a probe by Apera, a LabSen 211. It claims to have faster read times, and longer life due to it's design. Kinda pricey as well. WOndering if anyone is using it and if anyone is using it with an MW101. I imagine it should be compatible, it's a BNC connector.
Thanks for any insight!

General Homebrew Discussion / FYI article/experiment on pathogens in beer
« on: September 29, 2018, 01:21:42 PM »
I ran across this article and thought I'd share. Has some very interesting information for those who've ever worried about pathogens surviving in your homebrew. I know... I'm such a geek LOL But very interesting and engaging stuff. :)

Yeast and Fermentation / First yeast plate attempt
« on: September 08, 2018, 05:49:28 PM »
So here is my first attempt at streaking a plate. This sample came from wild grapes soaked in a 1.020 starter. Obviously I have some form of mold contamination, is it possible to save what appears to be yeast colonies that the mold hasn't reached yet?

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Greetings friends,
This tip will probably only appeal to a very small group of Brewjacket users, but it may help a handful of brewers. If you use your brewjacket with a PET/plastic fermenter and use the sleeved grommet, the smaller white cap from a carboy cap fits perfectly over the opening of the sleeved grommet to allow for storage, aeration, transport, cleaning or what not. It takes a wee bit of work, but it's a water tight fit.
Hope this helps someone...
Brew on!

Equipment and Software / Star San turned my bung brown...
« on: May 19, 2018, 10:14:08 PM »
So for the first time ever I was soaking my rubber stopper and starsan and within a couple of minutes it begin to turn Brown. Never had this before. It only seem to do it with a drilled bungs that I get for my Brew jacket. Anyone have any clues as to what might cause this?

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I typically boil my stone before and after use. When I went to retrieve it today, it had an interesting fuzzy white afro. Is it safe to use if I clean off the fuzz and boil it like normal?

I've read a couple of references where brewers pitch their yeast starters cold from the fridge. Other references have also indicated that some commercial breweries are doing the same thing (pitching directly from a cold yeast brink that is). Has anyone done this and what were your results, good and bad?

General Homebrew Discussion / Shipping issue with NHC Philly
« on: March 25, 2018, 11:03:00 PM »
Greetings all,
I am in the process of preparing my NHC entry for Philly but UPS doesn't recognize the address. When you try to verify it through USPS (Not actually shipping through USPS) it doesn't recognize the address for Keystone either.
Anyone else have this issue, or have any suggestions?


Ingredients / Are my BSG Amarillo hops old?
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:20:00 AM »
I went to dry hop an IPA tonight and opened a new packet of Amarillo hops from BSG. The package date was 3/14/16. Out of habit I gave them a sniff and things smelled OFF! They smelled somewhere between tea-like and a mild basil, and slightly of cardboard.... in fact, they are a bit minty to boot. Even did a good rubbing but same smell. I also had to get my nose right down in the pack to be able to pick out these aromas. Needless to say, I subbed out some centennial, but has anyone experienced this in the past?

Kegging and Bottling / Chipping bottles, trying to find culprit
« on: September 16, 2017, 03:31:02 PM »
Hi All,
Here recently, I've noticed that several of my bottles are getting small chips on the mouth of the bottle. I have a few ideas, but wanted to see if anyone has had this happen before. I recently started brushing the bottles as well as soaking in oxyclean. I also bought a super agata bench capper at about the same time. When I use the bottle brush, sometimes the twisted metal shaft scrapes the bottle lip. These are the only two things I can come up with for cause. Anyone have this happen before? I'm hoping it's not the capper, the bell looks OK.

Thanks for any input.

Kegging and Bottling / Avoiding bottle bombs with fruit beers?
« on: August 13, 2017, 06:45:15 PM »
I have been planning a fresh apricot IPA for my next brew. I was talking to a couple of brewery employees yesterday at a local beer festival and one indicated that they had to recall their first distribution attempt at a fruit beer due to exploding cans. Is this most likely a situation with canning too quickly? What is the best time to add fresh fruit during fermentation and what indications should one see to know it's ready to bottle?
I feel like a steady gravity reading over a period of time, but wondering what others have experienced with their fruit beers?

Yeast and Fermentation / Help with a wee heavy
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:46:57 PM »
Hi all,
Just checked the gravity on a wee heavy that is in it's 17th day of primary. OG was 1.090 and I pitched a 1 liter starter of WLP028 into a 2.5 gallon batch mashed at 154F. Fermented for the first 2 days at 62F then let it rise to 65F on the 3rd day where it's held steady. My gravity today is 1.032, but I was expecting to have an FG of around 1.023. The sample is a bit sweet. Is 17 days not enough for WLP028 or should I toss in a bit of US-05 or CBC-1 to try to bring it down? I don't have a lot of experience with WLP028.

thanks for any help

Yeast and Fermentation / wlp028 vs. wyeast 1728 Fermenation temps
« on: July 04, 2017, 06:00:03 PM »
Hi all,
Yesterday I pitched a starter of WLP028 into a 1.090 scotch ale with a short lag time of about 6-8 hours. I'm fermenting it at 62F which is the lowest recommended low threshhold (65-70 optimum) by white labs. I was checking out the 1728 specs for the hell of it and noticed that the temp ranges (55-75) are significantly different. Aren't those two strains supposed to be pretty much the same? Also, I thought scottish ales were supposed to be fermented on the cool side. Any ideas why the two strains are that different? Anyone have experience with WLP028 at or below 62F?

Finishing up my brew day on a 1.085 scotch ale only to find that my aeration stone has  grown some funk. Time to head to the LHBS.

Equipment and Software / Recommendations for a good mash thermometer
« on: July 03, 2017, 02:37:08 PM »
Hi all,
Can anyone recommend a good mash thermometer? What I need is something digital that has a probe with at least a 12-18 inch cable connected to a digital display.  Mine just crapped out. Thanks for any suggestions.

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