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Yeast and Fermentation / Screwed Up Fermentation?
« on: November 16, 2015, 01:40:29 AM »
Hey all,

Need some advice, been brewing for a long time but may have screwed something new up this time. 5.5-6 gallon batch of beer in a SS Brew Tech brew bucket fermenting in a the fermentation fridge, I used a blow off tube into a small bucket of starsan (mabye 2 qt.). Crash cooled from 70->38 over the course of a few days ( a bit colder than I normally do). Finally went to keg it maybe a week later and found the blow off tube bucket empty, no sanitizer left at all. Where did the sanatizer thought is in the beer?! I have trouble beliving it siphoned up 24 inches of vertical tube into the beer, but i can't explain it otherwise. I've never had that happen so I have no idea of the effects. The beer tasted ok, but i was likely biased knowing there may be sanatizer in the beer. I've been fermenting this way for nearly 2 years and have never had this effect, maybe the 38 degree fridge was so dry it evaporated (wishful thinking)?


Is the sanatizer in the beer?
Is it safe to drink if it is indeed in there?



Pimp My System / Burch Brewery 2.0
« on: August 17, 2015, 06:09:59 PM »
Finished what I call Burch Brewery 2.0, an upgrade from the propane system i've used for the last 8 years or so (Adding pieces every year since I started). The idea was to be able to brew indoors in the winter, a bit cold outside in CT in the winter. Its a 10 gallon single tier system with 3 x 16 gallon kettles, using 2 Chugger pumps to move beer around. 1 x 5500 watt element in the BK and another in the HLT, the MLT uses a HERMS system with 50' of SS tubing  to control mash temperature and a CFC to cool the hot wort quickly. The control panel is pretty much a Kal Clone (awesome design) but was actually sourced from EBrewsupply which included some nice design changes. I use a stainless steel mesh hop basket to keep the hops contained. I tend to ferment in a 7.5 Gal BrewBucket in a fermentation fridge and store beer in a 4 tap keezer.

Brewed 6 or 7 batches on it so far and am really happy. Hopefully this will last me 10 years, but I doublt i'll be able to resist tweaking it as I go.

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