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Equipment and Software / Re: Shipment from More Beer
« on: July 14, 2019, 07:31:46 PM »
I will never buy used corny kegs again.  They can be such a pain in the ass.  I just sold almost all of my old ones and replaced them with brand new kegs.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Gas check valves
« on: July 14, 2019, 07:25:23 PM »
I use a gas manifold that has built in check valves.  I think that is the way to go.

They do also make gas disconnects with built in check valves.

Ingredients / Re: Cascade vs. Galaxy
« on: July 08, 2019, 06:06:34 PM »
Man, that Galaxy is pungent.  Most of the cat pee flavor has disappeared, so that's good. 

It's crazy how different these beers are.

Yeah, that was a very interesting interview.

For the record, I like Pride of Ringwood hops.

Ingredients / Differences in batches of Weyermann Barke Pils
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:06:37 PM »
I just received a 55 lb. bag of Barke Pils and thought it would be interesting to compare the specs against those someone posted on another forum awhile ago.

Production date was 2.15.2019 vs. the 8.13.2018
Malt color is 1.8 °L vs. 1.6 °L
Friability is 84.5% vs. 89.6%
Hartong Index is 37.1% vs. 37.7%
Total protein is 10.7% vs 10%
Soluble nitrogen is 689 mg/100g vs. 659 mg/100g
Kolbach index is 40.2% vs. 41.2%
Extract fine grind is 78.6° vs. 78.9°
Hartong Index is 37.1° vs. 37.7°
Moisture content for both batches was 4.5°

Here are the analysis sheets (mine is the second):

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pressure Fermentation at last
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:55:10 PM »
I'm having trouble finding the website I downloaded this from, but you should be able to right click and save a copy from this post.

Ingredients / Cascade vs. Galaxy
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:36:28 PM »
I've been meaning to play around with some split batches for a while, and I just got around to buying a pair of 3 gallon kegs.  Friday night I kegged a batch of APA and dry hopped half with 2 oz. of Cascade and half with 2 oz. of Galaxy.

I've never used Galaxy before.  They smell like my cat peed into a bag of Citra - should be interesting.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pressure Fermentation at last
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:20:20 PM »
EDIT I'm working beyond my charts here, but I'm guesstimating I'd get a good initial level of carbonation (it will of course be adjusted with bottled gas before serving) at around 1.5 bar/ 21-22 psig @ ~70°F?  Anybody who knows better, little help?

22 psi at 70° would get you 1.98 volumes, and 21 psi at 70° would get you 2.03 volumes.

Equipment and Software / Re: Shipment from More Beer
« on: June 07, 2019, 06:27:23 PM »
A few months ago they accidentally sent me a 5 lb. bag of Weyermann Carafoam instead of Weyermann Pilsner. 

They sent the replacement bag of pilsner via 2-day delivery so I wouldn't miss my brew day, at no additional charge.  They also said to keep the Carafoam.

I don't like Carafoam so I gave it to somebody I was selling a few surplus corny kegs to.

I order from them pretty frequently, and that is the only mistake they've made.

The Pub / Re: Dead and Company
« on: June 05, 2019, 07:17:34 PM »
The circus was back in town last night...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: May 31, 2019, 07:54:37 PM »
Going to brew a simple APA this evening - Columbus for bittering with Cascade at 30 minutes and flameout

I'm planning to split the batch between two kegs and dryhop one with 2 oz. of Cascade and the other with 2 oz. of Galaxy to see how they compare.  I just bought some 3 gallon corny kegs for messing around with stuff like this.

I don't feel much like busting out the recirculating, electric system; I may do a simple hochkurz mash in the SS Brewtech tun instead.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Rest In Peace, babalu87
« on: May 31, 2019, 07:47:03 PM »
I remember him; that's sad to hear.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 24, 2019, 08:59:55 PM »

Czech Pilsner with 2782...

That looks great.

Ingredients / Re: Hemp Seeds
« on: May 22, 2019, 07:28:25 PM »
I never did get around to brewing it...

Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter on a Budget
« on: May 19, 2019, 06:44:55 PM »
Disclaimer: I don't like it.  I seem to be in the minority, but I want to be up front about it because I'd feel bad if you spent money on a new probe and weren't happy with the meter.

I appreciate the offer, but I feel like I should ask: what don't you like about it?

I found the manual calibration to be virtually impossible due to the inevitable drift.  It also takes forever.

Compare that to a meter with automatic calibration where all you have to do is press a button and wait 15 seconds.  I much prefer the latter.

My advice to anyone in the market for a pH meter is that manual calibration sucks.

There are, however, a number of people that are happy with the MW101.  Maybe I'm just an idiot.

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