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Equipment and Software / Re: Ball Valve Cleaning
« on: Today at 03:25:02 PM »
What about ball valves on boil kettles?

I recently took mine apart for the first time in 3 or 4 years.  It actually didn't have much crud inside.  I probably won't do it again for another couple of years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:06:05 PM »
For whatever it's worth, I've bottled close to 40 competition entries straight out of my perlicks without picking up any noticeable contamination.

I did recently purchase a beer gun to bottle 10 gallons for a friend's wedding though.  I was pretty impressed with it and may use it to bottle my round 2 entry.  Though maybe changing my routine at this point is bad luck?

If the results for Saint Louis had come out even one week later than they did, it would have been very difficult for me to rebrew.  That was just poor planning on my part though, and I happened to get lucky.  I don't think I have much chance of placing in the finals, but it makes for two months of nice daydreaming.

Beer Recipes / Re: new Pale Ale
« on: April 19, 2015, 05:51:56 PM »
wow 10# red x really dropped my PH vs projected.

I had the same experience with it.

On some of my kegs, the liquid posts and gas posts are not the same thread size and so are not interchangeable.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison attempt
« on: April 13, 2015, 02:57:43 PM »
I really like this recipe:

I add a pound of cane sugar and bump the gravity up to around 1.054.  With Wyeast 3711, it pretty much always finishes at 1.004 (mashed at 148 degrees).  I've been meaning to try it with 3724 or maybe a blend of 3711 and 3724.

Equipment and Software / Scotch Fasteners
« on: April 12, 2015, 11:06:43 AM »
In case anyone is looking for an easy way to mount a temperature controller to the front of a chest freezer, this stuff is awesome.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun Tips
« on: April 12, 2015, 11:03:29 AM »
Well, I bottled all 10 gallons last night, and I'm pretty impressed with this device.  At 4 PSI, I had no to minimal foaming.  I doubt I lost more than 4 ounces of beer over the entire run.

Turns out they are actually serving this beer at the wedding, so I hope it came out well. I barely had a chance to taste any of it.

Equipment and Software / Re: New temp controller
« on: April 11, 2015, 11:44:26 AM »
The manual says that the probe can be submerged for extended periods of time, but my fermentor has a thermowell so I probably won't be testing that claim.

Equipment and Software / Re: New temp controller
« on: April 11, 2015, 10:32:32 AM »
I just bought one.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mounting Temp. Control Sensor
« on: April 10, 2015, 12:26:13 PM »
If my target is 67 degrees, the dual controller will kick the freezer on when the beer hits 68 and shut it off as soon as the beer hits 67.

Which dual stage controller are you using?  I am in the market.

Came back from dinner and it was down to 60, even though my diff was 2*, and the sanitizer in my airlock was completely frozen.

If you fill your airlock with vodka instead of sanitizer, you can eliminate the freezing issue. 

Beer Recipes / Re: First Recipe design
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:14:12 PM »
Neither of these beers was remotely close to the abomination known as Harpoon IPA.

I went to college in Boston in the late 90's-early aughts and have good memories of Harpoon IPA.  It's probably been 10 years since I've had one though.  I wonder what I would think of it now.

These East Coast IPA recipes look interesting.  I'd like to give one a try.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:01:23 PM »
Saint Louis results are up.  My APA took 2nd place.  Frankly, I'm pretty surprised.

Equipment and Software / Re: 14 Gallon Stainless Fermenters
« on: March 27, 2015, 04:25:08 PM »
I've been looking for a stainless steel insulated mash tun or cooler for a long time.  I can't believe it hasn't been done before this.

Me too.  I actually posted about it here a few months ago wondering why they only seemed to be available in Europe.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold Crashing Starter
« on: March 22, 2015, 03:13:30 PM »
You can make a much smaller starter than the calculators call for.  By pitching a 3-1/2 L starter in a 6 gal. (final vol.) lager, I didn't just reduce lagtime, I eliminated it altogether.

Yes, but yeast growth in beer can have flavor consequences.

3.5 liters of starter wort in a 6 gallon (inclusive of starter) batch means roughly 15% of your volume is starter wort.  That seems undesirably high to me.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold Crashing Starter
« on: March 22, 2015, 10:48:58 AM »
To me, crashing and decanting is about not wanting to dilute the beer.  However, I also don't particularly care for the flavor of unhopped DME that was been warm fermented, regardless of whether or not the starter has  been made with a stir plate.

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