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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How much is too much yeast?
« on: May 21, 2015, 03:24:38 AM »
At 75% system efficiency, the OG will be around 1.065. I don't know how fermentable the chocolate is.
But I think that one 11 gr packet of US05 will be plenty of yeast.

I aerate before pitching, but I doubt if it makes any difference.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« on: April 28, 2015, 03:42:39 AM »
Like Denny, I've been dumping yeast, sanitizer, etc. in my septic system for over 13 years with no issues.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Length and diameter of beer/gas lines
« on: April 26, 2015, 05:19:44 PM »
The gas line diameter or length does not matter.
As far as the beer line goes, when I had a cobra faucet that was inside my beer fridge, I used 3/16" ID and ~5' long. This was at a serving pressure of ~10 pounds at ~40 degrees. Worked fine.

Sometimes a vial of yeast is getting a little long in the tooth before it gets from CA to ME after being shipped in who knows what conditions. So, I started making starters mostly to proof the yeast. The upside was more consistent results in the end. Is the beer better, I think so, but there's a lot of personal bias going on in that evaluation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer Reading
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:20:13 AM »
I've been brewing for a little over 13 years. In the first couple of years, I used to fuss over, among other things, how to read the hydrometer. I finally came to the conclusion that it didn't really matter as long as I read it the same way each time.

The Pub / Re: Modern work ethic
« on: April 10, 2015, 03:29:24 AM »
It's good to see there are a few other guys on here that have seven day weekends like I do!

Equipment and Software / Re: immersion chiller hose adapters
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:37:24 AM »
After messing around with clamping various pieces of tubing/hoses to the copper tubing on my IC, I was rummaging around the plumbing dept at Home Depot and found some adapters for washing machines. They have compression fittings for 3/8" tubing on one end and 3/4" hose threads on the other end. Work perfectly. Sorry don't have a better description of the part.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop and grain bags cleaning
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:40:57 AM »
I just empty the bags into the trash, then rinse out the bags with plain water.
No issues after 13 years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:34:45 AM »
I use pellet hops in mesh bags. When I'm finished, I empty the bags into the trash.

Brewing at home is something I do for fun. I also enjoy hunting/fishing but I sure wouldn't want to be a professional hunting/fishing guide. I guess it's all about the responsibility. I had plenty of responsibility (CEO of company with $30 million gross sales) when I was working (retired now). So if I make a mistake while making 6 gallons of beer, it's just 6 gallons not a big hole in the checkbook.
That said, it is important that you like what you do for work, otherwise, the inevitable crap becomes intolerable.

The Pub / Re: Simplified BJCP Score Sheet
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:02:32 AM »
Finally, BJCP has accepted reality!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in a Minute
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:45:24 AM »
Just another great reason to join the AHA! Oh, wait! What day is it?

I've been homebrewing for a little over 13 years and I've always known that the quickest way for me to learn to hate brewing would be by becoming a professional brewer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: water to grain ratio for mashing
« on: March 29, 2015, 03:35:11 AM »
I've seen references to a range of ratios. 1.25 quarts per pound to 2 quarts per pound. You can go higher and lower than that range. Based on what I've seen/read 1.5 quarts per pound seems to be the most common.

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