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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Evaporation Rate
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:22:12 AM »
I wish we could get rid of the concept of percentage boil-off.  It makes no sense. Consider 5 gallons of wort boiling at 1 gal/hr:

Hour  vol   %/hr
  1       4   20
  2       3   25
  3       2   33
  4       1   50
  5       0   100

A fixed rate of fuel supplied boils off a fixed amount, not a percentage.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: high gravity wort diluted IBUs
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:22:03 PM »
It would be 20 IBU.  The color will also be half the SRM of the original.  Not a problem for a pils.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:46:18 AM »
If it were my decision, I would ask whether I would want to be limited to only three taps.

Exactly.  I went with four taps and still have to use picnic taps in the keezer to get the variety.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:38:54 AM »
Owning a mill lets you buy grains in bulk.  I don't feel comfortable without a couple of hundred pounds of malt in the house. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter help?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:51:02 AM »
Well if you have chlorine you must be on a municipal supply, rather than a well.  It should be fairly free of particulates, so the only filter you need would be the carbon filter for chlorine.  The rest of your water chemistry -- alkalinity, hardness -- can't be addressed with a filter.  RO will take care of that, but only necessary if alkalinity is too high to deal with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter help?
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:15:34 AM »
What is it you want to filter out?  A lot of us on city water use granulated carbon filters to remove chlorine. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bru'n water alkalinity
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:56:34 PM »
Alkalinity is a total of carbonate and bicarbonate ions, the relative amounts dependent on the pH.  In the US, the total amount is given as though it were all carbonate, specifically calcium carbonate.  We need to know what compound is being used in Belgium for alkalinity, since you need a molecular weight to get from mmol/L to ppm.

If they are using calcium carbonate, your alkalinity would be 298 ppm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 2/16/14
« on: February 16, 2014, 06:30:59 PM »
Maerzen brewday today.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:51:27 AM »
I'll be there. Pouring at Club Night for Chesapeake Real Ale Brewers Society.

12  You never know what's coming, but so many times I've just stopped what I was doing to listen.

Equipment and Software / Re: Kegerator Thermostat Help (Adjustment Screw)
« on: February 18, 2013, 02:59:07 PM »
3 cornies and a CO2 tank will fit and leave room for some bottles.  If there is a drain plug in the bottom, put something under it to protect the carpet.  When the humidity rises in the summer, its typical to have some water in the bottom.  And then there's always beer leaks :(  I've had the drain plug leak before, just be careful.

Events / Re: Conference website
« on: February 05, 2013, 02:06:23 PM »
The hotel's 3rd-party registration site began giving the AHA rate a 9am on 2/1.  Several of us from my club got the 26th-30th that morning.  Don't know how widely that was known, but it explains the quick sell-out.

Equipment and Software / Re: Where to get specialized faucet adapters
« on: January 31, 2013, 07:54:50 AM »
I think the faucet the OP is talking about is one of those where the faucet pulls out on a hose and can switch to a spray pattern.  Those do not have the standard faucet thread with the aerator that unscrews for the Fermtech adaptor.

If getting the parts is impossible, consider putting a tee in the line under the sink for a garden-hose connection.

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