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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:16:02 PM »
I haven't tried a whole lot of hoppy beers aside from the one I was disappointed with so I'd rather hold my opinion on that for now because it could have been a programming error on my part. I'm going to try it again soon and will report back.

For really hoppy beers I increase hop amounts by 20%.  Seems to work for me.  I believe that will be dealt with in the new unit.

Don't have the handbook in front of me but there is a max they recommend for each bin. Do you just exceed that?

I assume you're using pellets?  You could probably get 3 oz. per bin easily.  Plus if you want to you can program a pause, pull out the step filter, and refill a cage.  If you use whole hops, the amount would be significantly less.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fly sparge efficiency
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:14:00 PM »
Is your total volume completely mixed?

This plus you mashed about 2/3 total volume and sparge  1/3.  I split more like 50/50,but still see significant drop in gravity from mash to nd of sparge and total volume collected.  What was your target preboil Gravity? 111lbs base malt will yield me about 1.054-55, so would expect yours to be much higher with 15lbs pale malt.
According to beersmith my estimated preboil was 1.064. This is for a 6.5 gal batch size. I need 8 gal total boil volume because of all my losses. Just finished the boil and am at 1.059 which is 20 points off the 1.079 I was shooting for

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Are you just accepting the efficiency Beersmith is using, or have you adjusted it to your system's efficiency?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:05:35 PM »
I haven't tried a whole lot of hoppy beers aside from the one I was disappointed with so I'd rather hold my opinion on that for now because it could have been a programming error on my part. I'm going to try it again soon and will report back.

For really hoppy beers I increase hop amounts by 20%.  Seems to work for me.  I believe that will be dealt with in the new unit.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:22:19 PM »
It still doesn’t chill?

It does chill.
Not in the marketing material. Crazy that people are dropping big bucks without full spec sheet readily available.

Rather than speculate, I asked.  I was told it will chill.  Of course, they could change that, but that's what I was told.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:37:49 PM »
Another question, did the AHA endorse the Z or write an article about it? There is a banner on top of PicoBrew’s Z page with a bunch of blog and magazine names. In that list is “American Homebrewer’s Association”. I haven’t seen an article on the AHA site so I am curious why the AHA is mentioned in that group.

PS. I have no beef if AHA did write an article or get paid to endorse. I am just curious and would like to read the article if there is one.

https://www.picobrew.com/Store/products/z.cshtml

Maybe because there's a Zymatic at AHA headquarters?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:36:52 PM »
It still doesn’t chill?

It does chill.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:36:14 PM »
I think the main annoyance for a 10G brewer would be dividing all the ingredients in 4 parts.

Right there, unless it has the ability to run multiple (different) recipes at the same time, that would be a nice feature.
It can do multiple recipes at once.
I didn’t see that in the marketing material. Honestly there shouldn’t be a reason it couldn’t considering it is just a bunch of units stacked.

It definitely does.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: February 17, 2018, 07:40:20 PM »
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE......can we change the name to Favorite beers in America?  How can it possibly be "Best" if none of us have tasted every beer?  What criteria do you use to decide the "best"?  I understand the marketing appeal of saying "best", but it really doesn't belong.
Most popular?

Yeah, or that....

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:07:28 PM »
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE......can we change the name to Favorite beers in America?  How can it possibly be "Best" if none of us have tasted every beer?  What criteria do you use to decide the "best"?  I understand the marketing appeal of saying "best", but it really doesn't belong.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast cell count..
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:05:40 PM »
Which is the speculation..I guess I need to do it then?

I don't understand...if they've done it, why do it again?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Denny!
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:01:58 PM »
Happy belated Birthday Denny!  I looked up Dungys in google and came up with a supermarket and a coach.  What exactly is a Dungy?  Anything like Skippy?  Back where I'm from folks would sit down and have a pitcher of Red Beer and a bowl of Rocky Mountain Oysters. :)

Like Jim said, it's Dungeness crab.  One of the most delicious foods on the planet.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:52:53 PM »
I don’t get the way they scaled it either. The only advantage i see is using less bins if the mash isn’t too large.

Keep in mind that a lot of the focus of this product is restaurants and other commercial operations like that.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:52:56 PM »
Well, now that I can finally see what it looks like... this is groan-worthy.  Data centers scale horizontally because that's how software works, but why in the world would you want 4 separate mashes?  I know they likely did this for the buzzwords to get funding, but it's not even literally horizontal.  Horizontal vertical scalability!

Maybe you don't, but a lot of the customers this is aimed at do. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:52:04 PM »
Denny,

Any idea how they are handling the increase from 120v to 240v if you add on a unit later to go from 2.5g (Z1) ro 5g (Z2)? Can you even add units/modules later? I don't think either are addressed.

Nope, no idea.  You could email support@picobrew.com for an answer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast cell count..
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:49:52 PM »
So instead of speculation... no one has just counted them?

Apparently the manufacturers have.

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