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yeah - I've been doing this method for a couple years now - sold my Therminator once I was comfortable with it.

I can generally hit mid40s by using a sump pump and recircing the ground water through ice once I hit about 90df.

great little trick, eh?

I live in North Carolina and this trick works very well during our summers.  I can get 5 gallons down to pitching temps within 20 - 30 minutes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: forgot to clean my mash tun cooler
« on: June 10, 2012, 03:04:24 PM »
I've done the same thing and had a small amount of mold form in the cooler.   After cleaning with oxyclen, I used a light bleach solution to clean and disinfect the cooler.  Worked out well and  still using the same cooler, 2 years later.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain storage
« on: April 29, 2012, 10:45:24 PM »
I put mine in plastic buckets.  When I am not using my fridge to ferment in, I place the grains inside the fridge to keep them away from any pests that may get in the garage.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer vs Fridge for Making Lagers
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:55:46 PM »
it may not seem like a good idea at first but I like to buy NEW.  They deliver it.  It may cost more up front but you get a warranty and most importantly, the energy savings will eventually give you your money back.

Well said.

Equipment and Software / Re: How to use a pH meter
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:55:01 PM »
Storage solutions are indeed best to store the probes in.  As for drying the probe, there is no need to completely dry the probe. As a bench chemist for 20 years, I have found a good rinse with distilled water and then a very gentle pat down with a paper towel will work fine.  This will not induce a much of a static charge.  I wouldn't use compressed air from a compressor to dry the probe as the compressed air typically has a small amount of compressor oil trapped in it.   Also be careful of blowing on the probe to dry it as our breath also has saliva in it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer vs Fridge for Making Lagers
« on: April 04, 2012, 12:22:57 AM »
I also have a chest freezer and a fridge.  My preferred method of lagering is in the fridge.   This is simply because I don't have to lift a full carboy in and out of the chest freezer.  To allow for using the fridge as a fermentor, I removed all the shelving in the fridge and built a 2 tier wooden shelf for the fridge.

That being said both the chest freezer and fridge will work equally as well to lager your beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: How to use a pH meter
« on: April 04, 2012, 12:18:07 AM »
After reading the thread I noticed one piece of advice that has not been given.  The probe should never be wiped with a lab wipe or any thing similar, IE a kimwipe.  Instead gently pat the probe with a damp lab wipe.   Wiping the probe down creates a static charge which can affect the pH of the solution being measured.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanitizing a CP Bottle FIller
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:02:27 PM »
I take it you use your CO2 to push the PBW solution and water rinse through the CPBF?

Kegging and Bottling / Sanitizing a CP Bottle FIller
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:33:31 AM »
I recently bottled a few beers for a local competition using my counter pressure bottle filler.  I had not problem filling the bottles and getting good carbonation.  However my issue was with infected beer in the bottles.  Is it possible to pick up something from the filler? After filling each bottle I placed the filler in s bucket of Star San.   But what if I had some left over residue inside the beer in line from a previous filling several months ago that is now infected?  How do you thoroughly clean a CP filler?

All Grain Brewing / Diacetyl rest
« on: March 11, 2012, 12:57:18 AM »
I have brewed a Bohemian Pilsner and have moved the carboy from my fridge into the house for my diacetyl rest.  I did this on Thursday thinking I would get the beer into the secondary by Sunday.  Now it appears I will not be able to rack into a secondary until Wednesday or Thursday.  Will a week long diacetyl rest be a problem?

Kegging and Bottling / Filtering finished beer
« on: March 05, 2012, 08:54:30 PM »
I am in the process of putting together a filtration system using a simple 5 micron cartridge filter and a 0.5 micron cartridge filter in 2 separate filter housings.  The keg of unfiltered beer will be connected to the filtration system and the discharge of the filter will be connected to a clean and sanitized corny keg.  I will use CO2 to push the beer from the first keg through the filter and into the clean and sanitized keg.  My questions are these:

Do I have to fill the sanitized keg with CO2 before I begin to filter the beer to prevent oxidation?

Will I use a lot of CO2 to push the beer?  I currently have a 5 lb CO2 cylinder and can get about 5 or 6 kegs out if it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your favorite glass
« on: February 05, 2012, 02:08:36 PM »

Does anyone have a good source for a stange glass?  I have glasses appropriate for most all other styles, but nothing beats a good kolsch served in the proper glass.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew shed advice
« on: February 05, 2012, 02:02:06 PM »
What kind of ventilation does our shed have?

None yet, but there's a section of wall I need to rebuild (rotted where the roof leaks) so I was thinking of putting in a window and a fan.

What type of burner is being used?  If it is natural gas or propane, make sure your fan will push the needed amount of air to give enough make up air for at least 6 or 7 room changes per hour.  Also an inexpensive way to get electricity and water to the shed without running wires and plumbing is to dig a trench and lay a 3" PVC pipe in it. Then inside the PVC pipe place a garden hose and an extension cord.  Just make sure the trench is below the frost line and the hose won't freeze.  The hose and extension cord can be attached to a hose bib and outlet on the house.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Buy Northeast Ohio - Akron Area
« on: February 04, 2012, 02:03:20 AM »
A pallet will only hold 42 bags.  Just put together a group buy for our homebrew club.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewpots
« on: February 04, 2012, 02:00:19 AM »
I use the 10 gallon mega pot for 7-8 gallon boils with no problem. If you get the valve and thermo, I would also recommend a site glass.

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