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Messages - durschad

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chiller Problem -pic fixed-
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:48:46 AM »
Is the glycol pump on a temp controller or are you constantly circulating?  I'd try setting the temp on the glycol as low as it goes and only circulate when the beer temp is above the 35 degrees you want.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Pilot System
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:25:29 PM »
I have a 100% electric system I use in my garage and absolutely love it!  I bought a kit from eBrewSupply and built the panel.  I'm not an electrician, but I know enough to be dangerous.  I wanted to build it on my own in case something stops working I'll hopefully have a better idea on how to fix it!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching onto yeast cake after a day
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:58:40 AM »
Do you have time to rinse yeast with pre-boiled water and store in fridge?  I've always had good results doing this and process does not take very long.  I've kept yeast this way for a few weeks will no ill effect.  I just decant residual beer, pour in pre-boiled water, mix and pour into a sanitized mason jar.  Mix up really well, wait 15-20 min then pour into another sanitized jar leave as much of the trub behind as possible.  Process takes 30 min (maybe closer to an hour if you need to boil and cool water down).

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Yeast and Fermentation / Cool rehydrated yeast prior to pitching?
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:26:23 AM »
I usually use liquid yeast so this is process is new to me.  Both How to Brew and the Fermentis website say to rehydrate in warm water (95-100F in HtB, 77-84F for ale and 69-77F for lager on Fermentis).  Okay, got that.  Both sources say wait 30 min then pitch.  So the question is, do I pitch the still warm yeast into a much cooler wort?  If I just pitch as is, it's going experience a roughly 30F drop in temp.  Will this not shock the yeast and cause more harm than good?  Or, should I wait the prescribed 30 minutes then cool the yeast down closer to the temp of the wort?

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Equipment and Software / Love Controls 16b for Dummies
« on: August 31, 2013, 06:32:43 PM »
A friend just gave me a love controller that they had no use for.  The only problem is I'm a little illiterate when it comes to wiring diagrams (and I think they are as well, hence the free controller).  Can anyone out there help with where to put put what wire?  To me it looks like the black wire goes to post 4 and the white to post 5 and that's about as far as I get.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« on: July 23, 2013, 08:33:00 AM »
I went ahead at tried pouring slowly and left as much pellicle in the bottle as possible and it tasted nice and tart.  Thanks for all the responses!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:26:53 AM »
I did check a few other bottles and some have it and some do not.  Could it be my sanitizing practices were lacking and I have a mold problem?

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Kegging and Bottling / Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:25:14 AM »
I usually keg, but 6 months ago I bottled a Flanders Red.  I went to put one in the fridge today in anticipation of a nice sour beer and noticed some floaters.  This doesn't seem normal, but since I've only ever kegged sours this may have happened on all my batches and I would never have noticed.  Any words of wisdom/caution?

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Either way has produced good results for me.  If you go the rehydration route stay as sanitary as possible.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Natural carbed keg
« on: July 13, 2013, 08:05:40 AM »
I've also noticed when priming a keg vs force carbing the head formation/retention is lacking.  Anyone have any ideas on why this might be?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with Berliner pellicle.
« on: July 13, 2013, 08:01:58 AM »
Wait at least until the pellicle falls.  I've done a few sours and patience (and the bugs) is the best ingredient for these.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
« on: July 13, 2013, 07:56:45 AM »
I also use a keg for lagering.  You could also lager in bottles if you don't keg.  After all lagering is just cold storage

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aeration Equipment Question
« on: July 13, 2013, 07:54:30 AM »
For those using the mixer are finding any loss of head retention? 

I've been looking at the pure o2 route as well, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  The medical regulator seems to be the way to go if you want to accurately measure how much o2 you're pumping.  I would think the industrial grade ones and a watch would also work if you're not looking to be super accurate.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermopens on sale
« on: July 09, 2013, 10:22:20 AM »
are these really worth the price?  How fast does it read temps?  I bought a waterproof digital thermometer from a kitchen supply store for $15.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Options other than racking cane?
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:29:33 AM »
The ones I've seen are expensive multi fillers are are more marketed to the wine industry.  Check out the Xpress Fill Level Filler on More Beers website.

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