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I use 20 tip NG jet burners.  Distance I think it is burner style specific. I love my burners, but tip to kettle had to be 15”. I wouldn’t trade them. My Shroud was as important as the distance. Forced the O2 to move into the mix. Once I figured out the O2 they clicked.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Automated Brewing
« on: October 05, 2018, 03:21:24 AM »
I honestly think with my old-school system -- direct fired M/BK and HLT and round cooler LT with FB, short, gravity runoff tube and pail for a grant -- no pumps, no valves, no hoses, practically no setup and everything cleans up with a spray hose and a sponge in just minutes -- I couldn't possibly improve on time saving.  Can't see the point in a system that doesn't completely automate everything down to adding ingredients, but does add setup and cleanup time.  And I want the hands on experience anyway.  Sometimes the simplest thing is, well, simplest.
Kind of like me, but you have to add outdoor only brewing.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Unibroue
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:29:40 PM »
Denny,

I know you have been bringing these out. Sending you a big thanks for this. I did resurrect my old yeast and have kept it going. Love that strain and I will get a fresh stock. I remember talking about it with you in the spring. A huge thanks and it is no doubt my favorite B strain.


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we got to pick the PCs last year, but this year it's all Wyeast.  I want to look into them taking suggestion s from this forum for next year.  No promises.
I got ya, thanks for putting us out there.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Unibroue
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:28:39 PM »
I know I'm not the only Unibroue fan around these parts. I noticed that WY3864 is being released as one of the fall PC yeasts, and thought I'd pass it along. I know Farmhouse has it in stock, so check your favorite Wyeast dealers.

Yeah, I bought two packs last week and pitched some into a Tripel yesterday afternoon.  I'm going to try to get 3 batches per pack, unless I get sick of it before then.
I can’t get sick of this yeast, especially my Triple. That said I only brew it a few times a year.
Now that I received 2 fresh snacks yesterday, I hope to use it in a few different styles.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Unibroue
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:54:48 PM »
Denny,

I know you have been bringing these out. Sending you a big thanks for this. I did resurrect my old yeast and have kept it going. Love that strain and I will get a fresh stock. I remember talking about it with you in the spring. A huge thanks and it is no doubt my favorite B strain.


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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B and haze, redux
« on: September 19, 2018, 01:56:03 PM »
What is the latest retailer to start carrying BTB, is it Great Fermentations?  (I'm thinking the latest to the party would have some from a later shipment, but not knowing all the logistics I could be wrong.)
I hope so, that is where mine came from.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Banjo burner carbon monoxide safety question
« on: September 09, 2018, 12:57:29 PM »
Being NG I can’t imagine you would have an issue. Get a Monitor, and be practical. NG burns super clean.


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I’m sorry, my friend, but that is as far from a fact as one can get.  People die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year due to a malfunctioning furnace or boiler or hot water heater.
I think that it is obvious that carbon monoxide is dangerous. Being careful with a meter, and proper ventilation, I doubt the OP will have any issues. “Super Clean” May have been a poor choice of words though.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Files Podcast Ep. 44 - A Crumby Stout
« on: September 09, 2018, 02:06:27 AM »
Just had the the Stone Woot Stout. Looking forward to listening in....


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Being NG I can’t imagine you would have an issue. Get a Monitor, and be practical. NG burns super clean.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:01:51 PM »
I cut them in half and add to the scrap pile.
I recycle everything I possibly can. I will add that I heard that only 15% actually is recycled. I’m not sure how accurate that statement is. It came from the guy at the recycle mobile unit.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Back from a close call
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:39:54 PM »
Mark that is great news. Healthcare can be so difficult. Hope it stays on the right track for you.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Back from a close call
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:35:35 PM »
Good to have you back. Your old contributions continues to be valuable reading. Stay healthy. Btw, your writing made me make starters when using Bry-97. After that, all the criticism of I have read people have towards this dry yeast, does not apply as far as I am concerned. So you sir have a part in me making better beer with what now has become to be my favorite dry yeast strain.


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I must have missed that about 97. I may have to revisit that, thanks.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« on: September 01, 2018, 02:32:40 AM »
97 has freaked me out every time I’ve used it. (3) That was enough for me. Slow as heck to get going and wasn’t what I was looking for.


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I have spent a ton of stainless cash, and regretted a ton of cash spent. IMO, I would purchase a kettle from someone like Spike Brewing. I would contact them and buy a nice 15 gallon kettle. Welded fittings, to me, only way to go. Something with a nice diptube to the sidewall of your kettle. The ease of draining to your fermenter....yes!  Buy a nice stainless immersion chiller. Never gets funky, doesn’t leave things in your wort. Propane burner for exterior boils. I’d buy as nice a burner as you can afford. A kettle is too heavy for a stove top and too slow. I bought a 10 gallon Polarware kettle only to have a welder ruin my kettle. It wasn’t big enough anyway. A 60qt cooler as a mash tun. Handle any strength beer you want for 5 gallons. Look into Brew In A Bag. Having the right kettle with a diptube and valve, priceless. You can use one kettle, one cheap cooler, a bucket, and win gold at the AHA. A cheap hydrometer with an auto-syphon. Buy the large size. You will appreciate the time saved during your rack to a bottling bucket. As far as fermenters go, use a bucket to start. Easy, cheap, and works great. Sanitation!!  Use Starsan and mix it with distilled water. It then will last for a long time. I used my tap and infected a batch. You can grow with it as you learn. I have a stack of stuff I bought and it was a total waste. Take the dive, great folks here to ask questions. There is never a dumb question, we all have been where you are. Buy great stuff once, it will save you in the long run. If you decide to sell, it will go quick. I know this sounds like a lot of info, but if your into it, worth it. Welcome to an addictive place!! All just my opinion, appraised value
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I’m not sure that I have ever had any good example of an Alt. Everyone that I have ever purchased were horribly old. I’ve tried to buy a fresh Zum, no go.


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