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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Blichman beer gun or Last Straw
« on: October 11, 2016, 05:10:58 PM »
My rubber tip started falling off regularly, until I heard somewhere that super glue does the trick in keeping it in place. It works.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bad sanitizer
« on: July 18, 2016, 05:53:00 PM »
I find it's easier for my process to buy a one gallon jug of distilled for 88 cents at the store who must not be named, squirt in 6 ml of Star San, shake, and go. Turnover is fast enough that I don't get a lot of sludge, and it's easy to store and use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Hops
« on: July 05, 2016, 06:25:40 PM »
I tend to make malty German lagers, so usually add 0.5 to 1.0 ounces of Tett, Saaz, or Mittelfrueh at 180. I have 20a pumped whirlpool, and in the summer it takes about 20-25 minutes to get to 80 (water temps are right around that in the summer here). Then into the fermenter and chamber to finish cooling until time to pitch. Almost all of the pellet sludge is left behind. I like the clean hop aroma and flavor I get from this technique. In the winter, the time in whirlpool is about the same, but the temp into the fermenter is cooler.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Hops
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:20:28 PM »
By the time I get to the point of a 0 minute addition, I am ready for the brew day to be over, so I add my hops at about 180 as I continue to chill. I have had good results with this. To get more flavor and aroma, I adjust the addition amount rather than extend the time.

Going Pro / Re: Starting wage for Cellar position?
« on: June 09, 2016, 10:06:07 PM »
I hope you all realize that you're going to be burned at the stake at the next inquisition?

Just sayin...

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 25, 2016, 06:00:47 PM »
I am really happy with my Millar's Mill. Hardened rollers, the same length as the MM, and a lot cheaper.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: best fridge for kegging system
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:38:10 AM »
Have you considered a freezer without a refrigerator? There are 5 CF chest freezers readily available for under $200.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 16, 2016, 04:42:58 PM »
Bittering lagers with noble varieties vs Magnum (or other neutral)

I like this idea, especially for the reasonably hopped lagers, like helles or O'fest

Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegerator drilling question
« on: February 08, 2016, 06:26:02 PM »
I suggest having a spare CO2 tank. I have a 15# for the freezer and a 5# for travelling. The 5# also is used when the main tank runs out. Which always seems to happen on Saturday afternoon, after the CO2 places have closed for the weekend.

I run my 1/2" line through a 1/2" hole drilled in the door. Nice tight fit, without additional sealing.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Tun
« on: February 02, 2016, 04:10:15 PM »
Even if you don't lose significant heat with a ginormous cooler, those things are a real pain to clean. They're heavy and unwieldy, and scream about pending back strain. I use the smallest tun that will hold my mash, either a 48, 70, or kayak size.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager X
« on: February 02, 2016, 08:08:00 AM »
I ordered a pouch of this, and my card has been charged. It's happening!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 29, 2016, 09:27:50 PM »
If you had a nitro setup, you might get the bends.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager X
« on: January 29, 2016, 08:02:25 AM »
Helles, Dort, Bo Pils, Bock, and doppelbock are on my calendar. I'm interested to find out how this strain compares to my usual 830, 833, and 838

This is what I use.

I get it higher by cutting some steel fence posts to about 24", and bolting them to the frame. Works like a champ. The burner is wide and sturdy enough to hold a ginormous pot, including keggles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:40:20 PM »
I like to run the first five or six gallons of hot water from the chiller into an old aluminum pot with about a scoop of Oxyclean in it. When I've pumped the wort into the fermentation vessel, I put the chiller into the oxy pot and recirculate while I take care of the carboy and clean up. Then I pump the oxy water into the boil kettle to clean it, and pump that into the toilet with the hose through a window. About every other brew, I take some BKF to the kettle, and pump the rinse water into the toilet.  Minimal lifting, which is good for my old bones. A bit of clean water goes through the hoses and pump head so it's ready for the next time.

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