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Equipment and Software / Building a Coleman Xtreme mashtun, advice?
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:43:13 AM »
I use the 165qt tun. I installed the valve kit and it has worked in this, my third cooler, for five years. One thing to note is that eventually with a lot of banging around over the years that the plastic tends to fracture around the valve. The washers that come with the kit are somewhat limited in their diameter, although they are standard size. I just rebuilt mine with custom SS blanks that cover more surface area and disperse the load over a larger area. I also put Silicone in between the body and valve to fill that void.

Instead of SS mesh, like Denny, I use CPVC tubing and fittings inside in an ladder pattern. I get great efficiency and its robust.

TimO

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Yeast and Fermentation / Secondary Fermention
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:28:51 AM »
It was probably done a while back. A 1070 beer, if fed a good quantity of healthy yeast, should have finished in two weeks. Heck, brewery's can't wait as long as you did or they'd go broke ;-)

Don't bubble watch, it will drive you nuts. It's Ok if after two weeks it gurgles a bit but if you think you should wait then do so.

I don't do secondaries anymore, not for years. All beers go two weeks for me and i always overpitch. For BW's I go four weeks or more, then keg and let age.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Home Glycol system
« on: August 04, 2011, 09:39:11 AM »
I recall seeing this a while back. This is a DIY system that doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out.

Tim O

http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=42735&hilit=+GLYCOL+SYSTEM

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Sounds like you have been doing some research already....good for you!!

A few lessons learned that some of us have painfully gone through:

It costs almost the same to fill a 5 pound cylinder as a 10 pound cylinder. You figure out the cost benefit. I have two ten pounders, once for travel and one stays wit hthe kegerator. When one is depleted I have a backup (came in handy at deercamp to have the spare).

I really lost my butt a few times when starting out because of the seals on the keg not being 100% sealed. Leaving the regulator open to feed my taps was what I wanted to do. A trip back to the gas place two days later with an empty tank happened more than a few times for me. To fix this problem, I never leave my regulator open for long periods of time. If the kegs stay pressurized when left unused for a few days then you will be OK and shouldnt waste gas.

I recommend replacing all of the o-rings on old kegs you buy. I have replaced every o-ring on all of the dozen or so kegs I have and it was well worth it, it helped solve the problem I had mentioned above.

As for carbonating my beer, my SOP is to hit the beer with 30 PSI as soon as I keg the beer andc then let it sit in the fridge for a few days. Thenm hit it again. When I am ready to pour the beer I releae all gas and hit it with serving pressiure. It is NOT scientific, but being and engineer I get tired of being scientific sometimes and just go with what works well for me.

For filling the kegs, its easy.  I only use the 7.9g plastic buckets with spigots. I clean the keg and fully fill with Co2...purging all the air. I attach a drain hose to the fermenter then drain out the first two pints, they will be yeasty. Then I snake the hose down into the keg and fill from the bottom up, pushing out the Co2. It never touches air, I even don't disturb the Co2 blanket on the fermented beer when its draining.

Hope these and the other comments give you some new ideas.


Cheers and beers!!

Tim O

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many people use hop bags?
« on: July 19, 2011, 09:45:37 AM »
Its almost a requirement for those of us who pump / circulate / recirculate and chill with plate chillers. Even though I back-flush the plates after each use, I still don't like running any debris thru the pump and plates.

One thing I've tried recently is when I drain the mash, after vorlauf, to drain right thru the bag to catch grain debris. I guess I'm anal about debris in my pump and chiller.

Tim O

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The Pub / Re: July 25, 1965
« on: July 26, 2010, 06:54:52 PM »
Wow Denny, you ole hippy !!!! I was a baby !!!!

But, it still didn't keep me from collecting his music years later. Him and those crazy guys from Cali called the Doors. Still remember my parents running around in the yard with their friends in Connecticut listening to Inagaddadavida !!!! Those were the days of musical experimentation, for sure.

TimO

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Equipment and Software / Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
« on: July 13, 2010, 08:18:39 PM »
I pump oxyclean thru my pump, hoses, chiller plates, HLT and kettle after every use. I run near boiling water after that. Have had no problems as of yet.

TimO

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The Pub / Re: Combo BrewCart
« on: June 23, 2010, 02:36:09 PM »
Stowaway malt mill?

I have a water filter on mine, like Gregg Mullers.

Bottle opener?

Flux capacitor?

Tricycle gear so you can drive it over to your neighbors to brew?

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The Pub / Re: Great new place, same great Weaze.
« on: May 19, 2010, 07:01:54 PM »
The plan....just a plan....is to get out to Utah and see my sister in Tooele, and possibly get up to Pocatello and see my other sister sometime this summer. With the wife's sickness, that may change but if I do get out there Weaze i will send an email to set it up.

The only vay-cay I had so far is last week in.....gulp......Ohio....west of Dayton. Camping with wife before she started radiation on monday. Did the ham radio convention at Hara arena and had a blast as we usually do in May every year.

TimO

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All Grain Brewing / Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« on: May 12, 2010, 09:44:43 AM »
Great discussion guys, one I've seen and been part of for years.

I batch sparged with the SS mesh tube for years, worked great. I fly sparged for a while, and while a different process between the stirring and draining in batch and simply rinsing in fly.....both worked great and the efficiency difference was so small as to not even worry about arguing about it.

My current brew house has a CPVC manifold, I have the ability to batch and fly due to how I designed it. I did that on purpose to have the ability to demonstrate the two types in brewing classes.

Happy brewing,

TimO

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Congratulations Fred!!!!

Watch out AHA.....you guys got a GREAT ONE !!!!!!!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Quick Disconnect
« on: March 10, 2010, 08:04:37 PM »
All my QD's are SS.......spend more to get the best.  Pricey, yes. Worth it ? Oh baby !!!!

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The Pub / Re: Best Days To Brew?
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:05:45 PM »
I dare the GODS!!!

I'm teaching a homebrew class saturday. 50 plus participants signed up. The book is wrong my friend.

TimO

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The Pub / Re: I defy you to not smile
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:03:29 PM »
Rainbows? Unicorns? Am I seeing this right?

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The Pub / Re: A newer, helathier Weaze.
« on: February 17, 2010, 06:57:52 PM »
Way to go Weaz !!!

Keep up the hard work. Been a while since we conversed....today I just happened to be looking at pics I had downloaded from you of some very delicious jalapenos wrapped in.....BACON!!!!


.....no pressure, OK?

TimO

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