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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 22, 2017, 08:06:37 PM »
For my own personal sanity I've always used food grade co2. Finding out what the difference is between grades has helped me understand why I should use it. It will also help me to explain to other homebrewers why they should use food grade co2.

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:49:04 PM »
Thanks for the info! This definitely helps clarify the difference. I sometimes wondered why some homebrewers would use paintball gun cartridges or welding gas for their beer. In a general sense does it really matter, outside of cost?

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:41:24 AM »
You mentioned there is a difference between food grade CO2 and other grades. I have heard this before but never heard an explanation. What is the difference?

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The price
That's for sure. However, is there an actual difference in the product? Purity, etc?

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 18, 2017, 10:19:01 AM »
You mentioned there is a difference between food grade CO2 and other grades. I have heard this before but never heard an explanation. What is the difference?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Input on corking a Belgian
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:14:34 PM »
I've bottled a few Belgian styles with a cork and cage. I have a floor wine corker that I use to also bottle Belgians. I put a rubber stopper on the post that pushes in the cork. This helps limit how far the cork gets inserted into the bottle. If you make wine then this can be a great way to get more use out of a floor corker. I use Belgian corks, aka mushroom corks. The cages help prevent the corks from popping out due to the high pressure in the bottle. I use 750mL Belgian style bottles. I like the look and finish of the Belgian style bottles and they also prevent bottle bombs due to the higher carbonation.

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Ingredients / Re: Habanero question
« on: May 01, 2017, 11:22:13 AM »
I soaked about 3 deseeded, deveined Habaneros in white rum for a few days then added the rum to a DIPA to taste. The flavor of the Habaneros came through with a small amount of heat.

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Equipment and Software / Re: OK, this is cool....
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:26:30 PM »
I'm with you there, Denny. Kinda cool. But, only 15 to 18 hrs with one charge on the battery? Maybe for a party but not everyday use. Definitely gimmicky.

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The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:18:54 AM »
When I was in college I had a co-worker who called me "cheese and teeth". Cheese, because of my last name Kolbe (pronounced like colby cheese) and my big, toothy smile. Then, when I got an Internet account in the early 90's I had to come up with a username that was no more than 8 characters long. Thus , was born chezteth

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Beer Recipes / Re: Splitting up wort with different yeasts?
« on: March 02, 2017, 01:24:34 PM »
Although using a really simple grain bill like Denny suggested would really allow the yeast to shine, you could also use a recipe you are familiar with and try two different yeasts. I've done this a few times and have had very interesting results.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Formula for expected FG when OG is known?
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:27:38 AM »
Beer software like beersmith calculates the FG. But, there are so many variables that it is only a guess. Yeast % attenuation, mash temp, grain bill, etc all effect the outcome. I don't know of any equation that would do what you are looking for.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: February 24, 2017, 11:57:49 AM »
I was brewing a 10gal batch. My brew day was moving along as normal. Then, while transferring the chilled wort into one of the two 6.5 gal glass carboys I decided I wanted the second carboy moved. So, I reached over the top of the carboy that was filling and grabbed the empty one. As I was over the top of the one getting filled it slipped out of my hand. Both carboys were smashed on the garage floor with 5gal of wort. Fortunately, I didn't get cut. Plus I still had 5 gal of wort to transfer into another carboy.

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One competition I participate in each year made their own scoresheet. The comp is only for stouts. The scoring categories include color, "is it dark enough to be a stout?". Taste, "is it roasty enough?" and creativity. If interested I could probably get a soft copy and email it to you.

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Equipment and Software / Re: OFF LINE BREWING SOFTWARE
« on: February 20, 2017, 11:39:34 AM »
For Beersmith you only need Internet access to download it. You do not need Internet access to use it.

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The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday!
« on: February 14, 2017, 11:54:43 AM »
Happy birthday, Denny!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: High FG past 3 batches
« on: February 13, 2017, 09:29:53 PM »
Are you taking the final gravity readings with a Hydrometer or a refractometer? If you are using a refractometer and not using an adjustment calculator that could explain the high readings.

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