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Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Contact
« on: July 01, 2015, 05:57:00 AM »
I just received a response from Randy at BC products, gave him this posting address, maybe he will respond here.

tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Contact
« on: July 01, 2015, 04:51:24 AM »
i just sent a test email to    bcproducts@peoplepc.com   about 5 minutes ago and no bounce back, so maybe everything is OK now.

tom

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Separating Trub from Yeast Slurry
« on: December 06, 2014, 06:36:32 AM »
I also use glass jars to store my yeast (with fermented beer on top), but I use aluminum foil to cap them, held on with a rubber band.

tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: Gamma pet food containers
« on: October 18, 2014, 05:27:42 AM »
I use them, have two. As for the ring, I drilled 8- 3/16'" holes about one inch from the bottom of the lid, then took tin snips to cut a narrow "^". Bought one of those lid remove tools from Menards for about $5. I keep the lid rig off so sanitizing is easier, then push it on before adding wort. After fermenting and transferring, pop the lid and ring off and pour out the the yeast. For lifting, wife made lifting supports from 2" webbing. Have a cheep Harbor Freight hoist to lift the container into and out of my chest freezer fermenting chamber. For cleaning, I do a rinse of the remaining yeast and junk, fill the container up with hot water and add some PBW. Let that sit for a day, rinse and let dry.

tom

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Ingredients / Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« on: November 04, 2013, 05:43:59 AM »
The best place I've found is Hop Heaven from Ted Hausotter. Ted is very knowledgeable about what he sells and more importantly very nice and accommodating.

I can only find this store on eBay, does Ted have a website?

thanks

tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:01:43 AM »
Whoa, those aluminum cam locks are a lot less expensive than the stainless.

Edit:  Millstone, I've heard that aluminum doesn't play well w/ hard cleaners, such as PBW, Oxiclean and Starsan.  Not sure if this is true or not, but have you had any issues using these cleaners with your aluminum cam locks?

I do use all three chemicals in my setup, I also have an aluminum 15 gal HLT and a 20 gal BK along with those aluminum camlocks. When the brew day finishes I pump either Oxi or PBW through all pots and lines, with camlocks attached, for about 30 minutes. I do not do long soaks, hours, with the chemicals. The camlocks don't show any deterioration or pitting, still has some of its shine, not that dull look like the inside of an aluminum pot. I did change out the rubber washer that came with them to silicone O rings from oringsandmore.com, nice fit and no leaks.

tom

I could well be wrong but I am pretty sure that the dull look of the inside of an aluminum pot is the passivation layer and is actually protecting the pot from reactive agents. on any contact surface you want that dull finish.

The statement about the inside of the pot was meant to show that the aluminum camlocks still had some shine to them and not a dingy, dirty, scrap yard look.
I also have the female connectors on the hoses.

tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 04, 2013, 05:01:16 AM »
Whoa, those aluminum cam locks are a lot less expensive than the stainless.

Edit:  Millstone, I've heard that aluminum doesn't play well w/ hard cleaners, such as PBW, Oxiclean and Starsan.  Not sure if this is true or not, but have you had any issues using these cleaners with your aluminum cam locks?

I do use all three chemicals in my setup, I also have an aluminum 15 gal HLT and a 20 gal BK along with those aluminum camlocks. When the brew day finishes I pump either Oxi or PBW through all pots and lines, with camlocks attached, for about 30 minutes. I do not do long soaks, hours, with the chemicals. The camlocks don't show any deterioration or pitting, still has some of its shine, not that dull look like the inside of an aluminum pot. I did change out the rubber washer that came with them to silicone O rings from oringsandmore.com, nice fit and no leaks.

tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:20:14 AM »
Don't forget about aluminum, I have been using aluminum camlocks for the past 3 years with great success. Got them from proflowdynamics.com.

good luck with your up-grade

tom

p.s. what's next, a new SS braid  : )

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bru'n Water help
« on: April 17, 2013, 09:40:28 AM »
I sent $5

tom

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bru'n Water help
« on: April 17, 2013, 05:43:04 AM »
Its easier than that on the supporters version of Bru'n Water.  The sparge acidification sheet has a dilution calculator built into it and the alkalinity of the tap water from the input sheet is automatically brought over.

How do you become a supporter?

see last entry,  ---->   http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=15434.msg195278#msg195278

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Ingredients / Re: Bru'n Water version 1.14 posted
« on: April 13, 2013, 10:30:14 AM »
Martin, can you explain the process on how someone can become a supporter and  download the supporter's version. your web page talks about Paypal donation site but nothing specific to becoming a supporter.

thanks

tom

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 22, 2012, 06:01:21 AM »
Signed...

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Beer Recipes / Re: Adding dry hops timing advice needed
« on: July 12, 2011, 06:07:10 PM »
I agree, good sanitation is key. I use a bucket to ferment, so using the hydrometer is the way I go, I use a refractometer as well (from the dripping of the hydrometer). I use a dedicated baster to pull wort from the bucket  to add to the yeast  jar, mix it a bit and  then add it to the yeast to the bucket.

tom

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Beer Recipes / Re: Adding dry hops timing advice needed
« on: July 12, 2011, 05:33:21 PM »
I'd recommend using a sanitized "something" (I use a dedicated turkey baster) to pull a gravity sample rather than putting your hydrometer in the bucket.


I would thing there is more surface to contaminate using a baster.

tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH meter - what else is needed?
« on: July 08, 2011, 04:34:57 PM »
blatz, please post the Amazon link...

thanks

tom

edited for spelling

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