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Before I set the regulator to 1 lb and walked away, I figured I would purge the head space.  My regulator was set at 12 lbs.  for serving.  I pressed the side of the stopper to break the seal and allow gas to escape and opened the valve on the gas distributor.  No gas was escaping so I looked around for a closed valve somewhere.  Everything was open.  That's when I realized that hadn't really cracked the seal to create room for gas to escape.  I pulled the stopper out with a loud pop. 

So yeah, possibly dangerous with glass if you're not careful.  On the other hand my carboy was able to withstand 12 lbs of pressure.  I would never deliberately try that again but 1 or 2 lbs is safe for my set up

To overcome the dreaded sanitizer suck back during cold crash ops. I inserted a length of 3/16 id beer line into the stopper and fit my carbonator cap to the other end of the beer line.  I connected my co2 line ball lock fitting to the carbonator cap and set my regulator to 1 lb.

I slowly brought the temperature down from a 68f  d rest to 34f over about a week with no issues. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: conference location decision
« on: March 30, 2019, 05:49:37 AM »
What about the timing? Does it have to be the fourth week of June every year?  My wedding anniversary and my youngest sons birthday are that week also and every year this causes all kinds of headaches.  What are the chances of varying the timing a couple weeks in either direction?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1x2 weeks or 2x1 week fermentation?
« on: January 30, 2019, 07:58:25 AM »
As far as I can tell, there is no need to rack to a secondary fermenter.  You can keep your beer on the yeast in primary for at least a month (probably longer) without any negative effects.

You only need the o ring on the inlet nipple. IMO it is more reliable and easier to use than fiber or plastic washers. If you over tighten you can tear it. You can order extras from tap rite or Micromatic.

My tap water is treated with chlorine.  You can smell it and taste it but it is a moderately low level.  I treat my brewing water with campden tablets.  Is there any impact from the campden tablets on my brewing water chemistry that I need to consider?  I use Bru'n water v5.5 to build my water profiles and I don't see any comment or info. on the effects of adding potassium metabisulfite to my water.

An interesting side note:  I have talked to several professional brewers in my town and they all say they do nothing to treat for the chlorine in the water.  No pre-boiling, no filtering, and no chemical treatment.  Which begs the question, "Is it really necessary to treat for chlorine at all?"

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Racking on top of overcarbonated beer
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:05:48 PM »
I was bottling from the keg with a beer gun for a competition. The style guideline says very high carbonation level with effervescent quality.  It was already carbed to a respectable level but I figured I’d lose a little in the bottling process so I cranked it up to 40 psi for 3 hours. I guess I should have checked it every hour or so.  If it was 5 gallons it might have been ok but .75 gallons at 34 degrees f with 40 lbs of pressure appears to carbonate rather quickly.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Racking on top of overcarbonated beer
« on: October 13, 2018, 01:35:39 AM »
Thanks for the advice. Would you keep the regulator at 3 or 4 psi. Just to make sure you keep a little positive pressure after agitating and venting?

Kegging and Bottling / Racking on top of overcarbonated beer
« on: October 10, 2018, 09:29:13 PM »
I have .75 gallons of way way way overcarbonated Saison in a 2 1/2 gallon keg.  I was thinking of racking 1 1/2 gallons of beer from the same batch that just finished fermenting in a different carboy directly on top of it.  Do you think this will cause any unwanted reaction in the keg like turning everything to foam?  Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Yeast and Fermentation / Accidentally cooled to 60f after pitching
« on: September 25, 2018, 08:40:47 PM »
I pitched two white labs 090 pure pitch pouches into 5 gallons of 1.060 wort at 64f.  An hour and a half later the temp had dropped to 60f.  For whatever reason I set my temp controller to 50f.  I took the carboy out of my fermentation chamber into a room with 68f ambient temp.  It took 36 hours but now I have a healthy active fermentation.

Do you think the sudden cooling after pitching stressed the yeast or will lead to any off flavors?

Equipment and Software / Brunwater post boil volume question
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:35:09 PM »
One of the fields in the water adjustment sheet in Brun water v5.4 asks for total batch volume or post boil volume.   Just curious if I should enter the pre-chilling volume or volume after chilling.


Equipment and Software / Re: Bru'n Water Sparge acidification for RO?
« on: August 28, 2018, 04:44:47 PM »
I figured it was safe not to acidify but do you think there is any benefit to flavor or mouth feel by making the recommended adjustments?

Equipment and Software / Bru'n Water Sparge acidification for RO?
« on: August 28, 2018, 03:58:18 PM »
For those of you sparging with RO water, I'm wondering if you have encountered this situation in the Bru'n Water spreadsheet, and what your process is.

The Bru'n Water default value for RO water starting alkalinity is 13.  When you hover over the dot a message box opens and says there is no need to acidify sparge water with a starting alkalinity of less than 25.

But the sparge water acidification sheet still recommends acid and mineral adjustments to sparge water with the default RO water profile.

Do you think you get good results sparging with straight RO water or do you follow the recommendations on the sparge water acidification sheet?

Thanks in advance for your replies.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Single Regulator to dual regulator system?
« on: July 26, 2018, 04:05:04 AM »
Google co2 tank male to hose barb. This fitting will allow you to connect your second primary regulator to the gas line out from the 2 way distributor.  I wouldn’t mess with the bottle pressure gauge.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Single Regulator to dual regulator system?
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:54:54 AM »
Don't remove the high pressure gauge on your second regulator.  Connect the gas line out from the primary regulator to a two way gas distributor.  One line out of the distributor will go directly to the gas quick connect fitting of one of your kegs.  This line will supply gas at the pressure of the primary regulator.  The second line out of the distributor should go to your second regulator.  You can set this regulator lower than the primary but not higher.  Connect the hose out of this regulator to your second keg gas quick connect.   

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