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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is a blowoff tube worth the loss?
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:11:11 PM »
Fermcap-S also helps control blowoff. It is primarily used to control foam in the boil but effect transfers to lower krausen in the fermenter.

Our home brew club continues to grow and up till now we have been meeting in club members homes. We have located a restaurant that is willing to section off an area for us to have our (private) meetings but the concern is that we will be bringing locally purchased as well as home brew to his business to be consumed by club members and their guests. Are we about to break any laws?

All Grain Brewing / I need 120L Crystal
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:27:48 PM »
Could I use twice as much 60L? The recipe calls for 4oz of 120L. Don't have it on hand but do have 60L. Thought?


Kegging and Bottling / Re: carb prob with soda in keg
« on: March 27, 2013, 11:22:11 PM »
What Euge said... when its on its side, you should hear the CO2 bubbling into it. I left mine at 36 psi for a week or so and it was seriously foamy. I was only using 5 ft of beer line. The CO2 quickly left when the foam settled... just no enough line... ran a formula that said I should be using 20 ft... not going to happen.

All Grain Brewing / Re: specific gravity off
« on: March 27, 2013, 10:37:45 PM »
This is a silly question but was your grain milled? What was your actual mash temp? What was your pre/post volume?

Equipment and Software / Marshalltown 742G Bucket Water Heater
« on: August 09, 2011, 11:10:21 PM »
I apologize if this has been discussed but looking to save money on propane. I do have a Blichmann burner but tend to go through a lot of propane @ $20 a tank. Was wondering if anyone had tried one of these and the results. Amazon comment said it helped the stove when it was too cold outside to brew...

Equipment and Software / Re: blichmann burners
« on: August 04, 2011, 01:04:59 AM »
Have one and use it all the time. Thought it would save on gas... not. It is a good burner but so was my turkey fryer burner. Got mine drop shopped from Blichmann. My buddy bought the leg extensions so I took his short legs and bolted them to mine for mini extensions.

All Grain Brewing / Re: long mash times
« on: July 31, 2011, 09:42:51 PM »
I think you will be fine... just wondering how you kept the mash temp that high for that long. I don't think that it will be more fermentable as you did hit the proper mash temp for conversion. Grains are more modified these days and usually convert within  20 to 30 minutes as validated by BYO/ BBR experiments. We usually conduct a one hour mash as a result of habit more than anything else.
Now lets say that your mash temp drooped to 110-120 degrees. Fermentables would start to solidify and your efficiency would suffer greatly. Not sure what the end result would be...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg to bottle for competition
« on: March 11, 2011, 12:14:18 AM »
I bottled mine yesterday. I went ahead and bottled more than I need for the comp because I have not been drinking off that tap for fear of drinking too much just in case I go to second round. I do plan on trying a few of the bottles just before round one to make sure that they have retained the carbonation level.

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