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Equipment and Software / Re: Ss Brew Tech Brewbucket
« on: July 27, 2015, 10:11:16 AM »
If I were a full 5 gallon batch brewer, I think I'd invest in some 10 gallon cornie kegs and ferment in those. Heavy, sure, but moving beer under co2 pressure is the shiznit.

The only issue I've had fermenting in 10 gallon cornie kegs is that the liquid out dip tube can get clogged if there is too much hop material in the fermentor.  I bought an extra liquid out tube and cut a half inch off it, but I switched to the brew bucket before I even tried it out.

The only other downside is that they are kind of difficult to clean.  I've been meaning to put one or both of them back in service, but they're pretty dirty and I just haven't had the motivation to clean them. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 26, 2015, 10:58:50 AM »
I'm wondering if you would see any difference between the pouch and a regular White Labs tube.

If the only difference between the tube and the pouch is that the yeast in the pouch is more "pure", shouldn't the only difference in the resultant beer be whether or not it was contaminated by impurities in the tube?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 25, 2015, 11:28:51 AM »
The Pure Pitch cultures may be a game changer.

I don't really understand this product.  I get that it is propagated and delivered in the same package, but what is the actual benefit: healthier yeast, higher cell count, or just less possibility of being contaminated?



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Beer Recipes / Re: Czech Dark Lager
« on: July 24, 2015, 04:31:05 PM »
Dehusked still has a little more than half of the husk left. Wheat had no husk, so it will have the least roasts character.

From the Briess seminar at NHC.

I had never heard that before and thought it was pretty interesting.  If I recall correctly, the presenter also said that blackprinz is actually made from a huskless variety of barley and therefore is also 100% husk free.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY 3068 and Avoiding Banana Bomb?
« on: July 24, 2015, 02:25:23 PM »
Pretty sure mash profile has nothing to do with the ester profile you'll get from the yeast.

I think the OP was referring to a ferulic acid rest, usually performed in the vicinity of 110 degrees, which supposedly results in increased clove flavors when the ferulic acid is converted to 4VG. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Ss Brew Tech Brewbucket
« on: July 23, 2015, 09:54:22 AM »
I have one as well (the version with the thermowell) and have had no issues sanitizing the valve assembly. 

I soak it in an Iodophor solution while opening/closing the valve a few times prior to filling the fermentor with wort.  When it's time to rack to the serving keg, I spray Iodophor solution up into the valve and all around the valve exterior.  I think I've run about 10 batches through it so far.

I have never done it, but I understand that the valve can also be fully disassembled for cleaning if desired (someone posted pictures of this on another forum).  It can also be boiled.

Given what you have stated in other threads, I don't think you actually care about this, but here's a thread I started that shows how to rig up a gas post to a drilled stopper so that one do a closed loop transfer into a CO2 purged keg.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=20241.0

The o-rings that are used to attach the racking arm to the inside of the ball valve are small and pretty fragile.  You may want to order some extras right off the bat (you can probably get a bag of 100 of them from McMaster Carr for less than you can buy a replacement set from the manufacturer).  My experience has been that if you direct the initial runoff into a collection jar it will start to run clear right after you get enough for a hydrometer reading.  It can then be re-directed into the serving keg without the need to ever rotate the valve/racking arm assembly out of the trub.

I'm happy with the fermentor and would buy it again. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: $69 kegs
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:45:55 AM »
I have been using 2 Chinese kegs for 2 1/2 years with absolutely NO issues with either one. I just got a couple of kegs made in India I have been having nothing but problems with the one that I tried first. I am afraid to try the second one.

I have a keg from India, and it's been great (was thinking about getting another).  What issues have you been having?

Read the other thread I started on this forum called "out of ideas"

Got it.

My made in India keg is the same diameter as my other (old school, very used) cornies, and the opening is the same size as well.  I wonder if yours is different than mine or if it's just different from your made in China kegs.

Regarding your troubles with the disconnect, is it possible that the spring on the universal poppet has too much tension and that the opening into the disconnect is too restricted for a good flow?  My Indian keg is the first time I've dealt with the universal poppets, and my experience has been that they are stiffer than the regular "type B" poppet valves.  I've heard of other people trimming the spring down a bit (though I didn't find it necessary). 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Arrrggghhh Both CO2 Tanks Out-of-Date
« on: July 21, 2015, 02:56:02 PM »
I just called Airgas and they said they would swap them out for me no problem. Even after I told them they were expired! I they do that I'll definitely keep my business with them.

They did the same thing for me when my shiny, new tank was out of cert.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 21, 2015, 09:10:31 AM »
and your thoughts on fermentation with yeast in its healthiest/optimal state at lower volumes - for instance in this case one pure pitch pouch (all white labs says is at least 100B, so not sure how many) vs making a starter to get the target of 200B?

I don't use White Labs yeast very often, but isn't that the same cell count as the tubes (100 billion that is)?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: $69 kegs
« on: July 21, 2015, 09:04:00 AM »
I have been using 2 Chinese kegs for 2 1/2 years with absolutely NO issues with either one. I just got a couple of kegs made in India I have been having nothing but problems with the one that I tried first. I am afraid to try the second one.

I have a keg from India, and it's been great (was thinking about getting another).  What issues have you been having?

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 18, 2015, 06:41:00 PM »
My score sheets arrived in the mail today.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison has zero bitterness
« on: July 17, 2015, 05:00:13 PM »
I've brewed that recipe or some variation of it many times, and everyone always loves it.  I would bet that you're probably good to go as is.

I actually really like that hopping schedule.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 17, 2015, 01:42:16 PM »
What is the cell count per pouch?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Trippin' about my dry hopped IPA
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:41:49 PM »
I have absolutely no control over it and live in sunny San Diego.

An inexpensive solution is to pick up a rubbermaid container for a few bucks at Target or whatever, fill it up about halfway with water, and keep your fermentor in there.  Fill a couple of 2 liter bottles up with water, freeze them, and add them to the container.  Swap them out a couple of times a day as you are able.

That should allow you to keep your fermentation temperatures down a bit.  For most ales, try to keep the temperature of the fermenting beer below 70, especially for the first few days. 

Try googling beer swamp cooler for further info.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nasty Off-Flavor
« on: July 16, 2015, 09:09:03 AM »
Iodophor is a nice alternative to Star San and is also no-rinse if used at the proper concentration. 


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