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Equipment and Software / Re: Acid cleaning draft lines
« on: November 10, 2017, 03:15:39 PM »
For example, the homebrewer now has antimicrobial beer lines available to him (though some say it is a waste of money and prefer to simply swap out lines more frequently at around 1/3 of the cost or to stay on top of the cleaning process keg to keg - either way works, if you are happy with the results).

That's what I'm running now and have been pretty happy with it.

That bit about Brewery Igniter was really interesting.  I had never heard of that before, but it makes total sense. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pH meters
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:21:14 AM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Acid cleaning draft lines
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:32:33 PM »
I really don't like using BLC or any similar products for my draft system.  I just run Iodophor through the lines between kegs.  In 9 years, I've never had any issues.  However, I endeavor to change my lines once a year (though it often ends up being 18 months).

On a side note, what is a safe way to dispose of BLC and undiluted Star San?  Is it ok to pour down the drain or do I need to take it to a S.A.F.E. center?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:00:05 PM »
I've got a saison planned for this weekend.  I'm going to pitch a blend of 3711 and 3724.

Equipment and Software / Re: Clear Beer Draught System - Questions
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:58:02 AM »
Luckily there's an easy fix - when you've drained out all the sanitizer you can, simply invert the keg over your sink for a few seconds to let the sanitizer run down to the lid. Then just open the prv and let the pressure blow the sanitizer out.

I used my float for the first time yesterday, and this method worked well (it's what I usually do anyway).

The Pub / Re: Checking In
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:31:43 AM »
How much are tickets usually?

Last year it was $275 for the full conference and $225 for the social package (basically the conference minus the educational sessions).

It's a blast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping in the keg questions ?
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:58:10 AM »

I have had good luck with spunding in the keg on top of the dry hops with residual extract remaining. The active yeast mop up any available O2 pretty quickly and leave you with that fresh dry hopped nose. Just a thought...

Yep, I'm pretty happy with the final product using this approach.

I just tried it for the first time this week (not spunding but adding dry hops to the primary while fermentation was still active, though winding down).

I added them on day 4.  I was hoping to keg on day 8, but I was busy and didn't get around to it.  I'm hoping to get it kegged up tomorrow night (day 12).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ratcheting up malt flavor
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:19:18 AM »
The end question: is there something other than chucking in loads of caramel malt that I can do increase malty flavors?

Have you looked into Munich, Dark Munich, Aromatic or Melanoidin malts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping in the keg questions ?
« on: October 31, 2017, 08:49:58 AM »
Well, now that I switched kegs over to the Clear Beer Draft Systems (which draw from the top), I use two 5 gallon paint strainer bags, one inside the other, and weighted down with marbles to sit on the bottom of the keg.

How do you like the clear draft floats? 

I just ordered one yesterday and plan to keg an APA with it this weekend (dry hopped this one in the fermentor though).

Equipment and Software / Re: Unibrau V3
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:31:03 PM »
Tri-clamps are nice, but they seem especially extravagant for a BIAB system. You're going to change one hose connection per brew day.

Yeah, I think they are overkill on this system, but that's how it comes.

Do you have a pump and/or heat exchanger now? I'm wondering if the 12 W rating on the pump is accurate too; that's ~1/60 HP. Would probably make for pretty low flow rate through the plate chiller.

I have a Chugger pump that I use to recirculate wort at the end of the mash, pump to the boil kettle, and recirculate ice water through my immersion chiller.  I wasn't planning on using the plate chiller, but this is something to consider.

Are you brewing electric now? A 1500 W element takes almost two hours to heat 10 gal of strike liquor.

I'm not.  The manufacturer claims it can raise temperature 1.5° F a minute.  I was thinking I'd probably heat the initial strike water on my stove (like I do now), as it has a very powerful burner and can bring it up to temp in the amount of time it takes me to mill grain and get everything set up.

These are all good points, thanks for the response.

I want to change my setup, but I don't really want to build it myself, and all the turn-key solutions involve a compromise of some sort (it's kind of frustrating actually).

Equipment and Software / Unibrau V3
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:15:45 AM »
I'm tempted, what do you all think?

Someone must have just cancelled their pledge when I was browsing, so I was able to snag one of the early bird specials: $1,245 Canadian (about $970 US right now).  I have 5 days to decide if I want to cancel.

You can get it with an Auber EZ-Boil instead of the ETC-120 controller. 

It would be nice to have the ability to recirculate during the entire mash and run whatever step mash profile I feel like.  I also like the fact that none of the components are proprietary, and you can repair/replace/upgrade the probe, controller, heating element, and pump as you wish.

I think I could brew low oxygen on it as well with a few simple adjustments.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment, New Issues
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:49:19 AM »
I use that mash tun as well; it has very little dead space.

Can you post some numbers (mash, sparge, pre and post-boil volumes, lbs. of grain, etc.)?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Darkening Malt
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:45:15 AM »
I have heard using carafa special II, but I tried in vorlaug but had it grind to a powder and I get the roasty bitter flavor.

Carafa Special is made from dehusked barley, but the dehusking procedure does not remove all of the husks, so you can still get a bit of roast character out of it.  According to the talk given by a representative of Briess Malting at NHC, there's something like 40% of the husk remaining.

Blackprinz is made from "hull-less" barley.  My understanding of "hull-less" barely is that the husk is looser than usual and is more easily removed.  I'm not sure whether the final product is 100% free of husks or not.

Midnight Wheat is supposedly totally free of husks.

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