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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing with a pump
« on: July 11, 2016, 02:59:57 PM »
Loving that submersible pump for the ice water loop!

I'm glad you posted this because I think with some additional fittings I can use the Chugger pump for this purpose (recirculating ice water through the chiller).

I had a submersible pump at one point, but it died on me pretty fast and I never ended up replacing it.

However, once you have grasped all the new tasks and responsibilities that you need to attend to, you shouldn't be that disappointed.

Yeah, you're probably right.  After the pump though, I don't think I can handle any more new brewing related tasks or responsibilities.  Sometimes, it really does start to feel like a chore.   

Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 11, 2016, 02:46:52 PM »
Regardless of how anyone chooses to procure them, it's clear to me that new rollers are the solution.  Enjoy.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 10, 2016, 05:12:46 PM »
I believe they have and found that it doesn't do it and the only way, still, is to spund.

I think some people on the GBF have had success using priming solution or adding some fresh wort at kegging if they miss the transfer window for spunding.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:25:35 AM »
Try what Joe recommends...1/4 tsp. (per 5 gal.) in strike water and 1/2 tsp. (per 5 gal.) in a slurry at 15 min. to flameout.

Ok, I'll try that on my next batch.

By the way, has anyone noticed an effect on mash pH?  Mine came in a bit low yesterday (5.2 vs. Bru'n water projection of 5.36). 

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:23:08 AM »
The Hydra is great, but I still use my pump with it.

Are you using some kind of whirlpool arm with it?  If not, how are you securing the hose to the kettle?

Using my 56F well water, I got from boiling to 58F in 8 min. with both a pump and Hydra.

I'm envious.  Ground water here yesterday was 76 degrees. It's difficult to chill much below the upper 80's using just an immersion chiller.  I let my fermentation fridge bring it the rest of way down to pitching temp.

Pimp My System / Re: Electric build begins tonight!
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:07:15 AM »
The Weaze will be back soon!!


Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:05:57 AM »
I used it for power vorlaufing, pumping from the mash tun to the boil kettle, and recirculating during chilling.

I didn't like having all the hoses on the ground.  Unhooking the hoses without spilling wort on the floor I found to be difficult.  I also didn't like the deadweight loss of wort due to what remained in the hoses when the mash tun was fully drained.

It also seemed like it was kind of rough on the wort.  The whole process seems so much gentler when I do everything by hand.

I don't know - using the pump just felt kind of wrong.

It also didn't reduce my chilling time at all.  I guess my manual stirring was performing the same function.  Now I've got my eye on one of those hydra chillers.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 10, 2016, 09:58:10 AM »
The product spec sheet lists the recommended dosage as 2-4 grams/hectolitre in the mash and 2-5 grams/hectolitre in the boil.

That's approximately .075-.151 grams/gallon in the mash and .075-.189 grams/gallon in the boil.  I shot for the middle of the range with .1 grams/gallon in both mash and boil.

Equipment and Software / Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 07:46:35 AM »
I thought it would make things easier, but it actually made everything more complicated.

I do not like it.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:40:45 PM »
I just finished brewing a batch in which I used Brewtan B at a rate of .1 gram per gallon in the mash and the same at the end of the boil.  I didn't really notice anything different in terms of break formation.

It did turn the strike water a bit milky.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:38:58 PM »
I just emailed them.  Their contact info is on the website.  Rollers are $50 plus shipping.

Equipment and Software / New Mill Rollers
« on: July 09, 2016, 01:08:40 PM »
So last weekend, I replaced the rollers on my Barley Crusher.  Right away, I could feel that the knurling on the new rollers was much sharper than on the old ones.

This morning I milled some grains for an APA and it was crazy how much harder it was to crank the mill (I usually mill by hand) though I left the gap at the factory spacing. 

Anyway, it totally fixed the problem of having the non driven roller stop turning.  I wasn't sure before what was causing the issue, but it definitely appears to be a wearing down of the knurling over time. I think I bought the mill originally in the second half of 2007.

Heating up some strike water, and streaming last night's Phish show...

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Stone Remover from Five Star
« on: July 09, 2016, 08:38:43 AM »
I remember seeing that at HBC; glad to hear it works well. 

I've been using a solution of water and Bar Keeper's Friend for an acid cleanser.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 supply source and gas filtration
« on: July 08, 2016, 03:13:19 PM »
First, where do you get CO2 filled? Do local homebrew shops do it? Gas supply store? We have a local welding service place that will fill them rather cheaply, but I'm not sure if there is a difference in gasses. Is there a "food grade" CO2, or is it all the same?

Some homebrew shops do fill CO2 tanks.  Otherwise, I would check and see if there is an Airgas store in your area.

The tanks I get from Airgas have a sticker on them that say the CO2 is food grade.  Whether that really means anything, I don't know.

Secondly, is it common to filter CO2? I'm a little concerned about contaminates getting into my beer from the CO2, I know it can be a dirty gas.

They do make in-line CO2 filters:

I don't think they are commonly used by homebrewers.

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