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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: rolling boil?
« on: June 02, 2016, 05:28:06 PM »
What is the deal with "thermal stress?"

There's a bit of info on this in Section 2.6 of the low oxygen brewing paper along with a reference to Kunze on target evaporation rates.

Events / NHC Seminar Schedule
« on: June 01, 2016, 07:05:04 PM »
Has anyone put together a seminar schedule? 

The chart that was created and sent around last year was really helpful.

Equipment and Software / Re: GFCI Outlets
« on: May 30, 2016, 05:50:34 PM »
Cool, thanks.

I want to plug my new pump into a power strip so I can use the strip's on/off switch to control it.  The strip will be plugged into a GFCI outlet.

Not the slightest sign of activity this morning, so will dump the batch tonight.

I would give it another day before you dump it.  I bet it starts up.

Equipment and Software / GFCI Outlets
« on: May 29, 2016, 05:17:04 PM »
If you plug a multi-outlet power strip into a GFCI outlet, is everything plugged into the power strip protected?

Equipment and Software / Re: 3 Beer Bottle Shipping Boxes
« on: May 29, 2016, 01:46:28 PM »
With shipping, they are about $4.60 each, which seems worth it to me.  I'm going to order some.

Equipment and Software / 3 Beer Bottle Shipping Boxes
« on: May 29, 2016, 12:18:59 AM »
Has anyone tried these?

I'm thinking about ordering some for sending beer to comps. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 27, 2016, 06:44:29 PM »
Had to send it back a year ago to have the rollers refurbished.
Works better now than when it was new.

After 9 years of use, I'm in the same boat with my Barley Crusher.  I was considering replacing it with a Monster Mill, but I'll probably just replace the rollers. 

If I can get another 9 years of out of it for $50, great.

I'm thinking that I might get the 2.5 gallon kegs for my 1.5 gallon batches and  the 1.5 gallon kegs for my 3/4 gallon batches.

The 1.5 gallon setup would be my bottling setup and the 2.5 gallon setup would be for kegging my "larger" 1.5 gallon batches.

You could probably use the 2.5 gallon kegs for everything and not have to purchase two different sizes.

Equipment and Software / Re: Some RIMS Questions
« on: May 25, 2016, 04:47:04 PM »
Well, that's a bummer, but I'm glad to find out now before I've spent any money.  Thanks for the info.

Equipment and Software / Re: DO meters
« on: May 24, 2016, 01:19:49 AM »
I don't have one myself, but this is the model that I have heard others recommend.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: May 23, 2016, 04:06:38 PM »
So, is the sulfite doing anything at all?

The sulfite oxidizes to sulfate.  With test strips, you can measure how much is getting used up during a particular process.

The Pub / Re: AB is making a Kölsch?!
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:42:48 PM »
Nothing confusing Jon, just a straight forward authentic Texan Bock Kolsch. You can tell by the word "Ziegen" and the map of Texas.

Man, it's been a while since I've had a good TBK.

“[Biofine] is a form of auxiliary finings made by Kerry. It differs from [algae based finings] in that the polarity has been reversed so it will fine yeast which is negatively charged. The process by which the polarity gets reversed in the finings uses a lot of aluminium salts which leaves a high residue of aluminium in the finings, too high for the EU legislation but apparently alright for the USA.”

Interesting comment.  Anyone know if it's true?

Equipment and Software / Some RIMS Questions
« on: May 22, 2016, 07:51:10 PM »
Once in a while I think about setting up a RIMS.

Is there anything simpler or better than a mag pump, the 120V RIMS Rocket, and a "plug and play" PID controller?

I've been looking at this controller (the model 2 with the SYL-2352):

All-in, the controller is $280.

The Blichmann 120V Tower of Power control module is $575.  Is that just the Blichmann markup or is their controller superior to the Auber model for this application?

I brew 6 gallon batches, so my strike water is typically under 5 gallons.  I assume the 120V RIMS Rocket has enough juice to bring a mash that size from 145 to 162 in an acceptable time frame.  Am I mistaken?

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