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Equipment and Software / malt mill
« on: October 01, 2017, 03:30:36 AM »
My Barley Crusher has stopped feeding grain again and I've decided not to have it refurbished again since I only get about 2 years out of it before it needs to be redone (I put 350-400 pounds of grain through it per year).

I've narrowed the search down to either a JSP Maltmill or a 2 roller Monster mill.

Most mills seem to do a pretty good job of milling the grain so I'm looking at longevity. What are the experiences of those of you with either of these mills and the time (or the amount of grain) before the rollers need to be re-knurled or other repairs are needed?

Kegging and Bottling / Closed transfer and dry hopping in the keg
« on: October 09, 2016, 04:34:38 PM »
Some questions for those of you who are doing closed transfers and who also dry hop in the keg.
I understand the keg purging process of filling the keg with sanitizer and pushing it out with CO2.
Do you then open the keg to put the dry hops in?
Do you "purge" the hops somehow? I've read/heard that the hops bring a substantial amount of O2 to the finished beer.
Finally, with the keg closed while transferring beer from primary, do you fill the keg by weight? Or, how do you know when the keg is full?

Equipment and Software / MW102 pH meter issue
« on: July 03, 2016, 04:07:58 AM »
Lately, when checking mash pH I've noticed that my meter's reading was .2-.3 lower than the Brunwater estimate. After checking a few other things, I used the meter to check the pH of the 4.01 and 7.01 calibration solutions.

The meter reads the 7.01 correctly but the reading on the 4.01 solution is 3.75.
The probe is less than a year old, always stored in the storage solution.
The calibration solutions are both new bottles.
I've noticed that the last few times I have calibrated the meter that it takes much longer to lock onto the 4.01 reading than the 7.01.

This is a first for me with this meter. Do I need to replace the probe or is there something else going on?

Equipment and Software / Danby 'fridge dimensions
« on: June 27, 2016, 03:16:16 AM »
Does anyone know the interior dimensions of the Danby Designer 4.4cf Compact All Refrigerator?
I checked the Danby website and there is no mention of them.
I guess nobody but homebrewers care about the interior dimensions.

Ingredients / What hops play well with El Dorado?
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:40:55 PM »
At NHC there was an ounce of El Dorado in the registration goody bag.
What other hops play well with El Dorado?

General Homebrew Discussion / Mr Malty
« on: March 13, 2016, 10:15:20 AM »
The last two days I've been unable to connect to the website.
Keep getting the HTTP 404 error message.
Anyone else having something similar?

General Homebrew Discussion / 2116 AHA Conf
« on: November 18, 2015, 11:04:22 AM »
I've seen the notices that the conference will be in Baltimore, MD, but no indication where in Baltimore.
Has anyone heard where in Baltimore the conference will be held?

Hop Growing / Winter storage of hops planted in container
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:13:06 AM »
My daughter recently purchased a house that had what I believe were Cascade hops growing in a five gallon bucket.
Her house is located in Eastern Maine and we have some pretty cold weather here in the winter.
What is the best way to store them (the rhizomes) over the winter?

Homebrew Competitions / 2nd Annual Fermenttionland Homebrew Competition
« on: September 14, 2015, 03:44:26 PM »
Maine Ale & Libation Tasters (MALT) is organizing it's 2nd Annual Fermentationland Homebrew Competition on 12/5/2015.
We are looking for entries, of course, and for judges.
The competition will be held in Richmond, ME at the Old Goat. The Old Goat is a pub with good food and a great beer selection.
Go to:
to register your entries or register as a judge or steward.

Equipment and Software / Small Refrigerator
« on: December 21, 2014, 07:23:54 AM »
What's the smallest 'fridge that will hold a 6 gallon carboy (approx. 25" tall, including the airlock, and 12" diameter)?

General Homebrew Discussion / Dilution ratio
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:39:44 AM »
Need some math assistance here.
If I have 32 oz of phosphoric acid 85% concentration, how do I calculate the amount of water to dilute the 85% to some other percentage?
I'm having a brain cramp here!

Ingredients / Falconer's Flight
« on: October 08, 2012, 12:33:43 PM »
Does anyone know what hop varieties are used in this blend?

Yeast and Fermentation / Slow lager ferment
« on: March 25, 2012, 06:56:04 AM »
I've made a CAP twice recently and both times the ferment takes about 6 weeks to reach terminal gravity.
The grist is 75% american 2 row and 25% flaked corn.
OG is approx. 1.06
Both times I've used WLP800, 2L starter stepped up to a 4L starter.
I cool the wort down to around 65 degrees, transfer to a carboy and put in the 'fridge to cool down to pitching temp (I put the 4L starter in the fridge along with the wort so its the same temp as the wort when I pitch)
I rack the cooled wort off the trub, add pure O2 for 1-2 minutes, decant starter, pitch yeast.
I leave the temp control set at 50 degrees.
After two weeks it will be around 1.04 and takes the next four weeks to reach 1.015.
What I've ended up doing is at the three week mark raising the temp to 60 degrees and leaving it there until I reach the 1.015.
I'm wondering if the percentage of flaked corn is resulting in the yeast not having enough nutrient.
I add DAP to the starter and Servomyces to the wort.
Should I be adding more nutrients to the wort prior to pitching?
Would it help to add, say Fermaid-K, at the 2 week mark?

Yeast and Fermentation / Ringwood yeast
« on: April 11, 2011, 12:40:08 PM »
Does anyone know if any of the Wyeast or Whitelab yeasts are the Ringwood strain?

Equipment and Software / Problem with CO2 regulator
« on: January 14, 2011, 06:12:37 AM »
This past weekend I had to crank up the pressure to around 30 PSI to get a stubborn keg to seal.
This was a first for me since I have always been able to get a seal at 10 PSI.
Anyway, after the keg sealed, I tried to turn the pressure down but I can not return the adjusting screw back to its original setting.
I was able to back it off to a 20 PSI setting but it is stuck there and and I can not get it to move in or out.
Any suggestions?

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