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Equipment and Software / Re: Proane regulator problem?
« on: December 15, 2017, 02:14:57 PM »
Update:
Well, after much messing around and either not getting any flame or more than about 50% heat out of my burner, I replaced the regulator.
Problem solved.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Going out of Town
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:47:21 AM »
Sounds like one batch is done and the other is nearly done.
Dropping the heat to 55 degrees won't hurt anything at this stage of the fermentation process.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Hochkurz No-Sparge
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:33:24 AM »
Or maybe people just don't care enough to argue about topics like step mashing, LODO, etc.
Whatever the reason, I'm just glad postings about these kinds of topics don't blow up into 20 pages of posts regarding the pros and cons.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan-B dosage amounts confusion
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:24:44 AM »
The Wyeast website instructions on BrewTan B recommend adding it 0-5 minutes before the end of the boil.
Denny, I notice you're adding it around 15 mins before the end of boil.
Are you seeing good results doing it this way?

Yeah, I am.  My usage is based on recommendations from Joe Formanek.  He's not only the BTB product manager, he's won more awards using it than most people have ever seen.

Thanks, adding it around 15 min makes it easier to get the kettle finings in after adding the BrewTan B.
Wonder why Wyeast is recommending 0-5 min.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan-B dosage amounts confusion
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:57:47 AM »
The Wyeast website instructions on BrewTan B recommend adding it 0-5 minutes before the end of the boil.
Denny, I notice you're adding it around 15 mins before the end of boil.
Are you seeing good results doing it this way?

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I wonder if it could be a difference in perceived carbonation.  Maybe the lighter beers seem to be more highly carbed, while a beer with more body has less perceived carbonation.
I suspect this is the cause.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Proane regulator problem?
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:00:46 AM »
Sounds like you may tripped the safety mech in the regulator. Turn everything off, wait 15 min, crack open the cylinder valve, wait 10 sec, slowly open the cylinder valve completely, open regulator and light.

Second guess, too cold.
Thanks for the tip. I've heard of this happening but never had it happed to me.
I followed your suggestion and everything worked as it should.

I knew it wasn't too cold since I've successfully used this setup at temps in the teens and it was only 30 degrees this AM.

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Equipment and Software / Proane regulator problem?
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:39:03 AM »
I was planning on brewing this AM.
However, when I started the propane burner I got a very low flame. Like the tank was almost our of gas.
The tank did have gas in it but I switched to a full tank.
Now the burner won't lite at all.
I disconnected the regulator from the hose that goes to the burner and then attached the regulator to the tank.
Turned on the gas, no gas is coming out of the regulator.
I assume that's not normal.
Can I assume that the regulator is bad?
Weird, it worked OK two weeks ago.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Forced carbonated, beer flat
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:56:36 AM »
If your tank gauge reads 750, it's not empty.
I find that it takes 7-10 days for a keg to be fully carbed.
Shaking the keg will speed that process up, of course.
Not sure how long the keg has been hooked to the gas but after a few days (3-4) there should be some signs of carbonation.
You may have a small leak somewhere. The first place I check is the keg lid.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First Bottling coming up next week.
« on: November 27, 2017, 04:29:40 AM »
I'll have to look, a bag of priming sugar was included in the kit.
I don't know if they say how much sugar to use when we bottle.
Usually, you will use 4-5 oz of sugar for priming. The bag of sugar that is included with the kit is supposed to be the right amount for that beer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First Bottling coming up next week.
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:46:49 AM »
Another generic tip: after the beer is bottled, put it somewhere warm (around 70 degrees) and dark. Don't put it on the concrete floor of your 70 degree basement, though. Wait at least 2 weeks for carbonation.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Howdy All
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:17:16 AM »
Welcome to the forum.
Good to see another Maine brewer on here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation stopped
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:10:04 AM »
A gravity check is the only way to know if fermentation has finished.
If you decide to leave the beer in the fermenter for 3 weeks, it will be absolutely fine.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging in a keg
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:56:04 PM »
Yes you can leave the keg at room temp for a month or two.
You might need to hit it with some CO2 from time to time to keep the keg sealed.
The down side, I see, is that the beer will be a lot less fresh after 2 months at room temp.

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The Pub / Re: OJ or IPA?
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:33:31 PM »
Judging by the foam on the glass, I'd say beer.

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