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All Grain Brewing / Re: Very rapid "conversion"
« on: November 30, 2010, 06:52:20 AM »
I like the <$10. mash paddle!
Where did you get it?

The Pub / Re: Any Motorcycle riders?
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:22:22 PM »
I've been riding since 1967. Started with a 250cc Ducati! Rode that thing everywhere.
Had a Norton Atlas for awhile, couple of Honda's and Yamaha's.
Currently riding a '05 Yamaha FJR13. Great bike.
Installed a PC Commander, Holeshot headers/pipes, opened up the airbox.
Working on getting the suspension upgraded and the seat improved.
Great bike, runs great, I'm getting old (62) so I only ride it at 7/10's but its fun knowing it there when I want to open it up!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Vigor
« on: October 04, 2010, 07:56:11 AM »
I also have a 15 gallon kettle and, with a rolling boil, I average close to 25% boil-off.

Similar to the Major, a couple of brew sessions ago I started the cold water through my IC.
I don't have a pump to do the re-circ process, so I just let the cold water run for a few minutes then start stirring the wort to keep it circulating in the kettle.
Looked over at the kettle in about 10 minutes and noticed the blue flames under the kettle!
Was surprised, as the Major noted, that even with the flame on, the temp had dropped by 40 degrees!

Assuming the beer hasn't been on the yeast for the last year, I certainly wouldn't throw it out!
As far as the amount of corn sugar to use, 4-5 oz  should be enough.
Since it has been sitting so long, you might want to add some (5gm or so) rehydrated dry yeast to the bottling bucket along with the sugar.

The Pub / Re: Where are you?
« on: August 24, 2010, 06:00:04 AM »
Out in the middle of the woods in Central Maine - Palermo, Maine

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 16, 2010, 06:09:03 AM »
Rocky Oak Ridge Brewery
That's what I live on and it was also the name of my lab retriever at the time I started homebrewing.
My daughter thought I should name my beers Rocky_______. However, connecting say Rocky Pale Ale to a dog, might not be the best thought to keep in mind while drinking the beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Promash and sugar efficiency
« on: July 02, 2010, 08:27:26 AM »
Sugar will give you 45 points per pound per gallon.
Take note of the ProMash receipe estimated OG with the sugar, then delete the sugar from the ingredient list, take note of the OG without the sugar.
For the sake of discussion, assume the batch size is 5 gallons and you are adding 1 pound of sugar, dividing the 45 points for a pound of sugar by the 5 gallons, the difference between the two OG numbers should be 9, if ProMash assumes 100% efficiency for sugar.  

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Broken Hydrometer
« on: June 02, 2010, 08:13:44 AM »
I have found the best way to avoid breaking my hydrometer, is to have a spare one available.
Ever since I broke mine and bought two, one as a spare, I have not broken one since! :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap handle locations?
« on: May 25, 2010, 01:07:09 PM »
I mounted mine in the side.
Just didn't want to deal with five sets of beer lines whenever I needed to open the 'fridge door.

+1 to Brewark's response.
Only you know about your sanitation.
I've had slow starts to starters many times and they have been fine.
As suggested, smell it and taste it. If it smells OK and tastes OK, its probably OK.
But S-05 is a good Plan B.

When I was bottling, occaisionally the yeast would drop out of suspension to soon to finish carbing the beer.
So, after a couple of episodes of this, I started, after a few days, inverting the bottles, giving them a gentle shake, and putting them back in the box.
As suggested earlier, you can experiment with a couple of bottles by opening and inserting a carb tab and waiting another week to see what happens.
I would resuspend the yeast, put the bottles where it is 70-75 degrees and wait a week.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Serving suggestions for Keg
« on: May 24, 2010, 02:47:08 PM »
The shanks protrude into the 'fridge about 1.5".

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermenting cooler than specified
« on: May 11, 2010, 05:12:38 AM »
There isn't any need to make a starter if you're using S-05.
Since I've never made a starter for S-05, I don't know if it makes any difference either way.
You can re-hydrate it if you want.
I just pitch it right out of the package.
Works fine.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Serving suggestions for Keg
« on: May 03, 2010, 05:23:00 AM »
Zee, no problem, my response was lacking in detail but was based on the assumption that most people use corny kegs, 3/16" tubing and 38-40 degree temps.
For the record, my setup is:
7' 3/16 tubing,
whatever height a corny is (25"?).
38-40 degreees,
10-11 PSI

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