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Equipment and Software / MW102 pH meter issue
« on: July 03, 2016, 11:07:58 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?



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Equipment and Software / Re: Danby 'fridge dimensions
« on: June 30, 2016, 10:31:21 AM »
My keggerator holds 5 kegs and when there's room I've been lagering in the it. But quite often there isn't any room.
My goal is to get something, that doesn't take up to much space, to make the process less hit or miss.
The Danby 'fridge is the closest I've come to this.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Danby 'fridge dimensions
« on: June 29, 2016, 10:30:25 AM »
Philbrew, Juggabrew thanks for posting the interior dimensions. Sounds like my carboy would be a very tight fit, if it would fit at all since I'm assuming that the temp control at the top eats into that 20.5".
I do have a 'fridge I use as a fermentation chamber. Sometimes the lagers tie up that 'fridgelonger than I want and I can't move onto brewing an ale.
Since I don't really have room for another full size 'fridge (already have the one for a fermentation chamber and another that I converted to a keggerator) I was looking for a small unit to cold crash and lager in.
After cold crashing, I currently lager in a keg and it looks like I could easily do that in this unit.

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The Pub / Re: Mission Accomplished!
« on: June 28, 2016, 10:42:32 AM »
I retired at 56. Once the numbers work for you, do it. If you love your job, keep doing it it.

+100!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Danby 'fridge dimensions
« on: June 28, 2016, 10:40:41 AM »
Thanks for the reply.
I want to use the 'fridge to cold crash my lagers and lager them.
I use a 6 gal carboy to ferment my lagers which is approx. 20" high and 11" in diameter.
I'm trying to figure out if the carboy will fit without buying the 'fridge online and then, possibly, having to ship it back.
The picture on the Walmart website shows the interior shelves attaching to the back of the 'fridge, so might not have to remove any side rails.
I anticipated having to remove some of the door shelving.


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The Pub / Re: Mission Accomplished!
« on: June 28, 2016, 12:46:15 AM »
Welcome to the good life.
I retired at 65.5 years, not quite 3 years ago.
Lovin' every minute of it!

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Equipment and Software / Danby 'fridge dimensions
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:16:16 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.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO 2 Questions
« on: June 22, 2016, 10:59:26 PM »
Wow! Do others get that much out of a tank?
I don't know about others, but my experience is based on several years of records.
I'm kind of anal about keeping records.  ;D

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO 2 Questions
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:11:19 PM »
I get 3-4 months out of my 5 pound tanks.
That's pushing 5 kegs at a time and pushing cleaning fluids through the kegs and beer lines.
I also leave my tank on at all times.

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Ingredients / Re: What hops play well with El Dorado?
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:04:15 PM »
Just finished the APA.
It's always interesting when I try something new!
I'll know if I made a good decision in a few weeks.

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Ingredients / Re: What hops play well with El Dorado?
« on: June 22, 2016, 10:00:52 AM »
I'm brewing an APA today and my usual hop schedule is 1.25 oz. Magnum for bittering; Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe or Citra (1 oz. each) in the whirlpool;  2 oz. Amarillo dry hop.
Looks like I could sub the 1 oz. of El Dorado for the Simcoe or Citra in the whirlpool.

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Ingredients / What hops play well with El Dorado?
« on: June 21, 2016, 11:40:55 PM »
At NHC there was an ounce of El Dorado in the registration goody bag.
What other hops play well with El Dorado?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation fridge
« on: June 16, 2016, 04:43:26 PM »
Does anyone know what the inside dimensions of the Danby fridge are?
I'm looking for something to cold crash my lagers while still in a 6 gal carboy and then lager in a keg.

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The Pub / Re: Live, from the NHC
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:03:19 PM »
Wish I could be there with everyone. Hopefully NHC makes it up to New England sometime in the next few years.

The post-conference survey they sent out had Providence as one of the cities you'd like to see NHC at.  Don't see that happening anytime too soon.

Boston would be great (and expensive) but I'd really love to see Portland (Maine...not that other Portland imposter :) )
Much as I'd love to see NHC in Portland, ME, I don't think it has enough hotel space to accommodate 3000+ people and I doubt if the Cross Insurance Center is large enough for the conference.
Probably the best those of us in New England can hope for is Boston.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st All Grain Recipe Review
« on: June 15, 2016, 11:21:44 AM »
I target a pH around 5.3 to 5.4 for this kind of beer. Also, for my taste, 285 ppm SO4 would be too high. As noted earlier, it's easy to get a session IPA out of balance and this would do it for me. But it's your beer, so try it. You can always adjust if necessary the next time. That's the beauty of homebrewing.

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