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All Grain Brewing / Re: no carbonation
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:18:36 PM »
What is the temp where the bottles have been stored?
If it's cool, before I did anything else, I would put the bottles somewhere that is 70-75 degrees. If they're sitting on a concrete floor, get them up off the floor because the floor is just sucking the heat right out of the bottles.
Even after a month in the primary fermenter, there should have been enough yeast to carbonate the beer.
But, if the bottles have been sitting on a table in a 70 degree room for the past month and there's still no carbonation, I guess you'll have to add some yeast to each bottle.
Unfortunately, the downside to opening the bottles twice is going to be some significantly oxidized beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Iodophor age
« on: February 20, 2019, 05:07:29 PM »
“Typically the Iodine mixed into solution will gas back into the atmosphere in roughly 12-24 hours, turning back to clear water.”

How should this ‘water’ be disposed of after the 12-24 hr off gassing?  I don’t dare pour an Iodophor solution down the drain lest it kill my biological balance in my septic system but can this ‘water’ be poured into a septic system?

Same here. I've brewed 5 gal batches pretty much every 2 weeks for the past 16 years. I routinely mix up 2 gals of the sanitizer du jour (iodophor, saniclean/starsan) and at the end of the brew session pour it down the drain into my septic system. There have been no discernable negative effects as a result.


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FWIW, I have been pouring mixed, active Iodophor (and StarSan) dow n the drain into myseptic system for many years without problem.  Considering that the amount I add is meant for 5 gal. And the septic system is hundreds of gal., the solution is so dilute thay it causes no problems.  Maybe your septic system is different.

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Events / Re: HomebrewCon 2019 Seminar Tracks are Up
« on: February 18, 2019, 05:04:26 PM »
I poked around on the HomebrewCon site but couldn't find a list of the days/times the various seminars will be presented. Did I miss it or is it just not available?

Not available yet.  Even the speakers don't know when we'll speak.

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Events / Re: HomebrewCon 2019 Seminar Tracks are Up
« on: February 18, 2019, 05:04:02 PM »
I poked around on the HomebrewCon site but couldn't find a list of the days/times the various seminars will be presented. Did I miss it or is it just not available?

Not available yet.  Even the speakers don't know when we'll speak.

OK thanks!

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Events / Re: HomebrewCon 2019 Seminar Tracks are Up
« on: February 17, 2019, 06:17:50 PM »
I poked around on the HomebrewCon site but couldn't find a list of the days/times the various seminars will be presented. Did I miss it or is it just not available?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wort vs water boil off rate?
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:20:21 PM »
For a given batch, how good is concentration as an indicator?   I know reduction in volume is not directly proportional to increase in gravity because some extract is lost in precipitation of break material, but has anybody figured out if it's "close enough?"  Or could it serve as a useful alternative indicator of thermal stress on its own, ignoring actual change in volume?
This is what I do. Comparing pre- and post-boil sg's works best for me. Since I use an immersion chiller, measuring pre- and post-boil volumes would be difficult, at best, for me. My process may not be accurate but it's a consistent benchmark for me.

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Ingredients / Re: phosphoic acid shelflife
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:01:20 PM »
I have been using a bottle of 85% phosphoric acid for around 6 years. It's still doing its job based on pH results.

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Anybody, besides me, wonder where the OP went? Over 2 weeks and 5 pages of discussion and no further word from the OP.!

Three posts over the course a month and then radio silence.  Maybe he decided we were boring, old, guys who didn't want to fight?  Funny thing is, he wouldn't be wrong.  ;)



Paul
He was really an operative inside AB InBev HQ and has accomplished his objective here.  Now have I earned my tin foil hat?   ;)

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I saw was from Israel, said OK. Maybe he
 was gathering data? How negative we are?

Tin foil is good.

Just seems odd to start a discussion and then not participate in it. Maybe he's like me, just following the discussion to see what other people think about the topic.

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Anybody, besides me, wonder where the OP went? Over 2 weeks and 5 pages of discussion and no further word from the OP.!

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 20, 2019, 05:14:06 PM »
4*F, -4*F windchill, heavy snow, 12-18" forecasted. Classic noreaster for Maine.

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Zymurgy / Re: Just "Don't Do It"
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:28:42 PM »
Yeah, that page and a couple of other sections where they did something similar, made for a very tough read!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Problems getting cider to ferment
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:17:11 PM »
What does the label list as ingredients?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Refractometer
« on: January 02, 2019, 09:20:10 PM »
Thanks for the replies.
I think I'll check back in a couple of months to see what everyone's experience has been with the Tilt's accuracy/consistency.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Refractometer
« on: December 24, 2018, 11:48:31 AM »
I am checking that very thing with my second batch with the tilt that was off.  This time I calibrated with water first.

I'll be interested in seeing your results.

I can live with some inaccuracy as long as it is consistent.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Refractometer
« on: December 23, 2018, 11:43:27 AM »
Are most of you finding that any variance between the Tilt and a regular hydrometer is always the same and not dependent upon the amount of krausen? Since I spund my beer, I think the Tilt would be a great thing to use but I'm reluctant to spend $135. for something that isn't consistent.

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