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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stains on the inside of my keg
« on: March 14, 2017, 04:15:28 PM »
Could be beerstone, try using some Beer Line Cleaner.

Like Paul, I had my Barley Crusher refurbished about 2 years ago. But after putting around 700 lbs of grain through it, it is starting to skip again. Kinda surprised since I got around 1200 lbs of grain through the mill when I first bought it, before it started to skip.
Not sure if I'll try to get it refurbished again or just bite the bullet and get a different mill.
Hate to have my brewing put on hold for the 4 weeks that it takes to get the BC refurbished.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dry Hop in Keg
« on: March 10, 2017, 04:09:20 PM »
I stopped cold crashing so i add my keg hops warm and then put the keg in the kegerator to cool. They stay until it kicks. Results are good.

Same here.

Ingredients / Re: question about iron filter and oxidation
« on: March 07, 2017, 09:37:08 PM »
I don't know what your other constraints may be, but if I had that kind of water, I'd be using RO water from the local supermarket, Walmart, etc. Adding some brewing salts to the RO water sounds like less work to me.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast cake has funky smell..
« on: March 07, 2017, 09:33:54 PM »
So, you only messed up once!
That would be a record for me. :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast cake has funky smell..
« on: March 07, 2017, 05:07:39 PM »
Dump it. Next time pack in a smaller container with beer on top. Store in the fridge as well.

What he said.
If it smells bad, it most likely is.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Has anyone used welding grade oxygen
« on: March 07, 2017, 05:06:01 PM »
Over many batches, I've never had an issue using non-medical grade oxygen.

The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 05, 2017, 11:56:04 AM »
Mainebrewer - I live in Maine and I brew.
Not terribly creative!

Zymurgy / Re: 15th annual Zymurgy Best Beers in America survey
« on: March 01, 2017, 07:48:25 PM »
This annual survey definitely falls under the "who cares" category, at least for me.
I wonder if it even provides any useful marketing info for the breweries that make the winning beers?

Equipment and Software / Re: OFF LINE BREWING SOFTWARE
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:15:05 PM »
I've used  Promash for ~10 years and really like it.
Unfortunately, the website is down/gone and you can't download the trial version.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Amount of rice hulls needed
« on: February 17, 2017, 11:20:10 AM »
A half pound will be enough.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:56:19 PM »
My non-lodo brewing session averages 5 hours from set-up to clean-up.

The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: February 07, 2017, 01:32:33 AM »
Hell of a game, that's for sure!
Whole lot of Maalox moments!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: And the opposite of volcano beers
« on: February 07, 2017, 01:28:02 AM »
I've never bottle conditioned a lager before but 50 degrees seems pretty cold to expect carbonation in 2 weeks.
Since the beer sat in primary for about 3 months, I'd guess that a lot of the yeast dropped out of suspension prior to bottling.
The "thin film of sediment" on the bottom of the bottle may be yeast or just other stuff that got re-suspended when you bottled.
I'd invert the bottles and re-suspend the sediment and then put the bottles where it is around 70 degrees for a couple of weeks.
Worst case scenario is opening each bottle and putting a tiny amount of yeast in each bottle and re-sealing. This would be a major PITA to me.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How expensive is kegging?
« on: February 02, 2017, 10:55:35 AM »
Don't buy a co2 tank. Almost always more expensive than a deposit and you almost always hand over your shiny new one in exchange for the beat up full one.

Plus you'll have to pay to get your own tank re-certified every 5 years.

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