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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 04, 2016, 02:23:08 AM »
15 degrees at the moment (5AM) here in central Maine.
New few days supposed to have lows in the mid teens and highs in the low 30's with a brisk NW wind.
Cold start to April.
I got my fruit trees and grapes pruned during the mild weather in March.
Cutting next year's firewood now.
I don't plan on planting anything until late May.

The Pub / Re: Belgium replies
« on: March 22, 2016, 08:17:50 AM »
Hope you and yours are safe.

Thanks, they are, but to me every victim is mine. :(


The Pub / Re: Belgium replies
« on: March 22, 2016, 03:50:17 AM »
Hope you and yours are safe.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fridge for Keggerator
« on: March 21, 2016, 01:38:20 PM »
If the fridge has a black wire screen on the back, then that is where the bulk of the coolant lines are. Not all but most.
Work from the inside by using the hole saw with the bit retracted and cut a hold where you want the shank to pass through the side wall.
Just cut the plastic, then take a small screw driver or something similar and probe the insulation between the plastic and the outer metal skin.
If you don't find a coolant line, adjust the hole saw so that the bit protrudes and drill the metal skin from the inside until the bit penetrates the skin.
then go outside and finish the hole from the outside of the fridge. (You'll have a smoother cut this way)
You can google your fridge make and model and usually find a schematic for the coolant lines that are in the walls.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mr Malty
« on: March 13, 2016, 01:18:19 PM »
OK, thanks.
Eric, thanks for the link to Brewers Friend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Mr Malty
« on: March 13, 2016, 10:15:20 AM »
The last two days I've been unable to connect to the website.
Keep getting the HTTP 404 error message.
Anyone else having something similar?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting Mash PH and Mash Temperature Loss
« on: March 12, 2016, 12:49:21 PM »
I read this post by Martin and an similar earlier one regarding the mash pH stabilizing around the 5.4 mark.
The question it raises for me is why target say 5.2 or 5.6 when the mash will revert to 5.4?
Perhaps, as JT notes, it would be better to adjust the pre-boil wort to whatever target the brewer might want depending on the beer style.

Events / Re: Missing Conference Confirmation Email
« on: March 08, 2016, 06:33:30 PM »
Yeah, mine went into my spam folder.
After waiting for a couple of hours for the confirmation email, I checked the span folder and there it was.
Of course, by then the Hilton was full.
So, I booked a room at the Marriott.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Long Lag time
« on: March 04, 2016, 04:25:02 AM »
If you are fermenting in a bucket, I'd go with the leaky lid. It happens a lot.
If your sanitation procedures are good, you shouldn't see any serious impact on your beer.
Personally, rather than waiting 4 days, I would have pitched some more yeast at the 48 hour mark.
You didn't ask, but starting fermentation at 80 degrees is about 15 degrees to high.
Fermenting at high temps will have a much larger negative impact on your beer than a long lag time.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Issues with bottles.
« on: February 29, 2016, 10:28:36 AM »
Not sure what kind of carbonation drop you are using, but if it's the ones that look like a cough drop, I never had good luck with them. Pretty much every time I used them, every bottle was over carbed. Using the carb drops are you finding that only some of the batch is overcarbed?
As far as the priming sugar, are you finding all bottles are over carbed or just some?
If just some, then it's likely that the sugar is not getting evenly mixed into the beer prior to bottling.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'n Water Pale Ale Profile
« on: February 29, 2016, 10:13:51 AM »
I also find the Pale Ale profile to be to minerally when I use it for my APA.
I do like that profile on my AIPA, though.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What if I added priming sugar before kegging?
« on: February 24, 2016, 10:21:20 AM »
It'll be fine.
You will likely have a little more sediment in the bottom of the keg that you would if you just force carbed the beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: pH woes
« on: February 24, 2016, 10:18:52 AM »
I've never filtered my pH sample and my results usually match, within the major of error for my meter, the Brunwater prediction.
I'll take a larger sample next time and filter part of it, now I'm curious to see the difference in the pH of the two samples.

All Grain Brewing / Re: pH woes
« on: February 23, 2016, 02:39:48 PM »
I test my 1st 2 batches without filtering out the grains so I have learned that will potentially cause a low reading.

I don't believe that filtering or not filtering out the grain particles will affect the pH reading. I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first or, likely, the last time.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegerator drilling question
« on: February 08, 2016, 02:37:13 PM »
If the fridge has the coils on the back (looks like a black wire mesh with small tubes, hard to miss), then that is where most of the coils are located. Most, not all!
I would use the hole saw as Jim described, but I'd go through the inside plastic skin. Once you have a hole in the plastic, take a small screw driver and clear away the insulation between the plastic and the outer metal shell. If there are any coils in the area, you'll be able to see them. Coils are often attached directly to the outer metal skin.
If you have the make and model for the fridge, you can usually find a pretty detailed spec description of the fridge online.

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