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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation Story and Question
« on: March 09, 2013, 10:27:20 PM »
I think oxidation leads to diacetyl reformation as well. I've been having an issue with diacetyl showing up in some hoppy beers. I think it's from taking gravity readings too frequently and perhaps too much headspace in the kegs since I do 3-4 gallon batches and also not treating my yeast as I should. Could be wrong though, I'm still troubleshooting this issue.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hoses....
« on: March 08, 2013, 09:13:54 AM »
LOL, i will find a creative way to fix my issue and report back!

I'll be pulling for you....we're all in this together ;)

Hey, can women use that phrase?  ;)
As long as she knows how to use duct tape.

This is embarrassing...
It's embarrassing it's taken this long. The south needs to catch up in many things.  It's hard to believe many things, beliefs, ideals, etc, have take as long as they have to be what they are today. And it's amazing there are still some beliefs around...but that's beside the point...
Congrats, Mississippi.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chiller to pond pump question
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:23:05 AM »
As for the pump, don't buy a little "pond pump" unless that sucker is at least 1/3HP. Get a "submersible pump" with at least that rating. If you cannot get the velocity of flow through your chiller, you are not using the whole chiller capacity. It can make a big difference, especially when you have had the opportunity to use the proper setup.
1/3HP will make a big difference compared to a 1/5HP?

I BIAB/no-sparge. Since I started milling my own grain my kettle efficiency is right at 84-86%, so I'd say this is definitely possible. I've always squeezed the ever-loving snot out of my bag and I've never picked up any astingency in my beers from this. As long as you don't get a lot of husk material passing through your bag I think you'll be fine.

If I had to venture a guess about the old cautions about not squeezing your grain bag, I'd guess that the issue would be husk material getting through the muslin bag into the boil.
Definitely. I brew in a bag as well and squeeze the bag a lot. I get around 78-80% efficiency with my mill gap set at .032". Works out pretty nicely. Wort is maybe a little cloudier, but the beer turns out fine, so no big deal. I've noticed that my beers don't form as big of a krausen on brew in a bag batches though. Kinda strange, but beers haven't had head retention issues.

Hmmm, I have tried my girlfriend's underwear on
TMI.  Way TMI.
Sorry about...he started it.

10 gallons of CDA :P
Better watch it, bud! They'll get ya!
That which you resist you become!  ;)
Hmmm, I have tried my girlfriend's underwear on, with her permission, and didn't do anything for me. So, I might disagree with your statement there!

10 gallons of CDA :P
Better watch it, bud! They'll get ya!

I did a 3 gallon (ended up with 3.5 gallons) brew in a bag of my black IPA last night. 75 minute mash at 151, raise to 165 for mashout for 10 minutes, pull bag bring to boil; took about 4 1/2 hours from start to finishing cleaning up. Hit around 80% efficiency into the fermenter (hit my target gravity, but had about a quarter gallon more than expected).  I've had issues, for some reason, with hitting my target final gravities with brews in a bag. So I'm hoping I get it this time...aerated well with mix stir, pitched rehydrated's hopin'!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Weinheinstephan yeast
« on: February 23, 2013, 08:59:36 PM »

If you top crop the yesast you'll not get any trub. You are also able to get fresher yeast since you don't have to wait until you rack the beer.


Well I just harvested yeast from WY3068 from a Dunkelweizen that I had used fermcap-s on. It was from the yeast cake. You got me worried, like I did something wrong. I used the yeast for a weizenbock yesterday. Took off like a rocket in 12 hours or less.  Thought you were implying it messed with the yeast somehow.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Weinheinstephan yeast
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:33:46 PM »
+1 on the fermcap, especially if you're harvesting and repitching.

Don't use fermcap. Especially if you want to harvest this yeast. Simply collect the overflowing yeast after the gunk has been blown off. No yeast washing required.

Well now, why do you say that?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brand new keg from
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:28:17 PM »
You mention that you can get your entire arm into the keg...
Are the lids an odd size?

From what I understand they do have a bigger opening. So regular corny lids won't fit.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Weinheinstephan yeast
« on: February 22, 2013, 09:44:15 AM »
Love the Weihenstephan yeast, makes great beers. I put in a few drops of fermcap on my last dunkelweizen and that kept it in check. I will be doing the same for a weizenbock I'm brewing today or sometime this weekend.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brand new keg from
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:05:25 AM »
I think I'm going to pick up a the 2 pack deal here pretty soon. These look nice!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Two Tap Kegging setup Question
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:30:14 PM »
The cheapest and easiest setup would be one CO2 bottle feeding a single output regulator, feeding a dual output manifold.
I agree...this is the best way to go as long as you don't mind using the same psi for all your kegs
I think this is an important point - if you want all of your beers to have the same CO2 level, then one secondary regulator for all of your kegs is no big deal.  If you want to have different CO2 levels for different beers, you need a secondary regulator for each different psi setting.
And probably a longer line for the tap you want to serve a higher PSI beer out of, right? Otherwise, you'd get pretty foamy pours on that tap, I'm thinking.

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