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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter with London 1968, looked curdled
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:13:31 PM »
This strain always looks like that.  I use it for several different beers and have never had issues with it.  I love the results.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mold spots in bottom of air lock bottle.
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:04:28 PM »
I agree with everyone else that you should be fine.  Your fermenter has a positive preasure compared to the air lock so nothing should be able to travel back up through the tubing.  Package the beer and sanitize the better bottle.  It's all good.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas.
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:57:14 PM »
Not sure about the Taprite brand but not all regulators need a washer.
Some have the "washer" built into the connection.

Both of my regulators have a washer built into the tail piece that connects to the tank.  I tried using the washer that came with a refill once and it leaked like a sieve.  No experience with the Taprite brand so can't say.

I only know that my rig is silent when sealed up and not recharging a keg.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas.
« on: November 21, 2012, 05:39:10 PM »
I would assume it is a leak then.  Did you check the connection between the CO2 tank and the regulator? 

I'm really just asking the question here, but could the leak be inside the regulator?  A pin hole in the diaphragm or a seal?  Maybe the pipe going into the regulator head?

Sorry that I only have questions and no answers.  I am intrigued to see what others think.


The Pub / Re: A changed euge (sorta)
« on: November 21, 2012, 03:09:16 AM »
Holy cow!  That's a ton of rough stuff in a very short time frame.  I'm glad to hear things are beginning to look up again.

I think you handled it better than I ever could have.  Keep on chugging man.


The Pub / Re: Any hunters here?
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:33:49 PM »
Deer season is one thing I don't really miss about not living on a farm anymore.  In NW Iowa we had hunters who thought any shot from their truck was good enough.  Our place was in the center of a section (a piece of land 1mile x 1mile for those who aren't sure) and every Fall was like being one of those wooden ducks in a penny arcade.  You'd go out to do chores at dusk and some idiot would "see movement" in our grove and take a shot from half a mile away.  We were always thankful that none those dumba**es would ever qualify as a sniper.

Of course these are the same guys who would spend 1/2 an hour looking for body of a pheasant head we set up on the snowbank in the ditch.   ;D

Sticking pheasant heads on snow banks is still great fun for the kids up there.  Sunday mornings were the best because you got to eat the bird you flushed on Saturday and watch some fool get yelled at by his wife about being late for church while he looks for a bird that was never there in his Sunday best.

If you hunt and follow the rules, I'll back you up all the way. Be prepared for tricks if you "hunt" from the cab of your truck.


I am using a Refractometer with ATC that has been calibrated.  The brix that I got was 14.  Did I convert it wrong?  This is my first time using it.

What was the OG reading in Brix and what was you FG reading in Brix?  The OG can be roughly converted by multiplying Brix(4).  The FG reading needs to be adjust to account for alcohol in the solution which throws off the light refraction and will make you think your gravity is really high.

Use this site to calculate the real FG value.


Have you calibrated your hydrometer?
Or are you using a refractometer?

Good question! 

Roughing out the numbers he gave (converting back to brix and then running through the spreadsheet) would convert to around 1.023 if he is using a refractometer. 


All Grain Brewing / Re: Wet milling fail / I'm an idiot
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:53:00 PM »
I had that happen once.  I got overly enthusiastic with the spray bottle.  Lucky for me that I got the whole batch milled before it completely seized up.  It did allow me to learn exactly how to disassemble and reassemble my mill so something good came out of it.

I still condition my grains but very lightly.

Sorry you had to clean up that mess.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging newbie question.
« on: November 14, 2012, 05:57:44 PM »

To check for slow leaks, I charge the system (without beer) with CO2 at 10psi. Then turn the tank off and leave it for a day. Day or two later check the regulator gauges - they should be at the same pressures if there are no leaks. When I first set up my kegorator, the gauges would read zero after a few hours until I got everything tightened up. Keg lube is my friend - eventually I put it on EVERY connection. It really helped.


After cleaning the keg from a previous use, I like to pressurize the keg filled with a quart of starsan to sanitize, and then check the keg pressure after several days. If the keg holds pressure I'll fill it, but always spray some starsan around the lid and posts to check for leaks after filling and pressurizing as a precautionary measure.

I clean and sanitize my kegs in batches of 4 - 6 at a time.  I close them up and pressurize each keg, check for leaks and then put them in my storage cabinet.  If they still have pressure in them when I need to fill them I know I'm good to go.  It saves me a couple of steps on kegging days.


Equipment and Software / Re: Curtain around brew stand
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:27:37 PM »
If it were me, I would most likely make a light duty wood frame with flashing on the flame side.  Kind of like a bi-fold door design so it could be collapsed when not in use.  Metal flashing would just make me more comfortable than any kind of plastic being involved.  I'm always a bit paranoid when it comes to building flame control stuff.  YMMV.


The Pub / Re: A Foam Gene?
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:20:59 PM »
I am not a scientist either but I think the researcher was likely dumbing down the details to make the reporters feel like they understood the findings.  How yeast processes the huge number of compounds in wort will certainly have an effect on every aspect of a beer.  The presence or dominance of a single gene may very well contribute foam stability but I don't see it as the only factor.  If the compounds the gene acts on aren't there you won't get any foam. 

It's interesting that people are working on this type of thing and that they made a connection that could useful in the industry.  I'll still add a little wheat to my grain bill if I need a bit more foam forthe time being.

All of this is IMHO, of course.


All Grain Brewing / Re: composting spent grain
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:55:03 PM »
I just broadcast spread them across the back of my lot using a homer bucket and my brewing spoon.  They disappear into the lawn.  No issues with smells or anything.  Sometimes in the Spring, if I did a lot of brewing before the snow melts, I get some piles that get a bit ripe.  One pass through with the lawn mower and it spreads them all out again.


Equipment and Software / Re: Curtain around brew stand
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:02:48 PM »
Are you planning using an actual shower curtain?  My first thought was, if you are thinking about a plastic curtain, it may not handle the heat very well.  I think you will need to make sure the curtain is fairly rigid to keep it from being sucked in towards the burner/s and very heat resistant.

Beyond that I'm not going to be much help (not that I was much help to begin with).


The Pub / Re: Football Season!!!
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:29:43 PM »
I hate football!  - Eagles fan :P
If Vick would get his butt of the ground y'all might win a game once in a while.

At lest nobody can hang the loses on their kicker.  At least that's what Alex's Mom (my sister) keeps telling herself.  8^)


Well he didn't lose the game, but missing an extra point is pretty bad ;)

You made me go look at his stats.  He did miss a PAT.  I didn't see that.  His games are almost never on TV here in Iowa so I never see him play.

One more thing to give him a hard time about the next time I see him.   ;D


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