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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adding Super Kleer to Carbonated Keg
« on: November 20, 2013, 10:17:24 AM »
That, and you'll want to bleed off the pressure very slowly or it'll foam over then.

I haven't used it at this point but it should work, a pressurized keg is still.  Like looking in a bottle of beer, no activity until you open it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whitty and clever minds wanted
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:59:54 AM »
I've been toying with the idea of:

Beer Reviews from the Homeless Kids Outside the Beer Store

Basically I would give a bottle of beer to the homeless kids outside the beer store and come back the next day for the written review, add my commentary and voila! art! or something
Shouldn't you be giving them some food too so they can give their thoughts on pairings?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whitty and clever minds wanted
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:04:53 PM »
Brewburg Bubbler
Brewburg Grog Blog
Ask Alewyfe.
With the last one you could wirte a fake letter each time and then answer it.  And in an ironic twist you could abbreviate it AA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cool stuff in Kansas City area
« on: November 07, 2013, 10:06:21 AM »
Does KC have many brewpubs?  Seems like theye lag a bit in this respect, but I really haven't researched this lately.  St Louis has gone crazy with brewpubs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Converting you wife
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:08:59 AM »
My wife likes hefeweizen, witbier, American wheat and cream ale.  She's branching into ciders now.  In other words she likes everything I'm not that fond of.  Same for wine, she enjoys white while I stick with red.  Its like Jack Spratt and his wife at my house except the platter's always full.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roeselare in Brown ale?
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:27:20 AM »
Doesn't seem to be all that bitter, and with a long secondary the bitterness might subside a little.  Roeselare added after primary probably won't get real sour, might make a fine Flanders brown though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Check my approach to decoction
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:46:58 AM »
Should work, I do find that I lose a lot of heat when transferring the amount out for the decoction.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ferm Chamber, What Size Fridge?
« on: October 30, 2013, 06:17:17 PM »
I only need 50F for fermenting lagers.  I priced the 2cuft vs 4cuft models and theres not that much difference so I'm going to go with the slightly larger model to be on the safe side.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ferm Chamber, What Size Fridge?
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:30:49 AM »
I'm sure that even a 5K BTU AC unit would be overkill, which is why I'm wanting to go with the smallest dorm fridge I can get away with.  I found several builds on another forum and they almost all used the slightly larger under-counter style fridges.  Their chambers were larger but then again I didn't find anybody running them at 50F.  I can lager kegs in my keezer, I just want to have a ferm chamber for this conical.  I'm going to shop around for a used dorm fridge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Ferm Chamber, What Size Fridge?
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:17:29 AM »
I have a Brewhemoth conical and I made a modest fermentation chamber for it out of 2" blue foam.  The inside dimensions are 2'x2'x6', so 24cubic feet.  I bought a Johnson controller and originally was thinking I'd put a small window AC unit in it, but I've seen some chambers that were cooled by a dorm fridge and that would let me site this thing wherever I want instead of at a window.  So my question now is, how big of a dorm fridge do I need to get the chamber to 50F?  Would one of the really small ones be enough?  How might I go about figuring this out?  I may not need to cool until spring since this unit is in a basement garage that is relatively cool in the winter.

Thanks, I guess I should've known 300gpm wasn't even feasible.  I turned it on and it does shoot out quick, I suppose its going to operate on the fast side since there 3' of water pushing on the inlet side.  I'll try and hook up a chiller and see what kind of pressure that generates.  I don't care if it flows fast, I just don't want to blow connections.

I also don't want to have to get another drum to keep from mixing the hot water with the cold during chilling, although I'm pulling from the bottom of the barrel so the hot might stratify to the top for awhile.  I'll take 74F any day.  Heck I usualyl quit when I'm below 90F and just let the stuff cool on off in the fermentor.

I also plan to ferment in the Brewhemoth, and I've made a little chamber for it out of 2" blue foam.  I have a temp controller to run an AC unit or a small fridge this summer.

One more item.  I'm trying to calculate how much the temp of the 50gal@60F will go up after removing the heat from the 5gal@210F.  I figure if I take 50 x 60=3000, and add 5 x 210= 1050, that 4050/55gal= 74F.  Is this about right?  That'd be sweet, this should work.

In the past I've used a hose and run it slow, probably just a few gpm in order to conserve water.  With this new setup I won't need to keep the flow down, I just don't know how fast I can pump without building up a boatload of pressure.  I might make a new copper IC and put hose fitting on it, that would withstand the pressure better than my hose clamps and plastic hose.

I am setting up a winter brewing area in the basement, and for chilling water I am going to use/recirculate from a plastic 55gal drum filled nearly full with water.  I think I can get a 5gal brew chilled to a stable temp and I will let it finish dropping in the cool basement before pitching.  I have a 12V DC centrifugal pump I bought to run a CIP unit, it didn't work for this so it is extra right now.  It pumps to 50psi and 300gpm.  I power it with a battery charger.

My question is, can I put a valve inline with this pump and slow the pumping rate?  300gpm seems to be too fast to run chilling water through a 3/8' copper IC.  I don't want to be blowing hoses off the chiller and shooting water everywhere.  I don't know what rate I need, if I can't slow this pump I guess I can buy some other kind of pump.  I have a March pump but I want to use it to transfer wort and mash water, and this cooling water is going to be a little dirty.

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