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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometers?
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:24:09 AM »
NIST traceable sounds good except looking at the accuracy the one is 0.4C (about 1F) and the other is 1C (about 2F).  I think you can expect that from any bimetal thermometer, and if you can buy three or four for the price of one then you can own two and check them against each otehr and still be money ahead.

Not only that but any bimetal has the tendency to go out of calibration with time, use and/or hard knocks.

I do love my Blichman fermometers on the kettles.  Extremely handy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometers?
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:05:48 PM »
Inexpensive bimetal thermometer.  Stir the mash good before taking readings.  Theres no real reason for super accuracy with a cooler MLT, there'll be a little gradient across the mash anyway.  being within a degree or two of where you want, is fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black Friday and cyber Monday
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:53:22 PM »
I thought Midwest had 10% off everything.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewhemoth Sale
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:52:28 PM »
I did look at the kettles, they have a 25gal model with a trimetal sandwich bottom thta I wouldn't mind having.  But I'm getting along pretty good so far with my 20gal Bayou.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black Friday and cyber Monday
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:31:18 AM »
I put this on another thread but Brewhemoth has a sale on Friday.  Now I need to find a place that has a deal on triclover valves. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewhemoth Sale
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:29:53 AM »
I couldn't stand it, am ordering a triclover Brewhemoth to go with the one I already have.  intending to use it as a bright tank and/or a second fermentor.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewhemoth Sale
« on: November 25, 2013, 03:07:09 PM »
The conicals are over $600 so I assumed the discount would apply.  They don't sell too much else, although I'd definitely get the spunding valve attachment.  Its what I use to do pressurized fermentations.

The welds on mine look OK, nothing about them seems to have caused any issues.  I've made probably twenty batches in it since I've owned it.  I put together a little CIP system and that works slick to clean things up between batches.  I just made a temp-controlled fermentation chamber for it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Brewhemoth Sale
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:33:11 PM »
Just got an email about a Black Friday sale on these fermentors, 25% off.  These are the cadillac of conicals, I have the triclover version with the pressurizer and a spunding valve.  My beer never sees air after its fermented.  I think they are the only conical that you can completely carbonate your beer in if you want.  I typically run my spunding valve to 15psi towards the end of fermentation, and push the beer to kegs with pressure then finish carbonating.

Not affiliated, just a big fan of the technology.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher from the bottle. Why?
« on: November 25, 2013, 07:00:40 AM »
I'd suppose the high levels of hop oils could provide a challenging environment for the yeast, and they aren't quite finishing completely and its taking a long time to eat that last couple of points?  It'd be worse with a low floc yeast like US05 since it hangs around trying to finish.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lottery
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:55:26 PM »
To paraphrase what I often tell my wife, its not the size of the category that matters its the skill you demonstrate in brewing it.

Hopefully you are not giving me the same eyeroll she does.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher from the bottle. Why?
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:51:24 AM »
15 replies but less than 24 hours.  Give it time.  Not everyone checks 10 times a day :)

Thats right some of us check twice that amount.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher from the bottle. Why?
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:32:31 AM »
I'd rather you hashed it out here, its interesting and theres not much going on in forums these days.

Does the liquid version of Chico behave the same way?  I know US05 ferments pretty dry to begin with, I wonder if theres some activity that lets it ferment out some larger sugars or something thats not accessible to normal yeast?  Sometimes I have noticed it takes a LONG time for US05 to drop out too.

And a related question.  How many extra gravity points would it take to make a gusher?  One extra unit?  Less?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher from the bottle. Why?
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:06:29 AM »
Steve, I feel your pain.  Seems like carbonation is an area where there are multiple variables at play and its tough to get things just right at least for me.  Its easy to wind up with overcarbonation.

Are you using a priming sugar calculator?  that does help, especially the part about the temperature and residual CO2 in the beer that needs to be accounted for.  In cool weather that is really significant.

I also think there can sometimes be a stalling out by the yeast that makes it look like the beer is finished when its really still working ever so slowly.  Consider that just a couple of points of gravity will make a whole lot of extra carbonation.

If its just the occasional bottle and not a whole batch kind of thing, then its most likely a sanitation issue with a single bottle.  You could always bake the bottles to ensure sterilization even if theres a little something left in a crevice, but thats a pain.

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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.

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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?

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