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Kegging and Bottling / Re: placing a chest freezer "keezer" in Garage
« on: September 15, 2010, 06:44:16 AM »
If the ambient temp in the garage is 20, and the temp control for the keezer is set at 40.  The compressor ain't comin' on. RDWHAHB.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Johnson A419 digital temp conroller question
« on: September 13, 2010, 08:42:08 PM »
The only real reason to put the probe in liquid is to create a buffer so the freezer will not "short cycle" (try to turn on within 2-3 minutes of when it shut off) when you open the top of the freezer.  The johnson has an Anti-Short Cycle Delay parameter (see the instructions).  Set it to 5 minutes.  Set the diff to 1(really 2).  Additionally put a small muffin fan in the freezer to circulate the air.

Equipment and Software / Re: new fridge
« on: September 13, 2010, 07:08:02 AM »
All you need now is a big bottle cap to set on top of the tower!

Equipment and Software / Re: dead mouse in my carboy
« on: September 13, 2010, 07:03:26 AM »
Yeah, if you can get past the ick factor :)
In my experience PBW + bleach trumps ick.  Just don't tell anyone outside this forum!

The Pub / Re: Interesting stat
« on: September 13, 2010, 06:36:59 AM »
Maybe it's time to purge users that have 0 minutes online, I take that to mean they have never logged in.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Johnson A419 digital temp conroller question
« on: September 11, 2010, 06:50:03 PM »
NO! do not get the sensor wet, unless you want to buy a new sensor!  There are ways you can waterproof it but don't immerse it!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crazy Attenuation!!!
« on: September 09, 2010, 12:00:45 PM »
What is your water/grain ratio in the mash?  A high ration (2qts/lb) will result in a more fermentable wort.  Couple that with a temperature error and you have your result.

Beer Recipes / Re: English IPA tips
« on: September 09, 2010, 08:50:11 AM »
Because they're British and part of the EU.  That's why they mash in degrees Celsius and use EBC for colour.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing application etiquette
« on: September 09, 2010, 05:48:26 AM »
No offense meant to anyone here but we may be experts at HOMEBREWING - but few people here know much, if anything, about professional brewing.

True, but there's a big difference in brewing, on any level, and doing grunt work. Just because you know how to clean a mashtun, that doesn't mean you know how to brew. There is such a thing as selling yourself short.

Aw c'mon' mikey, 90%+ of brewing is grunt work on ANY level.  That's why we have 4 fermenters and 8 kegs sitting waiting to be cleaned and sanitized.  Or is that just me?

Keith, just wondering, all this starting a new brewery and all, you still have time to post?  Or is there a cash prize for outposting Denny?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brown Ale - Malt replacement
« on: September 08, 2010, 08:12:00 AM »
I've already got 3% Pale Chocolate.  I was thinking along the lines of English Brown malts (Crisp, Fawcett).  Color is close.

All Grain Brewing / Brown Ale - Malt replacement
« on: September 08, 2010, 07:55:01 AM »
Hi all,
my Northern English Brown grain bill includes

10% Briess Special Roast (50L)
7% Briess Victory (25L)
5% British Carastan/Caramalt (30L)

The carastan gives it a great toffee flavor that Crystal 40 just doesn't have.

Got any suggestions for replacing the Special Roast and Victory with English varieties?  I have used Belgian Biscuit as a sub for Victory with good results.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam!?
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:20:55 PM »
Not necessarily.  With the pump off you have a positive pressure on the connectors from the weight of the water.  With the pump on, you have a negative pressure (that sucks!) that is much stronger.  On the bright side, you are aerating the crap out of the wort.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam!?
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:46:30 PM »
I chill the same way. You probably had a small air leak between the ball valve and pump inlet.  I've seen pictures of it but it has not happened to me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Bottle Inventory via Input by Barcode
« on: September 03, 2010, 12:29:04 PM »
That's WAY too anal, even for me, and I'm a programmer!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How fast is too fast to move to all grain?
« on: September 02, 2010, 05:46:26 PM »
You've heard some great advice on how to get into brewing-->AG.  IMO you are only moving too fast if you are mashing your first AG BEFORE your last batch of extract has cleared your fermenter. ;)

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