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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Bottle Inventory via Input by Barcode
« on: September 03, 2010, 07:29:04 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 03, 2010, 12:46:26 AM »
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. ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Yield
« on: September 02, 2010, 07:13:21 PM »
Using the 4 liter starter, would there be an advantage to hitting the starter with a minute of pure O2 daily.  I use 6000ml Erlenmeyer flasks with a foil cap.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Yield
« on: September 02, 2010, 06:48:14 PM »
Forgive me if this has been covered elsewhere.  Which yields more yeast cells, a single 4 liter starter, or 2 2liter steps with a chill and decant in between?  This is assuming using a stir plate.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Room Temp
« on: August 30, 2010, 08:34:48 PM »
So, with an ambient room temp of say 40F, a 40-watt bulb should keep my refrigerator at ale fermentation temp?
I understand that direct light on the carboy is to be avoided, but what about indirect, light that is reflected off the insides of the refrigerator, onto the carboy?  
Yes, leave the temp controller active, the fridge thermostat will probably not go UP to 60!

Using the coffee can method very little light escapes and it's all reflected incandescent so no UV problems.  At 40deg ambient, my 25watt bulb works well.  Any colder than that and I need to switch to the 40.  With the 2 stage I will just leave the 40 in.  It heats sooo slowly that the freezer can easily overpower it when the temp gets above setpoint.  Just avoid the temptation to peek inside.  All that warm air leaves the building quickly.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Fire!
« on: August 30, 2010, 07:48:43 PM »
I think the 1/2" pipe holds it in position.
It's similar to Keith's but his has way more jets.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Starters at Lager Temps?
« on: August 30, 2010, 07:43:16 PM »
Tom is to yeast as Kai is to mash chemistry :D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Starters at Lager Temps?
« on: August 30, 2010, 05:53:33 PM »
Nah, just pitch about 65, O2 and throw it on the stir plate!

Pimp My System / Re: Arctic Brewery and Mobile Fermentation Trailer
« on: August 30, 2010, 05:51:11 PM »
I was banned from buying from them! 
Yeah!  What did you do to piss them off?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Steam beer question
« on: August 30, 2010, 05:48:14 PM »
You never did say, what temp did you pitch at?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Necessary to Sparge with a HERMS system?
« on: August 30, 2010, 03:35:24 PM »
Short answer - No, not after you stir the crap out of it to mash in.

Well, at this point I usually add the disclaimer. "This is what I do.  It works for me.  Your process may vary".
I have a 10 gallon RIMS system, so I am heating the mash liquid directly, but the theory is the same.  When you fly sparge you don't really recirculate, you just use the pump to redirect the runoff to the kettle (slowly).  When I batch sparge, I drain the mash tun into the kettle, which compacts the grain bed a little, add my first sparge volume, usually 4.5-5.5 gallons, give it a stir, put it back on recirculate for 10 minutes till the wort clears, drain again, add my second rinse (again 4.5-5.5 gallons), no stir here, recirc for another 10 minutes,  drain to collect 15 gallons pre boil.  I usually get 82% efficiency and the gravity of the final runnings is never less that 1.015 at 168F so no worries with tannins.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Necessary to Sparge with a HERMS system?
« on: August 30, 2010, 02:53:03 PM »
Unless you are going to do a very thin mash (2.5 qts/lb) you WILL have to sparge to hit your pre boil gravity.  Herms doesn't change tthe process, just your ability to maintain a constant, uniform mash temp without stirring.  The recirculation simplifies the batch sparging process by automating the vorlauf, eliminating it if you are going to fly sparge.

42 Gallon Blichmann Fermenator with a frost free upright freezer to put it in.  Or maybe one of those glass door commercial display freezers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Room Temp
« on: August 30, 2010, 02:22:42 PM »
A 40 watt light is enough to heat my chest freezer in the winter. I could have rewired my temp controller to heat mode but I just let the freezer to cool it down if it gets too hot.
I did pretty much the same thing.  I'm in NC so a 25 watt bulb usually does the trick.  I lucked into a 2 stage ranco for 45 bucks so I'll be adding the bulb to the heat side come October or so.  I just cover the bulb with a small steel coffee can to keep the light away from the wort.

Ingredients / Re: Domestic Challenger...English Bittering Hops...
« on: August 29, 2010, 09:13:25 PM »
I my experience for bittering, you are better off using northern brewer (or Northdown) than magnum.  If NB, target, and challenger are not available, I recently used Perle in a porter and it was great.  Otherwise, just use EKG for bittering.  The flavor profile from magnum is not bad, it's just so different that it's disappointing.

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