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All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt conditioning rocks!
« on: November 22, 2009, 04:40:12 PM »
I conditioned 40 lbs. of grain Saturday with about 4-5 oz. of water.  I've never had a crush look so good!  Husks were totally in tact with the endosperm fully exposed or completely detached.  I can't say if it improved the efficiency because I did a partigyle but the OG/SG of the first runnings was way over my expectation and the second runnings were over too.  Looking forward to trying it with a single brew to see how much better it really is...

Equipment and Software / Re: RO system Qs
« on: November 22, 2009, 04:34:13 PM »
We put one of these in at work (with a flush tank) and it's been working fine...

I saw that this system treats 700 gallons a day and is a tankless system.. I am assuming it is an on demand system but only treats a half gallon per minute according to the link.  Seems like a decent system.  How often do you use it at work?

It runs continuously, feeding humidifiers in our Liebert AC units in our Data Center.  Ever since we put it in we haven't had to clean the  Lieberts once. We installed it about 8 months ago. Before that Maintenance had to clean them monthly, and they were a mess!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Scotch Style Partigyle
« on: November 21, 2009, 06:32:46 PM »
That's gonna be a good one. Keep it cool!

Definitely, and good point!  Cooled to 60 with the IC & in the fermentation chamber at 60 as well.  Depending on how the fermentation goes I'll bump it up a little bit after it slows down.

General Homebrew Discussion / Scotch Style Partigyle
« on: November 21, 2009, 06:09:08 PM »
WOW!  What a brew day.  40 lbs. of grains, 27 gallons of water, 4 oz. hops for a 1/3 - 2/3 Partigyle that gave 5 gallons in the fermenter from the first runnings & 10 gallons from the second.  I also tried misting the grains with water about 15 minutes before milling.  I don't know if that had anything to do with overshooting the OG or not but it was the most beautiful crush I've ever had.  The husks remained almost completely intact yet the endosperm was completely exposed and mostly detached.  

The styles were a Scotch Strong Ale and a Scottish Heavy 70/-.  The Strong Scotch Ale OG/SG was 1.142  :o and the 70/- was 1.042.  Measured the grains Friday night and started the strike water at 7:00AM Saturday.  Wrapped up everything at 6:00PM.  I’m pooped!  8)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Firestone Keg & Plastic Dip Tube
« on: November 20, 2009, 11:52:44 AM »
Follow up:  I ended up cutting a stainless steel In/Gas dip tube to about 1/2" long.  Let it sit because somewhere I remember reading stainless steel needs time to air cure after being cut??  Put an o-ring on it, some keg lube and all is well. Eazy Peazy!!  Plus not I don't have to go hunting for rare parts...

Equipment and Software / Re: Coleman Extreme 70qt Silver
« on: November 20, 2009, 11:08:26 AM »
Blue is cheaper & makes much better beer IMO....  :D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« on: November 20, 2009, 09:17:48 AM »
I must have gotten a couple bad packs of Munich a while back because neither would take.  Ended up pitching something else. Not sayin' they're all bad but sure seemed like it to me at the time.  I agree with the others.  I've had much better luck with liquid yeast, and really, most wheats are all about the yeast....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nebraska State Fair Results
« on: November 18, 2009, 08:32:15 PM »
Congrats!  I guess I'll start listening to you! ;)
Ha, I wouldn't do that if I was me..  ???  The real clincher is we had two brew club members receive BOS in the Lager & Wine divisions, and a few others with ribbons as well.  I'm humbled by their accomplishments!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Nebraska State Fair Results
« on: November 18, 2009, 07:11:49 PM »
Finally received the score sheets from the Nebraska State Fair.  Out of 5 entries, one 1st, three 2nd's and one 3rd. 5 for 5!  Ironic part was I was enjoying a 23-Rye IPA when I opened the envelope. It was the 1st Place. 2nd's were a 13B-Sweet Stout, 14A-Classic English IPA and 14C-Imperial Pale.  3rd was a 10C-American Brown.  Floatin’ on cloud nine right now!!! ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The hoppiest beer in history?!
« on: November 17, 2009, 03:41:51 PM »
Did he have to run it through a wine press to get the beer back out of the hops?  ;D  Good Gawd!

Partigyle Saturday.  :D  5 gallon Strong Scotch Ale and then a 10 gallon 60/- Scottish Ale.  Been stepping up the Wyeast 1728 since Sunday.  Brewclub member offered to help.  Should be a hoot!!

Equipment and Software / Re: Cooler Repair Needed - Please Help!
« on: November 17, 2009, 01:28:51 PM »
One last thought.  Buy a new cooler... ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New to Kegging
« on: November 17, 2009, 11:53:05 AM »
There is also the whole cleaning process to think about, which, luckily with the cornelius kegs, we have all the equipment we need.  When I first started kegging I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube.  I pretty much do Chris Knights process verbatim.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Crash Cooling and Bottling
« on: November 17, 2009, 10:00:56 AM »
  Use a "S" type air lock when crash cooling. They work in both directions.

+1 Just don't fill it too full.

+2, and fill it with Vodka JIC....

Equipment and Software / Re: Cooler Repair Needed - Please Help!
« on: November 16, 2009, 02:16:11 PM »
Couldn't you just fill it with something like GOOP?  A little masking or duct tape on both sides to hold the glue in the hole until it dried?

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