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Equipment and Software / Re: Plate Chiller and Hops
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:46:33 AM »
I'm in the same boat as you - I picked up a Therminator for Christmas after using an IC for about 3 years/15 brews.  Given I don't plan on going back to an IC any time soon since I just dropped a lot of coin, I ended up using hops bags from Northern Brewer for my first brew and had no issues with clogging whatsoever.  In fact, I overchilled my wort to about 57 degrees in 5 minutes.  You can also wrap a small screen/filter around the valve inside the kettle to catch any additional floaters. 


Equipment and Software / Re: good place to buy perlick faucets?
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:25:34 AM »
I've had great customer service with Williams Brewing lately. 

Not that you'd expect to have any issues with anything from Perlick, but if you do, their exchange policy is great. 

Classifieds / Re: Free 6.5 Gallon Glass Carboy
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:27:23 AM »
I just laughed coffee onto my monitor. 

Classifieds / Re: Free 6.5 Gallon Glass Carboy
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:20:46 AM »
I live in a condo and don't have the space, and the Board only allows for storage of bikes and strollers in the storage room. 

My wife let me build a kegerator so I could keep my beer corner nice and tidy, so she'd most likely give me the look of death if I wanted to keep a glass carboy lying around... not that she'd ever put away her own laundry after sitting in a pile for 2 weeks.

Classifieds / Free 6.5 Gallon Glass Carboy
« on: December 30, 2013, 11:39:38 AM »
I purchased the carboy off Northern Brewer, did two brews with it, but it's too much of a pain for me to clean in my small sink... darn condo living.  If you live near Hoboken, NJ, feel free to take this off my hands.  It's a monster, no blow-off tubing required.

Equipment and Software / Re: Gravity-fed Therminator duration-to-pitch
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:54:39 AM »
Update:  Wow.  A single pass to empty the BK took about 5 minutes and the temp went dropped to 55!  I put the chiller on a small ladder a few inches below the valve on the kettle (on a stove), then it was probably the same drop from chiller to carboy.  This thing is awesome.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:14:01 AM »
Yup, I can make two 750mL starters.  As always, thanks for the tip.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:20:32 PM »
My LHBS is awful, and I don't feel like ordering more yeast from Northern Brewer unless I want to tap into my kid's college fund to pay for express shipping.

With a 1.4L / 2 vial starter, would you suggest I decant, add 500 mL of fresh worth into the slurry, then put that on a stir-plate for a few hours the morning of the brew-day?

*** sorry for hijacking the post and making it all about me  :P***

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:21:07 PM »
Would two weeks in the fridge, covered in foil with a rubber band around it, be pushing it?  My brew-day last Saturday turned into a snow day with the kiddo.   

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Labs vials?
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:00:54 AM »
Christmas lights.  And also as my first tap handle. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Gravity-fed Therminator duration-to-pitch
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:16:25 AM »
Gotcha.  A bit longer than I thought, but I'll take it.  I suppose I can start cleaning up during the downtime. 

Equipment and Software / Gravity-fed Therminator duration-to-pitch
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:18:42 AM »
I plan on breaking in an early Christmas gift this weekend.  I don't have a pump yet, so it'll be gravity fed for now.  My groundwater is pretty cold, esp with the recent snow.  Are there any gravity fed users here who can give me an estimate for how long it should take?  It's a for a stout that only calls for 1.95 oz hops, which I'm going to put in bags, so it shouldn't clog.   

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging in a keg
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:27:50 AM »
Great, thanks for the tips.  Dumb question - will it matter that some of the CO2 would get absorbed by the beer?  It's just there to prevent oxidation initially, right?   

Kegging and Bottling / Aging in a keg
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:57:22 AM »
I'm finally building a kegerator this weekend after Williams-Brewing had an awesome deal where I was able to score a free keg in addition to the one in the kit.  I've had an Imperial Stout in the primary for 4 weeks now that I've had some issues with ( that I'd like to age for a while before tapping.  It seems most people will just add enough CO2 to purge the oxygen in the tank, then let it sit at room temp for a few x months depending on the style of beer?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation never started
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:13:11 AM »
I haven't owned a hydrometer in about 2 years, so I had to use my refractometer again.  I plan on going back though. 

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