Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - duboman

Pages: 1 ... 30 31 [32] 33 34 ... 104
466
Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith Efficiency
« on: February 11, 2015, 05:47:17 PM »
This is actually a contested issue with BS and has been discussed at length on another form.

It has to do with the way BS factors in the losses you enter for total brewhouse efficiency.

My understanding is if you want the efficiency of what actually goes into primary you need to set all your losses to zero and add them in manually to your total volume calculation.

Personally I don't worry about it, if the gravity measurements come in as what I expect I'm happy;)

467
Kegging and Bottling / Re: Regulator to Start
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:57:22 AM »
I like the Tap Rite models and I would suggest at least a dual regulator. You may not need it at first but you will:) you can serve at one pressure and force at another at the same time, or serve 2 kegs at two pressures.

468
Ingredients / Re: Hop Retailers
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:55:06 AM »
I've been happy with Hops Shack in OH, good quality and great prices and good variety. They also ship quick.

469
Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:46:19 PM »


This is mine, total cost $335, freezer was from Craigslist. Complete project took 5 days, beer is great!

That is really nice! How easy is it to get beer in and out?
Relatively easy, its tight inside with 40' of tubing, gas lines, etc so swapping kegs is a lesson in logistics but my better half wouldn't let me make a bigger one;(

470
Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:13:04 PM »
That is a beautiful piece of furniture, not recognizable as a second hand chest freezer. Well done, I'm jealous!
Thanks, finally got around to it after scribbling notes for about a year and keeping an eye out for sales on hardware and more kegs

471
Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:30:02 PM »


This is mine, total cost $335, freezer was from Craigslist. Complete project took 5 days, beer is great!

472
Ingredients / Re: Vanilla Flavor Loss
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:24:40 PM »
i recently posted on this and used vanilla beans in my porter. others have said either leave them in longer so you get a little more than you may target in flavor, or add more along the way. seems to be normal regarding loss.
My experience as well. The flavor will fade so either leave in longer before kegging or add a bit in the keg to maintain flavor but don't go over board. If you add to keg bag them so if it gets too much you can pull them

473
Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic Mash Tun Issue
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:34:47 PM »
I have he same and experience the same thing. Its the inner plastic lining expanding and contracting from hot/cold.

Mine is 4 years old now and no cracks or issues to date

474
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxy clean question
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:32:56 PM »
I use the "versatile" version found at Costco and Sam's. Have for years. Just make sure it's well rinsed.
+1, same stuff I buy and haven't experienced any problems with it

475
Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition changes your category
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:31:32 PM »
I'm finding this topic to be disconcerting as I've submitted to one comp and have another coming up soon. I hope they may good on your firm request to place your beer where you entered it. Good luck on the comp!

476
The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:19:33 PM »
I also think I've brewed enough to look at a particular hop bill and know whether it's going to result in a beer with high, medium or low bitterness, hop flavor, and/or aroma.

Exactly! 

+2.  Like the saying goes here, I tell the software what I want to do, not let it tell me what to do.
+3

477
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Yeast Starter
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:08:02 PM »
The inner pouch is just nutrient, whether I smack or not I add nutrient to all my starters anyways.

478
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Yeast Starter
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:48:58 PM »
If I have the time I smack and if I don't, I dont,. Haven't seen any difference.

479
The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:31:00 PM »
I typically sketch out my recipes on scratch paper with general calculations and ingredients and then input into BS to Refine and tweak. On brew day I just use my phone as a timer and paper to make any notes I need. Once evrythingnis done I'll log everything in when I get the chance

480
Why don't you make the larger starter and before crashing to decant, swirl it up and save about 250ml to use for another batch?
I think that is the way I'm leaning. I am planning a 1 gallon test batch of an IPA soon, and that 250ml should be about right for that. Thanks for the help

I do this anytime I am using a liquid strain I plan on using again, I simply make a larger starter to account for a 500ml slurry to save. When I am ready to brew again I simply start up the saved yeast and repeat the process, it really works out well and saves a lot of money on yeast!

Pages: 1 ... 30 31 [32] 33 34 ... 104