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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool/ 0 Minute Addition Difference
« on: January 07, 2016, 01:47:31 AM »
I recently purchased a March pump but haven't used it in the brewing process yet. Regarding the whirlpool, can I simply draw from the kettle, and recirculate? I don't have the right equipment yet to really get a whirlpool moving (in the right direction), but can recirculate.

Shame on me for assuming but ... won't recirculating achieve the same results?

I am not attempting to cone wort debris in the center ...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer lines, cleaning with...?
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:13:35 PM »
I have a keg dedicated with unscented oxiclean that I flush/fill the beer lines with after each keg blows. I let it sit in the line until the next keg is ready to tap. I have another keg dedicated with star-san that I fill/flush the line with just prior to tapping the next beer. The star-san sits in the line no more than 5 minutes before I run beer thru it. It has served me well over the years...  Cheers!!!

I left a keg filled with a weak Oxyclean solution for a few days, the stone that formed was a mess. It took a few baths in vinegar, and eventually Star San, to remove it.

You leave that solution in the keg all the time? What does the inside of the keg look like?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What's your favorite Cider yeast?
« on: December 21, 2015, 02:23:38 PM »
I used WLP530 (Belgian) and maple syrup to make a Crispin clone. It was awesome.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adjusting Water for 750 mg/l Hardness?
« on: December 10, 2015, 10:08:30 PM »
I am looking to improve my Heady Topper clone. Per the Alchemist's water profile, hardness is 750 mg/l.

General Homebrew Discussion / Adjusting Water for 750 mg/l Hardness?
« on: December 10, 2015, 02:44:44 PM »
My Las Vegas water report is:
Calcium (Ca+2): 75ppm
Magnesium (Mg+2): 24ppm
Sulfates (SO4-2): 228ppm
Sodium (Na+): 88ppm
Chloride (Cl-): 92ppm
Bicarbonate / Alkalinity: 138ppm
Hardness Total: 285 ppm

What do I need, and how much of it, to bring hardness up to 750 mg/l?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: December 06, 2015, 08:29:32 PM »
I followed this process with for an recently brewed Heady Topper clone. It worked well and I will certainly use this method again for future brews.

I bought a 5L Pyrex media bottle on eBay for $40 shipped.

I have pondered ways to have people pay me to drink beer. This is awesome.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fred Durst
« on: November 11, 2015, 02:17:42 PM »
Fred Durst?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitizer Comparison
« on: November 08, 2015, 04:28:31 PM »
Great info - thank you for posting.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: November 07, 2015, 06:55:29 PM »
Yeah, I figured it would be difficult to chill and decant an active fermentation.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: November 07, 2015, 05:13:00 PM »
Mark or Denny - do you decant or pitch the entire starter?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shaken not stirred lager starter?
« on: November 07, 2015, 04:01:06 PM »
Mark or Denny - do you decant or pitch the entire starter?

Pimp My System / Re: The Brew Elevator
« on: November 07, 2015, 05:45:15 AM »
Wow, that is a nice rig and an impressive feat of engineering.

Two for two with me ...

I bought a few bottles of Rogue's Double Dead guy from the same retailer. All of the bottles were skunked and crappy. Rogue sent me replacements, a few extras, and a homebrew recipe for Double Dead Guy (my request). The recipe was from John Maier himself.

I also had a bad bottle of a Tenaya Creek Brewery DIPA. They replaced it with a few bottles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with raisins
« on: November 04, 2015, 01:55:50 PM »
I made a Judgement Day clone and flamed the raisins in a cast iron skillet until they smoked. Not burnt, but caramelized. There was so much going on in that batch that I can't tell you if caramelizing the raisins before pureeing had any noticeable impact.

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