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Kegging and Bottling / Re: YIKES-Frozen Keg!
« on: July 14, 2012, 07:14:55 AM »
Just went to tap one of my lagers and found it frozen!  Not sure how or why as the other kegs are fine and this is the first time it has happened.  I'm letting it defrost at 64F.  Is it toast?

Dave

sounds like that one keg was to near the cold air input. I have heard people have good success with a little computer fan in the fridge to move the cold around a bit more.

Mort, Sounds like exactly what I need.  Is it battery or direct wired?

And this morning, not only were my two new lagers bubbling away, but the keg was defrosted and tapped (and pretty tasty! ;D).  Will know more when I get back from the shore and have a proper tasting.

Dave

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: YIKES-Frozen Keg!
« on: July 13, 2012, 01:49:37 PM »
Thanks Ron.  My plan is to leave it at 64F until it completely defrosts and then tap it and bring it down to 40F for serving.  Sound good to you?

Dave

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Kegging and Bottling / YIKES-Frozen Keg!
« on: July 13, 2012, 01:13:12 PM »
Just went to tap one of my lagers and found it frozen!  Not sure how or why as the other kegs are fine and this is the first time it has happened.  I'm letting it defrost at 64F.  Is it toast?

Dave

1099
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Wort over an active yeast cake
« on: July 13, 2012, 06:26:21 AM »
Sounds interesting.  Please report back on how it turns out.

1100
All Grain Brewing / Re: Stale Pale Ale Malt #2
« on: July 13, 2012, 05:55:54 AM »
So the humidity is supposed to be 43% this afternoon.  Should I go for a little sun bake of the grain?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Stale Pale Ale Malt #2
« on: July 13, 2012, 05:43:50 AM »
Yet another good point.  I'm in Philly, but will check weather.com.  I may just leave it as is and make 10G of IPA today and Sunday...

Dave

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling Frenzy
« on: July 13, 2012, 04:58:39 AM »
Congrats! 

1103
All Grain Brewing / Re: Stale Pale Ale Malt #2
« on: July 13, 2012, 04:56:29 AM »
If it's picked up a bunch of humidity it's going to be heavier than it used to be - so a pound of humid malt is actually less grain than a pound of dry malt.  You can adjust your recipes to account for it, I think 40 lbs is too much to dry in the oven but that's me.

Tom, that's a great point!  Never occured to me..... 

I was thinking of taking my container outside and leaving it in the sun (or in the shade in 90F heat) for a couple of hours.  Bad idea?

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Stale Pale Ale Malt #2
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:35:12 PM »
Soft malt could be damp from humidity, which is fine unless it starts to get mouldy, or soft because insects have been eating it, which, from experience, will cause a drop in efficiency.  Once you use some and find out how the efficiency is, you can adjust your recipes accordingly.

I would say it's soft from humidity not insects.  Just took my refractometer reading for this batch and I'm at 67% off from a consistent 80%.  Looks like I just made my first light beer...... :-[

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Stale Pale Ale Malt #2
« on: July 12, 2012, 01:20:17 PM »
So, what should I do with the remaining 40 pounds of Pale Ale Malt that is not crunchy?  It's not bad, and I transferred it to my sealed container so it should not get worse, I guess.  Start brewing a ton of double IPA's ASAP?

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Stale Pale Ale Malt?
« on: July 12, 2012, 09:16:34 AM »
I didn't realize I was out of 2-Row and had a bag of Pale Ale Malt around for about 2 months, so I used 10# of it in lieu of 2-row for my American Lager today.  It was in the sealed bag in my boiler room and I thought just fine, but when I chewed on a few as I am accustomed on brew day, it was, well damp and squishy, not crunchy.  I went ahead and ground it.  It didn't taste bad and it looked fine so I just mashed in. 

Am I screwed or RDWHAHB? 

And did I screw up the lager by using 10 pounds of Pale Malt with 4 pound of 2-row or will the lager just have a little more of a malt backbone?

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Does it matter?
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:52:30 AM »
Add me to the grain to water list.....

1108
Might not be able to brew this weekend, so I haven't started it yet. The tube is sitting in my fridge now. Glad to hear yours is up and running, hopefully mine will do the same.

I'm sure it will.  Good luck!

Dave

1109
Because sometimes my IQ drops 30 points without warning, I ordered yeast from NB last Sunday in the middle of the worst heat wave in recorded history. It arrived today and I'm wondering if the yeast is still viable. It's WLP830 and I was planning on making a 2-3L starter anyway. Should I do a two step starter just to make sure, or just do what I should have done all along and take my happy ass down to the LHBS and get more yeast?

Sean,

How is your starter coming along?  Did you go 2 stage?  My 1G starter now has a good Krausen line and looks to be very healthy.  Wouldn't have thought it possible on day one. 

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: July 10, 2012, 01:17:44 PM »
I've had my garden hose for a couple of years and it still tastes like s*#! when I taste it.  Go food grade!

Dave

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