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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: End of fermentation?
« on: June 07, 2013, 06:17:39 AM »
Never rely on appearance to find the end of the fermentation - specific gravity is the only way to know for sure.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Torque
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:40:42 PM »
The motor will be too small, even if attached to a gear drive to turn your mill.  If you have gear reduction the torque does increase, but it will take some b*lls to turn your mill with grain in it.  Don't know how many amps that little motor is, but I'm guess it's probably .1 or less, which at 120VAC is less than 12 watts or .016 HP.  Even if you increase it 30 times through a gear drive, it ain't much.  Something like an old sewing machine motor would probably work.

This is what I'm thinking as well. Do you have any specs on the motor or broken coffee grinder?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Infection
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:12:56 PM »
The most probable is that you're letting bugs in when you sample in the freezer OR your airlock is empty.

This is my bet as well. Seems like all other points of infection have been covered by the OP.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Infection
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:31:29 AM »
Quick question: did you taste/smell this infection?

"Lactobacter" is not anything I'm familiar with - perhaps you meant lactobacillus or acetobacter? The first one will produce a clean sourness, sometimes with a white geometric film on the skin of the fermenting beer. The latter will basically produce vinegar.

So if you did, what did you taste?

Have you unplugged, defrosted and completely cleaner your freezer? That seems like a logical place to go from here.

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Beer Recipes / Re: German Pils - hop and malt questions
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:20:03 AM »
Nothing wrong with 100% pils. Some say to use a couple of maltsters to get some complexity.

Interesting... I had never thought of that before. Perhaps I blend Best Malz and Weyermann? <drool>

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Beer Recipes / Re: Session IpA recipe critque
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:14:59 AM »

"Session IPA" or "Extra Hoppy Pale Ale?" ;)

Kind of my thought.  What's the difference between "Session IPA" and "Pale Ale"?

There isn't much - like bigbaker said a "Session IPA" is just a pale ale with more aroma/flavor hops than usual. AKA a really good pale ale.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:11:29 AM »
I also have one of these - I wonder sometimes how I got along without it. Cleaning lines is SO EASY now!
I know! I've been looking at that Pimp My System post for ~9 months wanting to build it, never got around to it. It is so simple to clean lines now.

I had been looking at it on HBT and never made it to Home Depot. I had an extra post, so this literally cost me $7.56.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Stir Plate Starter
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:04:26 AM »
I'll be doing mostly 1000ml starts, a few 2000. I bough two of them so hopefully they last a couple years

You should take a listen/read Neva Parker's Fermentation Mythbusters here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/homebrewing-seminars/2012

She'll go into why a 1L starter isn't really worth it - 2L starters are much better.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 06, 2013, 05:49:39 AM »
I also have one of these - I wonder sometimes how I got along without it. Cleaning lines is SO EASY now!

880
and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

I found it at Kohls, in the store, for  $99 and I had a $10 coupon  to bring it down to $89

For anyone who is shopping right now, Kohl's has the V3250 model on sale for $99 - there is also a 15% off Father's Day coupon now until next Wednesday. Paid $85 for mine!

euge, how much is that sous vide thing when it's in stock? I'm curious.

Amanda,  Where did you get the 15% Fathers Day coupon...   Also was that in store or online...

kohls.com, upper right hand corner, print it out, bring it in store.

881
and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

I found it at Kohls, in the store, for  $99 and I had a $10 coupon  to bring it down to $89

For anyone who is shopping right now, Kohl's has the V3250 model on sale for $99 - there is also a 15% off Father's Day coupon now until next Wednesday. Paid $85 for mine!

euge, how much is that sous vide thing when it's in stock? I'm curious.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 01:09:09 PM »
All grain ingredients are cheaper. But the path you follow may lead to Blichmann brew kettles, march pumps, kegerators, a brew shed...
 
But it doesn't have to be expensive.

THIS^^^^ is what I was gonna say!  I've stuck with the Cheap'n'Easy method for 15+ years and 437 batches so far and I have no intention of changing.

But some of us are a bit ADD and get excited about new gadgets... so it's not very cheap for us.  ::)

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One thing no one has mentioned. These things are great for Sous Vide cooking, if you are into that kind of stuff. Most homebrewers already have all the equipment to do it.

I'll have you know that this sent me on an hour long tangent. I think I must build one of these from my spare parts...

At any rate, back to the discussion. FoodSaver's website has a comparison tool if you want to see the exact differences of those above mentioned models.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:33:43 AM »
1) what are the major components needed to jump from extract to AG?
       You can brew in a bag and still brew all grain. Or you'll need a mash tun and a kettle possible of doing full boils. The AHA just did a video on all grain brewing.
2) is the learning curve steep?
       Depends. Can you do it? It's not hard. Can you do it well? It takes a bit of fine tuning to get everything right.
3) how much longer are brew days?
      My extract brew days were 2.5 hrs on average. Now they are 4.5 hrs.
4) is there any noticeable taste difference between AG and extract with similar recipes?
      No. If you aren't brewing good beer with extract, don't switch to all-grain. It will likely not help. Or in other terms, riding a motorcycle makes no sense if you can't ride a bicycle with training wheels.
5) if not, what's the point?
       More control, more experimentation, more gadgets, etc, etc.

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and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

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