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General Homebrew Discussion / Cleaning Glass vessles?
« on: August 17, 2011, 06:54:30 AM »
I have noticed my Erlingmeyer flasks are starting to get kind of hazy. Is there something i can use on the to get them to sparkel again?

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager Seems sluggish
« on: August 17, 2011, 06:40:30 AM »
 Never used this strain but things appear pretty quiet in the carboy. I pitched at 55f. I did not wait for the pack to swell. It's been about 30 hours now, and I'm getting about 2 bubbles a minute. Do you think I underpitched? I also used Fermcap btw. Should I repitch or RDWHAHB?

Equipment and Software / RIMS getting lots of grain in the sparge
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:07:33 AM »
I did an Oktoberfest yesterday and noticed a crapload of grain particulates in my runoff. After collecting 7 gal. of wort, i decanted and ran thru a muslin bag. there was about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of grains in the bottom of the kettle. Would this be enough to throw off-flavors? I have been running my RIMS at full on; do you think slowing the reculation down might hepl?

Yeast and Fermentation / Low attenuation please help
« on: August 11, 2011, 01:50:58 PM »
I cant seem to figure it out. Tried using spring water, bottled water; extract brewing; well aireated/oxygenated wort; adherence to recomended pitching rates and fermentation temps, but still getting roughly 50%ADF when i should be getting 75. I did two seperate Identical batches using the Pilsner Urquell clone recipe discussed in Zymurgy (July/August 2011) Double decoction vs triple, OG 11.6P. After racking to secondary i'm getting like 5.9P. In past experience, after a 4 week lager, I'm lucky if I get anything lower than 5.5P. What gives?

Going Pro / Do I got what it takes?
« on: August 11, 2011, 12:21:04 PM »
First, let me say thank you to whoever started this category! I have been kicking the idea around for some time. Part of my homebrewing "hobby" is to figure out how to do it and maybe eak out a small profit. I have run a small cabling business here in Maryland for 11 years, but would like to do more with the brewing arts. Before I go putting $$ down I dont know if I know enough about commercial brewing. I would like to brew for a couple local pubs. Was thinking maybe a 3bbl. If I brew at their location, is it easier to use their liquor licsense? What about selling at farm stands?

Ingredients / Anybody use Fermcap-S?
« on: July 25, 2011, 12:13:31 PM »
It's supposed to reduce blowoff without effecting head retention. Your thoughts.

Equipment and Software / Oxygenerator
« on: July 25, 2011, 12:07:11 PM »
I am curently using an air stone. Got any ideas how i can put it inline with my chiller?

Equipment and Software / Wort chiller ideas?
« on: July 25, 2011, 11:21:08 AM »
Just brewed a Pils this weekend. I ran my chill water through an imersion chiller sitting in a cooler of ice water, then through my counterflow. Cant seem to get much below 68f.
Now I just had a new air conditioner put in my house and had them save the old AC supply line (about 25' of looks like 5/8" copper tubing. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience building a counterflow wort chiller using ethyl-glycol. maybe like using one of those wine chillers you see at the liquor stores. What do you think???

Kegging and Bottling / Counterpressure filling too much foam
« on: April 20, 2011, 07:37:42 AM »
I have 2 corneys of wheat ready to be bottled. I force carbonated them to 20 PSI at31 degrees F. when i try to fill it seems like alot of foam. I bled down the keg an am trying to fill at a minimum amount of pressure but still getting a good amount of foam. And when I unstop the filler off I get foam everywhere and the bottles are only two thirds full. The last 2 batches filled ok but came out nearly flat. What gives?

All Grain Brewing / Wort Storage?
« on: March 25, 2011, 11:44:08 AM »
I made some changes to my RIMS this week and was gonna run a small batch thru for calibration. I dont have the time or ingredients to do a boil. Can you store the wort without boiling? If so how long? What about freezing (Gallon Ziplocs to use for starters priming speise)?
Oops! here comes the wife (she thinks I'm working on our taxes). Gotta run, Thanks for the help.

General Homebrew Discussion / You know you're a homebrewer when...
« on: March 23, 2011, 05:11:03 AM »
Yesterday I was helping my wife in the yard getting ready to plant grass. I found myself staring at the sack of grass seed wondering what a "Tall Fescue IPA" would be like!

Equipment and Software / RIMS Heater Too Hot?
« on: March 22, 2011, 10:08:22 AM »
I am using a 240Volt, 4500 Watt hot water heater element to heat recirculating wort. When I raise the temperature on the PID controller, the relay closes the circuit and the heater is on constantly till it gets close to the set point. The the heater "pulses" heat so's not to overshoot.
Since I cant see the heater element, I am curious. When it's on constantly do you think the heater is getting red hot? Also note, I am applying 110, house current and the element is rated for 240. I recently did a decoction and got a stuck mash. I think if I throttle back the flow rate I could avoid this in the future, but have concerns doing so might scorch the hot liquor and/or denature the enzymes.
My beers are  turning out OK (aside from an attenuation issue- save that for another thread) I am just wondering what other RIMS brewers are using as a heat source. Thanks for your input

Ingredients / Making soft water from Distilled
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:10:14 AM »
I heard that you can make soft water for Pils using distilled water. Anybody done this, and if so should you add anything to it?

Ingredients / Gelatin finings
« on: March 02, 2011, 03:27:25 PM »
Never used the stuff. how much and when and how?

All Grain Brewing / Water Testing
« on: February 28, 2011, 09:28:43 AM »
I live in the Annapolis MD area and am on a well. Recently installed a carbon filter in my RIMS and was wondering where i can get my water tested. Mainly looking for Ca, Mg, Na, S04, Ci and Hc03. When I talked to "the Culligan Man" he gave me some general ideas but was not much help other than trying to sell me a water conditioner. in order to tweak my water profile to specific style guidelines I need to know what I am starting with.
Does anyone know where I can have my water tested?

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