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All Grain Brewing / Is 5.0 Ph too low?
« on: May 09, 2016, 01:45:21 PM »
Doing a Boh pils today. Used .4 lb acid malt. Is a ph of 5.0 too low for the style, and is there any way to correct this?

Kegging and Bottling / How come Starsan turns cloudy?
« on: February 21, 2016, 03:56:43 PM »
I usually fill a corney with 5 gallons cold filtered water and 1oz Starsan acid. sometimes turns the water a milky white. Is it the SS keg? Is it nothing to worry about? And how long will it remain effective in a keg?

I have a similar question. I did a starter on some yeast I harvested 2 months ago from an APA made with a culture made from a bottle of Mirror Pond. That original batch came out great; fermented out in less than 2 days. I saved a vial of cake. it has a sort of acrid smell, i cant describe, just not the usual smell i have come to expect. I pitched it last night and now the room where the carboy is has the same smell. Wife says sour, like sour milk. Could the yeast be bad? First batch didnt smell like this.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: will freezing hurt liquid yeast?
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:11:59 PM »
While we are on the subject, I was wondering about when I should harvest yeast. Got an APA i dry hopped a few days ago and wanted to cold crash. Should i rack to a secondary first and harvest from the cake, or after I crash?

Equipment and Software / Re: Thinking about going electric
« on: December 14, 2015, 02:49:46 PM »
Have you checked out
I have; maybe time for a revisit! Thanks all.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: temperature and carbonation
« on: December 11, 2015, 05:21:59 PM »
Yes.  Also the beer may have been infected causing CO2 to be produced in the can.
+1 Probably something funky going on with the coconut perhaps. See how old the beer is. I had a whole six pack of Flying dog's Deadrise be gushers. I ended up using it to steam crabs.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Galatin fining
« on: December 11, 2015, 05:16:43 PM »
Cool, Thanks Jon.
I'll give it another go.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thinking about going electric
« on: December 11, 2015, 05:14:48 PM »
Going with 240v enables you to deliver much higher wattage to your wort and I find that having extra wattage helps when you are ramping temperatures to higher steps or bringing wort to a boil. You probably won't need those excess watts all the time, but they are handy at times.
Do my pumps need to remain on a separate 110 circuit? And if/when I go electric BK and HLT can they all go on the same 30 Amp circuit?
Full disclosure here: I'll be getting my electrician buddy to wire this up so I dont kill myself; just trying to get a rough idea.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Galatin fining
« on: December 11, 2015, 04:42:21 PM »
This is the procedure I use. It's easy and foolproof :
Just read this, and the only thing i think i did wrong is maybe it was too hot?

Kegging and Bottling / Galatin fining
« on: December 11, 2015, 04:27:55 PM »
Had a cloudy APA last week and decided to try fining with galatin. 1/2Tsp. In 1/4cup cold water for an hour, then topped up to 1 cup boiling water and added to a  corney-keg of gently stirred 33deg beer and force-carbed to 2.5 volumes.
After a week or so I poured a couple pints but beer was still cloudy. Killed the keg yesterday and was cloudy the whole way through. I dont really care what my ales look like; just wanted bright beer for my friends. But is there something I am doing wrong?

Equipment and Software / Thinking about going electric
« on: December 11, 2015, 04:17:33 PM »
 I have a RIMS right now running a electric water heater element in a section of 1.5" copper pipe, but my HLT and BK are propane.
I got a deal on a Hop Rocket and am looking to purchase a RIMS Rocket for it but dont know whether to get the 120V or the 240. Since I might replace the propane kettles with induction, are those 240V as well? your thoughts.

Equipment and Software / Re: PID Controller
« on: December 11, 2015, 04:06:02 PM »
Same thing happened to mine a few years ago. Different make/model, but I ran an autotune function. I did a beer with a 122* protein rest and autotuned up to 149*. The PID figured itself out by around 140* and has worked fine ever since. I would also consider putting it on some kind of surge arrest too.

Equipment and Software / Re: SS Quick Disconnect Sanitary?
« on: December 09, 2015, 05:10:44 PM »
I prefer to sanitize my pump with heat anyway.  Recirculate your hot wort for a few minutes, as part of the whirpool or just to get all your pipes cleaned.  Also obviates the need for a sanitary ball valve on your kettle.
I'm with Narvin on this. Cam locks work great for me. Sometimes i have to put my beer down and use 2 hands, but I spend less time tinkering with my (RIMS) setup. I have a CFWC and all my hoses, fittings and the inner sanctum of my chiller get a healthy dose of 200+ degrees of hot wort when I whirlpool. Correct me if i am wrong but ask yourself this: if something is too hot to handle with bare hands, is it still cool enough to harbor bacteria?

Equipment and Software / Re: Promash Status
« on: December 09, 2015, 04:55:20 PM »
How did you get it to install? W10 refuses to do anything with the install file. Do I just need to copy and paste the files out of my other working installations onto the W10 drive?

I was running on a Windows 7 machine and did the free upgrade. Still works just fine.
Works for me on the win10 OS, just cant acces the help files. I tried copying them from an older machine but no luck.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How clean is clean?
« on: November 30, 2015, 04:37:05 PM »
Like Steve said, likely pbw res7due. I also read somewhere on here that for proper rinse, rinse water should be close to the same temp as you washed or soaked in for best results. Most soaps rinse well in cold water but apparently  pbw likes whatever temp it was used in for rinsing.  Just what I remember reading and I could easily have mis-remembered
You remembered correctly.  Jon from Five Star recommends rinsing at or warmer than soak temps to avoid residue. 
I usually soak cold. Gonna try a hot rinse. I'll report my results. Stay tuned!

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