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Equipment and Software / Re: Reusing carboy
« on: November 29, 2011, 09:26:21 PM »
Ok OK I get the point! I'll make a starter. You guys are demonstrably nuts! But thanks for the good input-all points taken.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Strong RIS Mash Schedule
« on: November 29, 2011, 10:40:34 AM »
I did a RIS a few years ago with similar results. I "fortified" it with grain alcohol. Invert sugar works well, but a little late for that. wish I could tell you where i found the calculator for adding Everclear. Maybe someone here can help.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter
« on: November 29, 2011, 10:11:49 AM »
When using yeast nutrient, when do you add and how much?

I add a pinch (maybe 1/8 tsp.) to my starter wort.
OK to boil?

Ingredients / Oat Hulls VS Rice Hulls
« on: November 29, 2011, 09:37:43 AM »
Doing a Guiness clone that calls for oat hulls. ok to use rice hulls instead? any difference?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter
« on: November 29, 2011, 09:17:27 AM »
When using yeast nutrient, when do you add and how much?

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning copper
« on: November 29, 2011, 08:12:43 AM »
I recently had a new HVAC put in my house and had them leave me the 3/4" copper tubing going to the old outside unit. Looks like there is oil on the inside. would this Acid#5 work for that? Was thinking about making a wort chiller with this.

Equipment and Software / Re: pickup tube
« on: November 29, 2011, 08:08:14 AM »
For my mash tun, I inverted the keg(gle) and cut the bottom out the diameter of a plastic bucket lid. Had my welder beer drinking dude put a reducer in the sankey flange and I put a foldable false bottom in. I get every drop of liquor that way. My BK is a 15 gallon SS pot fitted with a Blichman Hopblocker. Again had my welder beer drinking dude weld a 1/2" close nipple on the sidewall and make a  SS dip tube welded to a 1/2" blichman quick connect. after my boil, I give it a stir and let it settle for about 30 minutes then pump thru the CFWC. My HLT has about 6L of deadspacewhich I just have to factor in, but would like to have my welder beer drinking dude fit it with something closer to what you have.   

Equipment and Software / Re: Reusing carboy
« on: November 29, 2011, 08:06:11 AM »
Makes sense, glad I'm not the only one who's lazy but not stupid.

Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« on: November 29, 2011, 07:28:14 AM »
I have thought about using the motor from an electric ice cream maker. I would be interested in seeing what you come up with...

Equipment and Software / Reusing carboy
« on: November 29, 2011, 07:25:50 AM »
I am doing another brew today and was planning on repitching from a batch that's ready for kegging. I usually pour the yeast cake into a clean carboy and transfer the chilled wort, or vise-versa. Can I just transfer onto the cake reusing the same fermenter? Seems there is'nt anything in there that will harm the new batch. What do you think?

Ingredients / Using Rainwater for brewing?
« on: August 26, 2011, 06:53:19 AM »
I have these 2 55gallon rainbarrels and was just wondering. We are expected to get lots of rain this weekend (Irene) so i think the gutters will get flushed pretty well. Would there be any concern using for mash/sparge water?

Ingredients / Re: Got my water report-- Now what?
« on: August 26, 2011, 05:52:48 AM »
Greensand filter? I just googled it. Right now I have something that looks similar. A fiberglass tank with a meter on top, and a brine tank that I feed salt. We still get iron in our (treated) water, though virtually tasteless, it does leave rust stains. And, of course the HS gas smell. Do you think replacing with a greensand filter would solve this? And with a greensand filter do you need to add stuff to it like I do now with the salt?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Water Temperature and pH
« on: August 26, 2011, 05:24:53 AM »
So, typically I fly sparge, but next brew i want to try batch sparging (dont want to morph into the batch sparge/fly sparge debate here). If I raise mash temp. to 170*F and hold for say 15 minutes, pull my first runnings, then do you check the end of the first runnings pH and adjust the sparge water?
It is my understanding the maintaining a mash pH between 5.3-5.9 is important for bertter efficiency/most fermentable wort, does adjusting the sparge pH have much of an effect on the brew?

Pimp My System / Re: Wooden brew stand? Help with system design...
« on: August 26, 2011, 04:53:44 AM »
What's that big tank in the back?

looks like a heating oil tank to me.
It is an oil tank. I currently use the burners outside (way too hot to do indoors right now). Got a new (gas) furnace put in last month and have a friend who is gonna buy the 1/2-tank-full and haul away. then I can put the RIMS to the back wall, and fab some kind of exhaust.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager Seems sluggish
« on: August 25, 2011, 01:38:31 PM »
OK, so I left it alone and things seem to be going ok. Been about 1.5 weeks now at 48*F and I am getting a bubble about every 8 seconds. Should I rack to another carboy, a corney keg, and/or drop the temperature? Oktoberfest is the style.

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