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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?

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort chiller ideas?
« on: July 26, 2011, 05:27:52 AM »
I have a RIMS system and could pump ice water from my HLT thru the chiller. What kind of chill temp are you getting?

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 / Re: Counterpressure filling too much foam
« on: April 20, 2011, 07:51:11 AM »
Problem is if I try to bottle at, say 10 or 15psi, when you remove the filler it's like opening a shook-up bottle of champagne...

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?

When I decoct I always get better results both in efficiency and mouthfeel/maltyness. I'm getting ready to do a Maibock and someone suggested doing a single decoction after the alpha conversion to get up to mashout. So dough in at131 for 20 min.; 30 min. at 148; 30 min. at 153, then decoct the thin part and return to mash/raise to 170.
Any suggestions?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonating in a keg
« on: April 06, 2011, 06:02:50 AM »
I used Gelatin to clear a keg of Boh Pilsner. If i force carbonate and want to shake the keg will this defeat the gelatin fining, or should i just pressurixe the keg and let it sit for 1-2 weeks?

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 / Re: RIMS Heater Too Hot?
« on: March 22, 2011, 12:08:15 PM »
That could explain my attenuation issue! Thank you for your help. I'll let you know how things work out, but imagine you already know!!!

Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS Heater Too Hot?
« on: March 22, 2011, 11:48:42 AM »
Probe is in the side of the MT right about the center of the grain bed. You think I should have it sensing the wort as it returns to the MT?

Equipment and Software / Re: Bigger oxygen bottles
« on: March 22, 2011, 11:11:01 AM »
3/8"Countertflow WC pushed by a March pump coming from my BK. Using your method I would have to Step up to 1/2" coming out of the chiller. Sounds simple enough... Thanks!

Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS Heater Too Hot?
« on: March 22, 2011, 11:04:18 AM »
Omega CN8201 PID. I have it wired so the heat wont come on unless the pump is running. Like I said, I am not having any real problems- just thought it might be.Reassuring to see someone else is doing the same. Do you think slowing down the flow rate could be bad, or as long as their's liquid constantly moving past it shouldnt pose a problem?

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