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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary Poll
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:57:31 AM »
I dont bother with a secondary either. If dry hopping, i like to wait till fermentation slows (3-4 days) then toss the hops in the primary. The light fermentation activity helps carry away the O2 in the hops. After dryhopping i may transfer to another carboy for a day or so before kegging to make sure i dont pick up any hops. Nothing more frustrating than sucking up a hop leaf clogging the pin lock.

Equipment and Software / Re: New discovery
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:35:24 AM »
I used to crush using a Valley Mill, but have all but abandoned it. I just have it milled at the homebrew shop. I found I was spending alot of time on brew day tinkering with getting the rollers "just right". And I only buy what i use, so I dont have all sorts if malt/specialty grains sitting around getting old and "musty". Only drawback is once it's crushed, it should be brewed fairly quickly to retain its freshness.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hose material
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:17:46 AM »
Never had a problem pumping hot wort thru silicon tubing. How High is the pump? I mounted mine below the BK and my cavitation problems went away. 1/2" ID silicon tubing fits tight around the 1/2" NPT cam-lock fittings ( max flow. And an Oetiker clamp insures it wont come off.
I'm looking for 3/16"ID hose that's more flexible then the crap vinyl tubing from Home Depot. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cake in beer
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:16:37 PM »
oh good, your subject line made me think you were going a different direction.
It made me want to experiment... Next time I have left over cake I know what I'm going to make a 1 gallon batch of!

I'm still trying to figure out how to add cake as in ingredient in BeerSmith... (I guess it'd be a Specialty Grain?)

Kegging and Bottling / When should I Force carb?
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:11:42 PM »
I have an alt i recently kegged and lowered the temp to around 48*. I plan on lagering it there for at least 3 weeks. Should i force carb now, or wait till it's done lagering? Does it make any difference?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Trouble with gas posts
« on: December 22, 2013, 12:25:50 PM »
Are pin lock and ball lock interchangeable?

All Grain Brewing / Thermal mass question
« on: December 22, 2013, 08:51:02 AM »
A typical batch uses roughly 11 gallons. Is it any more or less efficient to heat the entire amount of water at once, versus doing in batches (strike water, infusions mash out).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction yields greater?
« on: December 22, 2013, 08:46:17 AM »
So if decoction mashing gives us a greater yield, you can use less grain in your recipe. On a larger say hundred barrel plus scale, you would save $Ingrain but would that be offset by the cost of energy needed to do the decoction?

Classifieds / Bottles for Sale
« on: December 13, 2013, 06:48:41 AM »
My name is Greg. I live in Bowie/Davidsonville. I recently came into a pallet of 12 oz. Brown bottles from a brewery. I have about 120 cases available to anyone interested. Cost is $5.00/case. Homebrew supply shops are selling for 3 times that much.This is an excellent opportunity to stock up on brand new bottles at a great price.
I can do cash check PayPal or a credit card (2.75% additional).

Equipment and Software / Cloudy StarSan
« on: December 13, 2013, 06:20:22 AM »
Sometimes when I mix this up it gets a milky whit cloudiness to it. anyone know why?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Blingmann beer gun and high carbonation
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:34:53 PM »
OK, Gotta go. I'm on my way to go get a 10' piece of hose! Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Blingmann beer gun and high carbonation
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:24:03 PM »
Bottles, everything was cold. Like 35+F. I am using about 6' of hose. How do you bottle 3+ volumes without getting a bunch of foam in the line? I MUST be doing something wrong.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Reusing bottle caps
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:20:11 PM »
The reason I stopped using them is because they absorb aromas and flavors (especially if you do a fruit/spice mead/wine)
So you'd throw out a plastic fermenter if you used it for Fruit/mead/wine, but not for, lagers, pale ales or bitters? Could a bottle cap used for a blonde, really have an effect on something like an IPA? I mean, I reuse yeast sometimes but only when the batch i an stepping up to would be of the same or stronger type. couldnt the same rule apply with caps? 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Blingmann beer gun and high carbonation
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:04:18 PM »
This is interesting. I just tried bottling a cider i FCd at around 3 volumes. i lost alot of cider due to foaming over. I tried it at 8psi and tried it at next to nothing. Still got alot of blowoff till the last few bottles, it seemed to settle down. Getting ready to force a Gratzer at 3.5 volumes. what the heck?

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