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Equipment and Software / Re: Using the thermostar dudal mode controller
« on: February 03, 2017, 03:24:29 AM »
ok thanks

Equipment and Software / Re: Using the thermostar dudal mode controller
« on: February 03, 2017, 03:14:58 AM »
I have 5gal of beer and a blow off tube with bucket (small trash can). The fridge is just big enough to fit both of those. Isn't the whole point of the thermo control to not have wild temperature swings?

Equipment and Software / Using the thermostar dudal mode controller
« on: February 03, 2017, 02:40:56 AM »
So i'm having major issues with this device. The control is not maintaining desired range. I set my desired temperature around 50F for primary fermentation of a dunkel, i have used the heat and cooling modes have seen the range jump from 28F to 67F in the fridge. I have used the lock feature, turned the actual fridge temp control off, and to its lowest setting nothing has work to maintain the temperature range. It is a old fridge but that shouldn't matter. by some miracle i have the yeast have managed to ferment in probably close to 30F average. Is there something i'm missing?

Makes sense thanks

General Homebrew Discussion / Using carbination drops for tonic water?
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:19:06 PM »
So I have been looking at making my own tonic water and bitter Limon drinks. I was wondering if I could use carbonation drops instead of "normal sources" ?

Other Fermentables / Re: Flower mead fermentation temp
« on: August 17, 2016, 04:09:35 AM »
Thanks I actually figured out my fridge. It's old with a dail that doesn't work well. The yeast is wlp720

Other Fermentables / Flower mead fermentation temp
« on: August 16, 2016, 10:58:06 PM »
I was wondering if my stand up fridge that only hits about 52° is too cold to use as fermentation box? Or should I use my crawl space, closer to 60ish?

General Homebrew Discussion / lambics
« on: January 20, 2016, 03:47:54 AM »
So i'm in charge of a food and beer pairing for a friend. I was wondering if using Epic's brainless on cherries could be used as a "lambic" style, i know it's not a true lambic. Or should i go with liefmans cuvee brut (kriek), I was also thinking of Odell's Friek

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: math question
« on: October 03, 2015, 02:28:43 PM »
Sweet thanks.  I racked  5 gal onto 3.5lbs. Good to know in the future with fruit additions.

General Homebrew Discussion / math question
« on: October 03, 2015, 05:47:29 AM »
So I have hopefully simple math question for people much smarter than I.
So i recently just bottled a huckleberry blonde ale.
here my numbers
•   Estimated O.G.- 1.059 , Actual O.G- 14 brix or 1.057
•   Estimated F.G.- 1.013, Actual F.G- 1.005 hydrometer, 5brix refractomter 1.006
My question is- would the the huckleberries really drop the FG 10pts (over 2wks)? I used a hydrometer for the 1.005 and refractometer for the brix reading adjusted using brewersfreind online calculator.
my estimated abv was 6.06 and with the hydrometer would be 6.8

Ingredients / Re: Secondary fermentation from fruit
« on: September 16, 2015, 12:53:00 AM »
Ok thanks

Ingredients / Secondary fermentation from fruit
« on: September 16, 2015, 12:38:55 AM »
So I just added 3.6 lbs of semi frozen  wild huckleberries to5 gallery of a blonde ale. I let primary go for 2wks and it reached its expected fg. Should I expect any significant fermentation now, with the new juice?

All Grain Brewing / Re: brewhouse efficiency question
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:20:18 AM »
thanks for the help

All Grain Brewing / brewhouse efficiency question
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:13:13 AM »
Hi. i need help on determining my actual efficiency. I estimated my efficiency at a higher number when building by recipe and have re-adjusted them since but now I'm confused.
 here are all my numbers
my mash thickness ratio was about 1.3qt/lb, mashed for 60min about 155F

original estimated OG (at 70%) was 1.082 and my actual OG was 1.070. according to my efficiency calculations i should have been at 1.060 (50.4%)

had i had 15.5lbs of grain and sugar, 5gal of wort collected, my preboil og was 1.0568

here was my equation= (18.925L)*(1.070gravity)*(.175plato as a decimal)= 3.5437  then i divided by my total weight was 3.5437/7.03068= .5040 or 50.4%.
my question how is how is actual og higher than the adjusted og? Shouldn't my efficiency be closer 64%?
 i do batch sparge, if that makes any difference.

Me and math are not friends so i could be missing something, so any suggestion or edits are welcome

Equipment and Software / false bottom too small
« on: June 28, 2014, 04:06:52 AM »
So i recently bought a false bottom that will go with Lowe's blue 10gal cooler, the false bottom is 12in, and has about 1/4in of room to the side to the sides of cooler. I'm trying to think of how to fix this problem, I was thinking a rubber "band" around the false bottom or maybe a "shelf"on the wall of the cooler. Does anybody have any better ideas or suggestions?


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