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Equipment and Software / I hope this pump is strong enough...
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:56:59 PM »
After a disappointingly long wait for my wort to cool last weekend I started reading about how I could improve the performance of an immersion chiller. (25 feet of 3/8" copper and I live in Florida where the water aint so cold)

The bulk of the suggestions pointed to switching to ice water somewhere around 120F and letting a submersible pump recirculate the cold water.

So, I ordered this one: 264 GPH Submersible Fountain Pump

Has anyone else used a similar setup with success or did I aim too low and get a pump that is too weak? (yes, I know, I should have posted this before ordering it)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Just had my first kolsh...
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:01:00 PM »
...and I'm wondering why I've NEVER had this kind of beer before? It's awesome! And I love big, hoppy, bitter beers...so it surprises me that I would like this.

So, can anyone suggest a good homebrew recipe for a kolsh?

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Ingredients / Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:11:19 PM »
Hey all,

I'm looking for some help getting started with either Palmer's Mash RA, EZ Water, Bru'n Water, or Kai's.

I've tried the first 3 and the end result is I now have no clue what to do.

Is one spreadsheet more accurate than the other?

For the sake of argument, lets say I wanted to brew 5 gallons of oatmeal stout. Can anyone give me a nudge in the right direction?

Here's my Ward Labs report:
pH 7.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 495
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.82
Cations / Anions, me/L 8.5 /  7.8
ppm
Sodium, Na 38
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 78
Magnesium, Mg 34
Total Hardness, CaCO3 337
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 55
Chloride, Cl 77
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 134
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 110


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Equipment and Software / Safe way to raise a burner
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:53:53 AM »
I have this burner:


Is there any safe way to raise this up or will I just have to get a new one?

I'm handy with woodworking and tools but figured a wooden base for a gas burner wouldn't be safe.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Too late for nutrient?
« on: February 20, 2012, 06:29:40 PM »
I completely forgot to add yeast nutrient to my starter and wort.  It's been in the fermenter for 24 hours now. Is it too late to add any? The OG was 1.078.

[edit]
It is actively fermenting...

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All Grain Brewing / Is this normal for a bazooka screen?
« on: February 19, 2012, 08:33:11 PM »
First time doing an all-grain boil and I kept having to knock crap off the bazooka screen to keep things flowing into the fermenter. Is that normal or did I do a bad job sparging?

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All Grain Brewing / Go big or go home!!??
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:18:50 PM »
There should be a warning to all would-be all grain brewers: don't order your first ingredients while drunk!  :o

So I was, a few weeks ago, when I ordered morebeer's Rogue I2PA clone kit.

And here I am, 2 days before my first all-grain brew day, wondering what have I got myself into!

It really wouldn't be a problem except that I only have a 5 gallon cooler for a mash tun. 17 pounds of grain is about 5 pounds more than it can handle. So, maybe I'll improvise and put 10 lbs in the cooler and 7 lbs in my boil kettle (or bottling bucket?).  I could just cut back on the grains and make up for the lost gravity with DME. 

I'm really not stressing over it...this will be fun and I love learning new stuff.

Any words of wisdom?


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