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Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:32:27 AM »
No one to enforce the selling of unlicensed beer.   Everyone over to my house, $3 pints!

If the state asks, it's a private club for bearded men only.

Equipment and Software / Re: Directly heating Erlenmeyer flasks
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:26:19 AM »
+1 to foam control!  I use a flask because it's one vessel, no mess, and there's nothing to sanitize, but a boil over definitely ruins that.

Like most gadgets that try to do everything but can't do any one thing well, these would end up sitting in the corner collecting dust

All Grain Brewing / Re: Conversion at 5.2PH?
« on: September 28, 2013, 09:50:03 AM »
How did you measure pH, and at what temperature?

Equipment and Software / Re: Directly heating Erlenmeyer flasks
« on: September 27, 2013, 05:05:35 PM »
I've been using the same flask for at least 5 years on a gas stove with no issues.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: sugar instead of DME for yeast starter
« on: September 24, 2013, 10:51:47 AM »
I'll just say "It's not advised" and leave it at that  ;)

The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:43:10 AM »

Manning is a scoring machine...they'll be togh to beat this year.

That will only make the playoff choke that much funnier this year  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:17:58 AM »
That's a nice looking Helles.  I think my camera's better, though  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lid on or off during boil?
« on: September 20, 2013, 07:37:25 AM »
Once the SMM boils out it doesn't matter if the condensation drips back in.

In theory, that's correct from what I've read. If you boiled for 60-90 minutes uncovered and then put the lid on and continued to boil, there would be little/no SMM left and hence no DMS in your beer.

Now, if you have condensate with SMM dripping back in throughout the boil, you're only removing a percentage of it and it's going to take longer for it to be reduced/removed via boil-off.  How long in practice probably depends on a lot of factors.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wild culture: what is it?
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:31:29 PM »
Looks like a pellicle.  I'd guess that there's some Brett in there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lid on or off during boil?
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:58:32 AM »
So Rolling Rocks flavor was caused by faulty exhaust which allowed some condensation back into the boil..Does that mean any condensation that drips back in causes DMS?   If I use a Hop Spider  won't some condensation likely drip back in? Will this cause DMS?

Just trying to learn! so don't beat me up for any silly questions.

Well, if some drips back in, it should be able to boil off again.  It's more about getting the proper amount of ventilation... not enough and too much DMS precursor will remain, like Ron said.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lid on or off during boil?
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:57:12 AM »
Stacks with exhaust vents AND a condensate drip ring.  Plus the kettle is domed.  If you leave the flat lid on even partially, you'll notice that the underside is covered in steam condensation.  That's the stuff that you don't want to fall back into your wort.

Just gotta ask...have you had a problem from boiling with a partially covered kettle?  Because I haven't.

I have had DMS issues before from inadequate boil-off when using Pilsner malt.  This was caused by a few different things, from burner problems to an extremely high humidity environment combined with bad ventilation.  I'm sure that leaving the lid on partially can be okay in many cases, but it's something that I think you do need to be careful about because it really can cause a problem in the real world (unlike HSA  ;) )

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen flow meter?
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:32:03 PM »
You can get a CGA540 version of the medical regulator, which fits welding tanks.  See the amazon link above.  I use one and it makes it very easy to control the output since it's designed for low flow.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 18, 2013, 04:57:41 PM »
German pils, in Hacker-Pschorr mug

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should we avoid bottle conditioned beer?
« on: September 17, 2013, 06:03:17 PM »
Talk about blow off!

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