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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:47:13 AM »
Great idea with the frozen bottles - if I am good at keeping up with changing them it should make a big difference.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 01, 2014, 08:52:27 AM »
I have aluminum insulation (reflectix) around the fermenter and it stays in my 65 degree basement.

Thirsty Monk - Are you using a dedicated glycol chiller? That would definitely be the way to go because you have on demand cooling, I think I will try a much bigger reservoir to see if I can get it to drop a little lower next time. Maybe toss in some ice cubes.

Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:38:30 AM »
Looks pretty cool to me. Do you have links to the coupler, etc. you need to connect it to a mill? You might want to include that on your site or even carry the products, because anyone buying that motor will need some accessories to attach it to the mill shaft.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg art?
« on: January 24, 2014, 03:30:18 PM »
I just put a piece of colored electrical tape on the handle next to the "gas in" post. Not really much decoration, but it makes it easy to see which post is which.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: January 20, 2014, 06:23:59 PM »
Both good ideas. I can definitely get a bigger bucket in there, but I am still not sure it will cool fast enough with the discharge water going in. I would like to try the glycol solution, but it is also my long term beer storage fridge. I suppose I can move the beer out for a few days and get the freezer really cold so I can chill the fermenting beer.

I am surprised how long it takes for about 7 gallons of water to go from 54 degrees to 40 degrees in a chest freezer that is set for 33 degrees. It takes maybe 7 hours.

Equipment and Software / Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:46:27 PM »
I've got a plastic conical fermenter that is sitting next to my chest freezer. I rigged up a stainless steel immersion chiller to attach to the lid of the fermenter with the coils in the beer. I have been running water through the coils to control the fermentaion temperature from a bucket of water in the chest freezer. It works well for cooling down to about 58 degrees, but I can't get much colder than that because the bucket of water warms up too fast and the chest freezer won't cool it down fast enough. Can anyone give some advice as to how I can crash cool the beer?

Ingredients / Re: I'm excited
« on: January 19, 2014, 11:44:16 AM »
I bet if you asked the guy for six more ounces he would be glad to share. Those guys at Hop Union are pretty cool. Offer him a six pack of the finished product.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:56:07 PM »
If you are putting carboys into the chest freezer then get an orange carboy cap which has two holes. You can put a racking cane in the big hole and add co2 through the little hole and the beer will flow out through the racking can into a keg, secondary or bottle. This way you don't have to lift the full carboy out of the freezer which can be pretty tough.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bubble foil insulation
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:57:25 AM »
Hmm. 180 is really pretty low for a max temp for brewing purposes. I guess I will just keep it on the mash tun. Are there any products that would be acceptable around a direct fire kettle?

General Homebrew Discussion / Bubble foil insulation
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:41:07 PM »
I used the shiny bubble foil insulation on my mash tun, but I was wondering if anyone uses it on the hot liquor or boil kettle. I think it would help a lot in cold temperatures, but I am worried about it burning.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Final gravity and moutfeel
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:24:13 PM »
Thanks for the info guys.

The BJCP quote really sums it up well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Final gravity and moutfeel
« on: December 30, 2013, 11:35:00 AM »
If you check your final gravity with a hydrometer, then the reading describes the density of the beer, right? Does density correlate with mouthfeel? If so, imagine you have two beers, both finishing at 1.012, but one had a starting gravity of 1.045 and the other was 1.065. Would these beers basically have the same mouthfeel?

Equipment and Software / Floaties in Sani-clean
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:00:14 PM »
I was going to add on to the cloudy star-san thread, but I think this is a little different.

I like to us sani-clean (the no-foam version of star-san) for certain applications, but I have noticed that if it sits for a few days in a covered bucket, floating coagulated parts form. I am not sure what it is, but I don't like it. They mostly seem to settle down to the bottom of the bucket, but are easily roused. The pH is still in the appropriate range for effective sanitation, but I would like to know what this stuff is, and if it affects the normal usage of the product.

Any ideas?

Ingredients / Re: Gotta Vent about CaraPils
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:18:30 PM »
I find that Carapils works well to increase body, without adding the residual sweetness you get from higher crystal/cara malts. I have found that mash temps don't really have as much effect on body as the grain bill.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 16000 rpm motor for grain mill
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:46:45 PM »
Man, you guys ruined a fun project  ;)

I guess I figured as much when I saw the motor, but I was just hoping.

So, any good uses for it?

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