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All Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:40:17 AM »
Sounds like Jamil's whirlpool chiller does just about the same thing.

Like Jeff said, if Charles Bamforth thinks it's nothing to worry about and I haven't seen it in my own brewery, I'm not gonna worry about it!

The whirlpool chiller returns the wort below the surface so there no oxygen pick up.

Going Pro / Re: First Pro Competition
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:15:54 PM »
Good luck, buddy!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Basic Yeast Questions
« on: June 11, 2013, 02:28:31 PM »
Glad ya found it!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Basic Yeast Questions
« on: June 11, 2013, 10:07:56 AM »
I could be way off but I think I'm on target a low pitch rate causes more esters as they are a by product of the growth phase and a low pitch rate can also cause off flavors.

Take another look at the info from Clayton Cone and Neva Parker in this thread.  There's persuasive evidence that higher pitch rates create more esters.

All Grain Brewing / Re: barley crusher gap settings ?
« on: June 11, 2013, 10:04:40 AM »
Let me ask this question...... I set my mill to .034" would the majority of you consider this a fine or a coarse crush ? Honestly I don't know..... all I do know is when my mill went to heck my eff dropped 10 points when I re gapped to what I tightened it down to from factory settings I have a barley crusher their supposed factory setting is .039" I get 85% constant. So honestly I don't know is .034" fine or coarse ? this is a serious question.

I'd consider it mid range, neither fine nor coarse.

All Things Food / Re: Grilled Artichoke
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:16:54 AM »
Yeah, many time.  Delicious!  I usually parboil them first.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Cooling wort
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:15:23 AM »
You don't want to aerate hot wort, so as long as it wasn't that fast no problem. Though 4 minute cooling is awesome. Keeping the wort moving over the IC is good and there have been a few innovative ideas over the years.

Yep.  That's the main reason I got a pump.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Log & Calculator for iPhone/iPad
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:13:29 AM »
Hi Mark,

Just d/l'ed your app.  Looks good, but one problem I have right off the bat is that evaporation is in %, not gal./hr.  That's a deal breaker for me.  I don't boil off twice as much for a 10 gal. batch as I do for a 5 gal. batch.

Thanks for that suggestion.  I'm going to put that on the list.  I guess I designed the app expecting user to use it with just one brewing system.

Thanks for your response, Mark.  I only use one brewing system, but I brew different size batches on it.  Usually 5.5 gal., but sometimes 8, 8.5 10 or 12 gal.  My boiloff amount remains constant.  If I use %, the boiloff amount calculates different for each batch size.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:05:03 AM »
Drew is working on finding a room for a meet and greet on Thur. evening.

Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic carboy
« on: June 11, 2013, 08:58:40 AM »
My buckets seem to always hold on to a little odor, but it never affects the next batch.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Basic Yeast Questions
« on: June 10, 2013, 03:49:56 PM »
Jim, I think the key is read a lot.  When you read something that seems to make sense from a person who seems to know what (s)he's talking about, try it and see if it works for you.  Repeat often.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Cooling wort
« on: June 10, 2013, 03:29:20 PM »
Yeah, the smaller the delta, the slower the cooling.

Equipment and Software / Re: carboy handle
« on: June 10, 2013, 03:25:53 PM »
A bit of play is OK.  WARNING:  DO NOT lift a full carboy using these handles.  There have been more than a few cases of the neck of the carboy snapping off.  You can get badly hurt.  Use the handles only for lifting empty carboys.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this homebrew?
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:15:24 PM »
Nice, Jim!  I've got a pretty good view, too, but no snow caps....

And this is the "back yard"....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this homebrew?
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:08:46 PM »
Homebrewing is what you make it, and you've made it your way.  I do the same, and I doubt we're the only ones!

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