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Adding a pump to do recirculated chilling.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Newb Question - Aluminum Stock Pots
« on: August 19, 2012, 02:33:11 PM »
No problem at all.  The first few ribbons I won were for beer made in an AL kettle.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Broke a glass carboy this morning
« on: August 19, 2012, 10:32:54 AM »
Well, I generally just drink directly from the buckets.

I KNEW IT!!   ;D

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Lightening extract?
« on: August 19, 2012, 09:58:27 AM »
It was dark in a hygrometer cylinder.

You were measuring the beer's humidity?  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Considerations for 3-gallon all grain batches
« on: August 19, 2012, 08:21:23 AM »
Don't worry you can get the same braids at Lowes. And get the shortest cheapest braid since length doesn't matter in this case.

Why doesn't the length matter.  I assumed aonger supply line would pic up more liquid and coud be distributed evenly along the bottom of the mash tun.

The majority of the wort enters the braid at the end closest to the bulkhead.

Yep.  The braid is porous, right?  It's not like wort enters at one end and flows down it.

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Ingredients / Re: Sanitizing Homegrown Hops
« on: August 18, 2012, 03:05:13 PM »
I boil mine for 60, 30, 20, 15, 10 or 5 minutes or soak then in a 5 - 7 % alcohol solution for a week or two. No problems so far.

Pragmatic!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Extra yeast at bottling
« on: August 18, 2012, 03:04:40 PM »
I'm not saying more yeast = more carbonation. Bottle conditioning to high levels of CO2 in high alcohol beer is stressful on yeast. It's common practice to use more yeast in a stressful environment than a less stressful environment. I assume the same logic holds when bottle conditioning.

FWIW Lalvin's recommended dosage for bottle conditioning sparkling wines is about 10g per 20L, or 2 packs per 5 gallons.

Got it....thanks for the explanation!

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Zymurgy / Re: iPad version of Zymurgy
« on: August 18, 2012, 03:02:48 PM »
Yeah, I forgot you can't d/l.  I believe that was a conscious decision to prevent piracy.

Aren't there solutions for that available in the publishing industry. Zymurgy shouldn't be the only publication with this issue.

Kai

Yeah, there must be.  We might even have discussed it in the dim past.  I'll bring it up again when I can.  Being an iPad addict, it would be great.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Extra yeast at bottling
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:27:29 PM »
I'll add fresh yeast for any beer I want to carb up consistently and quickly. I recommend Red Star's Premier Cuvee or EC-1118 for bottle conditioning. Use the whole pack, they're super cheap. I'll use two packs (10g) if I'm targeting over 3 volumes in a fairly strong beer.

It seems like the amount of sugar, not yeast, should make the difference.  If you actually get more carbonation from more yeast, that might point to incomplete fermentation before bottling.

BTW, I've heard that several commercial breweries use T-58 for bottling.  There's such a small amount of fermentation that you don't get any flavor from it and it forms a very compact yeast cake on the bottom if the bottle.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting started
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:08:54 PM »
The closer you can get it to 65F before pitching, the better off you'll be IMO.

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Zymurgy / Re: iPad version of Zymurgy
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:07:47 PM »
I know about he current online version. But, unless I'm missing something, you can't download issues. I have to be online. It's also very slow compared to other emags I read.

Yeah, I forgot you can't d/l.  I believe that was a conscious decision to prevent piracy.  I agree, though, that it's a PITA.  I'll try to bring this up at a meeting and see what the plans for the future are.

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Zymurgy / Re: iPad version of Zymurgy
« on: August 18, 2012, 12:25:12 PM »
There's already an e-edition you can d/l if you;re a member.  Other than that, I don't know.  I'll bring it up the next time there's a web subcommittee meeting.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Considerations for 3-gallon all grain batches
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:16:47 AM »
something like this, but maybe shorter?



I could easily hook that up to the cooler with a trip to the depot.  Since I need to go there anyway it would give me an excuse to get started...  ;D

Yeah, but you can't just screw it on.  You need to remove the inner tubing.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Considerations for 3-gallon all grain batches
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:15:41 AM »
Got a good source for that braid?  Or can it be easily found at home depot?

I use a toilet supply line, cut the ends off, and remove the inner tube.  Be sure you get real SS.  HD and some other places sell plastic ones that look like SS.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Considerations for 3-gallon all grain batches
« on: August 18, 2012, 10:33:44 AM »
yes I thought something like this would be best for my application.  How would you go about doing the filter on the bottom?  I could get a stainless mesh bottom but that's expensive and I'd rather do it some other way.  I'm plenty handy enough to make alterations via a trip to home depot if need be.  8)



Use a SS mesh braid.

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