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Pimp My System / Re: Motorized Monster Mill
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:14:27 PM »
Can you provide more info on the Tigear gear reduction motor?  I want to motorize and mount my mill in a similar way to yours. 

From a previous setup I have a 1/3 hp motor that runs at 1725 RPM and a 14" sheave which would make the mill run at about 200 RPM, but I don't think the lateral pressure this setup would produce is good for the mill so I'd like to do something different.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle Cleaning w/ sight glass
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:02:36 PM »
The Blichmann kettles normally come with a brush for the sightglass. If it were my kettle, I would hose it out, run the brush through the sightglass, hose out again.

This^^

Mine came with a hex key that that one uses to remove a bolt in the top of the sight glass, so that the provided brush can clean it out.

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Pimp My System / Re: Motorized Monster Mill
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:49:27 PM »
I don't know how you attempted, but the way I do it is by using a web based picture site, like photobucket.com.

When the picture is there I click on the picture then when it appears in its own window look to the right.  Under "Share Links" there is a "Direct" box.  Clicking on that copies it. 

Then when posting back on the AHA site, when you click on the picture icon which is above the text box it produces two square bracketed objects.  put your cursor between those two innermost brackets, right click and select paste.  That will paste that picture address you just copied off of photobucket or wherever.

That's it!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Loss of flavor after force carbing
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:31:42 PM »
Here's my two thoughts:

1st, how many different days have you tasted it?  My palate changes day to day.  I recently posted the same thing about an IPA I brewed that tasted flavorless - like seltzer water.  I tried it a couple of days later and voila!  The flavor returned.

2nd, I say let it mature for a month or two.  It is amazing to me how a blah beer can transform into something interesting with a bit of time.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:18:32 PM »
This post is not intended to communicate that stealing empty kegs is OK - just adding to the conversation.

Looking at Stout's website, if one were to buy a single 1/2 bbl keg it would cost $114.  At the volume that BMC buys kegs I'm sure their cost approaches what the deposit amount is in many places - and in some places they may make money on them.

The one production brewery here in Yakima (Bale Breaker) charges a $100 deposit.

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The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:53:48 AM »

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Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:27:39 AM »
I went through the same issue.  I went to the local AB distributor and offered to pay for the kegs.  They basically laughed at me and said there was no way to do that.

Sell them.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter from table sugar?
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:32:41 PM »
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If you want to make starters cheaper/easier, get a pressure canner and can a bunch of wort in advance.

It's even easier to freeze the last runnings. I keep mine in a 1 gallon ice cream container.

Interesting.  I like easy and time saving.  As long as it boils prior to use, what could be the issue?

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:09:25 AM »
This will be my first time entering a competition.  I requested three.  But I'll be happy if I get one.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygenation System
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:57:57 AM »
Here is what I have and I love it.  I bought it off of Craigslist for $100:



The little number 1 on the left indicates the flow rate which in this setting is 1 liter of O2 per minute. This tank will last me for years and then is only $15 to exchange. 

And I use the stainless tube with a stone on the end.  Wrestling with a flexible tube is not something I want to do.  I have not had an infection.  I let it sit in Starsan while I am brewing then as soon as I'm done aerating the wort, back into Starsan it goes.

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The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:53:28 PM »

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast starter from table sugar?
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:16:13 PM »
I just finished testing my hydrometers and refractometer with sugar solutions of specific gravities, which got me to wondering, "If a yeast starter is for making yeast rather than making beer, is there anything wrong with making starter wort with table sugar rather than wort?

I'm sure it would require yeast nutrient.  It would be a lot easier and cheaper.  What am I missing?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Lab Grade Hydrometers are off!
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:00:00 PM »
Here's what I came up with:

In a 1.085 solution:
The refractometer showed 1.085
The high range hydrometer showed 1.083  (I suspect yesterday's reading below was incorrect)
The full range hydrometer showed 1.082

In a 1.040 solution:
The refractometer showed 1.041
The mid-range hydrometer showed 1.041
The full range hydrometer showed 1.041

In RO water:
The refractometer showed 0.000
The low range hydrometer showed 0.999
The full range hydrometer showed 0.000

The bottom line for me is that when measuring OG I am going to stick with the refractometer.  When measuring FG I'll go with the low range hydrometer just because it is easier to read, and adjust up 0.001.
I love being exact, but it is homebrew so no big deal either way I'm sure.

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All Grain Brewing / High gravity efficiency troubles
« on: February 02, 2015, 12:13:45 PM »
I have regularly missed Beersmith's predicted OG on higher gravity beers.  Usually by 5-10 points.  This isn't a major issue because it will make good beer regardless, but I want to fix this so that I get what I want/expect. 

Saturday I brewed an American Barleywine.  Predicted OG was 1.101; actual OG was 1.085.  Anticipating your question, here are the details:

Leviathan, American Barleywine (19 C)
Start of Boil Vol: 7.88 gal
Est Mash Efficiency: 71.3 %

Ingredients:
23 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)  92.0 %
1 lbs British Crystal (55.0 SRM)  4.0 %
1 lbs Cara Munich I (60.0 SRM) 4.0%


I brew with 100% RO water.  I used the 'Amber Bitter' profile in Brun' Water, and matched the targets quite well, resulting in a predicted mash pH of 5.4.

I mashed at 150* for 90 minutes and only lost about 4 degrees over that time.  I batched-sparged, starting with a 1.35 qt per lb of grain, which only left 2.5 gallons of 170* sparge water.

Where do you think my problem is?

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Equipment and Software / Lab Grade Hydrometers are off
« on: February 01, 2015, 02:04:51 PM »
I recently purchased a set of 3 narrow-range, laboratory-grade hydrometers from Northern Brewer for ~$60.  I love the idea of greater accuracy, and easier to read Hydrometers.

I brewed yesterday.  I checked the OG three ways.  My refractometer said 1.085; the old standard hydrometer said the same.  The new 'lab grade' hydrometer read 1.080.

So I got some distilled water and the low range 'lab grade' hydrometer.  It read 0.999.  The old regular hydrometer read 1.000, as did the refractometer.

I'll do a test on the other two Hydrometers with some sugar water of a known gravity, but so far I am unimpressed.

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